There’s no place like home. We know this better than most and we want to show you what we are all about so we have invited the local artisans and charities that inspire us to come out to our annual outdoor market at the brewery once again. Local RIOT returns to the brewery on Sunday October 25th. The dog friendly event is free and open to anyone 21 and over. 

The affair will feature live music throughout the afternoon from Smoke N Mangos, Adrienne and some guy named Mat featuring Ponyboy Blues and The Plate Scrappers.

Our vendors include:

This will also be the first place you can pick up our seasonal brews, Secret Stash and The Holiday Collection variety pack. The Holiday Collection, which pairs with Otterbein’s cookies, is so top secret you will not be able to see it unless you are at the event.

All food and beer is sold a la carte.

See you Sunday from 12-6pm.



“It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freak-assed harvest or you’re not.” So let’s begin, shall we?

SpicedPear_Web Brewhouse Rarities Spiced Pear Ale 

Each year, at least one of our Brewhouse Rarities highlights local agriculture. Enter Spiced Pear Ale. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice were added to the boil, vanilla beans to the whirlpool, and fresh pear juice during conditioning to give it a spicy, cider-like character that highlights delicate pear notes. And at 6.8% ABV, it’s perfect for your fall fruit fix. 



Single Hop Imperial IPA with Apollo

The last release in this year’s Single Hop Imperial IPA series is a doozy. This year, our brewers chose to explore hops that are typically reserved solely for bittering, not necessarily for aroma and flavor. Apollo packs a punch of resin and pine hop bitterness with subtle orange spice. Like the rest of it’s single counterparts, it clocks in at 10% ABV.


Use our Beer Finder to track down each of these beers near you. Or if you prefer to drink straight from the source, head to our tasting room for samples, beers by the glass and growler fills. 



This Saturday, we’re raising ’em up to the localist of local creativity. The Frederick Fall Fest, a collaboration with Frederick Playlist, is on track to be the largest music festival downtown Frederick’s ever seen. While internationally-acclaimed (and Flying Dog-approved) J. Roddy Walston and the Business are headlining, the lineup includes three of Frederick’s favorites: Heavy Lights, Old Indian, and Seaknuckle.


Heavy Lights are self-described as experimental indie pop rock. The group formed in 2012 and released their debut album Mad Minds earlier this year. To get into their minds, we recommend pouring a glass of The Fear and listening to “A Family Familiar,” which you can find on their Bandcamp page.

Old Indian

Old Indian’s collaborative surfer-doom-college-garage sound comes through loud and clear on their debut album Mumble. The trio has been together since 2010 and have been a local staple ever since. Warm up for Saturday’s show with a Double Dog and rock out to “Just a Bum” on Bandcamp.


Seaknuckle also joins the list of locals who put out an album this year. Their full length Get Over It is laced with ear candy that will be stuck in your head long after you listen. Get a taste for their style and ours with a Doggie Style and the video for “Shake Shake Shake.” 

Admission to the Frederick Fall Fest also includes a Frederick: Volume One compilation CD that contains original songs from Frederick’s finest musicians. Each track was recorded in a pop-up studio inside of the 200 East Art Haus, which will house Saturday’s show. 

Tickets are just $25 and available via MissionTix.com. We WILL see you there.





Local is as local does. 

Just this morning, we hosted the third annual Maryland Hop Market in our tasting room. Twenty-two breweries attended to evaluate and potentially purchase hops from six local growers looking for their hops to find their way into beers in the coming year.

To open the market, Kevin Attick, executive director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, which sponsored our market (alongside the Northeast Hop Alliance) reminded the crowd of the importance of supporting not only local breweries, but also local ingredients. A rising tide lifts all ships throughout the craft beer industry. 

Hop market 1

The event kicked off with a happy hour (ahem, at 10 am) where our brewmaster Matt Brophy welcomed our brethren brewers from:

  • Barnwerk
  • Barley and Hops 
  • Black Hops 
  • Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy 
  • Brookeville 
  • Calvert
  • Denizens
  • DuClaw
  • Franklin’s 
  • Full Tilt
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Growlers 
  • Heavy Seas 
  • Jailbreak 
  • Manor Hill 
  • Milkhouse 
  • New Zagros
  • Pilot Malt House
  • Pub Dog
  • Ruhlman
  • Union
  • Waverly 

The paper plates brought out the natural beauty of the hops

From there, each grower displayed a sample of each hop variety harvested this year. Hops are evaluated on appearance, moisture content and aroma. To properly gauge the latter, you don’t just sniff a whole cone; you vigorously rub it in the palms of your hands to release the resin and oils that reside in each cone. 

The growers and hop varieties included: 

  • Black Locust Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Brewer’s Gold
  • Creeping Creek Farms: Cascade
  • Cultivate Farm: Cascade
  • Fairview Farm Hops: Cascade and Chinook
  • Organarchy Hops: Cascade, Chinook
  • Pleasant Valley Hops: Cascade and Nugget 

Hop market 3

In addition to making offers on hops, each brewer was asked to complete a detailed evaluation for each grower. Commercial hop farming is a relatively new venture in the State of Maryland, so any and all feedback on how it can continue to grow (intended) is essential, especially from commercial growers who purchase and brew with millions of pounds of hops per year. 

