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:
- Goodloe Byron
- J. Dickey’s Sauces
- Otterbein’s Cookies
- Oyster Recovery Partnership
- Paws in the City
- Rappahannock River Oysters
- Roast House Pub’s Chef Niko
- Salazon Chocolate Company
- Savage Soaps
- Seara Treasures
- Sweet Farm Sauerkraut
- Tara’s House Animal Rescue, Inc.
- The Big Green Egg
- The Common Market
- Tuhala’s Well
- Whiskey Bottom Candles
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?
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.
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.
The event kicked off with a happy hour (ahem, at 10 am) where our brewmaster Matt Brophy welcomed our brethren brewers from:
- Barley and Hops
- Black Hops
- Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy
- Full Tilt
- Gordon Biersch
- Heavy Seas
- Manor Hill
- New Zagros
- Pilot Malt House
- Pub Dog
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.