Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point first opened its doors in 1986. In the early days it was known as Max’s on Broadway, a live music venue that hosted (among countless others) The Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon and Dr. Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Closing the stage in 1994, owner Ron Furman gave Max’s a facelift and turned the attention to the real stars of the show: Beer. Since then, Max’s has become the benchmark of what a great beer bar can be. With a stock of over 1,000+ bottles, 100+ tap lines and a steady rotation of 5 casks, it is consistently rated one of the best bars in the world. This month Max’s is turning thirty and we’re commemorating the occasion with Thirty Year War.
Thirty Year War, an imperial oatmeal porter that’s teeming with chocolate, coffee and caramel, is a robust 8.0% and is anchored by Maris Otter malt with a generous addition of “Golden Naked Oats” which give this beer a fullness that satisfies.
You can only get your hands and mouth on these 750ml bottles at Max’s Taphouse. Fret not, we have a schedule of the release, stick to this and you’ll do just fine:
- July 19 – Thirty Year War Bottle and Draft Release at 5 pm*
- July 20 – Thirty Year War Pint Night at 5 pm
- July 21 – Thirty Year War Cask (five to be exact) night at 5 pm
- July 22 – Thirty Year War 32-oz Drafts at 5 pm
*750 ml bottles of Thirty Year War are $20 and there’s a three-bottle-per-customer limit.
Inspiration comes from within; that’s our mantra and we’re sticking to it. This summer, as we have for the last five years, we made our way to a secluded mountain retreat for a day of bonding, beer drinking and Brewhouse Rarities pitches. Anyone in the Flying Dog tribe – from accounting to sales, packaging to our brewers themselves – can pitch a concept at this annual retreat that is then considered for the next year’s lineup.
Our ambitious team dreamed up a record ONE HUNDRED AND SIX concepts and the powers that be had the almost-impossible task of narrowing the list down to 6 beers. So without further ado and self-love, our 2017 Brewhouse Rarities include:
- Salt and Pepper Trippel
- Tamarind Ale
- Honey Paloma Beer
- Sunflower Pils
- Peach Cobbler Ale
- Snake Oil Black Lager
With one-hundred concepts still on the table, the selection team added a new twist and decided to brew an additional six pitches from the lineup to make available in our Sub Rosa series. The Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room.
Our 2017 Sub Rosa Rarities include:
- Dark & Stormy Ale
- Lactose IPA
- Negroni IPA
- Apricot Sour
- Mustard IPA
- Smoked Sour
Can’t wait? Get your anxious hands on our current Brewhouse Rarities release, Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, which is on shelves and on tap now. Then, mark your calendar for the Rarities still to come in 2016 including White Peach Saison, Bee Beer and Sea Salt Caramel Brown.
During the height of the Civil War, our hometown of Frederick was given the nickname “One Vast Hospital.” With Maryland smack dab in the middle of the Union and Confederacy, patients often outnumbered residents. To this day, if you stand on a quiet street after sunset, you can still hear them singing “Hard Tack Come Again No More.”
Despite pioneering a good bit of modern medicine, doctors were dubbed “saw bones.” While the literal sometimes occurred for those on the wrong end of a musket, Saw Bones were also revered for hand-made elixirs in which the cure-all nature of both ginger and lemon were common.
To pay homage to the hard-working people on Mercy Street, we enlisted the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to bring you a new Saw Bones in the form of a Belgian-style table beer with ginger and lemon. Crisp and clean on the palette with bold citrus, spice and malt character, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Set up camp and enjoy Saw Bones all summer long:
- Saturday, June 4 – (sneak preview) Brew Fest at Stillpoint Farm
- Friday, June 10 – Flying Dog tasting room release
- Wednesday, June 15 – JoJo’s Taphouse Saw Bones party
- Friday, June 24 – Strong Mansion Cigar & Whiskey Night
- Monday, July 4 – Frederick’s 4th at Baker Park
Saw Bones is available exclusively in Frederick. If you can’t make it out to one of these events, scout yourself a take-home case using our Beer Finder.