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Brew your own Flying Dog beer


Brewing clone recipes can be an eye-opening experience for any level homebrewer, and the number of speculative and authenticated recipes available in books and homebrew shops is pretty astounding. But it’s hard to get much more authentic than Flying Dog’s new Stove Toppers, pre-packaged ingredient kits featuring real recipes from the brewery scaled down to suit five-gallon homebrewing outfits.

This past Friday, the Maryland brewery announced that it would release one recipe each month, starting with its El Dorado Single Hop Imperial IPA ($55, available at the brewery). Considering five gallons of homebrew usually yields roughly 50 12-ounce bottles once everything’s said and done, that’s not a bad value (if you’re a proficient homebrewer, of course). But value aside, this is a pretty cool opportunity for the aspiring DIY beer geek. Check out the recipes the brewery plans to release:

February: El Dorado Single Hop Imperial IPA
March: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
April: Woody Creek Belgian Wit
May: Citra Single Hop Imperial IPA
June: Snake Dog IPA
July: Dogtoberfest Marzen
August: The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
September: Sorachi Ace Single Hop Imperial IPA
October: Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
November: Simcoe Single Hop Imperial IPA
December: Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

I’m not sure exactly how barrel-aging Gonzo will jive with the average homebrewer operation, but anyone who tackles this entire list will arrive at 2014 with some serious beer making chops.

I, for one, am going to also start practicing my best Ralph Steadman forgery.

[Image courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery]


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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