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.