Sweet surprise: Sea Dog crafts new food-influenced brews for fall

Dreamed up by brewer Robert Baker, five food-inspired beers are pouring at Clearwater's Sea Dog.

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Sweet surprise: Sea Dog crafts new food-influenced brews for fall

Clearwater's Sea Dog Brewing Co. is home to master brewer Robert Baker, and this season, also home to his new series of food-driven brews.

Baker, who started brewer training with Sea Dog in Maine three years ago, gets most of his inspiration from local chefs and other beer influenced by eats. Overseeing the Clearwater Sea Dog's 20-barrel brewery, which handles distribution from Key West to Pensacola, the Safety Harbor native has the ability to develop fresh recipes weekly.

For chocolate lovers, 

Baker's lineup of fall concoctions features the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-inspired Trick 'R Treater, Chocolate Cherry Custard Milk Stout, and blend of caramel and chocolate in the Danube Imperial Brown Ale.

The creamy "Straight from Compton" Hard Root Beer features licorice root, vanilla, brown sugar and sarsaparilla flavors, as spice and a warm crust finish are highlighted in the Sweet Potato Pie Brown Ale.
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