May

14

Influence. It’s the reason your mom cared so much about which friends you hung out with after school. It’s allowed people of average talent to make a living on Instagram. It’s also the reason your favorite music sounds the way it does.

Garth Brooks learned how to put on a kickass concert because he listened to a lot of KISS. Sonny John Moore wouldn’t be Skrillex without Nine Inch Nails, and if you think you like A$AP Rocky, you should really listen to Cam’ron.

The right song + the right artist + the perfect mood = your new favorite album. The formula is simple.

Let’s apply it to Thunderpeel, our Unfiltered IPA bomb of Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic:

The hops are Kanye West, the yeast is Daft Punk’s Discovery, fermentation is…OK, we’re not going to try to decode Kanye’s psyche, but you get the idea.  

A dry hop during fermentation allows the hops to interact with the yeast, which can create different aroma and flavor profiles than what we would see in those same hops with a traditional dry hop and filtration.

And those beautiful hop aromas and flavors will degrade over time, so post it on Insta, drink, and repeat until it’s gone, baby, gone. This one’s not for cellaring.

Thunderpeel is available exclusively in 16-oz 4-pack cans in our tasting room this Saturday, May 19 at noon.

May

10

Sunday, July 1: Langhorne Slim and The Lost At Last Band

Saturday, July 28: Dan Deacon

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18 at 10 am and will sell out. 

May

10

Guava Juice IPA — our latest Brewhouse Rarities release — has a big, bright tropical fruit aroma from fresh guava juice and the juicy fruit profile of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy hops. 

It was pitched by our Director of Sales Intel and Fulfillment, Kyle Chittim, with purpose. You see, Kyle’s a numbers guy. A figures fiend. A calculus connoisseur. An analytics aficionado.

Legend has it that for his fifth birthday, Kyle received a Casio CA53W-1 calculator watch from his great uncle Ulysses and became obsessed. By the time Kyle reached college, he had amassed quite the impressive collection of math machines. HP 12C…TI-83…MS-80B. All his most prized possessions.

Having made Accounting 101 his bitch the previous semester, Kyle eagerly registered for Accounting 102. He strode into the first class, armed with his trusty BA II Plus (his Excalibur) ready to dominate. But then, his professor passed around copies of the syllabus, and Kyle gulped as he read the first line:All assignments must be completed in Microsoft Excel. NO FINANCIAL CALCULATORS.

Later that evening, Kyle stared at the unholy grid stretched across his laptop screen, listening to the faint melodies of Usher’s Confessions that leaked from the headphones of his roommate, Chad. He took a deep breath, opened his notes and leapt into the spreadsheet abyss.

It is believed that the class rendered him forever disillusioned with calculators. His button-pressing muscle memory atrophied and was replaced with functions and keystrokes. He learned to solve hundreds of equations with a simple drag of the mouse. It was like some kind of superpower.

According to Chad’s diary, Kyle returned to the dorm after his Accounting final, packed all of his calculators into a cardboard box, and left without a word. We can’t say for sure what happened to the box, but many swear they saw Kyle that night at the campus bonfire.

We’ve never seen Kyle so much as look at a calculator here at the brewery, but his monitors are perpetually filled with the most elaborate of spreadsheets. And if you ask Kyle what happened to his Casio watch, he’ll look at you and say softly…“Gotta let it burn.” 

So if anyone needs a beer at the end of the day, it’s this guy. His pitch had spreadsheets of data to back it up, but what got our brew team excited was working with tropical fruit and tropical hops. Guava Juice IPA will be available in our tasting room starting tonight, and it’ll hit store shelves next week.

#SpreadsheetResponsibly 

Apr

17

Fueled by Skinny Pop, Mariah Carey deep cuts, and just a hint of resentment, the women of Flying Dog conceived a new beer for Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day, which just so happened to also be International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme was “Freestyle,” but Cardi B was busy…so we went with Plan B: A hoppy kettle sour with cranberry and lime.

It’s called “Puss ’n Boots.”

It’s pink.

It’s tart.

And it’s perfect.

