Apr

15

Over the past few months, we asked you to contact your local elected officials in support of Maryland craft beer. And because of you, two key pieces of legislation passed and will be signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley:

  • House Bill 955: As early as July 1, we will be able to fill and sell growlers at the brewery, allowing you to purchase and take home beer fresh off our taps. 
  • House Bill 4/Senate Bill 32: We will be able to sell beer by the glass in our taproom as early as July 1. This legislation will allow us to have additional sampling opportunities for our fans, entertain more impromptu visits, and increase tourism and business across the state.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution.

Apr

10

After discovering that both orange AND red M&Ms were in its presence (when the contract explicitly said that only orange were acceptable), Bloodline Blood Orange IPA locked itself in its dressing room. It didn’t care that we had a conference (the Craft Brewers Conference, to be exact) to attend. It was offended to its core and made it perfectly clear that it was not coming out. 

And even after offers of orange peanut M&Ms and even the more allusive orange peanut butter M&Ms, Bloodline stayed put, only opening the door once for a cowering assistant and, naturally, for a regular delivery of Diet Sunkist and cigarettes. 

After weeks of begging, pleading, and agreeing to name firstborn children after various Pantone shades of orange, Bloodline has emerged. Not with mascara-stained cheeks, a raspy voice, and wavering hand. It is big, bold, and badass as ever. And it’s finally coming to DC.

Here’s a list of places that should have it on tap in the coming weeks:  

  • Art and Soul
  • Bedrock Billiards
  • Bourbon (both in Glover Park and Adams Morgan)
  • ChurchKey
  • Elephant and Castle (Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers
  • Founding Farmers
  • Granville Moore’s
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont Circle)
  • Iron Horse Taproom
  • J Paul’s Restaurant 
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Maddy’s Tap House
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Meridian Pint
  • Molly Malones
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (both Georgetown and P Street locations)
  • RFD
  • Smith Commons
  • Smoke and Barrel 
  • The Big Hunt
  • Thunder Burger

Want the most up-to-date updates? Follow @FlyingDogTommy, our DC market manager, on Twitter

Apr

3

Through fear, man has come to know the serpent. It is crafty. It has conviction. 

Drink, our brethren, and celebrate the Year of the Snake:

Credits:
Tim Martin: writer, director, editor
John Kinhart, Samuel Tressler, and Clark Kline: camera
Alan Saunders, Jesse Daumit, and Sam Epstein (sound)
Jesse Daumit: original music
Scott Smith and Alan Saunders: visual effects
Steph Hyder: Wardrobe

And special thanks to:

  • Area 31
  • Bobby Donavan
  • John-Paul Serrano
  • Smooch Studios
  • Soft Images Salon
  • The Hyattstown Mill

Apr

3

When the gates of one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball open this Friday, we’ve got your uniform covered. 

Support your home team and local brewery with two new Orioles-inspired shirts on sale now online and in our gift shop: 

Birdland Raglan Tee: $28 

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Home Team Tee (men’s): $23

Home Team Tee (women’s): $23 

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Apr

1

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Brewed as an homage to Woody Creek, Colorado — a small town outside of Aspen that was home to our founder George Stranahan and Hunter S. Thompson — our Woody Creek is a traditional Belgian White made with orange peel and coriander. 

Now, with our Stove Topper homebrew kits for advanced brewers, you can brew your own to honor Gonzo Ground Zero:

  • Availability: On sale through April 30
  • Price: $45
  • To Purchase: Visit the Flying Dog Brewery gift shop or The Flying Barrel Home Brew Shop, both in Frederick, Maryland. 

Click here for more details and to download brewing specs and instructions

Mar

29

Orioles Nationals opening day

Just days before each team’s Opening Day, we’re stoked to announce that the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals support their local brewery. 

That’s right, sports fans, beer from yours truly will be available in both ballparks all season long. 

In Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Snake Dog IPA and UnderDog Atlantic Lager will be sold at over 20 locations, including the Flying Dog storefront and The Roof Deck, which opened last season. At Nationals Park, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, UnderDog, and Snake Dog will be sold in general concession areas, the Red Loft Bar, and the Red Porch Bar.

We’re also continuing Firkin Friday with the Orioles, where we tap a cask at both the Flying Dog storefront (lower level, between sections 23 and 29) and The Roof Deck for every Friday home game.

Our first Firkin Friday is Opening Day — Friday, April 5 — featuring cask-conditioned Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

  • April 19: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA with mango and habanero 
  • May 17: Brewhouse Rarities Easy IPA
  • May 31: Snake Dog IPA
  • June 14: Brewhouse Rarities Pineapple Saison
  • June 28: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • July 12: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Sorachi Ace
  • July 26: Brewhouse Rarities Belgian Devil
  • August 2: Doggie Style Pale Ale 
  • August 16: Snake Dog IPA
  • August 23: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • September 6: Secret Stash Harvest Ale 
  • September 27: The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale 

Mar

25

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT. 

