Jan

28

Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy greets each new day by listening to our National Anthem as imaginary tears flow down his eye black-stained cheeks. As the last verse rings through his ears, he contemplates what it truly means to live in “the land of the free” and thinks of new ways to incorporate his favorite hobby — winning friends through the art of the friendly wager — into his already amazing day job.

So far, our Brewmaster bookie is 2-0 with our Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. Most thought it couldn’t be done, but Brophy took on each opponent with tenacity and drive not seen in the weeks leading up to those games. 

First up was Adam Avery, of Avery Brewing Company. The terms? Whoever’s team lost would send the winning brewery a case of rare beers. And in a nail-biting finish, our Ravens prevailed. Up next was Al Marzi, Brewmaster at Harpoon, with the same terms and the same outcome for Brophy: Our Ravens took the Patriots to pound town. 

Now that the Super Bowl* is upon us, Brophy isn’t losing steam**. In fact, he’s taking on Anchor Brewing Company and their 49ers with even higher stakes: The losing brewery will pour the winning brewery’s beer in their taproom for a week by a staff clad in the champion team’s gear. 

“We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make,” Brophy said. “Whatever legacy you’re going to leave; leave your legacy!”

Inspiring-quotes-that-once-read again-don’t-really-make-sense aside, we all know that because God is amazing, Brophy — along with our Baltimore Ravens — will prevail. 

* We would like to take a moment to thank the author of this post for making no mention, joke, or jab about the Super Har-Bowl. 

** Get it?

Jan

17

El Dorado. The Golden One. The ultimate prize legions spend their lives seeking. 

In honor of our first Single Hop Imperial IPA of 2013, we’re lifting the shield of mystery off of El Dorado, a little-known hop and star of our first release:

The El Dorado hop was first bred between 20 and 25 years ago by a USDA research program for eventual use by Anheuser-Busch. Once mature, A-B played with it for a few years and eventually dropped the variety. 

A sole grower in Moxee Valley, a northern district of the famed Yakima Valley, kept the variety in the ground over the years and in 2010, harvested a mere 1.5 acres.

That same year, during hop selection at the Great American Beer Festival, our brewmaster Matt Brophy was introduced to El Dorado and immediately drawn to its pungent dried fruit (think apricot and pineapple) aroma. 

Bold enough to stand on its own in our Single Hop Imperial IPA, those fruit aromas and flavors shine through, along with a fresh-cut grass crispness and clean, dry finish. We first featured El Dorado last year and are stoked to have it back — and available on draft and in 6-packs now. 

Jan

16

Governors and mayors, you can have your hoisting of other flags and exchanging of local cuisine. We’re betting beer. 

Last week, before our Baltimore Ravens took the Denver Broncos to pound town, our brewmaster Matt Brophy made a friendly wager to his friend Adam Avery, of Denver’s Avery Brewing Company. If the Ravens won, they had to send us a case of rare, barrel-aged beer. If the Ravens lost, then we’d do the sending.

Clearly — as anyone with two eyes, two ears, and a remote control knows — the former didn’t happen. (And for the record, we’re still waiting to reap the benefits of Peyton Manning’s cold weather playoff record.)

This week, Brophy’s betting on the birds again. Now, he’s challenged Harpoon brewmaster Al Marzi with the same: Ravens win, we get beer. Ravens lose, we send beer. 

Some say the odds aren’t in our favor. We’d agree, if the stakes involved coaches who look like they’re homeless, pretty boy quarterbacks who hock footwear popular with sorority girls, or plain, old-fashioned cheating. But this is an AFC championship match-up for the ages. And our Ravens are out for revenge. 

Jan

11

A favorite of Jay Leno, various members of N’SYNC, and our neighbors to the Great White North, the Canadian Tuxedo is a thing of beauty destined to be honored with a theme party at our brewery. 

Break out all things acid-washed for Denim on Denim: A Celebration of the Canadian Tuxedo on Saturday, January 26. From 6 to 10 pm, we’ll have live ’90s rock by Skribe and a $150 prize for the hoser with best denim ensemble. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Last month’s party sold out in less than a minute, so mark your calendars, set an alert, and don’t miss out. 

Jan

9

Introducing Flights and Bites: Monthly educational beer and food pairings at the brewery. 

In January, we welcome Palmyra Farm Cheese, made from award-winning Ayrshire cows in Hagerstown, Maryland. 

For just $10, you will get four beer and cheese pairings, learn how each are made, and experience why they work so well together. Plus, additional beer and cheese will be available for purchase after the event. 

Only 30 tickets are available for each class, so reserve your spot now

Jan

4

Learn how to win friends, influence people, and have the best damn swagger on the block with Masters of the Universe: A Course for Craft Beer Admirers and World Dominators. This 12-class course will teach you how to: 

  • Taste and appreciate beer
  • Win your office sports pool 
  • Dominate your grill 
  • Defend yourself (and others)
  • Workout at your desk
  • Master magic tricks and illusions
  • Make your own concert t-shirt
  • Deliver fool-proof pick-up lines 
  • Conquer the art of shaving 
  • Create the ultimate survival kit
  • Have a swagger like no other 

Classes will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at Flying Dog Brewery from 6 to 8 pm. The first hour will include an educational presentation from a guest speaker and master of that month’s domain. The last hour will be reserved for beer samples, conversation, and comradery with future CEOs, ESQs, MDs, PhDs, DDSs, and DILFs. 

This year-long course is $100 per person, which includes admission to each class and 5 beer samples each time. 

Tickets are on sale now. Only 50 spots are available for the year, so reserve yours today.