Just like the bad bitches that brewed it, the beer is #unfiltered, a potent fusion of sweet, tart, and oh-so-juicy hops. A special YCH Pink Boots hop blend (Palisade, Loral, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic) add some serious fruit punch vibes. Round it all out with crisp lime, and the beer is bikini ready.

You can try Puss ’n Boots at our girl-power-packed release party this Friday, April 20. We’ll be open until 9 pm, which leaves so much room for activities:

  • 3 pm – Doors open
  • 4 pm – Yoga on our front lawn, presented by Yogamour
  • 5:30 pm – Sass Magazine panel on women in the brewing industry with the ladies of Flying Dog
  • 6:30 pm – Live music by Vinyl Rhino
  • 8:20 pm – Last call, and time get your limited edition crowler of Puss ‘n Boots for just $7
  • 9 pm – Please leave

Proceeds from the sale of the beer will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund.

Don’t worry. There will be plenty of snacks from Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop, Hippy Chick Hummus, and The Polka Dot Truck.

Oh, and every woman’s first beer will be $0.79. #Feminism.

The Pink Boots Society’s mission is to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

Apr

2

There are certain areas of the world — notably the Pacific Northwest, Germany and New Zealand — that are known for producing the types of hops that make your mouth water and your face melt. Often, the East Coast isn’t on that list. Until now. 

Introducing the East Coast Hop Project, a first-of-it’s-kind variety pack that highlights a different farm and the regionally-viable hops they produce:

IPA with Black Locust Hops

Starting small and now expanding to a full-service hop harvesting facility outside of Baltimore, Che and Lisa Carton’s hops have been featured in our Secret Stash Harvest Ale for many years in a row.

In this beer, the citrus, pine and resin of their Cascade and Chinooks dominate, proving how well popular West Coast varieties grow on the East Coast.

 

Pale Ale with Pleasant Valley Hops

Dan Carroll is betting big on sustainable hop production in Maryland. His insight has shaped major academic studies in the field and proved that hop farming south of the Mason Dixon has plenty of room to grow.

In this pale ale, big citrus (notably orange and grapefruit) from his Cascade and mild herb and spice from his Nugget hops play beautifully with Maryland-grown Synergy and Scala malt.

 

Rye Pale Ale with Pedersen Farms hops

A scientific approach to cultivation has led Pedersen Farms to thrive in the Finger Lakes.

With 18 varieties of hops on 20 acres, Rick and Laura Pedersen were the first to grow hops commercially in New York since before World War II. Their Centennial, Mt. Hood and Chinook bring floral and citrus to a spicy and malty-sweet grist.

 

By promoting regional hop farms — year after year — through the East Coast Hop Project, we hope to accelerate both the supply and the demand for quality, local hops. 

A crucial element to this project is the partnership with the University of Maryland we inked last July. Flying Dog funded hop processing equipment and will continue to analyze and evaluate the 24 hop varieties UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is studying over the next three to five years. 

With the first growing season under our belts, we’re releasing the first (and soon-to-be annual) Maryland Hop Growers Guide alongside the East Coast Hop Project. The guide is both a progress report on the first year’s research and a summary of best practices for establishing and maintaining a hop yard in Maryland. 

The guide is available for download below and hard copies will be on-hand during our East Coast Hop Project release party Friday, April 13 in our tasting room. The East Coast Hop Project will hit shelves the week of April 16, so hit up our Beer Finder then to track it down near you. 

Mar

28

Join our flock.

What brings us together, as brethren of good beer, is a bitterness that runs through our veins. And from those veins, WE BLEED ORANGE.

Baltimore, here’s where Bloodline will be on special during every O’s game all season long:

Charles Village Pub (Towson location only) | Corner Stable (Columbia and Cockeysville) | Crazy Tuna (Essex) | Das Bier Haus | Don’t Know Tavern Full Moon Pub (Reisterstown) | Lighthouse Tavern | Little Havana | Magerk’s (Bel Air) | Mother’s Federal Hill Grille | Myth & Moonshine Tavern | Pickle’s Pub | Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel | Stan and Joe’s Saloon (Annapolis location only) | The Nickel Taphouse | Todd Conner’s

Dress appropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your Bleacher Beer, here.

