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.

Nov

28

On Friday, December 21, we’re leaving together at Max’s Taphouse, but it’s still farewell. And, after 56 of our beers on draft, maybe we’ll come back to earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame, except the Mayans; we’re leaving ground. Will things ever be the same after the largest tap takeover in the history of the world?

It’s the Final Countdown. [Cue guitar riff.]

Starting tomorrow with tap #17, we’re counting down all 56 beers we’ll have on draft at Max’s for the End of the World. Why 17? Since our days are numbered, we’ve lumped our year-round and seasonal releases into one, only leaving room for the rare before the rapture:

  1. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  2. UnderDog Atlantic Lager 
  3. Snake Dog IPA
  4. Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  5. Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  6. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  7. In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  8. Old Scratch Amber Lager
  9. Gonzo Imperial Porter
  10. Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  11. Tire Bite Golden Ale
  12. Road Dog Porter
  13. Garde Dog Biere de Garde
  14. Woody Creek Belgian White
  15. Dogtoberfest Marzen
  16. K-9 Winter Ale 

Follow the countdown on Twitter with the hashtag #FinalCountdown

Nov

21

“Don’t draw, Ralph. It’s a filthy habit.” – Hunter S. Thompson 

It’s a filthy habit indeed, our dear Ralph, filled with scamps, tramps, and sick and twisted souls. But we love you for it. 

Just like the man it honors, St. EADman Belgian Dark Ale is complex and unpredictable. Bright fruity esters of pears and strawberries blend with caramel malt character and brown fruit notes of cherry and plum. Your first sip embraces you with alcoholic warmth and the dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Just in time for your holiday libationary needs, St. EADman is available now on draft and in hand-packaged 750 ml bottles. Check our Beer Finder to see if it’s near you

Nov

19

After zero hours of negotiation, hearty handshakes, and minimal amounts of rabble, we have agreed to supply Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley with a case of beer after each game remaining in the 2012 season.

The agreement stemmed from Cooley’s negotiations with the Redskins when he was resigned by the team in late October. Cooley asked that receiving a case of beer after each game be written into his contract, but the team ultimately denied his wish.

For us, it was heartbreaking to hear that this stellar athlete was denied the opportunity to have a beer at the end of each hard-fought game. So in the name of Cooley’s wish and in support of athletes in need, we knew we needed to step in.

For the remaining six games of the regular season, Cooley will receive our new Shock and Awe variety pack, which includes Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, and Snake Dog IPA.

Because at the end of the day, we don’t think anyone should be deprived of great beer.

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