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You Can Celebrate Old Bay’s 75th Anniversary By Drinking Special Edition Old Bay Beer

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Crisp, clean with hints of citrus and seafood seasoning… wait.

No, yes, that’s right. Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick announced this week that it will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of McCormick’s Old Bay seasoning with a special summer ale.

Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale’s launch party is scheduled for May 2, and brewery spokeswoman Erin Weston says the special edition beer will be on store shelves and in bar taps throughout the Mid-Atlantic within a few weeks. It will be available through September.

“As iconic to Maryland as Old Bay is, we thought ‘What better way to help them celebrate?’” Weston said Wednesday.

Flying Dog’s brewers apparently worked with spice experts at McCormick for about six months to develop the recipe. The “Dead Rise” part of the beer’s name comes from a type of boat preferred by Chesapeake Bay watermen.

As if the beer wasn’t already Maryland-centric enough, proceeds of its companion celebrity chef cookbook (which will be available for purchase online and at the brewery) will benefit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources True Blue program.

The initiative helps people identify which restaurants and stores in Maryland sell true local crab meat rather than importing it.

Weston says 17 local, high-profile chefs like Bryan Voltaggio contributed recipes that incorporate Old Bay and are inspired by the Chesapeake.

This Instagram video was posted Monday (so prepare your taste buds):

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