Dec

5

The second Friday of December means one thing to the fine people who work day in and day out within our brewery walls: Our annual holiday party. There have been mariachi bands. There have been fire dancers. There have been freak shows. There’s even been a guy who let us staple money to his bare body. (The larger the denomination, the larger the area of choice…if you catch our drift.)

The entertainment always changes, but one thing remains the same. Our brewmaster and genius team of brewers unleash beers that have flown under the radar until that fateful Friday. Experimental ingredients, never-before-used yeast strains, extreme aging — nothing is off limits. 

We keep these beers to ourselves, putting them on tap for one night and one night only. But this year, we’re sharing the wealth. This Saturday, we’re releasing a Flander’s Red, a Foeder-Aged Orchard Ale (a collaboration with Distillery Lane Ciderworks), an experimental Chestnut Ale and a Smoked Sour Wheat during what aptly dubbed Brewmaster’s Christmas. 

Allow the man himself, our Brewmaster Ben Clark, to explain:

Flander’s Red 5.8% ABV
What is the history of Flander’s Red? It’s a Belgian red/brown ale that is aged in barrels or foeders for extended periods, 6 months to 2 years or so, and often blended with younger versions of itself to make up for a lack of body, as the bacteria and yeast consume almost all sugars in the wort, leaving a thin, dry beer. The specific blend of yeast and bacteria is important, and the profile can be influenced by the balance of these organisms.

How long has ours been in the Foeder? Around 2 years

What happens to the flavor as it ages? Acetic acid notes increase (vinegar flavor) and beer dries out. The acids produced create a complexity that help add character where the lack of body (from long aging/sugar reduction) leaves a gap. The best Flander’s are dry and complex.

What should be expect from our release? Subtle notes of acetic acid with hints of dark fruit and cherry and a dry finish.

Foeder-Aged Orchard Ale 8.5%
What is a foeder and what does it do to beer? A foeder is a wooden vessel utilized to age beer long-term. It allows a slow uptake of O2, which acts as an inoculation source as the wood holds the yeast and/or bacteria in the vessel. When it’s refilled or topped off, the resulting beer is very similar to the previous version.

How are we incorporating the cider into our beer? It is added at start of fermentation and comprises 50 percent of the actual beer.

Ciders are also becoming very popular – why Distillery Lane? We have had a long-time working relationship with DLC, and we love their focus on traditional English cider varieties grown locally.

Flavor profile? Apples, phenolics, barnyard notes. The younger it is consumed, the more apple character and sweetness/roundness should be expected.

Does this beer age well? Absolutely. A pronounced barnyard character will develop, and beer will dry out over time.

Chestnut Ale, 6.6% ABV
How did this concept come about? It’s a local partnership with a teacher in West Virginia who has a chestnut grove on his property and happened to reach out.

Why did we decide to give chestnuts a try? It was our first time really diving into using a product like this in a beer. It seemed interesting on the surface, and after some research we found it was a common malt substitute for individuals with gluten allergies. They have a surprisingly similar flavor to base malt.

Compared to other ingredients, what percentage of chestnuts are we using? 5%
This is our second year brewing this beer. What are we finding chestnuts do most – flavor, aroma, texture? They add a subtle flavor, mild buttery sweetness added to palette.

What should we expect flavor wise from this year’s release? This beer will be more dominated by the fruits added, plums and black currants. You will get dark fruit notes alongside sweeter and fuller body in part from the chestnuts.

Smoked Sour Wheat, 5.6%
How was this brewed? We used a kettle souring process. 

Special ingredients? We used a beechwood smoked malt from Copper Fox, a distillery and maltster in southwest Virginia.

Flavor profile? Slight smoke both in the nose and finish. A distinct tartness combined with prominent hop character (all coming from Simcoe). Believe me when I say it is surprisingly refreshing, despite so many things going on. It all works really well together.

All four will be on tap in our tasting room starting at noon this Saturday. You can thank us then for sharing. 