New this season, Bleacher Beer is a crisp and crushable lager made for those of us who belong in the nosebleeds. Where can you crush it? It will be available throughout our great state of Maryland and inside Camden Yards all season long (hopefully into October): 

 

And tap that cask.

We’re tapping some sweet casks this season with a new location. 

Mar

6

This past summer, we inked a partnership with the University of Maryland to work hand-in-hand on the future of beer-centric agriculture. To start, the focus is on hops.

Knowing that hops grown locally need to meet the same quality standards achieved in traditional hop-growing regions — like the Pacific Northwest, Germany and New Zealand — UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is studying 24 varieties over the next three to five years in Maryland’s unique climate. The first year’s crop was harvested in September.

And because there’s no better way to evaluate hops than putting them in a beer, we did exactly that. 

Field Notes Pale Ale will premiere Thursday exclusively in our tasting room. All of the ingredients used were grown at UMD’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center, which is the site of these hop trials. Syngery and Scala malt is alongside Zeus, Glacier, Southern Brewer, Southern Cross and Vojvodina hops. 

Out of 24 hop varieties, how did we land on those five? 

First off, it was important that the hops be representative of what craft brewers would typically buy, so the hops were harvested and pelletized.

Then, our Brewmaster Ben Clark made “hop teas” with all 24 varieties, steeping the pellets in a base light lager for at least two days to evaluate the aroma they would impart on a beer. We used the same ratio of hops to beer that we would use in a massive dry hop (similar to what we do for The Truth). The five hops we chose for Field Notes had the best aromatics and were also the most agriculturally viable. Here are the profiles observed from each:

  • Zeus: Herbal, grassy, dill
  • Glacier: Strong resin with mild fruit
  • Southern Brewer: Tangerine and resin
  • Southern Cross: Sweet tropical fruits
  • Vojvodina: Floral followed by melon

While you can get an idea of aromatics from both rubbing just-harvested hops and making hop teas, we won’t know the exact flavor profile of any new hop until we brew with it, which is why experimental projects like Field Notes are so important for our work with UMD. And, it’s only the beginning.

Field Notes is on draft only, but limited-edition Crowlers are available while they last. 

Feb

23

This afternoon, two bills that will inexplicably affect the future of craft beer in Maryland will be heard by the state’s House Economic Matters Committee: House Bill 518 and House Bill 1052. Here is a statement from Ben Savage, our chief marketing officer and former president of the Brewers Association of Maryland:

House Bill 518 is a comprehensive revision of many of Maryland’s antiquated regulations on the beer industry that restrict both consumer choice and the growth of the craft beer industry. Flying Dog supports HB 518 for reasons outlined in both the Reform on Tap Task Force’s report, lead by Comptroller Peter Franchot, and the policy analysis completed by Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services.

The Maryland General Assembly has been clear in its opposition to reforming outdated beer laws and to the growth of Maryland’s craft beer industry. This was reflected by House Bill 1283 in 2017 and House Bill 1052 this current legislative session. The General Assembly seemingly (and schizophrenically) revised laws during one session and then voted to repeal those same revisions in a subsequent session. That back-and-forth approach to legislation creates unacceptable political risk for entrepreneurs and prevents Flying Dog from investing confidently in expansion in the state of Maryland.

Additionally, the General Assembly passed legislation in 2017 that provides benefits and privileges to Guinness (owned by Diageo, a $20 billion foreign company) that are not available to any new breweries that open in Maryland. This is a clear signal to Maryland’s existing 70+ breweries and others considering opening a brewery in the state that Maryland is not open for business when it comes to craft beer.

As a result, Flying Dog has permanently cancelled plans for a new, $55-million brewery on 32 acres of land that we acquired for that purpose. However, we remain unabashedly pro-free enterprise and pro-consumer choice and continue to support HB 518’s legislative reforms.

