Apr

18

“OK! OK! I know I look like a fish. I talk like a fish, but forget it! I don’t feel like a fish anymore, things have moved on. I’m a laboratory failure. That’s evolution, Honey! It’s over – find someone else.”
– Ralph Steadman

Speaking of evolution, Summer Rental is the sixth beer to graduate from Brewhouse Rarity to a standard release in our seasonal portfolio. You may remember last summer’s Brewhouse Rarities Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler as one of the few good things to happen in 2016. Need a refresher? 

Radler, German for cyclist, was born of necessity. In the roaring ’20s when biking and drinking was all the rage, an entrepreneurial innkeeper built a trail from nearby 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 of beer and lemon soda.

We opted for a light lager brewed with grapefruit and passionfruit to create this refreshing, very low (4.5%) ABV offering. Slightly sweet and slightly tart with a crisp dry finish, this beer is a perfect starting point for any holdouts who have been waiting for the right beverage to get them into craft beer. For the seasoned experts, Summer Rental is begging for the cocktail treatment. Start by adding a shot of a boldy botanical gin for a quick and delicious gin radler.

Consider this Summer Rental’s RSVP to every pool party, cookout, family reunion, fireworks display, baseball game, boat trip, crab feast and game of beach blanket Bingo you’re hosting this summer. And don’t forget to save room in the rooftop cargo carrier for a couple cases before you hit the road to your summer vacation destination. It can be found everywhere Flying Dog is sold.*

*Jimmy Buffett anthology sold separate

Apr

11

Freedom of speech is the last defense against tyranny. We are a nation more divided than ever, but defending our right to freedom of expression — established by the Founding Fathers of our nation — is a bipartisan fight we should all embrace. 

Defending the name and original Ralph Steadman art of Raging Bitch against an unconstitutional ban in the State of Michigan, we are no strangers to playing this kind of defense. First Amendment issues affect all aspects of our lives, including (and definitely not limited to) the beer that we drink and the music we listen to.

On Sunday, the 1st Amendment Society will host a live performance by The Slants, a Portland-based all-Asian American dance-rock band, that is currently awaiting a Supreme Court ruling over a request to trademark their name, which was originally denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Slants have formed an identity “to take on stereotypes that people have about us, like slanted eyes, and own them.” Embracing and owning a slur as a form of empowerment is their fundamental right, and should not be denied by self-appointed bureaucrats. Denial of a trademark registration has serious consequences for artists, just as banning the sale of a beer greatly affects a small, independent craft brewery. For more insight into the work being done by The Slants, check out Bassist Simon Tam’s Ted Talk

The Slants will perform at the brewery this Sunday, April 16 at 6 pm. For best results, we recommend having a Raging Bitch in hand throughout the show, which is free and open to the public.

Apr

5

Our groundbreaking (literally, first of its kind) Firkin Friday series returns to Charm City with the Original Gangster, Snake Dog IPA.

In 2012, Snake Dog was the first craft beer in Baltimore baseball history, so we’ll be feeling a bit nostalgic this Friday. Stop by The Flying Dog Grille in section 29, stock up on Chesapeake Waffle Fries and wash them down with our cask-conditioned deliciousness at every Friday home game all season long.

Mar

31

25 years of Oriole Park at Camden Yards have given us countless memories: Cal passing Lou, Snake Dog IPA being the first craft beer served, Jeffrey Maier’s half-assed attempt at a catch, crab dip waffle fries, and, of course, the ’93 All-Star Game Celebrity Home Run Derby where Tom Selleck was the only member of the Hollywood snowflakes to go yard.

In 2017, we’re adding to the list with more beer in the stadium than ever before…and just in time for the first Orioles’ World Series championship since 1983. You heard it here first.

Start the season off right with our Opening Day party in the breezeway of the Hilton Baltimore with beer flowing starting at 10 am. #BaltimoreBreakfast. If you bleed orange, replenish with Bloodline Blood Orange Ale. We’ll also have Snake Dog 20th Anniversary IPA, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza and Doggie Style Pale Ale on draft.

