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Md. brewers creating special beer to raise funds for Ellicott City

In this July 25, 2011 photo, Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso selects a beer to pour from a tap at the brewery's headquarters in Frederick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In this July 25, 2011 photo, Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso selects a beer to pour from a tap at the brewery’s headquarters in Frederick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Two Maryland breweries are teaming up to raise money for Ellicott City flood victims the way they know best, by brewing beer.

Flying Dog Brewery and Jailbreak Brewing Company will release Watershed Moment Belgian IPA next week with 100 percent of the profits going to Ellicott City flood relief. The beer will go on sale on Sept. 9 at Judge’s Bench and The Wine Bin in downtown Ellicott City.

“I was born and raised in Ellicott City, so this obviously hit home for me,” said Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage. “The beauty of craft beer is being able to be creative, nimble and spring to action for incredible projects like this.”

The beer is a hybrid of Jailbreak’s Poor Righteous IPA and Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. The malt bill is from Poor Righteous, the hops are a blend of those used in both beers and the yeast is the El Diablo Belgian strain used in Raging Bitch, the brewers said.

“It’s been an honor and a blessing to be accepted into the Howard County community,” said Justin Bonner, CEO and co-Founder of Jailbreak Brewing Company, based in Laurel.   “So when Ellicott City called upon its community for assistance, we felt compelled to help our neighbors in their time of need.”

Watershed Moment will be available on draft and in cans in the Howard County and Baltimore area markets for a limited time. Bond Distributing and Hub Labels also contributed to the project, and a donation to the Ellicott City Partnership will also be made in their names.

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