Flying Dog also supports the following bills that would reform other aspects of Maryland’s beer laws:
SB1017/HB1148
SB867/HB1369
SB1043/HB1222
SB839/HB1015
SB1044/HB1176
SB956

Furthermore, HB 518 would not be in existence if it weren’t for Comptroller Franchot’s 2017 Reform on Tap Task Force. The Task Force brought together representatives from all sectors of Maryland’s beer industry to discuss the complexities of Maryland’s antiquated beer laws and to develop a proposal to modernize those laws to reflect both the explosive growth in craft breweries and changes in consumer preferences. The Task Force’s report effectively summarizes the revisions that need to be made to Maryland’s beer laws so that both economic growth and consumer choice are no longer restricted.

Flying Dog appreciates the opportunity to have served on the Task Force, supports the Task Force’s recommendations, and applauds Comptroller Franchot’s leadership in the development of pro-free enterprise, pro-consumer choice proposals to reform Maryland’s outdated alcoholic beverage laws. The future of Maryland beer depends on HB 518, which will not only benefit breweries, retailers and wholesalers, but will also – and more importantly – benefit craft beer consumers and the Maryland economy as a whole.

What else do you, fervent supporter of craft beer and rabid fan of Flying Dog, need to know? 

1. By doing things like reducing how much beer we can sell out of our tasting room and restricting sampling, House Bill 1052 will send Maryland craft beer back into the Dark Ages. 

2. Even if House Bill 518 passes, Flying Dog will not pursue a new brewery in Maryland. After back-and-forth reform and repeal, it will take years for the state to prove that Maryland is willing to commit to craft beer. You wouldn’t build a deck if you thought the zoning department would decide to ban decks next summer, would you? We didn’t think so. Nevertheless, we support the reform in HB 518 and what it will do for Maryland craft beer as a whole. 

3. If you also stand for free enterprise, consumer choice and the growth of Maryland beer, you need to contact your local state representative.

4. It’s time to drink a Snake Dog. Because God knows we’re going to. 

Feb

21

We’re going to take our talents to South Beach and join The Heat. From fruity spice to four-alarm fire, our hotheaded Brewmaster Ben Clark presents four new releases exclusive to our 2018 Heat Series Pepper Pack:

Honeydew Jalapeño Wheat, 5.5% ABV

Finally, someone found a use for that goddamn melon baller. Bright honeydew melon and green, fresh-cut jalapeño meet subtle tartness from the beer’s wheat base. 

Bird’s Eye Rye, 5.3% ABV

The reason why Eye of the Tiger will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Spicy notes of rye and dried chili peppers meet citrus hop character and a touch of bready malt sweetness. 

Bloody Mary Ale, 6.8% ABV

Brewed with George’s Bloody Mary Mix, habanero peppers and lime, predominant tomato and savory spice are complimented by habanero heat and a subtle smoky finish. Garnishes may include (but are not limited to): OLD BAY, lemon wedge, line wedge, celery stalk, green olives, mini gherkin, full-size gherkin, cheddar cheese cubes, jalapeños, jalapeño poppers, bacon, pigs in a blanket, cocktail shrimp, crab cake, brisket slider, bacon quarter pounder with cheese.

Scorpion Pepper Fruited IPA, 7.7%

The Scorpion Pepper may be dethroned as the hottest pepper on the planet, but it’s not disgraced. It will still rock you like a hurricane. Here it brings the heat alongside pear, blood orange peel and citrus hop bitterness. 

On Saturday in our tasting room, we’ve got all four beers on tap alongside hot sauce pairings from local Voodoo Chili Sauces, hot pepper eating competitions, leather branding and fire dancers. (BYOAntiacids.)

Want more? Join us for brunch at Stan and Joe’s Saloon on Sunday, March 4 or check our Beer Finder to track down a Pepper Pack near you. 

Feb

8

For years, she’s gone walking. When she passes, she lures you in. And time after glorious time, she never disappoints. Tall and tan and young and lovely. You smile. With a swing so cool and a sway so gentle, you’ll give your heart gladly. 

Bright pineapple with a pop of bubblegum. Peppery phenolics quickly dominated by bold orange citrus. This year’s Tropical Bitch, an annual twist on Raging Bitch, is brewed with pineapple and orange. The only thing not included is sand in places you never thought possible. 

How can you tell her you love her? Tropical Bitch premieres on tap at Roasthouse Pub on Thursday, February 8 and in our tasting room on Friday, February 9.

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