Mar

16

Sunday night, we brought Maryland House Bill 4 to your attention. If passed, this bill will allow manufacturing breweries in Maryland, Flying Dog included, to sell beer by the glass at their onsite taprooms.

House Bill 4 (HB 4) was scheduled for a closed-door vote in the Economic Matters Committee this past Monday, but was delayed because of the overwhelming response from supporters, along with the submission of last-minute amendments.

As a result, the lead sponsor of the bill, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio of the Eastern Shore, has been working tirelessly in the name of Maryland craft beer. She deserves our thanks and admiration. 

Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the glass. The passing of HB 4 would enable manufacturing breweries to grow their taproom experience, entertain more impromptu visits, increase tourism, and grow business across the state.

According to the Brewers Association of Maryland, as more people are able to visit craft breweries, sales of craft beer increase not only in those breweries, but also in other small businesses like local restaurants, pubs, and beer stores in the surrounding community.

If passed, HB 4 will be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and go into effect July 1, 2013.

We will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution and we couldn’t do it without you. 

Mar

14

In 1995, when the original recipe was developed, our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale was one of the most assertive pale ales in the market. Even though it’s never been a stranger to accolades — like being named the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times in 2010 — we recently decided to make a few changes to Doggie Style.

There is a natural evolution of craft beer styles and of the palates of craft beer drinkers that we’ve all seen as the industry continues to grow. That, combined with new hop varietals available to us, sparked an internal desire to allow Doggie Style to also evolve. Here’s what we changed specifically: 

  • Dialed back the caramel malt by 40%
  • Increased the whirlpool addition of Cascade hops from 8.5 to 20 pounds
  • Added Simcoe and Citra dry hop additions to the existing Cascade dry hop, while increasing the total dry hop by 14 pounds

The result is a more complex hop aroma, slightly lighter body, and, overall, a better-balanced beer. Our brewers were able to bring out the most desirable characteristics in each hop variety in this new recipe. As soon as we tried the first pilot batch, we were hooked. 

We have already began shipping this new recipe for Doggie Style out to our wholesalers, so you’ll see it on shelves soon. 

Mar

13

The time is almost upon us to kick back, connect with the craft beer elite, drink said craft beer, and get cultured as the Craft Brewers Conference descends upon our nation’s capital. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

Monday, March 25 

Charlie Bravo Charlie

  • Birch & Barley, 7 pm
  • A rare beer dinner and tap takeover featuring Flying Dog, Bluejacket, Cigar City, DC Brau, Firestone Walker, Maui, and Surly
  • Reservations required, call ChurchKey at 202-567-2576
  • Starting at 4 pm, all featured breweries are taking over the taps for the night at ChurchKey. Reservations are not required for upstairs. 

Tuesday, March 26

The Smoking Gun

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 7 pm
  • 4 scandalous beer and cigar pairings with W. Curtis Draper Tobacconists 

Artisanal Fair

  • Art and Soul, 5 pm
  • A celebration of a new menu featuring locally-sourced and Southern-inspired cooking  

Gonzo Library

  • Renaisssance DC, midnight to 2 am
  • Late-night beer and snacks at the CBC host hotel

Wednesday, March 27

Cask-Off

  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown), 7 pm
  • A cask competition between our brewers and the Pizza P staff

Gonzo Library

  • Renaissance DC, midnight to 2 am
  • Late-night beer and snacks at the CBC host hotel

Thursday, March 28

Festival de Cans 

  • 9:30 Club, 8 pm
  • A craft beer-focused film festival and live performance by Escort featuring Flying Dog, Avery, The Brewer’s Art, Brooklyn, DC Brau, Golden Road, Half Acre, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, and Starr Hill 
  • $25 tickets on sale through 9:30 Club website 

Masters of the Craft Beer Universe

  • Smith Commons, 7 pm 
  • Epic 4-day event series featuring rare beers, industry leaders, live music, and food pairings 

Friday, March 29 

Drink Local 

  • Meridian Pint, 1 pm
  • Hosted by Beer Advocate and featuring 20 taps and 23 casks from local breweries

Want play-by-play updates during the week? Follow our DC sales manager @FlyingDogTommy on Twitter and keep an eye on #CBC13, the official Twitter hashtag of the Craft Brewers Conference. 

Mar

10

Wouldn’t it be great if the Flying Dog experience included the ability to buy a pint? 

The Maryland House Committee on Economic Matters is voting TOMORROW, MONDAY MARCH 11, on House Bill 4 (HB 4), a bill that would allow Flying Dog to sell beer by the pint in our taproom as soon as July 1. Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the pint and this bill would allow all Maryland breweries to better connect with craft beer fans. 

We need your help to make this happen. 

Contact the following officials and your local delegates saying that you “support Maryland beer through HB 4 and and HB 231 with Amendments”:

  • Economic Matters Chair Dereck E. Davis: dereck.davis@house.state.md.us, 800-492-7122 ext. 3519
  • Alcohol Subcommittee Chair Charles Barkley: charles.barkley@house.state.md.us, 800-492-7122, etx. 3001

Then, find your local elected officials here.

Now is the time to show your support for Maryland Beer. Contact your delegates today and tell them you support HB 4 and HB 231 with Amendments.

For a complete list of all legislation currently being proposed by the Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM), visit the BAM website

Mar

8

BloodlineWhat brings us together, as brethren of craft beer, is an innate bitterness that runs through our veins, creating a thirst that can only be quenched by an all-out assault on our taste buds and an intense love of the craft. 

Brewed exclusively for the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference (and a collaborative project with Reyes Beverage Group), Bloodline is an intesnely-hopped IPA brewed with Blood Orange peel and juice.