And here’s where you can track down Flying Dog throughout Camden Yards at every game this season (in addition to your favorite hawkers delivering ice-cold beer like Herculean Amazon drones):

Eutaw Street

  • Rooftop Bar: Bloodline, Snake Dog
  • Roma Grill: Snake Dog
  • Craft Beer Row: Bloodline, Snake Dog and Dead Rise (beginning in May)
  • Dempsey’s: Gonzo, The Truth and Dead Rise (beginning in May) 

Main Concourse

  • Flying Dog Grill: Bloodline, Snake Dog, Numero Uno, Raging Bitch and Dead Rise (beginning in May) Also home to Firkin Fridays, starting on April 7
  • Free State Pub: Bloodline, Snake Dog, Numero Uno, Raging Bitch and Dead Rise (beginning in May) 
  • Free State Express: Bloodline, Snake Dog, Numero Uno, Bloodline, Raging Bitch and Dead Rise (beginning in May) 

Club Level

  • All Star Cafe: Snake Dog
  • Club Bar 211: Snake Dog
  • Club Orange Bar: Snake Dog
  • Suites (look at you, baller): Snake Dog, Numero Uno

Upper Deck

  • Seafood Stand: Snake Dog and Dead Rise (beginning in May)
  • Craft Beer Row: Bloodline, Snake Dog, Numero Uno and Dead Rise (beginning in May)
  • Bloodline, Snake Dog, Numero Uno and Dead Rise (beginning in May)

Don’t have tickets to the game? There’s still beer to be drank and baseball to be watched. Meet us at:

  • Pickles for $3 Numero Unos, $3.50 Snake Dog 16-oz cans and $4 Bloodline on nitro
  • Bullpen for $4 Snake Dog 16-oz cans
  • Frank & Nick’s for $4 Flying Dogs
  • Hightopps for $3 Snake Dogs
  • Five at Christopher Daniel for $4 Flying Dogs
  • Corner Stable for $3.50 Numero Unos

Mar

15

With notes of fig, apricot and lemon, Tamarind is an ingredient our brewmaster has wanted to work with for years. So the stars have never been more aligned than when our cellarman Jake Beamer threw a tamarind-infused English brown ale into the ring during last year’s Brewhouse Rarities pitch session.

Beamer stumbled upon tamarind beverages while aimlessly scanning the shelves of an international grocery for unique and interesting ingredients (as brewers are apt to do). For the uninitiated, the tamarind tree, which grows in tropical regions, produces a pod-like fruit with large seeds and a sticky pulp. These guys have an intensely tart flavor and are commonly used to make thirst-quenching beverages similar to lemonade. 

(Tamarind, according to Google)

Beamer initially deliberated on the beer style that would pair well with this unique ingredient before settling on an English brown ale. The idea was to use a medium malt body as well as fruity esters from the British yeast strain and a hint of earthy Goldings hops. The tamarind flavor is not in the foreground of this beer; it’s subtle and perfectly intermingles with the cast of other flavors.

Tamarind Ale will be unleashed in our tasting room on Friday, March 17. Stop by and shake Beamer’s hand, pick his brain on our firkin program and listen to the concepts behind his specialty made firkins for the release party, which include:

  • Tamarind Ale with additional tamarind
  • Snake Dog IPA with Meco Chipotles
  • St. EADman Abbey Ale with mango

We’ll see you on the 17th, or you can track down Tamarind Ale today with our Beer Finder.

 

Mar

13

On Saturday, for the first time ever, we let 50 cases of our Sub Rosa Dark and Stormy Ale into the world. 300 lucky fans now have a 4-pack of Dark and Stormy at home to help get them through our upcoming “paralyzing blizzard“. In fairness, we did warn you these would sell out, but if you missed our first Sub Rosa can release, take a deep breath, we’ve got more releases planned.  

The beers selected for our Sub Rosa series are pitched in tandem with our Brewhouse Rarities at an annual mountain retreat. Our tasting room MacGyver, Kyle, developed Dark and Stormy Ale to showcase a perfect balance of vanilla, cinnamon and molasses alongside the lime and ginger.

The Dark and Stormy VIP group took advantage of early access to Dark and Stormy Ale, as well as some face time and a Q&A with the brewer and the brains behind the concept.

NEVER MISS A SUB ROSA RELEASE AGAIN
Once shrouded in the secrecy of our tasting room, this year’s Sub Rosa releases will be available in 4-packs of 16-oz cans. With the limited capacity of our pilot system, only 50 cases of each will be produced. 
This year’s Sub Rosa series includes:

May 6: Lactose IPA
June 17: Negroni IPA
July 29: House Rules
September 9: Apricot Sour
October 21: Mustard IPA
December 9: Smoked Sour

SET YOUR ALARMS
VIP ACCESS: 11:15 AM

Taste the beer with the brewer and brains behind the concept.
$12 registration includes early access and a 4-pack of the Sub Rosa release.

