Saturday marks the first show in our 2015 Summer Sessions Concert Series with Hurray for the Riff Raff playing live on our front lawn. Got tickets? Excellent. Now all you need to do is read through our FAQs and get ready for one helluva welcome to summer.
1. Will tickets be available at the door?
Slackers rejoice. We will have tickets available at the door. But you can also play it extra safe and get yours now via MissionTix.com.
2. Is the show outside? Will it be held rain or shine?
Yes and yes. Only the stage is covered, but even if there are a few sprinkles, we think you’ll be just fine. There will also be no access to the brewery itself and no re-entry once you’ve been admitted.
3. Is this an all-ages show?
NO. Only those 21 and older with a valid ID will be admitted. That’s the law. And that include babies and small children, even if they’re strapped to your chest and/or attached with a leash.
4. Are all tickets general admission?
Yes. All spots are first come, first serve.
5. Where do I park?
Parking is on our brewery grounds. Attendants will be on-site all day to direct and showcase of an array of neon-colored vests.
6. Can I bring chairs, blankets, and/or umbrellas?
Due to space constraints and the sake of those around you (umbrella ends in the eye are no fun), we have to say NOPE to all of the above.
7. Is the venue handicap accessible?
We are ADA compliant, but it’s important to know that our tasting room (and related indoor facilities) are closed during the concert. We also have limited seating on our patio.
8. Is outside food or drink allowed?
Again, NOPE AND NOPE. The only exception to this is unopened bottles of water. (But if you don’t BYOW, we’ll have free water stations throughout the area.) Aside from our delicious beers, no other alcoholic beverages can be consumed or served on our brewery grounds by law. Food and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from the kick ass food trucks we have lined up: The Green Bowl and The Smoking Swine.
9. So, what’s the deal with beer?
All beer is a la carte and available for purchase for $5 each. From specialty casks to the just-released Counter Culture Ale, our beer list is a doozy. There is a limit of two beers per person, just like stadiums, per transaction.
10. Are pets allowed?
NO. Trust us; they will have a much better time sneaking onto your bed and taking a long nap than they will dodging beer bellies and beards.
11. Is photography and video allowed?
Yes, as long as it is not professional. Amateur photos and footage for fun, shits (for, not of), and giggles are welcomed and encouraged. While you’re at it, share it with your friends and ours on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #SummerSessions.
12. I plan on drinking responsibly, but what if I need a cab? Hotel room?
- Yellow Cab of Frederick: 301-662-2250
- Taxi Fiesta: 301-663-6300
- Frederick Taxi: 301-696-0077
For beds (all within 3 miles of the brewery):
13. Are any other things prohibited?
Funny you should ask:
- Illegal substances
- Party poopers
The sweetlife never tasted this good.
For the second year in a row, we’ve partnered with sweetgreen on the sweetlife music festival, a two-day celebration of music, art, food and culture May 30 and 31 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
And the best part is the beer: We’re brewing sweetlife Pale Wheat exclusively for the festival. Our brewers are using local wheat and rye for a soft earthiness and subtle acidity and Mosaic hops for a complex array of juicy tropical fruit, citrus, berry and pine notes.
One of the things we love about this festival is the detailed curation, from showcasing the best local cuisine to a commitment to sustainability. In that same light, new this year is the Flying Dog Hop-Up Shop, an interactive and educational experience for VIP ticket holders.
Hops are arguably the most distinguishable and versatile ingredient found in craft beer, with hundreds of varieties grown in our backyard (literally), across the country and halfway around the globe. To highlight the unique profiles of each variety, the Hop-Up Shop will feature 5 different casks of sweetlife Pale Wheat:
- Cask 1: sweetlife Pale Wheat in its original, delicious form
- Cask 2: Added Columbus hops for herbal, garlic and black pepper notes
- Cask 3: Added Simcoe hops for pine, resinous and woodsy notes
- Cask 4: Added Citra hops for citrus, grapefruit and melon notes
- Cask 5: Added Galaxy hops for tropical and stone fruit notes
The sweetlife Pale Wheat will act as both the control and the canvas to showcase the ingredient that plays an enormous role in the art of craft beer.
The Hop-Up Shop will open at 3:30 pm on both days of the festival. Tickets for VIP and general admission are on sale now.
Hurray for the Riff Raff, the headliner of our first Summer Sessions concert of the season, is for the people.
“It’s grown into this bigger idea of feeling like we really associate with the underdog,” singer Alynda Lee Segarra said. “We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don’t really seem to fit together, and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music.”
That doesn’t sound like our motley crew of those who pledge their allegiance to good beer, now does it?
While Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music sweeps across multiple genres, it can best be described as traditional Americana folk with equal parts grace and grit. The band has received rave reviews from NPR, The New York Times and more, and is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians celebrating and reimagining American roots music.
Hurray for the Riff Raff will perform live on our front lawn, with Mechanical River opening, Saturday, June 20. Tickets are $25 and on sale now via MissionTix.com.