Oct

2

The Bushwhackers? The British Bulldogs? The Road Warriors? While all iconic, none of these duos could hope to take on the one-two punch of our newest releases, Idaho 7 Single Hop Imperial IPA and Thunderpeel New England IPA. Let’s break down the stats:

IDAHO 7 

Like the name states, this is a variety that originated on a small test plot in Idaho.  Hop ‘test plots’ start out small, and expand each year as more plants can be planted from the original stock.  This process can take up to 7 years.  This has nothing to do with the 7 in the name Idaho 7, just a coincidence. As with the entire roster of our Single Hop Imperial IPA releases, this bad boy uses the same grain bill and yeast profile you are accustomed to coming in at the 8.0% ABV you’ve come to love. So what does the Idaho 7 hop bring to the table? How about a combination of tropical and citrus fruit notes (notably apricot, orange, papaya, grapefruit), complimented by big notes of resiny pine. Totally worth the wait. Get your grubby little mitts all over Idaho 7 when it hits shelves beginning Monday, October 9.

Thunderpeel

Because what else do you call a juicy, citrusy New England IPA that gives off a green hoppy aroma with notes of mango? Exactly. Between that description and the manageable 6.2% ABV we don’t anticipate any of these cans making it far from the point of purchase.  This extremely-limited release will only be available at the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, October 7 and at the brewery on Sunday, October 8.

Get in the ring with these two if you dare. You won’t go home with a belt, but it’ll be the beat down of a lifetime you can one day tell your grandkids about.

Sep

26

The movement to support local creativity continues with our annual Local RIOT on Saturday, October 14, at the brewery. It’s free and open to those 21 and up and it’s also dog friendly (and that pesky age limit doesn’t apply to our four-legged friends).

In addition to your favorite Roasthouse Pub Food Truck, we’ll have local vendors and artists on the lawn where you’re never more than a few steps away from all the beer we’ve got lined up for you.

Help Santa out and get a little early shopping done with our friends including:

Goodloe Byron
Element Shrub
J. Dickey Sauces
Key City Tattoo – On site tattoos, walk-ups welcome
Otterbein’s Cookies
Pixilated
Silver Diner 
Vigilante Coffee

Admission is free. If you choose to throw $5 into the donation box at the door the money will go towards helping our friends at Lonely Hearts Animal Shelter who are bringing your newest best friend to the event with them as well. All beer, food, and other goods will be sold a la carte. 

If anyone asks, the only plans you have on Saturday October 14 from Noon to 6PM involve Flying Dog. Right?

Right.

Sep

21

In the summer of 2016, flooding devastated our neighbors in Ellicott City – a haven for artisans and independent businesses. Alongside the good people at Jailbreak Brewing Company, we released Watershed Moment Belgian IPA with 100% of profits benefitting flood relief in Ellitcott City. One year later, the work continues and to show our support for these efforts, we have decided to re-release Watershed Moment with the crew at Jailbreak once more.

If it’s been too long since you had a taste, the beer is a hybrid of Jailbreak’s Poor Righteous IPA and our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. The malt bill is from Poor Righteous, the hops are a blend of those used in both beers and the yeast is the El Diablo Belgian strain used in Raging Bitch.

Watershed Moment will once again be available on draft and in cans exclusively in the Howard County and Baltimore area markets for a limited time. Beginning Friday, September 22 at noon, The Wine Bin will be selling 6-packs of cans and the draft release will kick off the following morning when the Main Street Music Festival returns to Old Ellicott City. Below you’ll find some of the accounts you’ll be able to track down Watershed Moment at. Keep in mind, this list is subject to change, we always recommend calling ahead and we never recommend complaining to us:

Cans:
Allview Liquors
Jason’s Liquors
Kelly’s Liquors
Kings Contrivance Liquors
Maple Lawn Liquors
Perfect Pour
Petite Cellar 
Pine Orchard
Twisted Cork
Village Green

Draft:
EW Beck’s
Judge’s Bench
La Palapa
Market Tavern
Phoenix Emporium
SteelFire

Sep

12

This fall the Brewers Association of Maryland corralled a gang of Maryland Breweries together for four beer festivals that will elevate your palate and allow you to show off all your new sensory perception skills to your friends. We’ll be at each of these parties, so look for the batwings and stop by our booth to tell us about any typos you find in this post.

Here’s the rundown of our schedule:

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival
September 23, 12PM – 6PM

It’s the 10th Annual Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, longer than any of our best attempts at trying to not get kicked out of a fantasy league. Stop by and support local creativity with over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, tons of local breweries & craft producers, food trucks and vendors, and live entertainment, block by block in Downtown Hyattsville. This event is free to the public. Beer will be available for purchase by the pint in the Beer Garden. Don’t forget to BYO GROWLER. We’ll be selling pints of our greatest hits including Snake Dog IPA, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, and Dogtoberfest Märzen.

12th Maryland Microbrewery Festival 2017
September 30, 11AM – 6PM

The Union Mills Homestead, a national historic landmark, will host the twelfth annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival on September 30, 2017 from 11AM – 6PM. This jelly and jam-packed festival celebrates and promotes the best of Marylands handcrafted and distinctive microbrews and included food vendors, other craft vendors, live music, seminars, ample parking and a shuttle service. Proceeds of the Festival support the Union Mills Homestead Foundation’s ongoing interpretation and preservation of the historic Union Mills site.

Speaking of historic, we’ll be bringing some of the greatest beers of all time including Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Dogtoberfest Märzen, Snake Dog IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, and The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Hops & Harvest Festival
September 30, 12PM – 9PM

Choose from one of two time slots, or make a day of it. We’ll be out for the Midday 12-4pm crew as well as the Twilight 5-9pm group and you know we’re #TeamEdward. Your ticket includes event entry, unlimited tastings, a custom event cup, live entertainment, oxygen and unlimited trips to the bathroom. We’ll be set up with samples of the following beers: Snake Dog IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza, Doggie Style Pale Ale, The Truth Imperial Pale Ale, St. EADman Abbey Ale, Dogtoberfest Märzen, Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Brewhouse Rarities Peach Cobbler Ale and our of our latest in-house releases, Negroni IPA.

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival
October 7, 12PM – 5PM

Presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland Held in the beautiful Canton Waterfront Park in downtown Baltimore, the festival will feature the widest selection of MD craft breweries in the state and a homebrew competition, where attendees have the opportunity to judge their favorites. Boasting all of the best parts of Baltimore, the event includes live bands, craft vendors, local food trucks, trivia, corn hole, and you. See for yourself: http://www.baltimorecraftbeerfestival.com We’ll be showing up fashionably early with old friends and new favorites including Thunderpeel, Single Hop Idaho 7, Negroni IPA, Drogtoberfest Marzen, Brewhouse Rarities Peach Cobbler Ale, Barrel-Aged Gonzo, Double Dog, St. EADman Abbey Ale, Barrel-Aged Fear, Snake Dog IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, and Numero Uno Agave Cerveza.

Sep

12

Another Sunday, another chance for Baltimore to take a shot at Big Ben. When the flock heads to London we’re climbing into the luggage and setting up shop across the pond for a “Weekend at Bodean’s”. Starting Friday, September 22, we’re taking over Bodean’s SOHO, London’s original BBQ Smokehouse, with our latest limited-release, Laces Out.

We’ll have space for your whole roster to join us as we take in the fanfare and giveaway Flying Dog footballs, tickets to Ravens games and our phone number to anyone who asks.

Mind The Gap and track us down all weekend long at the following locations:

Laces Out, Bottoms Up. 

We almost forgot to mention, if you’re flying out of BWI, you need to start your pre-gaming early with a post-TSA patdown and a meal at the Flying Dog Tap House.

Sep

7

Travis Mack is ready for his debut in Baltimore and since we know the No. 6 pick enjoys a few beers when looking to calm his nerves, we’re bringing the perfect housewarming gift. Starting September 17, when the Ravens host the Browns, we’ll be back in M&T Bank Stadium with more beer than ever before.

After you legally procure tickets to The House That Ray Built, run an inside route to the Flying Dog Bar in section 144 offering Bloodline Blood Orange IPA, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA and Dogtoberfest Märzen (seasonal) on draft as well as our canned goodness.

