PW's Year of Beer: Flying Dog Dogtoberfest

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note.

Maryland’s Flying Dog is known for a few things: the zany label art by Ralph Steadman; the risqué beer names; and beers that ignore style and just do their own thing. Surprising, then, that Dogtoberfest’s most outlandish feature is its name. This mahogany-colored ale pours with the full white head you’d expect from a traditional Oktoberfest beer, and that head gives off the malty, herb-tinged aromas you’d expect from a traditional Oktoberfest beer, and it drinks with the utter ease you’d expect from a traditional Oktoberfest beer. If it breaks rank with tradition at all, it's in the malt complexity on display here: In addition to tastes of grain, bread and toffee, Dogtoberfest boasts hints of chocolate, tobacco, and smoke swimming about in its (stunningly) light body. Try this one at Redwood, London Grill, and Kite & Key.

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