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We climb mountains to talk beer.
Our local Gambrill State Park is part of the Catoctin mountain range and offers a historic overlook that is home to our annual Brewhouse Rarities pitch session.
Each July, the entire brewery gathers and teams of our staff — from production to accounting to sales and marketing — pitch their ideas for the next year’s lineup. Pitches range from unearthing ancient beer styles to experimenting with new and innovative ingredients.
Our brew team evaluates each pitch and then has the challenging task of choosing the next year’s releases. There were 40 beers pitched for 2014 and the chosen ones are:
- Mango Habanero IPA
- Mint Chocolate Stout
- Ginger Beer
- Agave Lager
- Lemongrass Rice Ale
- Hoppy American Wheat
- Honey Ale
Details on each release coming soon. For now, fight the anxiety with our remaining 2013 Brewhouse Rarities, which include Roggen, Orchard Ale, Vineyard Blonde, and Cinnamon Porter.
Each year, we bring our favorite partners and local artisans together in the name of good beer and supporting local creativity. Here’s our latest list of vendors:
- Rappahannock River Oysters
- Go Fish Seafood Truck
- Carnivore BBQ
- Pinch Dumplings
- Sweet Farm Sauerkraut
- The Wild Pea Hummus
- J Dickey’s Sauces
- Ester’s Granola
- Allen’s Apiary
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks
- Goodloe Byron
- Kayleigh Montgomery
- Elmo Thamm
- Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center
- The Common Market
- Oyster Recovery Partnership
- Organarchy Hops
- The Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop
- Whiskey Bottom Candle Company
- Growing Wisdom Herbals
- Savage Soaps
- Fox Haven Farm
- And, of course, beer from yours truly
And live music by:
- Heavy Lights
- Safety Meeting
- Katie Powderly and the Unconditional Lovers
The Local Riot is Saturday, October 5 on the lawn of our brewery. Admission is free and all beer, food, and other goods will be sold a la carte.
This year, it’s a mother fucking riot.
Join the movement to support local creativity on Saturday, October 5. From noon to 5 pm, we’ll have artisans of all kinds on the brewery lawn, including:
- GoFish Seafood Truck
- Carnivore BBQ
- Rappahannock River Oysters
- The Common Market Co-op
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks
- Sculptor Chris Cooley (yes, that Chris Cooley)
- Artist Goodloe Byron
We’ll also have the premiere of our October Brewhouse Rarities release, Orchard Ale, along with live music by Heavy Lights, Safety Meeting, and Katie Powderly and the Unconditional Lovers.
The event is free and open to those 21 and older. All beer, food, and vendor goods will be sold a la carte.
We believe it was Manet who once said that beer was his “one and only true inspiration in this ever-changing world.”
Artomatic@Frederick is back for its second year and yours truly is providing inspiration in the form of our Snake Dog IPA, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, and Woody Creek Belgian White. Two bars will be located in Building 2 of Artomatic@Frederick’s downtown location at 117 East Church Street.
And here’s the schedule of live music on the Flying Dog Stage:
Saturday, September 7
- 7-8 pm Old Receiver
- 8-9 pm Adrienne and The Merrylanders
- 9-10 pm Blind Man Leading
- 10-11 pm Signs Point East
Friday, September 13
- 7-8 pm Bishops
- 8-9 pm Janissary
- 9-10 pm Black Blizzard
- 10-11 pm Old Indian
Saturday, September 14
- 7-8 pm Dead Monks
- 8-9 pm Rozwell Kid
- 9-10 pm Wing Dam
- 10-11 pm Silent Old Mtns
Friday, September 20
- 7-8 pm Dylijens
- 8-9 pm Joint Effort
- 9-10 pm Height With Friends
- 10-11 pm Rap Dragons
Friday, September 27
- 7-8 pm Lilac Daze
- 8-9 pm Full Blush
- 9-10 pm Carousel Rogues
- 10-11 pm Ghost Hotel
Saturday, September 28
- 7-8 pm Katie Powderly
- 8-9 pm Matthew Martin and The Restless Weary
- 9-10 pm Tabasco Bustelo
- 10-11 pm Country Devils
Friday, October 4
- 7-8 pm Time Columns
- 8-9 pm Kimberly
- 9-10 pm Joy Classic
- 10-11 pm Heavy Lights
Saturday, October 5
- 7-8 pm The Evokatones
- 8-9 pm The Secondhand Ramblers
- 9-10 pm Fieldhands
- 10-11 pm Litz
For those of you unfamiliar with Artomatic, the organization transforms available space — from vacant buildings to unfinished construction — into a playground for showcasing creative work in visual art, performing art, music, dance, and film.
