Flying Dreams Brewing Company was founded by owner/brewer Dave Richardson, who spent years honing his craft at the Gardner Ale House. They launched a production brewery in Worcester in 2015 and also sold beer to go, but the space lacked a taproom, which quickly became a necessity for a local brewery. As they were searching for a good taproom location a very interesting opportunity opened up in Marlborough. The owners of brewery-in-planning Walden Woods had built out a brewery and taproom and then decided not to open, and their landlord was looking for another brewery to fill the space. Flying Dreams moved in and has made the space their own. I finally stopped by a few weeks ago, and grabbed a selection of beers to go (still no drinking in bars and taprooms for me). The space is cool, it has a speakeasy vibe, definitely a place I will go back to post-pandemic, and they sell most of their beers in cans to go with singles available. I grabbed a whole selection including Park Ave Porter, a brown porter available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Flying Dreams Park Ave Porter pours deep brown with a solid tan head. The aroma features some rich roasted malts. These malts lead the flavor too, notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and toffee. This is balanced by some hop flavor, hints of cut grass and herbs along with a little bitter bite. Park Ave Porter is light to medium bodied, smooth and not overdone at 6.0% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering malt flavor. This is a solid porter, easy-drinking but plenty of flavor, good for the cool fall days as we drift towards winter. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.