According to our Brewmaster Matt Brophy, the result is a flavor profile that harnessed the best aspects of both the hops (Warrior, Citra, and Galaxy) and the citrus. He and his brewing team are very fond of hop-based citrus aromas, so experimenting with actual citrus was a natural extension of that. 

Bloodline will be available on draft only during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC starting March 26. To find it on tap near you, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Mar

4

Barrel-Aged Horn Dog Barleywine

Amidst the sea of stainless steel and concrete beneath our brewing platform lies a world of experimentation —  a pilot brewing system, barrels, casks, specialty ingredients, and more. Literally a playground for our brewers, it’s an area that breeds some of our most cutting-edge releases.

The latest is Barrel-Aged Horn Dog: Our 2011 vintage Barleywine was aged in oak port wine barrels from local Elk Run Vineyards for over a year. 

Barrel-Aged Horn Dog will go on sale exclusively at the brewery on Tuesday, March 26 from 10 am to 6 pm. Only 300 bottles (750 ml) are available to the public. From there, when it’s gone, it’s gone. 

Feb

28

A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer.

We’re stoked to announce our latest collaboration, Natural Selection Ale, a three-part release with Evolution Brewing Company. 

We’ll launch the first Natural Selection release, Genus One, in March. A stock ale, Genus One has caramel and brown fruit notes that mingle with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast.

Then, a common descent will occur as each brewery brews a second batch of Natural Selection with us dry hopping our version (Genus Two) and Evolution barrel aging theirs (Genus Three).

Here’s what our Brewmaster Matt Brophy had to say about the project: 

What appealed to us is the collaborative nature of the stock beer and how the two other releases play off of each brewery’s strengths. We released our first double dry hopped beer last year and have been experimenting with cutting edge hop varietals in our series of Single Hop Imperial IPAs for the past two years.

And here’s what Evo’s Brewmaster Geoff DeBisschop said: 

We’ve had a lot of fun at Evolution designing beers to pair with different barrel types and this is an opportunity to expand on that experience. Creating a beer that can express barrel character in our release while complementing dry-hopping in the Flying Dog version was a great challenge and I’m looking forward to the results.

Natural Selection Ale: Genus One will premiere during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC on draft only. Genus Two and Genus Three will be released in October. All three releases will only be available in mid-Atlantic markets.

Feb

21

Festival de Cans

As the who’s who of the craft beer industry descend on the District this March for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, Flying Dog Brewery, Ball and Reyes Beverage Group bring you Festival de Cans — a beer-focused film festival.

Emceed by comedian Doug Powell, Festival de Cans will explore the evolution of beer advertising, featuring canned refreshments and short films from: 

  • Flying Dog
  • The Brewer’s Art
  • Brooklyn
  • DC Brau
  • Golden Road
  • Half Acre
  • Maui
  • New Belgium
  • Oskar Blues
  • Revolution
  • Sierra Nevada 
  • Starr Hill

Each film will be screened alongside some of the best vintage beer television commercials. (Patrick Swayze for PBR, anyone?)

Following the screenings will be a performance by Brooklyn-based funk band Escort, who’s latest album was named one of the top releases in 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine

Tickets are $25 and on sale now through the 9:30 Club. Only 500 public tickets are available and this will sell out. 

Feb

15

Cookies

With absolutely no affiliation or direct partnership with the Girl Scouts of America, Flying Dog is pleased to present the unofficial guide to pairing cookies with beer. 

The brewery generously purchased one box of each variety from Brewmaster Matt Brophy’s daughter, a gesture that will fund numerous outings for area girls to learn courage, confidence, and character. 

“At my old job, there was this unspoken obligation to buy cookies from the boss, even if you were on a diet or had diabetes,” one Flying Dog employee said. “But here, there is a greater sense of purpose behind the cookies.” 

Brophy was visibly pleased by his daughter’s sales. “Who cares about da other things?” he said. “The moon sometimes looks like a “C” but you can’t eat that.” 

The cookies arrived yesterday and in another gesture of sheer selflessness, the staff of Flying Dog Brewery poured multiple beers and consumed multiple cookies to develop the best pairings for the guide.

“It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do on my Thursday afternoon,” another Flying Dog staffer said, “but I was able to get through it.” 

Here’s what the brewery came up with: 

Trefoils with Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout (DD) 

The smooth butter and vanilla flavors from the shortbread are complimented by the dry chocolate and roast character in the beer. 

Do-Si-Dos with Lucky SOB Irish Red

The sweet peanut butter filling and light graham cracker cookie are a perfect match for the rich caramel and toasty malt notes in Lucky SOB. 

Samoas with Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

The caramel coating of the cookie and caramel malt soothe the extreme hop character while the chocolate and coconut bring the Belgian fruity funk to life. 

Tagalongs with Gonzo Imperial Porter

The one-two punch combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a knockout with Gonzo’s rich chocolate and nutty malt character.

Thin Mints with Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout (DD) 

Chocolate, mint, and robust coffee and chocolate malt notes created a peppermint mocha latte in your mouth. 

Legend: Pairings marked with a DD are definitely dunkable. 

To create these pairings on your own, visit your local beer store and keep an eye out for frazzled parents who kind-of look like they’ve put on a few pounds in the past few days. 

Feb

7

Like many brewmasters, Matt Brophy started out homebrewing and thinks that craft breweries have a responsibility to foster and inspire the homebrewing community. 

With that in mind, we bring you Stove Toppers — all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers that include our exact ingredients and brewmaster’s recipe, all scaled-down to fit your 5-gallon home brewery.

We’re launching one kit per month in 2013 and each kit will be on sale for that month only. Beginning Friday, Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado will be on sale in our gift shop and the Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop in Frederick. The El Dorado Stove Topper is $55 and will be on sale through February 28.

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