USA. HMSHost has partnered with Fraport (formerly Airmall USA) and Maryland’s largest craft brewery, Flying Dog, to open a restaurant at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The Flying Dog Tap House, in Concourse A, is the brand’s first restaurant concept to be developed exclusively for travellers. It features products from Maryland’s Roseda Black Angus Farm.

HMSHost Vice President Business Development Bryan Loden said: “We are thrilled to introduce Flying Dog Tap House to the many travellers that fly out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport daily, and we thank Fraport and the Maryland Aviation Administration for this opportunity.

“This restaurant represents so much of what makes Maryland great,” he said. “Because the collaboration of Flying Dog and Roseda Black Angus Farm with HMSHost and the team at the airport is a great example of how a variety of local organisations can unite to create something special for people to enjoy.”

HMSHost said Flying Dog Tap House aims to immerse customers into the culture of the Flying Dog brewery as well as a taste of Maryland’s food & beverage character.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony (from left to right): HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Bryan Loden; Roseda Farm Partner Eddie Burchell; Fraport Vice President Brett Kelly; HMSHost Executive Vice President Business Development Derryl Benton; BWI Marshall Airport Executive Director Ricky Smith and Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage

BWI Marshall Airport Executive Director Ricky Smith commented: “Flying Dog Tap House is a welcome addition for our BWI Marshall Airport travellers. An important point of emphasis for our award-winning food and retail programme is to feature local products and brands.

“Flying Dog and Roseda Black Angus Farm are two Maryland institutions well-known for their high quality and creativity.”

According to HMSHost, Roseda Black Angus Farm focuses on raising cattle the natural, ‘old-school’ way, providing animals with open pasture and a quality-infusing grain diet. HMSHost chefs devised the Flying Dog Tap House menu to highlight Roseda products and many dishes incorporate signature Flying Dog beers as a focal ingredient.

‘Get Shorty’ showcases Roseda beef short ribs, braised in Flying Dog’s Snake Dog IPA, with a BBQ sauce made with their Bloodline Blood Orange Ale. ‘The Big Steak Salad’ features Roseda Farm sirloin tips and garlic aioli sauce enhanced by Flying Dog’s Snake Dog IPA.

Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage said: “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with a world-class operator like HMSHost on this project. In our experience, travellers want to truly get a taste of the local region as they are going in and out of airports, and having access to fresh Flying Dog beer and Roseda beef does just that.”

Travellers can enjoy a range of Flying Dog’s most popular beers, on tap or in bottles and cans, including Numero Uno Agave Cerveza, Gonzo Porter, Doggie Style Pale Ale, Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout, as well as seasonal rotations. Flying Dog beer cocktails, such as Old Bay Michelada, are also featured, along with a selection of Flying Dog’s fellow local craft breweries: Jailbreak Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, Union Craft Brewing, and DC Brau.

“Brewing beer in Frederick, Maryland since 1994, Flying Dog’s story is one that HMSHost and the brewery felt was important to showcase in the first restaurant location of this beloved brand,” HMSHost said.

Guests can learn about Flying Dog’s history through a selection of pictures and prints. Featured artwork is by Ralph Steadman, the artist responsible for the bottle and can labels.

The outlet also includes a grab-and-go specialty retail area where Roseda Black Angus Farm products and Flying Dog items can be purchased.

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