They already won us over with their awesome lagers and labels by Hunter S. Thompson's main man, but Flying Dog is now courting your seafood-lovin' side with its latest novelty brew. The limited-run, 5.6% ABV selection boasts citrusy hops, a crisp finish, and, oh right, Old Bay seasoning... effectively combining the region's two diet staples -- beer and Old Bay -- in a bottle.
Dead Rise Summer Ale takes its name from deadrise boats, the vessels specially built to navigate Chesapeake Bay's choppy waterways. It'll be available in six packs and on draft in Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, and North Carolina from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and, as an added bonus, your drinking will be philanthropic. Proceeds benefit True Blue, a program that promotes sustainably harvested Maryland Blue Crab and rewards restaurants that serve genuine Murrland crab meat.
Also keep an eye out for the beer's companion cookbook, featuring recipes from local hero Bryan Voltaggio. Natty Boh better watch its back, because it just got some serious competition for the official state beverage of Maryland. (Whatever, milk.)
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist and grew up in Flying Dog's homebase of Frederick. She recommends you visit the Civil War Medicine Museum. Follow her to tourism pro-tips at @kristin_hunt.