Aug

20

We believe that a true appreciation for craft beer requires insatiable curiosity. Whether you’re brewing it or drinking it, a continued education is the surest way to enrich your craft beer journey. This is the philosophy that compelled us to create Flying Dog University, and it’s the foundation of our newest higher beer education project: Night School.

In collaboration with Total Wine, Flying Dog University is brewing a series of beers to showcase and dissect the hottest trends in craft beer, and we’re sending FDU Professor Justin Tarnow to teach exclusive classes at select Total Wine locations in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. 

We’ll kick off the first semester with Night School Hazy IPA. Check out the schedule below to find a class near you, and, in the immortal words of Miss Frizzle: “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”

Wednesday, August 22nd:
7:00 PM, Towson, MD (Beltway)

Thursday, August 23rd:
7:00 PM, Chantilly, VA

Saturday, August 25th:
1:00 PM, McLean, VA
4:00 PM, Alexandria, VA

Sunday, August 26th:
1:00 PM, Arlington, VA (Ballston)
4:00 PM, Reston, VA

Wednesday, August 29th:
7:00 PM, Laurel, MD

Thursday, August 30th:
7:00 PM, Claymont, DE

Jul

31

Last week, we invited all of our sales and marketing mutts to an off-site summit of sorts. After receiving a vaguely-titled “Sales And Marketing Training” calendar invite, most of us were expecting a day featuring coffee, baked goods, and some of Ben Savage’s greatest PowerPoint hits.

Imagine our surprise when a stranger in a blue blazer herded us into a lopsided circle and informed us that we’d spend the rest of the morning learning about improv. 

“I’m sorry, what?”

Shawn Westfall, Artistic Director at The Unified Scene and CEO of Commedia Partners, guided us through a handful of warmups while he explained how the basic principles of improv (escaping your ego for the good of the group, maintaining eye contact, etc.) could be applied to the “real world,” which, in our case, happens to be the world of brewing and selling amazing craft beer. 

Highlights of our training session included a multi-faceted marketing plan for sponges…keto-friendly, sustainably-sourced sponges made specifically for giraffes and endorsed by Geoffrey himself (we could get him on the cheap since he’s recently unemployed) and Shawn conducting an orchestra of people with incredibly strong emotional responses to inanimate household items:

It was silly, revealing, easy and thoughtful all at the same time. Those who follow our brand know we’re always down to get a little weird, so seeing our team grow as John became more and more jealous of his microwave was just icing on the cake.  

 

Jul

9

“Why are you so obsessed with me?”
– Hops

When it comes to hop exploration, we don’t really have what some would refer to as “self-restraint.” It’s a projection-room-above-the-auditorium level fixation. Our Alpha Initiative series has led us so far down the rabbit hole that we’ve forgotten what daylight looks like, and Pilot #03 just locked the door behind us.

You see, we’re trying to make hop oils happen.

We’ve deconstructed some of our favorite hop varieties, isolating specific essential oils and mixing those flavors and aromas until they’re perfect. We take this stuff seriously, but we’re not as hardcore as Jelly Belly (they vaporize stuff so they can study its chemical makeup)…and we also didn’t invent the shittiest candy ever.

And when we talk about Alpha Initiative Pilot #03’s apricot, peach and stone fruit profile, we’re not bullshitting you like Lady Gaga’s Eau de bodily fluids. However, we cannot 100% guarantee the absence of brewmaster Ben Clark’s blood.*

Around here, we’re big proponents of the “fuck it, let’s try it” doctrine (or “YOLO” if you’re a cool mom), so #03 is far from the final hop frontier. As far as we’re concerned, the limit does not exist.

This experimental IPA is as delicate as it is delicious, so we’ve adjusted its date code accordingly. That means you’ve got about 90 days to stop by our tasting room or fire up the Beer Finder

 

*We can.

Jun

22

Heaven knows that Brian was just a young boy, and he didn’t know what he wanted to be. He was every little hungry schoolgirl’s pride and joy, and I guess that was enough for me. 

And heaven knows that Erin had some fun, boy, what a kick just a girl and me. She had every big-shot good-time band on the run, boy, and was living in a fantasy. 

“To win the race?” he asked. “A prettier face,” she said. “Brand new clothes and a big fat place on your rock and roll TV.” 

He didn’t let her down. And she didn’t give him up. They had some faith in the sound.

They way they played the game was not the same. It was sweet, it was salty and boy was it tart. And they got themselves happy. 

Limit four 4-packs per person, while supplies last. 

Jun

6

Ralph Steadman is one of the most influential artists of the last 50 years. But we don’t have to tell you that.

Beginning June 16, the Katzen Arts Center (on AU’s campus in DC) will have 108 original works by Ralph, taking you on a journey through his prolific career of more than sixty years, from the sketches he created as a student in the 1950’s to present-day works published as recently as 2017.

The retrospective showcases Ralph’s legendary collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson; his illustrated literary classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island; and the inventive books he authored, including I Leonardo and The Big I Am. There are also illustrations from his children’s books and the ORIGINAL ART for our Raging Bitch Belgian IPA.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, but you can go down the rabbit hole with us at the following events:

  • Saturday, June 16: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk Featuring a live Q&A with Ralph, hosted by Anita O’Brien, the original curator of the exhibit. The opening reception is free, but an RSVP is required for the Gallery Talk.
  • Thursday, June 21: Screening of “For No Good Reason” Made over the course of 15 years, “For No Good Reason” is a documentary on the life and art of Ralph, the last true Gonzo visionary. RSVP required.
  • Saturday, June 30: Art on Tap with Ralph Bring your sketchbook and stay for a Skype interview with the artist himself. RSVP required.

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

The Ghost of Paul Revere will open for Americana live on our front lawn. Doors open at 5 pm and the music starts at 7 pm.

Saturday, July 28: Dan Deacon

Baltimore-based Dan Deacon brings his pulsing electronic sound to our Summer Sessions stage. Doors open at 5 pm and the music starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, September 15: Matt and Kim

The dynamic duo of Matt and Kim bring their high-energy show to the brewery. Doors open at 5 pm and the music starts at 7 pm.

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. 

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