Four 20

Celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday with live music on the lawn and casks so dope, it’s almost a shame to drink them.

Seriously, it’s like killing a unicorn…with, like, a bomb.

For our annual Four 20 party at the brewery, we’ll have live music from Black Falls, The Manly Deeds, and Silent Old Mountains, along with killer food trucks (in case you get the munchies).

Only those 21 and older can attend events at our brewery. All beer will be sold a la carte at each event.

Mar

16

Sunday night, we brought Maryland House Bill 4 to your attention. If passed, this bill will allow manufacturing breweries in Maryland, Flying Dog included, to sell beer by the glass at their onsite taprooms.

House Bill 4 (HB 4) was scheduled for a closed-door vote in the Economic Matters Committee this past Monday, but was delayed because of the overwhelming response from supporters, along with the submission of last-minute amendments.

As a result, the lead sponsor of the bill, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio of the Eastern Shore, has been working tirelessly in the name of Maryland craft beer. She deserves our thanks and admiration. 

Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the glass. The passing of HB 4 would enable manufacturing breweries to grow their taproom experience, entertain more impromptu visits, increase tourism, and grow business across the state.

According to the Brewers Association of Maryland, as more people are able to visit craft breweries, sales of craft beer increase not only in those breweries, but also in other small businesses like local restaurants, pubs, and beer stores in the surrounding community.

If passed, HB 4 will be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and go into effect July 1, 2013.

We will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution and we couldn’t do it without you. 

Mar

14

In 1995, when the original recipe was developed, our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale was one of the most assertive pale ales in the market. Even though it’s never been a stranger to accolades — like being named the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times in 2010 — we recently decided to make a few changes to Doggie Style.

There is a natural evolution of craft beer styles and of the palates of craft beer drinkers that we’ve all seen as the industry continues to grow. That, combined with new hop varietals available to us, sparked an internal desire to allow Doggie Style to also evolve. Here’s what we changed specifically: 

  • Dialed back the caramel malt by 40%
  • Increased the whirlpool addition of Cascade hops from 8.5 to 20 pounds
  • Added Simcoe and Citra dry hop additions to the existing Cascade dry hop, while increasing the total dry hop by 14 pounds

The result is a more complex hop aroma, slightly lighter body, and, overall, a better-balanced beer. Our brewers were able to bring out the most desirable characteristics in each hop variety in this new recipe. As soon as we tried the first pilot batch, we were hooked. 

We have already began shipping this new recipe for Doggie Style out to our wholesalers, so you’ll see it on shelves soon. 

Mar

13

The time is almost upon us to kick back, connect with the craft beer elite, drink said craft beer, and get cultured as the Craft Brewers Conference descends upon our nation’s capital. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

Monday, March 25 

Charlie Bravo Charlie

  • Birch & Barley, 7 pm
  • A rare beer dinner and tap takeover featuring Flying Dog, Bluejacket, Cigar City, DC Brau, Firestone Walker, Maui, and Surly
  • Reservations required, call ChurchKey at 202-567-2576
  • Starting at 4 pm, all featured breweries are taking over the taps for the night at ChurchKey. Reservations are not required for upstairs. 

Tuesday, March 26

The Smoking Gun

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 7 pm
  • 4 scandalous beer and cigar pairings with W. Curtis Draper Tobacconists 

Artisanal Fair

  • Art and Soul, 5 pm
  • A celebration of a new menu featuring locally-sourced and Southern-inspired cooking  

Gonzo Library

  • Renaisssance DC, midnight to 2 am
  • Late-night beer and snacks at the CBC host hotel

Wednesday, March 27

Cask-Off

  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown), 7 pm
  • A cask competition between our brewers and the Pizza P staff

Gonzo Library

  • Renaissance DC, midnight to 2 am
  • Late-night beer and snacks at the CBC host hotel

Thursday, March 28

Festival de Cans 

  • 9:30 Club, 8 pm
  • A craft beer-focused film festival and live performance by Escort featuring Flying Dog, Avery, The Brewer’s Art, Brooklyn, DC Brau, Golden Road, Half Acre, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and Starr Hill 
  • $25 tickets on sale through 9:30 Club website 

Masters of the Craft Beer Universe

  • Smith Commons, 7 pm 
  • Epic 4-day event series featuring rare beers, industry leaders, live music, and food pairings 

Friday, March 29 

Drink Local 

  • Meridian Pint, 1 pm
  • Hosted by Beer Advocate and featuring 20 taps and 23 casks from local breweries

Want play-by-play updates during the week? Follow our DC sales manager @FlyingDogTommy on Twitter and keep an eye on #CBC13, the official Twitter hashtag of the Craft Brewers Conference. 

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