Those who summered on the Eastern Shore, specifically along the beach-front boardwalks of Maryland and Delaware, are intimately familiar with Dolle’s saltwater taffy. This beach-town institution has been selling the sweet treat to locals and tourists alike since 1910—subsequently becoming the bane of dentists by threatening to remove fillings of those addicted to the tasty taffy. Now, Flying Dog Brewery, known for its award-winning Pale Ale and often-outlandish sudsy brews, has teamed up with the iconic candy maker to produce a limited run of Saltwater Taffy IPA.
Part of Flying Dog’s Brewhouse Rarites collection, the new IPA is based on the flavors of Dolle’s lemon saltwater taffy—freshly squeezed lemons and citrus hops with rich notes of vanilla—and packs 7.6% ABV (alcohol by volume).
“Our team loves coming up with surprising flavors to wow consumers and when we can do that while partnering with local legends like Dolle’s, it makes it that much sweeter,” said James Maravetz, VP of marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “This innovative IPA has a perfect balance of creamy taffy and bright citrus notes to blow your flip-flops off.”
And if you still allow yourself to chomp down on some saltwater taffy, Dolle’s also created a beer-flavored version of its seaside treat using hops from Flying Dog.
“Just in time for the sounds, smells, and tastes of summer, Dolle’s is extremely excited to pair with Flying Dog Brewery in Dolle’s first brand collaboration,” said Anna Dolle Bushnell, president of Dolle’s Candyland, Inc. “Taste tests were enjoyed thoroughly between both Maryland businesses as we developed an IPA that invokes fun and summer with inspired flavors of Dolle’s lemon saltwater taffy.”
You’ll be able to enjoy 6-packs of the candy-inspired brew the first week of June (find it at flyingdog.com), and the taffy will be available online at dolles.com and in its Ocean City, MD, retail locations.