Flying Dog Brewery - Kerberos Tripel

Flying Dog Brewery - Kerberos Tripel

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Flying Dog Brewery - Kerberos Tripel

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  • Serving Temperature:

    45-50° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Goblet or Snifter
  • Malts:

    Weyerman Pils, Briess Aromatic
  • Hops:

    German Perle, Strisserspalt, Saaz
Kerberos, the multi-headed guard dog of Hades prevents those who have crossed the River Styx from leaving. Unlike the typical concept of a guard dog who keeps people out, Kerberos seeks to keep folks in one place. You too may find yourself unable to break away from the bottle as Kerberos confines you to your barstool. Look for notes of custard and butterscotch on the nose. There are some semi-sharp European hop aromas, but mainly sweeter notes dominate. Now we know we don’t have a refined canine sense of smell, but even sticking our snouts deep into this beer, we struggle to pull out any notes of alcohol—they’re better hidden than that bone you buried in your backyard. Notes of tapioca emerge as it warms along with mild spiciness. Kerberos’s three-headed bark is more aggressive than its bite, flavor-wise. The beer goes down rich, full-bodied, and viscous, but smooth, warming and pleasant. Expect subdued notes of overripened peach, butterscotch, and a faint nip of anise. Notice the faint clove character and a vanilla-meets-oak-note. Toward the finish, look for musty herbal notes evoking the likes of rosemary and thyme, and a latent white pepper spiciness in the finish with a slightly grassy hop fade. Overall a very complex beer with a somewhat nontraditional flavor profile for the style. Flying dog has put their own stamp on the Tripel style with Kerberos. And if we had three heads, we’d make sure there was a goblet of this beer for each of them. Pair with oven roasted potatoes with butter, garlic and rosemary.
Flying Dog has gained nationwide success since the brand was founded in 1990. By combining bold, uncompromising craft beers with branding that captures the irreverent spirit of today's beer drinker, they've created quite a few canine-inspired "characters" in the beer world. Not surprising, considering what an interesting character founder George Stranahan is. The heir to a multi-million-dollar fortune from the Champion Spark Plug company, he was never content to simply live the trust-fund life. Early on he rejected authority and the stuffy, elitist attitude often found among the wealthy, opting to pursue a PhD in Physics. In 1959 he proposed what has become the Aspen Center for Physics. Since then, he's been a cattle rancher, pal of Hunter S. Thompson, whiskey distiller, barkeep & cook, trusted publican, brewery owner and investor. Clearly, a can-do spirit like his has much to do with the success of Flying Dog, including their recent expansion east, where they purchased the Wild Goose Brewery in Frederick, Maryland to serve as an east coast brewing center for their growing brand. Yes, this dog truly is flying, all the way to Europe! Flying Dog's beers are now available in select locations in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Italy, UK and Holland. As they say, in their forever-irreverent style, "we are taking this bitch international!" For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (303)-292-5027 or check out their web site at
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