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.

Dec

7

It’s tiiiime to play Plinko ladies and gentleman!

Our gift shop Plinko Sale is just in time for your last minute holiday gifts. And all you need to do is drop your balls in our slot to win a slew of great prizes:

  • A hug from a brewer!
  • 10% off*! 
  • Free keychain! 
  • 15% off*! 
  • We’ll buy you a sandwich**! 
  • 20% off*! 
  • Free t-shirt of your choice! 
  • 40% off*! 
  • A stick of gum***!

And once you’re finished shopping, just $5 gets you beer samples in our merry taproom.

* Said discounts cannot apply to the purchase of beer.

** Said sandwich will be provided by our friends at AKA Frisco’s.

*** Said gum will most likely be mint-flavored.

Dec

5

If we learned anything from Dick Clark, it’s that adult diapers are a must for camping out in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

He also taught us that every good countdown needs a few recaps. So, here’s a look at beers 1-28 that will be on tap at Max’s Taphouse for the End of the World.

Announced today are ALL SIX of our Single Hop Imperial IPAs released in 2012:

  • 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

You can follow the countdown on Twitter with the hashtag #FinalCountdown

Dec

3

As craft brewers, we are always looking to innovate; whether it be through a our recipes, production processes, or new technologies. And as a Washington, DC-area business, we strive to build relationships with like-minded organizations in the surrounding community. 

Pardon the use of corporate-speak terms like “innovate” and “strive.” We just can’t help it when each of those two things come together in one project. 

We announced today that we’re partnering up with The George Washington University’s Clean Energy Team on an energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy feasibility study. The team is comprised of 10 MBA students who are going to research and evaluate potential technology, software, and operational changes that could lower energy consumption at our brewery. 

The study will focus on the following areas:

  • Electricity and natural gas bill analysis, forecasting, and benchmark reporting against similar manufacturers
  • Cogeneration analysis to capitalize on repeated heating and cooling operations that are already used in the brewing process
  • Reduction of peak energy demand
  • Evaluation of on-site renewable energy like solar, wind, and anaerobic digester technologies
We’ll be working with the team over the next 3 months and they will present their findings in March 2013. 

Nov

29

A few miles west of our brewery is a mountain range that is the birthplace of our Brewhouse Rarities. Disconnected from the world below, the entire brewery congregates atop a historic overlook each year to develop beers that shatter the confines of traditional styles. 

The only criteria lies in a few simple words from the Good Doctor: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.” 

A series of small-batch beers available only in the mid-Atlantic, our 2013 releases include:

  • Chipotle Dark Ale: January
  • Green Tea Imperial Stout: February
  • Pumpernickel IPA: March
  • Big Black Wit: April 
  • Easy IPA: May
  • Pineapple Saison: June
  • Belgian Devil: July
  • Roggen: August
  • Vineyard Blonde (brewed with local Vidal Blanc grapes): September
  • Orchard Ale (brewed with local apples): October
  • Cinnamon Porter: December

Since both the Vineyard Blonde and Orchard Ale are dependent on our local agriculture, the November release was intentionally left open.

All of the releases will be in draft only, with the exception of the Green Tea Imperial Stout, Belgian Devil, and Cinnamon Porter. Those will be packaged in both draft and 750 ml bottles.

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