All Artomatic@Frederick events are socially organic and completely open-entry; there are no juries or curators. They work to provide open access to the arts for all participants and visitors.
For more information on Artomatic@Frederick, head over to their website.
Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy held Maryland’s first hop selection Monday, evaluating six different varieties from eight local growers.
Our goal was to closely replicate the process of how we select hops from large-scale production growers in the Pacific Northwest. Not only did that ensure the highest quality hops for our Secret Stash Harvest Ale — an annual release brewed with local ingredients — it also enabled us to provide in-depth feedback to our local growers.
Hop selection involves cutting into dried, compressed hops and rubbing the individual cones in between your hands. That allows the full aromatics of the hops to come through, which provides a good indication of the aromas and flavors they will impart on a beer. All of the hops submitted were anonymously labeled.
What we were looking for was a combination of aromatics and the appropriate moisture level from the drying process.
We chose to purchase Cascade hops from Black Locust Hops and Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Magnum hops from Organarchy Hops for Secret Stash. We also have estate-grown Cascade hops harvested last week from our brewery hop bines. (Check out our video of the harvest here.)
Secret Stash was brewed today and will be available on draft and in 6-packs by the end of September.
Our Superbowl champions are kicking off their season with Maryland craft beer.
Once again, Flying Dog will be the only Maryland-brewed beer available in M&T Bank Stadium. A variety of our beers — including Snake Dog IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout — will be on draft at storefronts in sections 117 and 128.
Calling all local hops.
We are inviting all mid-Atlantic hop growers to the first (and soon-to-be annual) Maryland Hop Selection next Monday, August 26 at Flying Dog Brewery.
Each year, we use local hops in Secret Stash Harvest Ale, a celebration of local agriculture and a reflection of each year’s crop. This year, we’re taking the hop industry in the mid-Atlantic to the next level with an official hop selection lead by our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his team of brewers.
All amounts are welcome, but all hops must be dried in order to be considered. Selection involves Matt and our brewers cutting into dried, compressed hops, rubbing the cones between their hands, and smelling the aromatics of the hops. Submissions will be anonymously labeled, with feedback given to each farmer at the end of selection.
Interesting in bringing your hops out? Complete the registration form below. Questions? Give us a shout.
Unfortunately for the good people of DC, there will be no Will Smith to save them from the Flying Dog invasion next week for DC Beer Week.
Here’s our event line-up (subject to change and most likely to go way later than the times listed):
Monday, August 12
- DC Heritage Concert at the Howard Theater
- The Big HUNTer S. Thompson at The Big Hunt
- The Dog Days of Summer with Dogfish Head at Pizzeria Paradiso
Tuesday, August 13
Wednesday, August 14
Thursday, August 15
Friday, August 16
- Release of The Truth Imperial IPA at Smoke and Barrel
- Blind and Bitter Hop Face off at Scion Restaurant
Saturday, August 17
Full disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share.
Sometimes the truth hurts. But most often, it’s damn refreshing.
The Truth Imperial IPA — the latest addition to our year-round portfolio — is a hop bomb of some of the most distinct Pacific Northwest varietals available to craft brewers today.
In fact, three years of crafting our Single Hop Imperial IPAs with some of the most rare and flavorful hop varieties enabled us to craft this bold, yet balanced Imperial IPA. Its sharp hop bitterness begins with huge pine notes on the nose, which evolve into bright citrus and subtle stone fruit flavors.
You can find The Truth in Maryland and Washington, DC on shelves and in stores this month. And be sure to check out our release events on Friday, August 16:
Hours before their May 25 show at Flying Dog, of Montreal filled a firkin of Snake Dog IPA and hand-selected special ingredients for the cask, which will be tapped at The Brewer’s Art on Saturday to celebrate “fugitive air,” the first single from their new album lousy with sylvianbriar.
lousy with sylvianbriar was recorded in front man Kevin Barnes’ home studio on a 24-track tap machine, rejecting modern computer recording methods.
“I knew I wanted the process to be more in line with the way people use to make albums in the late 60s and early 70s,” Barnes told us. “I wanted to work fast and to maintain a high level of spontaneity and immediacy. I wanted the songs to be more lyric-driven, and for the instrumental arrangements to be understated and uncluttered.”
Barnes’ back-to-basics approach to this new album coupled with the band’s involvement in the traditional cask ale process showcases how both art forms – music and craft beer – go hand in hand.
The listening party will begin at 8 pm and feature giveaways of the new album, along with copies of David Barnes’ – Kevin’s brother and of Montreal art director – book, What’s Weird. For the cask, the members of of Montreal chose Galaxy and Sorachi Ace hops, which will provide bright tropical fruit, citrus, and herbal notes to the already-hop-heavy Snake Dog IPA.