Thursday night I was at Factors Row in Annapolis for their Maryland seafood and beer pairing dinner with Flying Dog. Casey bought the tickets almost a month ago and we didn’t realize it was on the same night as the Annapolis Homebrew Club‘s February meeting. We finally made the choice to skip the meeting after we saw things on the menu like a salad with a dressing made from duck fat and bacon, and a dessert smothered in a caramel reduction made from Flying Dog’s cinnamon porter. It was a bold choice, but one I had the balls to make.
If you weren’t there, then you really missed out. The food was fantastic and every dish was a modern interpretation of a historic Maryland dish, some dating as far back as the 1700’s. The beer pairings were also spot on. The blue crab gumbo paired with Raging Bitch Belgian IPA went particularly well.
It was disappointing that Ben was no longer representing Flying Dog, especially when Annapolis seems to be on the cusp of finally embracing craft beer. This also means the Flying Dog is looking for a new rep for the Annapolis region, so throw your resume in the ring if you’re interested. Of course Flying Dog did have a rep in house, and Holly, their Marketing Senior Director, did a great job of informing people about the beers being served.
The other great thing about the dinner is that it supported the Oyster Recovery Partnership, which strives to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. But Flying Dog and Factors Row don’t limit their oyster recovery support to just one dinner. Factors Row is a huge proponent of locally sourced seafood. Their Maryland Crab Cake actually comes from Maryland, and much of their other food is harvested locally. Because of this they do everything they can to support the local seafood industry, even if it means having to be a bit pricier than some of their competitors.
Flying Dog also does their part for the Bay. Some of the profits from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout actually go to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Every bottle of Pearl Necklace sold enables the Partnership to plant 10 new oysters in the Chesapeake. You seriously can drink your way to a better bay!