Jun

23

 

Femmes

We want you to come to the brewery, drink good beer, catch an amazing live show and have a life-changing experience. With all that in mind, we anticipated your questions and have provided you with our best answers.

Q. I’ve got lots of chores I have to get done before I am allowed to play. What is the timeline for Saturday?
A. We feel your pain, that lawn will not mow itself no matter how much we will it. With that in mind, here is schedule of events:

  • 5:30 pm Doors open
  • 6:30 pm Luna kicks off the show
  • 7:45 pm Violent Femmes take the stage

Q. I get hangry.  If I clean out my cooler from the last Nascar race, can I pack some leftovers for the show?
A. Eating is also one of our four favorite things to do along with drinking, breathing and that one other thing that is none of your damned business. That being said, outside food or drink is not permitted with the sole exception of unopened bottled water. We took the liberty of inviting our food truck friends to the party to keep us all fat and happy including:

Q. I heard the tasting room isn’t open during the show. What beer will be available outside?
A. Someone has been doing their homework. We will have draft, cans and firkins available, but no Double Dog. We need you to make it through the entire show.

  • Draft: Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Goseface Killah Dry-Hopped Gose, Cucumber Rosemary Grisette, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, Sawbones Ginger Table Beer, Heat Series Ancho Lime Paradise Lager.
  • Cans: Easy IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Snake Dog IPA, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza
  • Firkins: Brewhouse Rarities Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale with cocoa and vanilla

Q. I know that smoking is not normally allowed at the brewery. Are you making an exception for this event?
A. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience, the event is smoke-free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. Stock up on the Nicorette accordingly.

Q. My dog loves the Femmes even more than I do, will she be allowed into the show?
A. Furry friends, even if you bought them a ticket, cannot enter. We are at maximum capacity and the only dog we want you to worry about is the one in your hand. 

Q. My partner got me a custom embroidered blanket to match my plaid lawn chair. Will there be a spot for me to set up my camp inside the gates?
A. Since we couldn’t book Jimmy Buffet, we ask that you leave the blankets, chairs and umbrellas at home. If this breaks your heart, make plans to stay in with a margarita and your “Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads” CD box set like our social media guy is doing this Friday night.
 
Q. I am being hunted by a cyborg from the future and I like to carry protection at all times. Are you cool with that?
A.We already have security at the event so we ask you to leave the weapons at home. 
 
Q. Is there any kind of zombie outbreak plan in place?
A. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The zombie apocalypse won’t begin until January 20, 2017.
 
Q. That’s a lot of rules. Anything else I need to know?
A. Thank you for asking. The show will go on rain or shine and as always, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter.
 
For additional information, call Ghostbusters.

Jun

20

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Radler, German for cyclist, was like most great inventions: Born of necessity. In the roaring 20s when biking and drinking was all the rage, an entrepreneurial innkeeper built a trail from the nearby town of Munich to his establishment. One fine day, he found himself with more bikers than beer, roughly 13,000 to be exact. To keep his customers happy and with beer in hand, he stretched out his supply by making a 50/50 mix with lemon soda.

Then, that smug son-of-a-bitch had the audacity to tell the cyclists it was to help them get home without falling off their bikes. Scraped knees are about as much fun as a game of 20 questions with a mime, so we are bringing you a radler of our own to get you and your bike home safe. Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler is our summer Brewhouse Rarities release that mixes the lemon-tarty flavor of the hibiscus flower with the citrus of the grapefruit to create lower ABV refreshing summer treat.

Alongside the Radler, we’re unleashing our next Single Hop Imperial IPA: Nugget. Each Single Hop release has an identical grain bill while incorporating a single and different hop to allow you to discern the nuances of each hop variety. Nugget is known for being a bitter betty, and both that bitterness and the aroma will fight for center stage on this one. Bust out the sausages, or charcuterie if you want to get fancy about it, and bring on the Nugget.

