May

15

Sweetlife POSTER

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. 

May

8

Summer Sessions Riff Raff

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.

Hear for yourself by checking out the music video for their latest single, “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright).”

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. 

Coming from Baltimore? Get on the bus. Alongside Mother’s Federal Hill Grill, we’re providing roundtrip bus transportation and a ticket for $40. Those can also be purchased on MissionTix.com. 

May

1

Maibock

Sometimes, innovation comes in the form of paying homage to the classics, like this traditional German-style Maibock. And with those times comes a history lesson:

In Germany, beers are very seasonal and the deeper you get into winter, the darker and boozier the beers become. A Maibock is a transitional beer from the heavier winter beers and the light lagers and pilsners of the summertime.

Hofbräu Maibock has one of the longest pedigrees for this style and in 1614, they established a tradition that the first barrel is tapped at the Hofbräuhaus during the last week of April, in time for the “merry month of May.” (If you haven’t guessed it at this point, Mai is May in German.)

Our Maibock has notes of sweet bread balanced by slight spice and drying hop character. At 7% ABV, it’s full bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. It’s on tap in our tasting room and hitting the market as you’re reading this. Check our Beer Finder for availability near you. 

Apr

28

Sprint for Spat POSTPONED

As a result of the protests currently happening and scheduled for this weekend in Baltimore, we have decided, alongside the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership, to postpone Sunday’s race. 

Sprint for Spat has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 30 in the Fells Point Square. All current registrations will be honored and refunds for anyone who cannot make the new date will be issued via MissionTix. To request a refund, email support@missiontix.com

If you have additional questions, send us a message. 

Apr

27

Numero Uno

No requiere playa. That’s right; no beach required. 

Introducing Numero Uno Summer Cerveza, our just-released summer seasonal that begs for warm temps and long nights. Originally released as Agave Cerveza in the summer of 2014 as part of our Brewhouse Rarities program, it’s the artisanal answer to the easy-drinking, south-of-the-border slammers the younger versions of ourselves knew and loved.

Flaked maize makes up one third of the malt bill and highlights the distinctive corn and cracker flavor traditionally found in Mexican lagers. Agave is added at the end of the boil and the lime peel post-fermentation to impart a distinct, zesty character and a crisp, clean finish. Your new Summer Cerveza clocks in at 4.9% ABV.

Numero Uno is available now in all markets where Flying Dog is sold. To track some down near you, consult our Beer Finder.  

Apr

22

ORP

All of the glory. None of the guts. And all for two incredible causes.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership does more than make a mean oyster shooter (which are served at the Sprint for Spat 0.10K halfway hydration station). They are the leading nonprofit working to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

The oyster population in the Bay is a mere 1% of its historical peak, and oysters are an essential part of the Bay’s ecosystem. ORP plans, promotes, and implements science-based and sustainable shellfish restoration, aquaculture and wild fishery activities to protect the environment, support the economy, and preserve the cultural heritage of the Chesapeake. 

Here’s a look at the numbers:

  • For every $1 donated to ORP, about 50 oysters are planted back in the Bay
  • At ORP, 95% of all donations go directly to restoration.
  • More than 5.2 billion oysters have been planted on 1,700 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest sanctuary in the United States. 
  • ORP also manages the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the country and has trained more than 50 commercial watermen to grow oysters. 

Sprint for Spat 0.10K is back for a second year on Sunday, May 3 in Baltimore’s Fells Point Square. While the distance of the race may be a joke, the two organizations it benefits — the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership — are anything but. Tickets will sell out, so register now.

 

Apr

15

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Naptown beer fans, here are all of the events you need to know about during this year’s Annapolis Beer Week, which starts Saturday and ends next Saturday. 

Annapolis Beer Run

  • Saturday, April 18 
  • Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds 

If there’s anything worth running a 5K for, it’s for a finish-line firkin of Single Hop Imperial IPA with Warrior. 

Beer and Bands

  • Sunday, April 19
  • Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Live music from four of Annapolis’ most notable bands kicked off with a Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale Bloody Mary bar. 

From Gonzo to Barrel-Aged Gonzo

  • Monday, April 20
  • Dry 85

Learn (and taste!) the progression of our Gonzo Imperial Porter to our Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, including Bourbon from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. 

Beer Dinner with Heavy Seas

Yours truly, Heavy Seas and an epic menu from Blackwall Hitch, all hosted by the always-fabulous Liz Murphy of Naptown Pint. 

