Havre De Grace Farm Providing Barley For New Flying Dog Beer

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Credit: Claire Hofmann

HAVRE DE GRACE - Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery has worked with two Maryland farmers to put even more homegrown ingredients into the brewery’s annual Field Notes Pale Ale. Chesapeake Malting Co. in Havre de Grace has provided the barley for this year’s seasonal beer.

Field Notes Pale Ale, at 5.6% ABV, is a crisp and refreshing fall beer that pairs perfectly with weekends spent cheering on the Ravens. Brewed with hops harvested at UMD’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Keedysville and, for the first time, locally sourced wheat from Panora Acres in Manchester and barley malt from Chesapeake Malting Co. in Havre De Grace, this beer could not be more Maryland.

Chesapeake Malting Co. at Hopkins Farm in Havre de Grace was started in 1920 as a dairy farm. Four generations later, the Hopkins family still owns and farms the land, which has grown to include grains, produce, and beer made at their on-site brewery. This year’s barley harvest was a variety called Violetta, and the Hopkins family, who value supporting local farms, hope to continue to provide barley to local breweries.

“There’s a lot of potential within Maryland’s agricultural industry to grow new products and new varieties, so it’s really cool that a brewery as big as Flying Dog is putting so much time and energy into working with local farms,” said Aaron Hopkins, Brewmaster and Co-Owner of Hopkins Farm Brewery and Chesapeake Malting Co. “We’re thrilled to be involved in a project that raises awareness for local farms and instills Maryland pride in its consumer.”

Ben Savage, Chief Marketing Officer at Flying Dog Brewery, said he is excited to partner with local farms.

“We feel very lucky that we get to work on a project where we can reinvest in Maryland, spark an appreciation for the agriculture industry and take these high-quality crops from the farm to your fridge.”

Field Notes Pale Ale will be sold exclusively in Maryland and can be found at a store near you.

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