Beer of the Week

Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

Week of January 10, 2012

The psycho in the pack... K-9 Cruiser is a dark, sweet and malty winter warmer that will captivate any adventurous craft brew drinker. A true Flying Dog original, K-9 Cruiser is the perfect brew to warm you up in those cold winter months.

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What the Brewery Says:

 

The psycho in the pack... K-9 Cruiser is a dark, sweet and malty winter warmer that will captivate any adventurous craft brew drinker. A true Flying Dog original, K-9 Cruiser is the perfect brew to warm you up in those cold winter months.

 

Brewers Breakdown:

ABV: 6.4 percent

Plato: 16

IBU’s: 30

Specialty Malts: 50/60L Crystal, Chocolate, Oats, Munich

Hops: Millenium, U.S. Saaz

Process: Brewed strong to warm you up after a long day on the Colorado slopes

 

Food Pairings:

Hearty meat dishes

Whole-grain bread

Chicken

Grilled tuna

 

More about the Brewery:

 

What happens when you mix provocative irreverence, creativity, art, and beer? You get Flying Dog Brewery, the 29th largest U.S. craft brewery by volume, and a brewery which knows what it stands for and sticks to it. Flying Dog Brewery was founded in 1990 by George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre in Aspen, Colorado a few years after an enlightening climb in the Himalayas which changed their outlook on life. Were there flying dogs on the mountain you ask? Well no, but according to Stranahan, after successfully making it off the mountain, the group noticed a painting in their hotel of a flying dog which came to symbolize the trip as well as their future endeavors in the brewing industry - both of which are a testament to the things which can be achieved if no one tells you it is impossible.

As one of the first breweries to open in the Rocky Mountain region, Flying Dog enjoyed immediate success. In 1991 the brewery's "Doggie Style" won the title of "The Best Pale Ale in America" at The Great American Beer Festival. Three years later due to popular demand, the brewpub reached capacity and expanded to a new 50 barrel brewery in Denver which served as the primary source for Flying Dog beer until 2006 when Flying Dog bought a new facility in Frederick, Maryland. The new brewery now handles all production, shipping more than 400,000 cases per year to 46 states.

The reference of dogs in the names of this company's beers isn't merely a tribute to the flying dog seen in the painting in the 1980's, but more to honor the of everyday canines the people at Flying Dog strive to emulate, "carefree and spontaneous, rough around the edges but with real charm." They even compare the lives of dogs to those of its most loyal supporters, claiming that "as long as there are people in the world willing to jump the fence to walk their inner dog, Flying Dog will continue to be a thorn in convention's side and your purposeful, provocative and irreverent brewery."

The brewery currently produces six primary beers which are complemented by four seasonal offerings, as well as four more brews in its Canis Major Series which are every bit as intriguing as the labels which adorn them. For the bolder beer drinker, there is also the Wild Dog Specialty line, each of which comes in a champagne style bottle to signify that it has something special to offer. The most recent Wild Dog release, the "Collaborator Doppelbock" was developed through Flying Dog's Open Source Beer Project which gives the brewery's fans, amateur brewers, the opportunity to work with the brewing team, offering recommendations and feedback at every step until they create a collaborative masterpiece.

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to try a Flying Dog brew, the Frederick, MD facility offers tours from 1:00 to 5:00 pm every Saturday where you can pay $5 and sample all afternoon. For those who can't make it to the Mid-Atlantic, look "in pockets of non-conformity nationwide or wherever there is a howl for flavor."

 

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3 Comments · Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

  • Wow, we didnt get that down here this year.....what a shame....

    • Blakepoto
    • Beer Explorer
    • Jan 28, 2010

    I plan on using this beer as the subject to my next recipe for "Cooking with Beer"

  • Have not had the opportunity to try this particular beer but had the opportunity to have the Old Scratch Amber Ale. It was delicious. This brewer has amazing graphics too! I had no idea their beer was available in 46 States.

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