Both beers will be available for the first time on Wednesday, June 22 at the kickoff of Flying Dog Wednesdays. Yes, you read that right; we are now open 5 days a week. It’s not 8 days a week, but it’s a step in the right direction. So when you walk in on Wednesday, step up to the bar and let us know your order by telling us “I’d Rather A Radler” or “Fugget I”ll Take Nugget.” Once you’ve got your beer in hand, find the guy wearing a laptop around his neck and stop by and talk to Nate, the creator or our Radler, via Skype. (He’ll be on vacation and at least 13 Radlers deep.)

Can’t make it on Wednesday? Time to re-evaluate your life choices. Then, track down our newest releases via our Beer Finder.

Jun

15

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Like attracts like. We view craft beer as an art form unlike any other and get no greater satisfaction sharing our craft with other artisans who do the same. Enter Voodoo Chile, a Leesburg, Virginia-based sauce company that, naturally, took a liking to our Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA. The result is a hothead’s paradise.

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Voodoo Chile’s
Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA

  • Heat level: MEDIUM+ … (7 out of 10)
  • Pepper blend: Habanero, Fatalii, Cayenne and Carolina Reaper
  • Other ingredients include: Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, mango, peaches, Mandarin orange, garlic, sweet onion and lemon juice 
  • Pairings: Our go-to is a few drops as a topper for Rappahannock River Oysters on the half shell
  • Highlights: A big, fruity semi sweet front is quickly followed by a playful heat and a dry, hoppy finish. The tropical flavor of mango is complimented by a tasteful addition of Mandarin orange and peach to lend some complexity to the first wave of flavor. The spice blend starts subtle, but builds hauntingly, and ends with the same dry, bitter finish you’d expect from a big IPA.

We know you want it, both in your mouth and in your brain, so here’s a Q&A with Voodoo Chile founder Thom Toth:

What is the Voodoo Chile mantra?

TT – Voodoo Chile Sauces exists to entertain taste buds. Truth be known, making hot sauce is easy, that’s why so many people are doing it and why there are so many brands to choose from. What separates Voodoo Chile from the pack is our relentless commitment to quality and our focus on crafting layered, complex sauces that people will want to use and share. When we use the ubiquitous phrase “flavor first,” it is quite literal. Every last one of our sauces was purposely crafted to deliver at least one or two waves of flavor before the heat from the chile peppers begins to set in.  

How was the beer incorporated?

TT – To be blunt, the beer is not simply incorporated into the sauce, the entire hot sauce was diligently crafted around the beer, its flavor profile and nuances. Unlike other hot sauces and BBQ sauces on the market that use beer as an adjunct ingredient, we use beer as the main ingredient. Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA is the number one ingredient by weight. When you crack the cap off this sauce, you can smell the beer and it is heavenly. We invest a lot of time and energy into deconstructing a beer before building a hot sauce around it. As Fever Dream IPA is an India Pale Ale, we wanted to work a little magic on the flavor profile while still keeping the beer itself front and center. To do that, we added just a touch of peach and Mandarin orange, and then we worked a little magic with the pepper blend, pairing the Habanero with the infamous Fatalii chile pepper, a kissing cousin of the Habanero that is hotter while being even tastier. Staying true to Voodoo Chile tradition, we used a few other peppers to give you a burn experience that you’ll rarely find in sauces from any other company.

Are there plans to use any other beers?

TT – Never say never. There is no specific second sauce planned right now, but there may or may not have been some recent brainstorming over beers. 

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If you live for hot sauce, you owe it to yourself to try this collaboration. Then, share the #saucesomeness on social media. 

In addition to our tasting room, the Fever Dream hot sauce is available online at CraftBeerSauce.com and will be available in select hot sauce stores across the U.S. this summer.   

Jun

9

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On an autumn evening in the 90’s, our brewmaster Matt Brophy took a rare break from R.E.M in lieu of the smooth sounds of Charlie Papazian, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired by Charlie, he ran out to by Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, is holding their annual conference in Baltimore, just east of our fair brewery. A collaboration only made sense.

The aptly-named Airwaves is an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops, specifically Centennial, Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic. Every bottle was handed a one-way ticket to Home Brew Con 2016, they will be given to each of this year’s conference attendees. If you aren’t a member planning to attend already, believe us when we say that this beer is worth the price of admission.

Stay tuned; we’ll be covering the conference June 9-11. Until then, “Goodnight, and good luck.”

