Feb

28

Natural Selection Ale: A Flying Dog and Evolution Collaboration

A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer.

We’re stoked to announce our latest collaboration, Natural Selection Ale, a three-part release with Evolution Brewing Company. 

We’ll launch the first Natural Selection release, Genus One, in March. A stock ale, Genus One has caramel and brown fruit notes that mingle with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast.

Then, a common descent will occur as each brewery brews a second batch of Natural Selection with us dry hopping our version (Genus Two) and Evolution barrel aging theirs (Genus Three).

Here’s what our Brewmaster Matt Brophy had to say about the project: 

What appealed to us is the collaborative nature of the stock beer and how the two other releases play off of each brewery’s strengths. We released our first double dry hopped beer last year and have been experimenting with cutting edge hop varietals in our series of Single Hop Imperial IPAs for the past two years.

And here’s what Evo’s Brewmaster Geoff DeBisschop said: 

We’ve had a lot of fun at Evolution designing beers to pair with different barrel types and this is an opportunity to expand on that experience. Creating a beer that can express barrel character in our release while complementing dry-hopping in the Flying Dog version was a great challenge and I’m looking forward to the results.

Natural Selection Ale: Genus One will premiere during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC on draft only. Genus Two and Genus Three will be released in October. All three releases will only be available in mid-Atlantic markets.


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