Old Bay Beer: The Seafood Companion We Wish We Knew About Before

Photo: Flying Dog

When thinking about Old Bay, two things that quickly come to mind is some fresh seafood and a glass of ice-cold beer.

I just learned that you can now enjoy two of those elements in a single sip. Yup, turns out Old Bay Beer is a very real thing.

Old Bay partnered up with Flying Dog, Maryland’s largest brewery, to release a beer called Dead Rise five years ago. Because of its exclusivity, Flying Dog is the only brewery in existence to use Old Bay seasoning in their product. The name Dead Rise pay homage to the Chesapeake fishing boats that gather shellfish year-round.

Originally a blonde ale, the beer is now brewed as a gose boasting a lemony tartness with little bitterness and 5.7% ABV.

For those interested in checking it out, you can locate a bottle through their beer finder. Man, now I’m craving seafood.

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Old Bay Hot Sauce Is Now Officially For Sale

When you think of seafood in the United States, whether it be as part of a crawfish boil or a steaming plate of crab cakes, Old Bay is the spice that’s most associated with it. That blend of celery salt, paprika, garlic, and other spices is a savory, mouthwatering blend that elevates the flavor of any fish or shellfish you pair it with.

McCormick, the company that owns the Old Bay brand, has decided to move the spice blend into new territories by releasing an official hot sauce that uses the seasoning.

Photo courtesy of McCormick

The limited-edition bottles of hot sauce have already proven to be popular, as the first online batch has sold out, according to McCormick’s website. Each bottle is made with an aged cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, and the iconic Old Bay mix.

While the sauce has already sold out online, McCormick is telling people to check back soon for when the next batch is released. Even if you don’t get a hand on those, though, many restaurants will be carrying the bottles over the next month or so. Many popular grocers, including Wegmans, Safeway, Acme, Giant, and Food Lion will also have it for sale at $3.49 a bottle in that same time period.


Maryland Stadium Introduces 1.5 Pound Crab and Cheese Smothered Pretzel


The Maryland Terrapins are going big this season by offering a huge — gigantic, monstrous even — 24 ounce soft pretzel smothered with back fin crab dip and melted cheese and dusted with Old Bay.  Large enough to serve two to four people, the “Chessie” pretzel will be available at Byrd Stadium throughout the 2014 football season.

Named for the lesser known lake monster of Chesapeake Bay, the Chessie will cost you $17.50, says the Washington Post — a steal, considering how big it is. There’s also the equally Maryland-inspired crab-covered nachos and french fries, designed to introduce game-goers to “warm Maryland hospitality and cuisine,” according to a release.

Whether the newly-inducted University of Maryland is ready to be a Big Ten school or not is yet to be seen, but we can safely say its concession stand is killing the game.

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Old Bay Seasoned Beer Will Spice up Your Summer


Just when we thought beer had gone too far being brewed with brains and beard hair, Old Bay Brand Seasoning has decided they too want in on the beer game. Flying Dog Brewery has created a specialty ale commemmorating the seasoning’s 75th anniversary by brewing up the spice into some spirits.

Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale will highlight the indelible character of OLD BAY through bright and refreshing citrus hop character and a crisp, tart finish.

Brewers perfected the recipe over six months in order to fully incorporate the signature flavors of the seasoning. Though the idea seems odd it’s not unusual to see Old Bay used in drinks, such as Bloody Marys, to get that salty, savory, spicy kick.

Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale will hit store shelves in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina starting on Memorial Day. The limited edition brew will only be available through Labor Day.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist