An Animal Theme

Posted on 05.13.08 8:14PM under Barley Wine, Free Beer, IPA, Lager, Stout, Tripel

Wild Goose IPAOn the surface, it would appear that a dog and a goose have little in common. Then you realize that the dog is flying. Wait, can a goose even fly? Oh yeah, they fly South for the winter, don’t they… But the goose is wild. Surely a flying dog must be wild. These two have more in common than it would initially seem. Then it occurs to me: Wild Goose must be the brewery in Maryland that Flying Dog took over a few months ago!

Flying Dog is at it again, sending beer to bloggers! I love this country!!

There are three themes to this package. That means multiple beers, too! We’ve all heard about the upcoming release of Kerberos Tripel for the spring/summer season from Flying Dog. This is a big beer (8.5% ABV) to add to the Canis Major line of big beers. This line includes Double Dog Double Pale Ale (perhaps my favorite Flying Dog), Gonzo Imperial Porter, and Horn Dog Barley Wine, along with the latest addition, the Kerberos Tripel. Now that there are four major canii, FD has released a special packaging, with a four pack that includes one of each of the big beers. I got one of these four packs right here.

The third theme is FD’s success at the World Beer Cup. The WBC was the competition that was part of the Craft Brewer’s Conference last month in San Diego. There was a lot of beer entered into that competition. These winning beers get us back to the title of the post. First, Old Scracth Amber Lager won Silver in the Amber Lager category. I got a bottle of that right here. Gonzo Imperial Porter won Gold in the American-Style Imperial Stout category. Now don’t ask me why it’s in the imperial stout category, but this goes some way to further blur the line between Stout and Porter. This bottle was included in the Canis Major four pack. Finally, Wild Goose IPA won Gold as an English-Style IPA. Wait a minute, Wild Goose? Oh yeah (see above). I got a bottle of that right here.

I just got the package today, so the beers are still cooling in the fridge. That sexy bottle above is the press release photo. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how they are. And to see if I can get my bottle that sweaty. I’ll probably go for the Wild Goose tomorrow, since that is the most unexpected beer of the package. But maybe if it’s really warm, I’ll go for the Kerberos. I bet the suspense is killing you.

I’m happy about the Canis Major package. I love a big beer, but so many big beers come in bigger bottles, and big beers and big bottles are a silly combination, if you ask me. Thus I like a smaller 12-ounce package for this kind of beer. I also crave variety. A four pack of one variety is great, but sometimes a mixed four pack is even better.

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  1. Posted by E.S. Delia on 05.14.08 8:09 AM

    I’m also a fan of the Gonzo and Double Dog offerings. Good stuff all around.

    I’m interested to hear what the Kerberos and Canis Major are like. As of late, I’ve been trying to whittle away at my beer stash and haven’t checked out anything new from Flying Dog in a while. Although I do have a special bottle of FD that needs to be opened sometime in the near future… more on that later!

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