My visit to Flying Dreams Brewery

Flying Dreams Brewery

This past weekend I made a visit to Flying Dreams Brewery to interview owner/brewer Dave Richardson. I’m doing a cover piece on the brewery for the next edition of Yankee Brew News. Below is a brief recap. Check out the upcoming December Yankee Brew News for my full write-up.

Flying Dreams took over Wormtown’s original location, next to Peppercorns in Worcester. The brewery opened in November of 2015. At that time, Richardson had just come off 10 years of being head brewer at Gardner Ale House. He was ready to make his dream of owning his own brewery a reality.

Dave Richardson, Owner and Head Brewer
Dave Richardson, Owner and Head Brewer

Flying Dreams has a small taproom, and I mean small; there are exactly two chairs to sit in. That said, as I sat there interviewing Dave, I saw many people come in and spend a good amount of time trying flights of samples, despite the lack of seating. You can always pop next door to Peppercorns, where there is ample seating and always three Flying Dreams’ beers on tap.

The brewery has four beers on tap at any time. They don’t offer full pours, but you can buy flights of samples, get growler fills, and buy 22-ounce bottles also.

While I was there I tried a handful of brews:

  • Oktoberfest – Dry, not too sweet. Good representation of the style.
  • Become Double IPA – 10%. Buyer beware, it will knock you on your ass. Super boozy on the nose, but virtually none on the pallet. Very well balanced. A treat.
  • Hop Tart – A very light session American wild ale. Pro: juicy. Con: Too thin of a body for me. Watery.
  • Dreaming of Summer – A light and dry saison. This is the brewery’s flagship, year-round brew. These damn saisons are growing on me. I can’t deny, it’s good.

Definitely worth a visit to Worcester to check them out. Check out the rest of the pictures below.


Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA

Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA

Today was “interesting”. Things were going quite normal, until Melissa called me at work – something she rarely does, and something that almost certainly means bad news. And indeed, it wasn’t good news – a flat tire. Rather than have her call AAA and wait 2 hours, I canceled the meetings on my calendar and drove 20 minutes to come to the rescue. We got the tire changed out and were able to get a new tire the same day. Tonight we’re watching The Hateful 8, a Quentin Tarantino movie. Although his movies are far too violent, we both enjoy them. He’s probably my favorite director, after Ridley Scott, of course.

Tonight I’m drinking Bent Hill Valencia Lemon Ginger Imperial IPA. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to trying this one. I mean, ginger AND lemon? In an imperial IPA? Sounds like someone is trying too hard. HOWEVER, after a few sips, my opinion has completely changed. The brew comes across as delightfully citrusy and the ginger flavor is barely noticeable. Citrusy hops come bursting through, with a nice malty balance to boot. Color me shocked. Very good beer.