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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Flying Dog Brewery tours: Tasty and educational

Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso leads a tour group through the brewery’s fermentation room while brewery representative Tommy Hunter pours samples of unfinished beer for the crowd to taste.(Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)
A growing number of local breweries are opening their doors for tours and tastings, but not all are created equal. Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery offers the most extensive and educational experience in the area. Not only do you see beer being made, and learn about the difference between a fermentation tank and a lauter tun, but you taste the beer in different stages, as it moves from the sweet, sticky wort (malt steeped in hot water) to fermented, carbonated beer.

This week’s Try This column is about tours at Flying Dog, which are offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Reservations are required, and weekend tours fill up well in advance.) It’s one of the best deals around: At the end of a tour, not only will you know more about how beer is brewed, but you get to try samples of any five Flying Dog beers in the taproom.

Jim Caruso explains the brewing process on a February tour of Flying Dog’s Frederick brewery. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

Customers fill Flying Dog’s taproom, which is only open to people who have taken a brewery tour. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

The $5 charge for a brewery tour includes six-ounce samples of any five Flying Dog beers. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

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