  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Blackwall Hitch 

Maryland Seafood Beer Dinner

Happy hour and 4-course beer dinner with proceeds benefitting the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the True Blue Program. 

  • Wednesday, April 22
  • Factors Row

Raging Bitch 5th Anniversary Night

You know it’s going to be a doozy: Cask-conditioned Raging Bitch with mango and habanero pepper, Double Dog Double IPA on nitro, and more. 

  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival

What’s in a name? When it’s a name like Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival, EVERYTHING. 

  • Saturday, April 25
  • Maryland National Guard Armory

Drafts and Laughs

Craft beer meets standup comedy. So that’s what Seinfeld was missing all those years.

  • Saturday, April 25
  • Maryland National Guard Armory 

Apr

14

UCF Spat image

All of the glory. None of the guts. And all for two incredible causes.

Our Sprint for Spat 0.10K is back for a second year on Sunday, May 3 in Baltimore’s Fells Point Square. While the distance of the race may be a joke, the two organizations it benefits — the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership — are anything but. 

Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. The mission of Baltimore’s Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is to create a community of support for cancer patients and their families as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. 

UCF works at the grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower patients. Here’s a look at how even the smallest donation to UCF makes a profound impact on a young adult who is navigating his or her experience with cancer: 

  • $25 will pay for transporting a patient to a doctor’s appointment
  • $75 will will pay for three Chemo Care Bags that UCF staff delivers to patients at cancer centers
  • $100 will pay for UCF patient navigators to facilitate a monthly support group
  • $200 will pay to help preserve a young adult’s fertility prior to starting treatment
  • $500 will pay for 16 survivors to cross the finish line of a 5K through UCF’s Cancer to 5K program
  • $1,000 will help pay for UCF’s quarterly Community Survivor Activities
  • $1,500 will pay to distribute guidebooks to 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients
  • $2,500 will pay for a scholarship to send a young adult facing cancer to college
  • $10,000 will help UCF start another Patient Navigation program at a cancer center

Registration for Sprint for Spat 0.10K is open. The race will sell out, so claim your spot now.

Apr

13

Summer of Dead Rise

Who?

Yours truly and OLD BAY Seasoning. 

What?

A bright and refreshing summer ale brewed with OLD BAY, back by extreme/overwhelming/frenzied demand for a second year. 

When? 

Dead Rise premiered Friday for Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Now, it’s hitting shelves and your favorite watering holes this week and will be available through the end of September.

Where?

Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina, along with export to the United Kingdom. Check our Beer Finder for availability.

Why?

A portion of proceeds benefit the True Blue Program, which advocates on behalf of the Maryland Blue Crab industry and the 5,500 watermen working the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, we donated over $10,000 to True Blue, which is now using that money to increase business for local crabbers through a restaurant certification and consumer awareness program. 

Apr

2

Spat race bib

The distance — a mere 100-meters to glory — of our Sprint for Spat 0.10K may be a joke to some, the two local organizations this race benefits are anything but. Get to know the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership: 

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Who? The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is a leading voice in the young adult cancer movement and works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. UCF is based in Baltimore. 

What? Since its inception in 1997, UCF has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the issues young adults with cancer face, and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.

Why? Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. Today, cancer is the leading disease killer among 20- to 39-year olds. However, despite advances in early detection, treatment and prevention, there’s been no improvement in survival rates in this age group. 

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Who? The Oyster Recovery Partnership plans, promotes and implements science-based and sustainable shellfish restoration, aquaculture and wild fishery activities to protect the environment, support the economy and preserve the cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. ORP is based in Annapolis.

What? As the leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay, more than 5.2 billion oysters have been planted on 1,700 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest sanctuary reef in the United States. ORP also manages the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the country and has trained more than 50 commercial watermen to grow oysters to support Maryland’s booming aquaculture industry. 

Why? Oysters are a vital piece of the Chesapeake’s ecosystem and the current population is a mere 1% of the historic peak. In addition to Sprint for Spat, proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have enabled ORP to replant over 5 million oysters in the Bay since 2010.

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Now, support both UCF and ORP by registering now for Sprint for Spat. Ticket price includes a race t-shirt, 0.10K bumper sticker and mid-race oyster shooter. Sign up by Monday, April 13 to guarantee your preferred t-shirt size. 

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