PUBLIC RELEASE: Noon
Limit one 4-pack per person. $12 each.

Lactose IPA VIP registration opensuntappd April 22 at 11:15 AM to the first 40 people.

Mar

1

Every once in a great while, the time comes when we feel the need to celebrate the achievements of a three-time Playgirl cover model. Luckily for you, that time is now.

On Friday, March 24 Tom Selleck-Con comes to Flying Dog. That’s right, we’re getting all Magnum PI up in this bitch with an evening dedicated to the fashion and facial hair of our favorite avocado farmer. The $5 ticket price guarantees you a night of Detroit debauchery with more exposed chest hair than the belly-flop contest on the Carnival Pride.  In addition to reserving your spot, you’ll be taking home a signature Selleck-Con Mustache glass and your first beer is on us. We’ll also have a life tour, props from his eclectic range of roles, and the man himself* will greet you as you enter our over-the-top celebration of the only other man your mother has thought about since 1983. 

Come in costume. Spots are limited and these tickets will sell out.

*Alternative facts.

THE DETAILS
Who: Tom Selleck
What: Mustache
Where: Flying Dog Brewery – 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. Frederick, MD 21704
When: Friday, March 24 from 5 pm – 8 pm.
Why: You know damn well why.
Spaces are limited, book today. This event is SOLD OUT.

Feb

24

Our Heat Series is a radical exploration of brewing with hot chilies, and it returns this year with the Hot Box variety pack of four brand-new releases. That’s right; all four coming at you at once this year.

    

The frontrunner, Shishito Rice Ale

The fresh, yet smoky, spice inspired us to change it up. Brown rice over malt. Ale yeast for sake. The shishito pepper is small and slender and while it will turn from green to red upon ripening, it is typically harvested while green. We recommend starting with this and following the path as laid out ahead. At 5.3% ABV these will go down smooth. Best bet, take these with you to your favorite BYOB sushi house and get the spicy tuna.

#2: Cherry Bomb Gose

Sweet cherry meets it pepper counterpart, both balanced by traditional Gose tartness. Perfect trifecta defined. Weighing in at 3500 scovilles, the Cherry Bomb pepper is milder than a Jalapeño. Once combined with the cherry, it is hard to imagine a more perfect union. Make sure you’ve got plenty in the cooler for your next early-spring cookout, at 4.7% ABV, Cherry Bomb Gose will need reinforcements.

Rounding the final turn, Chocolate Habanero Stout

Sweet chocolate evolves into a heat that lingers. The stuff of legends… If you want a serious, smoky heat, look no further than Chocolate Habanero Stout. Hotter than a regular habanero, the chocolate habanero ranges between 425,000 and 577,000 scoville units. You read that correctly, commas and zeroes are in their respective places. But don’t let the big numbers scare you, we added oats, as well as chocolate, roasted and black malts along with cocoa shells so this one has a little more body to help balance the heat. At 6.3%, these will get along great with your standing Taco Tuesday appointments. Pro tip, add the mole sauce. 

The home stretch: Experimental Pepper IPA

Hops amplify spice. So what do bold varieties that pack a tropical fruit punch do to the new hottest pepper in the world? Blow your mind. We added a one-two punch of hops with HBC-291 and HBC-431, some old favorites from our Single Hop series, and combined them with the now-hottest pepper in the world. When we started the Heat Series last year, we teamed up with PuckerButt Pepper Company to use their Carolina Reaper. At the time it tipped the scoville scales at over 1.5 million units. It has since been dethroned by the experimental pepper we used to create this masterpeice. If we could tell you anything more about it, we would.

In The Winners Circle:

With our new Flying Dog University course, The Making of a Hot Box on Wednesday, March 1, learn from Brewmaster Ben Clark about the evolution of Cherry Bomb Gose, Shishito Rice Ale, Chocolate Habanero Stout and Experimental Pepper IPA weeks before the Hot Box is released. The class will conclude with a guided food pairing with each of the four beers and includes a Hot Box 12-pack for each student.

Bookmark our Beer Finder and start tracking them down in March.

Feb

20

Don’t draw, Ralph! It’s a filthy habit. – Hunter S. Thompson

It’s a filthy habit indeed, filled with scamps, tramps, and sick and twisted souls. Luckily for us, our dear Ralph didn’t listen. In 2017, St. EADman Abbey Ale joins our year-round lineup. Adorned with Ralph Steadman’s “self-poortrait,” St. EADman is our homage to Ralph, the last of the original Gonzo visionaries and a true Renaissance man.

