Flying Dog Saw Bones, dubbed a ginger table beer, has hit shelves for those near the brewery.
As a kid, my parents took my sister and I to nearly every single Civil War battlefield imaginable. Flying Dog Brewery, located in Frederick, Maryland, has one (Monocacy Battlefield) plus an deeper history. The town is right on the Mason-Dixon line, and was home to both the Union and Confederate soldiers during the war. As you can imagine from such a bloody war, there were a lot of wounded. Frederick’s Mercy Street became a bit of a medical ground zero for both sides.
Civil War medicine was rudimentary – lacking penicillin, and anesthesia was limited to ether and chloroform (nothing like today), soldiers would have to bite down on sticks, or bullets, while the doctor literally sawed through their bones for an amputation. (No penicillin means infection. It was better to cut and live, than suffer sepsis and death.)
Often a ginger and lemon “cure-all” was used by doctors to treat patients. Ginger was used to fight gangrene. In that same vein, Flying Dog Saw Bones is born. Enlisting the help of their hometown’s National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a ginger-lemon Belgian-style table beer.
Ginger and lemon take center stage on this crisp Belgian-style table beer. Clean on the palette with subtle hints of spice and malt coming through on the finish, this is just what the doctor ordered
The light and crisp, low ABV beer is available all summer for your non-medical needs. Perhaps when you drink one you might pour a little out for those that had no option but the saw to remove a limb. Perhaps thank Alexander Fleming for penicillin as well. Dude deserves a beer.
A special release party is planned for June 10th at Flying Dog. The party includes musket loading demonstration and a “live” amputation.