Jul

18

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Matt Brophy was first introduced to brewing while listening to the smooth sounds of Charlie Papazian, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired, he ran out to buy Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, held their annual conference in Baltimore earlier this summer, just east of our fair brewery. Matt and Charlie connected and put together the aptly-named Airwaves, an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops. 

To no one’s surprise the commemorative beer was a hit, and while we only brewed enough for the conference we knew we would have homebrewers looking for more. We tucked a little bit away and got the go ahead to share the recipe with you so that is exactly what we plan to do.

On Wednesday, July 20 stop by the brewery and enjoy a sample of Airwaves and pick up the recipe to brew at home or share with friends. It’s like the old saying goes, give a man a beer and his immediate thirst will be satisfied, teach a man to brew and he will lead a life of passion and purpose.

Jul

11

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Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point first opened its doors in 1986. In the early days it was known as Max’s on Broadway, a live music venue that hosted (among countless others) The Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon and Dr. Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Closing the stage in 1994, owner Ron Furman gave Max’s a facelift and turned the attention to the real stars of the show: Beer. Since then, Max’s has become the benchmark of what a great beer bar can be. With a stock of over 1,000+ bottles, 100+ tap lines and a steady rotation of 5 casks, it is consistently rated one of the best bars in the world. This month Max’s is turning thirty and we’re commemorating the occasion with Thirty Year War.

Thirty Year War, an imperial oatmeal porter that’s teeming with chocolate, coffee and caramel, is a robust 8.0% and is anchored by Maris Otter malt with a generous addition of “Golden Naked Oats” which give this beer a fullness that satisfies. 

You can only get your hands and mouth on these 750ml bottles at Max’s Taphouse.  Fret not, we have a schedule of the release, stick to this and you’ll do just fine:

  • July 19 – Thirty Year War Bottle and Draft Release at 5 pm*
  • July 20 – Thirty Year War Pint Night at 5 pm
  • July 21 – Thirty Year War Cask (five to be exact) night at 5 pm
  • July 22 – Thirty Year War 32-oz Drafts at 5 pm

*750 ml bottles of Thirty Year War are $20 and there’s a three-bottle-per-customer limit.

Jul

8

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Inspiration comes from within; that’s our mantra and we’re sticking to it. This summer, as we have for the last five years, we made our way to a secluded mountain retreat for a day of bonding, beer drinking and Brewhouse Rarities pitches. Anyone in the Flying Dog tribe – from accounting to sales, packaging to our brewers themselves – can pitch a concept at this annual retreat that is then considered for the next year’s lineup.

Our ambitious team dreamed up a record ONE HUNDRED AND SIX concepts and the powers that be had the almost-impossible task of narrowing the list down to 6 beers. So without further ado and self-love, our 2017 Brewhouse Rarities include: 

  • Salt and Pepper Trippel
  • Tamarind Ale
  • Honey Paloma Beer
  • Sunflower Pils
  • Peach Cobbler Ale
  • Snake Oil Black Lager

With one-hundred concepts still on the table, the selection team added a new twist and decided to brew an additional six pitches from the lineup to make available in our Sub Rosa series. The Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room. 

Our 2017 Sub Rosa Rarities include: 

  • Dark & Stormy Ale
  • Lactose IPA
  • Negroni IPA
  • Apricot Sour
  • Mustard IPA
  • Smoked Sour

Can’t wait? Get your anxious hands on our current Brewhouse Rarities release, Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, which is on shelves and on tap now. Then, mark your calendar for the Rarities still to come in 2016 including White Peach Saison, Bee Beer and Sea Salt Caramel Brown.

 

Jun

30

Merryland Square

We’re continuing our love affair with the crew at All Good for Merryland Music Fest at Merriweather Post Pavillion on July 9 & 10. We threw our two cents in and made sure the best tickets are the Merryland VIP Passes (Pit Access), which among a whole lot of other things includes access to the ‘Lucky Cat Lounge’ – a private wooded lounge area with cash bar and exclusive food vendors.

If you’ve got the time and a little luck on your side, enter to win a pair of VIP Passes (Pit Access).

That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of these tickets, a $700 value. Let’s just say we’re paying some stuff forward. 

The String Cheese Incident is headlining the party and we’re rolling in some kegs of All Good ISA, just as delicious as you remember it, for one more tour. Brewed with local wheat and Galaxy and Mosaic hops, the beer is bursting with passionfruit, mango, and papaya aromas and flavors with low bitterness and a subtle and crisp, clean finish. It clocks in at 5.3% ABV, so it’s perfect for a full day of mirth and merriment. 

No proper music fest would be complete without its own opening show, so the beautiful minds at the 9:30 Club are hosting the Kick-Off Concert with People’s Blues of Richmond opening for Soul Rebel on Friday July, 8. We know why birds suddenly appear whenever People Blues of Richmond are near, so we popped the big question and asked them to open our Summer Sessions concert with Galactic on July 30. They said yes, and we couldn’t be happier.

Just to recap, we want you to win a pair Merryland VIP Passes, enjoy All Good ISA, attend a Kick-Off Concert in DC, then come visit us at Summer Sessions 2.0 with Galactic. Any questions?

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Jun

23

 

Femmes

We want you to come to the brewery, drink good beer, catch an amazing live show and have a life-changing experience. With all that in mind, we anticipated your questions and have provided you with our best answers.