Hop market 5

After a good rub session our guests were encouraged to clean up any residual oils. And yes, the best hop hand sanitizer is good, old-fashioned grain alcohol. 

Hop market 6

Two local farm breweries, Milkhouse and Manor Hill, also showcased beers brewed with local hops, malts and even plums. You’ll have to take a trip out to the farms to try those beers, but our Fresh Hop Ale is on tap in our tasting room for samples and growler fills all weekend long. 




“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant…” or the beer you make.

Premiering on tap exclusively in our tasting room tomorrow is a Fresh Hop Ale, brewed with fresh hops from Pleasant Valley Hops in Rohrersville, Maryland.

Before this year’s harvest, three of our brewers went out in Pleasant Valley’s fields and selected Cascade and Chinook for a light-bodied lager fermented at ale temperatures. Their hops were picked and used in the beer within hours, all within their fresh — unprocessed state — in the kettle and hopback. 

Our Fresh Hop Ale clocks in at 6.2% ABV and is the latest in our Sub Rosa series of small batch beers available only on draft and only in our tasting room. We’ll see you soon



We love teachers. And we’ve been told that teachers love their beer. So starting next Thursday, we’re holding Teacher Appreciation Nights for all Frederick County schools. Free tours will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and all school staff will receive 15% off their bar tab and merchandise by flashing their school badge. 

The schedule is as follows. And please note that all middle and elementary feeder schools are included with the corresponding high school: 

  • Thursday, September 17: Frederick and Thomas Johnson High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 20: Brunswick, Oakdale and Tuscarora High Schools
  • Thursday, September 24: Urbana and Linganore High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 27: Middletown, Walkersville and Catoctin 




Now on tap and soon to be in your glass is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, an India Pale Lager. 

Brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops and fermented with a lager yeast strain, this hybrid style combines huge tropical fruit hop bitterness (typical in our favorite IPAs) with a crisp and clean lager finish.

For those of you who want specifics:

  • ABV: 6.3%
  • 60 IBU
  • Specialty Malts: Wheat, Munich, Caramel
  • Hops: Citra and Galaxy
  • Tasting Notes:
    • Aroma: Juicy fruit aroma
    • Appearance: Golden with a bright white head
    • Flavor: Big tropical fruit bitterness up front that quickly fades into crisp dryness
    • Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean

Brewhouse Rarities India Pale Lager is on tap now in our tasting room and available throughout the mid-Atlantic. 




It’s Thursday. Your lunch is sitting on the kitchen counter, not in the mini-fridge next to your cubicle. You haven’t set your Fantasy lineup for the week yet, despite a 3-week losing streak to those asshats in accounting. And you can’t remember if you actually used toothpaste when you brushed your teeth this morning. (Angela from HR insisting that you take a mint from her candy jar wasn’t just in a giving mood.)

The only thing that matters to you is the sweet nectar of weekend anticipation. It’s Thursday, and you’re getting your growler filled at Flying Dog Brewery. 

We want you to be a card-carrying member of the Growler Republic. Every time you get your growler filled, we’ll stamp said card. Then, your 6th fill’s a charm and will cost you just $5.

You can get your Growler Republic card starting this Thursday in our tasting room. From there, we’re open for growler fills on Thursday and Fridays 3-8 pm, Saturdays 12-8 pm, and Sundays 12-6 pm. Bookmark this page for a look at what’s on tap each week.



Sub Rosa…under the rose. What was once shrouded in secrecy is now brought into light and into your glass. Our Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room. 

Our latest Sub Rosa release that’s now on tap is a Kettle Sour Saison — a perfect balance of tart, crisp wheat and clean, lactic sourness. Clocking in at 5.5% ABV, it’s light-bodied and a perfect sipper for saying farewell to the summer. 

Our Kettle Sour Saison is on tap by the glass and for growler fills for a limited time. 





Each summer, our entire staff congregates atop a historic mountain overlook to pitch beer styles for the next year’s Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch, limited releases. Inspiration comes from all around us and concepts come from all areas of our brewery, from packaging to accounting to marketing to our brewers themselves. 

There were 92 unique, never-before-brewed beer styles pitched at this year’s Brewhouse Rarities staff retreat. And then, there were 8. 

2016’s Brewhouse Rarities series will include:

  • Tropical Stout 
  • Cold-Press Coffee Porter
  • Mint Julep Ale
  • White Peach Saison
  • Berliner Weiss 
  • Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler
  • Bee Beer
  • Sea Salt Caramel Brown 

If 2016 now feels entirely too far away, find solace in a Juniper White IPA, our current Brewhouse Rarities release, and our soon-to-be-released India Pale Lager, Spiced Pear Ale and Smoked Belgian Stout.  

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