For the uninitiated, Ralph was introduced to Flying Dog founder George Stranahan by his longtime collaborator, Hunter S. Thompson, and has been crafting original art for our labels since 1995. He coined the phrase “Good Beer, No Shit” on his first work for us (for Road Dog Porter), which landed us in our first of many First Amendment fights for free expression. Since then, Ralph has created over 50 masterpieces with us, ensuring that the liquid art in the bottle is worthy of the fine art on the label. 

Steadman has been adding to his portfolio for over sixty years, famously collaborating with Hunter S. Thompson on Scanlan’s “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,” as well as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Rolling Stone’s “Rumble in the Jungle” and countless other weirrd experiences.

To know this is to merely scratch the surface. Once you go down the rabbit hole of Steadman’s work, you will come across countless works of art, not just what splatters on his canvas, but an eclectic body that ranges from politically-fueled masterpieces to children’s books. Ralph’s illustrations of literary classics (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Fahrenheit 451 and Treasure Island) and contemporary classics like Breaking Bad are all iconic representations of his style that would be at home in your library and in a museum. In addition to creating art for the likes of The Who and Frank Zappa, Steadman is a musician himself; you can hear him with his ukulele on Johnny Depp‘s anthology, Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys.

Ralph doesn’t limit his work to beer either, his label for Cardinal “Spiced” Zin’ was banned in Ohio, he illustrated Oddbin’s wine catalog and he released The Grapes of Ralph: Wine according to Ralph Steadman. For all the parents out there, it is never too late to get your children started on his classics including Inspector Mouse, Teddy! Where Are You? and The Little Red Computer. All staples for the healthy natural development of a child’s mind. But perhaps it’s best if you start your education with a viewing of For No Good Reason, the 2013 documentary that chronicles the life and work of the one and only.

Of course, it is best to do all of this with a St. EADman in hand. Track it down with our all-knowing Beer Finder.

Feb

16

For the first time ever, our Sub Rosa series of tasting room-exclusive, experimental beers are available for your at-home consumption.

Tucked under our full-production brewhouse is a 15-barrel pilot system, which is a blank canvas for our brewers and the birthplace of the Sub Rosa series. Once shrouded in the secrecy of our tasting room, this year’s Sub Rosa releases will be available in 4-packs of 16-oz cans. With the limited capacity of our pilot system, only 50 cases of each will be produced.

The beers selected for our Sub Rosa series are pitched in tandem with our Brewhouse Rarities at an annual mountain retreat. Only the most innovative and challenging concepts are chosen for Sub Rosa to allow our brewers to work with new ingredients, try new techniques and go outside of their comfort zone. This year’s Sub Rosa series includes:

  • Dark and Stormy Ale: March 11
  • Lactose IPA: May 6
  • Negroni IPA: June 17
  • House Rules: July 29
  • Apricot Sour: September 9
  • Mustard IPA: October 21
  • Smoked Sour Wheat: December 9

Our brewers love taking on a classic cocktail. With Dark and Stormy Ale, the idea is to get the ginger spice to play off the vanilla, cinnamon and oaky notes of the rum. This beer-cocktail hybrid was pitched by our tasting room lead Kyle Bolte, pictured above and interviewed below in all of his bearded glory.

For the uninitiated, what is a Dark and Stormy?
A traditional Dark ‘N’ Stormy, as trademarked by Goslings of Bermuda just after World War I, is comprised of spiced rum, ginger beer and lime on the rocks. While the cocktail is best enjoyed on a semi-deserted island with Scarlett Johansen, we brewed this beer to give you that taste of summer throughout the year. And you should never be shy about adding a floater of Kraken.

What made you pick the beer? 
Cocktail-inspired beers were starting to become popular in the market. We had already successfully brewed two in 2016 and I figured why not make a third? Plus, I love Dark and Stormy’s.

How did you hone in on the ingredients to create such a unique flavor?
In meetings with Brewmaster Ben Clark, we spent a lot of time going through various rums, ginger beers and limes. It was tough, but we put in the research to determine the best pairings of these ingredients to make the perfect cocktail. Once we had the rum that we wanted to emulate, we broke down the flavor profile and got to work measuring out the perfect balance of vanilla, cinnamon and molasses.

Pick up your 4-pack of Dark and Stormy on Saturday, March 11.

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