Flying Dog Ales to re-start public tours at Frederick brewery
Flying Dog Ales will resume public tours at its Frederick brewery starting this Winter.
The manufacturer closed the tap room of its brewery a year ago over Maryland liquor laws that prevented them from freely dispensing samples to visitors.
But Washington City Paper reports CEO Jim Caruso has found a loophole that will allow the company to bring back sampling Saturdays and do tours of the facility.
The news comes after last week's announcement the company has more or less discontinued the 21-year-old brand Wild Goose, which they had owned since 2006.
Maryland law stipulates a brewery may only serve one sample of up to 6 ounces to anyone of legal drinking age who has taken a tour of its licensed facility.
Flying Dog and other breweries have protested the law in the past. But this Winter, they will bypass the law by simply breaking up their tour into different sections. This will allow visitors to take their 6-ounce samples after each section they complete, rather than after one seamless tour, and to get blotto way faster.
City Paper doesn't say how many tour sections there will be, and Ben Savage, vice president of marketing, hasn't gotten back to me for comment. Will update when I know that information, the start date of the tours, if there will be a cost, and if the company is already taking reservations.
Flying Dog Ales has owned the Frederick brewery since 2006. Two years later they closed their Denver brewery and moved all 82 Flying Dog packages to Maryland, leaving little space for Wild Goose or any of the company's other beer commitments.
The public tour news comes via the tireless Beer in Baltimore, who must have his ears to the walls of Jim Caruso's office for all the tidbits he's churning about the company. (Or maybe he just has a Google alert).
Photo: Flying Dog's Frederick brewery, via The Lagerheads' Facebook. They got a tour last week.