May

29

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SAVOR is the penultimate craft beer and food pairing experience set annually in Washington D.C. This year we’re bringing two new beers created specifically for this event.  If you don’t know, now you know, Twitter.

  • Notorious B.A.G. Gonzo Imperial Porter aged in A. Smith Bowman whiskey barrels with sweet and tart cherries
  • Goseface Killah Traditional German-style Gose dry hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra

We have elected to share our itinerary for the week if you want to come out and drink with the Flying Dog crew. Please don’t abuse this information by stalking any newly-single members of the team. Get the net Stacy, we broke up.

If you don’t have tickets for SAVOR yet, get them before they are gone.

May

26

SawbonesDuring the height of the Civil War, our hometown of Frederick was given the nickname “One Vast Hospital.” With Maryland smack dab in the middle of the Union and Confederacy, patients often outnumbered residents. To this day, if you stand on a quiet street after sunset, you can still hear them singing “Hard Tack Come Again No More.”

Despite pioneering a good bit of modern medicine, doctors were dubbed “saw bones.” While the literal sometimes occurred for those on the wrong end of a musket, Saw Bones were also revered for hand-made elixirs in which the cure-all nature of both ginger and lemon were common.

To pay homage to the hard-working people on Mercy Street, we enlisted the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to bring you a new Saw Bones in the form of a Belgian-style table beer with ginger and lemon. Crisp and clean on the palette with bold citrus, spice and malt character, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Set up camp and enjoy Saw Bones all summer long:

Saw Bones is available exclusively in Frederick. If you can’t make it out to one of these events, scout yourself a take-home case using our Beer Finder.

 

May

23

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Brewhouse Rarities Hall Of Fame Inductees 2016 Speech

Esteemed colleagues, brewing brethren, Mom: I’d like to wish you all a good evening. 

Good is not a word we take lightly at Flying Dog. “Good beer, no shit” is a slogan we have brewed by for longer than anyone at the brewery can remember. In fairness, who has a great memory after a couple of Double Dogs?

[Pause for laughter.]

Good beer is exactly what this evening, like most that we enjoy, is all about. Good beer and the good people who brew it.

To prove this point, our pack of just over 100 strong slides on our hiking Chucks and heads to the top of a mountain every summer where we all weigh in on what we should brew in the coming year’s Brewhouse Rarities series.

In these past few months, you have already experienced the fruit of this labor in Tropical Stout, Cold-Press Coffee Porter, Mint Julep Ale and Berliner Weisse, and we’ll have four more treats for you before the ball drops again. While the beers typically have a limited release window and footprint, there have been several occasions where your demands for more of the liquid were stronger than our will to say no. Let the record show that this decision was due entirely to the fact that the beer was too delicious to never have the opportunity to shake your hand again.

[Pause for laughter.]

We’d now like to take a minute to honor these greats by welcoming them into the Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame.

Our first honoree, Easy IPA, was a Brewhouse Rarity in May 2013 under the same name. You may remember it from your favorite tailgate. Perhaps it was the first thing you craved after mowing the lawn. Or, its subtle spice and grapefruit hop bite made you weak in the knees. As a result, Easy IPA moved up to the big leagues where it has been racking up web-gems in the form of check-ins ever since. We can always count on Easy to be the first beer out of the cooler on the course and the last beer in hand after a night of barbecuing and embellishing with friends.

Our second inductee, Numero Uno, was first pitched in 2013 as a craft alternative to the south-of-the-border light lagers. It was innovative in combing flaked maize, agave and lime all in one, which not only checked 0ff the “crushability” box, but also saved you a trip down the produce aisle.

[Pause for some mm-hmm’s.]

Originally titled Brewhouse Rarities Agave Cerveza, we were muy felize it was given a new name along with its lease on life. Olé.

Our final inductee, Fever Dream, is also the newest member of our year round lineup. First released in February 2014 as Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA, its balance of spicy and sweet was once again expertly dialed in when it returned to our roster earlier this year. If you haven’t had the chance to try it, we wish you the best of luck in crawling out from under that rock in the near future.

[Pause for some oh, snap’s.]

Congratulations to each of this years Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame Inductees.