Jan

2

A new year means new beers in our Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch beers available only in the mid-Atlantic. 

We also have a new way for you to experience each release: At the brewery with the brewer who brewed it. On the second Tuesday of every month, we’re tapping that month’s Brewhouse Rarity from 5 to 8 pm. For just $5, you get a sample of the beer, along with 4 others of your choice, and the chance to chat with each beer’s lead brewer. 

First up is Chipotle Dark Ale on January 8. Brewed with whole chipotle peppers that are steeped in the whirlpool, smoke and pepper spice greet the nose, along with hints of tobacco, graham cracker, and subtle citrus hop aromas. The flavors mimic the intense aromas, joined by a dark chocolate sweetness that gives way to a lingering heat that builds with each sip.

Each Brewhouse Rarities release is open to the public and no reservations are required. 

Dec

19

In preparation for the end of the world, we’ve been scrunchie shopping with Steven Segal and plotting the death of Nicolas Cage. We’ve also been counting down all 56 beers we’ll have on tap Friday at Max’s Taphouse for the largest tap takeover in the history of the world for the end of the world

Every countdown — especially the Final Countdown — loves a recap, so here’s a look at drafts No. 1 through 54: 

  • 54. Vintage 2009 Kerberos Tripel 
  • 53. Cask-conditioned Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA with mango and habanero
  • 52. Cask-conditioned Snake Dog IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops
  • 51. Cask-conditioned Doggie Style Pale Ale with Simcoe hops
  • 50. Cask-conditioned Gonzo Imperial Porter with vanilla bean
  • 49. Cask-conditioned K-9 Winter Ale with Cascade hops
  • 48. Cask-conditioned Double Dog Double Pale Ale with Nelson Sauvin hops
  • 47. Cask-conditioned Old Scratch Amber Lager with Cascade hops
  • 46. Vintage 2012 Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout 
  • 45. Vintage 2011 Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout 
  • 44. Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale 
  • 43. The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale 
  • 42. Secret Stash Harvest Ale 
  • 41. International Arms Race Zero IBU IPA
  • 40. Experimental Porter
  • 39. Nitro Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • 38. Nitro Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
  • 37. Nitro Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  • 36. Nitro Gonzo Imperial Porter 
  • 35. Lucky SOB Irish Red
  • 34. Experimental Double IPA 
  • 33. Vintage 2011 Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter 
  • 32. Horn Dog Barleywine 
  • 31. Brewhouse Rarities Chipotle Dark Ale 
  • 30. Brewhouse Rarities Gruit
  • 29. St. EADman Belgian Dark Ale 
  • 28. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Galaxy
  • 27. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin
  • 26. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Centennial
  • 25. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra
  • 24. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Chinook
  • 23. Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado
  • 22. Brewhouse Rarities Weizenbock
  • 21. Brewhouse Rarities Nut Brown Ale
  • 20. Brewhouse Rarities Gose
  • 19. Brewhouse Rarities Red Ale
  • 18. Brewhouse Rarities Sour Cherry Ale
  • 17. Disobedience Abbey Dubbel
  • 16. K-9 Winter Ale 
  • 15. Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • 14. Woody Creek Belgian White 
  • 13.  Garde Dog Biere de Garde
  • 12. Road Dog Porter
  • 11. Tire Bite Golden Ale 
  • 10. Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  • 9. Gonzo Imperial Porter 
  • 8. Old Scratch Amber Lager
  • 7. In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  • 6. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  • 5. Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • 4. Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  • 3. Snake Dog IPA
  • 2. UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • 1. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

What about those last two taps, you ask? Both are experimental, small-batch beers that have never been released to the public. And each will be announced on Twitter the last two days leading up to the event. Follow @FlyingDog and #FinalCountdown to be the first to know.  

Dec

18

Our Single Hop Imperial IPAs are your ticket to the best one-man show in town. 

Following in the footsteps of stage legends like Patrick Stewart, Andy Kaufman, and Mike Tyson, only the most rare and interesting hop varieties command the spotlight of our brewers. The 2013 releases include:

El Dorado

  • A distinct combination of pine and citrus 
  • January release
Citra 
  • Strong citrus notes with tropical fruit undertones 
  • April release 
Sorachi Ace 
  • Huge lemon with slight dill aroma and flavor
  • July release
Simcoe
  • Bright tropical fruit and ribe bitterness 
  • October release

 For future release details, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Dec

12

As we await the rapture, the Flying Dog brain trust assembled on 12/12/12 for what will now be known as the most important meeting in the history of this brewery. 

The task at hand? Assemble a top 10 list of things to do before the world ends on December 21.

After reviewing approximately 70 hours of David Letterman Top 10 footage spanning from 1985 to 2000 (because we all know the writing took a dip in 2001) and watching any YouTube video that involved the keywords “pleasure” and “butt trumpet,” our team got to work.

So if you would join us in a “finger tapping on your desk” drumroll (because it’s really, really hard to imbed audio in a blog post), we are thrilled, scared, and a little bit excited to give you:

“Flying Dog’s Top 10 Things To Do Before You Die That Guarantee Fulfillment and Triumph Before Humankind Is Vaporized on December 21.”

  1. Get a face tattoo of Mike Tyson.
  2. Go streaking up to the quad and into the gymnasium.
  3. Do a number two off of a hot air balloon.
  4. Ride a mechanical bull naked.
  5. Walk 500 miles. Then walk 500 more. 
  6. Go scrunchie shopping with Steven Seagal.
  7. Sing “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on karaoke night.
  8. Be involved in a high speed chase.
  9. Make and eat a turkducken.
  10. Kill Nicolas Cage.
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