Continue your Sunday-morning #WakeNSnake with 16oz Snake Dog cans at stands throughout the stadium, and available from the greatest hawkers of all time if you cant to miss a snap or a TV timeout. If you still want more you can Beer So Hard with Numero Uno pounders at various locations inside the stadium as well.

We’ll see you at the game, in the post-season, and along the snowy streets of Baltimore for the Super Bowl LII Parade in February.

Aug

28

Once a year every mutt at Flying Dog rises to the occasion, from our yeast propagators to our bean counters, to get their two cents in on what new beers, styles, and ingredients our brewers should be playing with. The winning pitches unite under the umbrella of our Brewhouse Rarities and the latest rarity, Peach Cobbler Ale, was born of a love for crisp, sweet fall beer and things that make you go “Mmmm”. The concept, pitched by Kristin who keeps our tasting room running like a well-beer’d human, won the team over with her Vanilla-Ice rendition of “Peach, Peach, Cobbler”. 

If the thought of Vanilla Ice and Peach Cobbler has you in a tizzy, just wait. At the release party on Friday, September 1, when the rest of the world is sitting in traffic cramming in one last vacation before the teachers save us all and take the children back, we will be sucking down Peach-Cobbler-Ale milkshakes courtesy of Rabia from Ruby Scoops who is also making a limited edition peach cobbler ice cream that will be used in the milkshake. If your sweet tooth is still not satisfied, we suggest sticking around for the fresh baked peach cobblers from Catoctin Mountain Orchard. (Heads up, you’re drooling).

Brewed with peaches, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and vanilla beans, Peach Cobbler Ale’s deep orange hue fills the air with hints of peach jam, warm pie spices and pie crust notes from the malt. If the description alone has you wanting another, you’re in luck. This little treat is a manageable 5.9% ABV so  go ahead, have one more slice, we won’t tell a soul.

Track down Peach Cobbler Ale with the most important website you will ever visit, and be sure to join us in the tasting room for the release on Friday, September 1 at 6 PM.

Aug

18

This debate goes best with some of our seasonal goodness. We’ve got Dogtoberfest Märzen made with all-imported German ingredients that spent the last 49 days in the tank in preparation for all you lederhosen-laden festivities this fall. Normally we push boundaries, but when it comes to this style, we stick to tradition. Sprechen sie bier?

Then there’s The Fear. Redefining what it means to be an IPA (Imperial Pumpkin Ale), this 9% monster is an ode to those things that go bump in the night. Chock-full of bold pumpkin pie flavor complimented by graham cracker and chocolate notes with a dry, subtly hoppy finish. Good Lord, deliver us.

Track these down right now with the Beer Finder on our website

Jul

21

If local is as local does, our commitment to Maryland beer goes way beyond the bottle. We’re partnering with the University of Maryland on a beer agriculture initiative that’s the first-of-its-kind in the mid-Atlantic. And to start, the focus is on hops.

At its Western Maryland Research and Education Center, UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is studying 24 hop varieties over the next three to five years in our unique climate. Humidity, temperature and varying altitudes effect harvest dates, levels of acids and oil in the hops, and more. Harvest timing is especially-important to the fairly-fragile nature of hops, which are sensitive to moisture and susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. #snowflakes

To compliment, we’re funding hop processing equipment and providing UMD with resources to analyze and evaluate each test crop the program harvests. What’s more is that we’re putting them all into beer, which will expose you, our beloved consumer, to the full potential of local hops.

What appealed to us most about UMD’s approach is how its committed to both development of existing farms and providing breweries with the highest quality ingredients. In that vein, the results of this study will be published in an annual “hop growers guide” that will include best management practices for the growing and harvesting of hops specific to this region. And hey, if this inspires you to get your own poles in the ground, you can keep a copy on the nightstand, as well.

We’ll also be releasing the East Coast Hop Project Variety Pack next spring, which will feature three different beers, each one highlighting a different East Coast (you guessed it) hop farm and regionally-viable varieties. Our friends at Black Locust Hops and Pleasant Valley Hops have already signed on.

Learn more about the project when Bryan Butler, the mastermind behind these trials and tribulations, joins us on our podcast, Head Retention Radio, on Thursday, August 3.

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