Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Flying Dog "Art of Craft" Cigar Pack

While we're not regular cigar smokers here at the Musings, I have been known to enjoy a smoke on occasion, usually always in conjuction with a good beer. I would frequently take a break at a beer fest to enjoy a cigar from a festival vendor. The cigar booth at the events I've attended have always been quite busy. It's that popular combo that probably inspired Flying Dog Brewery to team up with CAO Cigars to create the "Art of Craft" cigar pack.

Looks like a party

The "Art of Craft" includes four CAO cigars, and a fancy Flying Dog bottle opener. The cigar pack will be available at Total Wine stores in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and California, displayed alongside the corresponding beers. Flying Dog offers the following suggested pairings:
  • OSA Sol and Snake Dog IPA: The zesty spice of OSA Sol meets its match with the citrus and resinous hop aromas and flavors of Snake Dog. 
  • CAO Brazilia and Gonzo Imperial Porter: Both big and bold, the bitter coffee and chocolate flavors in CAO Brazilia are mimicked by the same robust notes in Gonzo. 
  • CAO Gold and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA: The wildly complex hop bitterness and fruity sweet Belgian yeast notes in Raging Bitch are soothed by CAO Gold’s caramel creaminess. 
  • CAO Mx2 and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout: Dark and dry is the name of this pairing’s game with Mx2’s rich notes of earth and Pearl Necklace’s dry, roast, and slightly bitter character.
I'm looking forward to trying out these pairings that were sent over by the brewery. Cigars are not quite as sharable as a bottle of beer, but I think there's a party-in-waiting here. Perhaps one Summer evening around a peat fire on the deck...

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