[Applause. Lots of applause.]

Let this year’s offerings be a reminder that anything is possible, especially if you work at Flying Dog.

[Throw both hands in the air with matching peace signs.]

May

18

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“Detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.” When we applied to sell Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA in the State of Michigan (a standard practice for most states), that was the reaction.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission, a committee of appointed bureaucrats responsible for alcohol regulation in the state, promptly banned the sale of Raging Bitch. And we did not take that blatant violation of our First Amendment rights lying down.

Last March — and after an almost six-year legal battle — the United State Court of Appeals ruled that the Commission violated our right to freedom of expression and held each individual commissioner accountable. (You can read more about that ruling here.) With the damages awarded to us from that case, we established the 1st Amendment Society.

A cornerstone of democracy, the First Amendment protects our freedoms of expression, petition, press and religion. Yet, it’s consistently being threatened by the same democratic body that established it. Our 1st Amendment Society will advocate and educate on the First Amendment and organize events that promote the arts, journalism and civil liberties. 

This summer, the 1st Amendment Society and Frederick County Public Library are hosting a series of talks on banned books in the tasting room. The “Freedom Reads” series will feature:

  • Garrett Epps on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: Garrett is a legal scholar, author, journalist, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and professor of constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore. He will speak to the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Leaves of Grass on Wednesday, June 8. 
  • Dr. Michelle Markey Butler on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Michelle is a lecturer at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies/Honors College. She currently teaches a course on Harry Potter and will speak to why this book, which is near and dear to adults and children alike, is often banned on Wednesday, July 13.
  • Ronald Collins on Allen Ginsburg’s Howl: Ron is currently the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law and has clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger, taught at Stanford, Temple and GW and worked with the Newseum’s First Amendment Center. An author of biographies on both Lenny Bruce and Allen Ginsburg, Ron on will discuss the banned poem on Wednesday, August 10. 

Each Freedom Reads talk will begin at 6 pm. They’re free and open to anyone over that sacred age of 21. And stay tuned for more information on the 1st Amendment Society, including its very own website. 

 

May

9

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Some people measure time by the seasons, some by the calendar, some by semesters. We measure time in Brewhouse Rarities releases and we are already on our fourth of the year.

Berliner Weisse was pitched by Little Michael, a faithful member of the tribe and student of historic beer styles. When combined with his love for hiking, the low ABV (4.2%) and refreshing citrus character of a traditional German Berliner Weiss was a perfect fit. Never ones to back down, the entire brew team was up for the challenge of crafting the traditional lemon tartness. German is what German does, so we will also have traditional raspberry, peach and woodruff syrups on hand in the tasting room to add additional character to this unique style. 

Our second Heat Series release, Ancho Lime Paradise Lager, was born from the idea that a heat beer can be subtle and approachable. Anchos are dried poblano peppers which originated in Puebla, Mexico. (You probably remember that town from your Cinco De Mayo history lesson in 3rd grade.) When the earthy ancho is mixed with lime and corn, the result is a brilliantly clear, light straw body (if it only had a brain), and a pure white head. Once it hits your lips, the pepper’s heat will lead the charge with a lime and sweet corn spice following for a flavor profile that immediately has you reaching for more. We recommend spicy fish tacos with cilantro because…beer and tacos. 

Be a part of the action in our tasting room on Friday, May 13 from 3 to 8 pm. If you don’t leave the house on Friday the 13th, check our Beer Finder for availability near you after both beers hit the market on May 16.

May

6

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This Saturday, we’re saddling up for the Kentucky Derby with the perfect libation in hand: Brewhouse Rarities Mint Julep Ale. While we don’t have a horse in the race, the depravity of our Derby dates back to the start of Gonzo journalism when Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman gave the world “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” If reading isn’t your thing, you can catch the story of their first meeting and the debauchery that ensued in the ESPN 30-for-30 short Gonzo @ The Derby.

If you realize you look way too good to stay at home in that Derby dress or seersucker suit, there are a number of Derby parties we recommend gracing with your presence including:

Enjoy the greatest 2 minutes in sports with a Mint Julep Ale in hand. We’ll see you in the winner’s circle.

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