Q. I’ve got lots of chores I have to get done before I am allowed to play. What is the timeline for Saturday?
A. We feel your pain, that lawn will not mow itself no matter how much we will it. With that in mind, here is schedule of events:

  • 5:30 pm Doors open
  • 6:30 pm Luna kicks off the show
  • 7:45 pm Violent Femmes take the stage

Q. I get hangry.  If I clean out my cooler from the last Nascar race, can I pack some leftovers for the show?
A. Eating is also one of our four favorite things to do along with drinking, breathing and that one other thing that is none of your damned business. That being said, outside food or drink is not permitted with the sole exception of unopened bottled water. We took the liberty of inviting our food truck friends to the party to keep us all fat and happy including:

Q. I heard the tasting room isn’t open during the show. What beer will be available outside?
A. Someone has been doing their homework. We will have draft, cans and firkins available, but no Double Dog. We need you to make it through the entire show.

  • Draft: Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Goseface Killah Dry-Hopped Gose, Cucumber Rosemary Grisette, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, Sawbones Ginger Table Beer, Heat Series Ancho Lime Paradise Lager.
  • Cans: Easy IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Snake Dog IPA, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza
  • Firkins: Brewhouse Rarities Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale with cocoa and vanilla

Q. I know that smoking is not normally allowed at the brewery. Are you making an exception for this event?
A. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience, the event is smoke-free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. Stock up on the Nicorette accordingly.

Q. My dog loves the Femmes even more than I do, will she be allowed into the show?
A. Furry friends, even if you bought them a ticket, cannot enter. We are at maximum capacity and the only dog we want you to worry about is the one in your hand. 

Q. My partner got me a custom embroidered blanket to match my plaid lawn chair. Will there be a spot for me to set up my camp inside the gates?
A. Since we couldn’t book Jimmy Buffet, we ask that you leave the blankets, chairs and umbrellas at home. If this breaks your heart, make plans to stay in with a margarita and your “Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads” CD box set like our social media guy is doing this Friday night.
 
Q. I am being hunted by a cyborg from the future and I like to carry protection at all times. Are you cool with that?
A.We already have security at the event so we ask you to leave the weapons at home. 
 
Q. Is there any kind of zombie outbreak plan in place?
A. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The zombie apocalypse won’t begin until January 20, 2017.
 
Q. That’s a lot of rules. Anything else I need to know?
A. Thank you for asking. The show will go on rain or shine and as always, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter.
 
For additional information, call Ghostbusters.

Jun

20

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Radler, German for cyclist, was like most great inventions: Born of necessity. In the roaring 20s when biking and drinking was all the rage, an entrepreneurial innkeeper built a trail from the nearby town of Munich to his establishment. One fine day, he found himself with more bikers than beer, roughly 13,000 to be exact. To keep his customers happy and with beer in hand, he stretched out his supply by making a 50/50 mix with lemon soda.

Then, that smug son-of-a-bitch had the audacity to tell the cyclists it was to help them get home without falling off their bikes. Scraped knees are about as much fun as a game of 20 questions with a mime, so we are bringing you a radler of our own to get you and your bike home safe. Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler is our summer Brewhouse Rarities release that mixes the lemon-tarty flavor of the hibiscus flower with the citrus of the grapefruit to create lower ABV refreshing summer treat.

Alongside the Radler, we’re unleashing our next Single Hop Imperial IPA: Nugget. Each Single Hop release has an identical grain bill while incorporating a single and different hop to allow you to discern the nuances of each hop variety. Nugget is known for being a bitter betty, and both that bitterness and the aroma will fight for center stage on this one. Bust out the sausages, or charcuterie if you want to get fancy about it, and bring on the Nugget.

Both beers will be available for the first time on Wednesday, June 22 at the kickoff of Flying Dog Wednesdays. Yes, you read that right; we are now open 5 days a week. It’s not 8 days a week, but it’s a step in the right direction. So when you walk in on Wednesday, step up to the bar and let us know your order by telling us “I’d Rather A Radler” or “Fugget I”ll Take Nugget.” Once you’ve got your beer in hand, find the guy wearing a laptop around his neck and stop by and talk to Nate, the creator or our Radler, via Skype. (He’ll be on vacation and at least 13 Radlers deep.)

Can’t make it on Wednesday? Time to re-evaluate your life choices. Then, track down our newest releases via our Beer Finder.

Jun

15

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Like attracts like. We view craft beer as an art form unlike any other and get no greater satisfaction sharing our craft with other artisans who do the same. Enter Voodoo Chile, a Leesburg, Virginia-based sauce company that, naturally, took a liking to our Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA. The result is a hothead’s paradise.

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Voodoo Chile’s
Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA

  • Heat level: MEDIUM+ … (7 out of 10)
  • Pepper blend: Habanero, Fatalii, Cayenne and Carolina Reaper
  • Other ingredients include: Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, mango, peaches, Mandarin orange, garlic, sweet onion and lemon juice 
  • Pairings: Our go-to is a few drops as a topper for Rappahannock River Oysters on the half shell
  • Highlights: A big, fruity semi sweet front is quickly followed by a playful heat and a dry, hoppy finish. The tropical flavor of mango is complimented by a tasteful addition of Mandarin orange and peach to lend some complexity to the first wave of flavor. The spice blend starts subtle, but builds hauntingly, and ends with the same dry, bitter finish you’d expect from a big IPA.

We know you want it, both in your mouth and in your brain, so here’s a Q&A with Voodoo Chile founder Thom Toth:

What is the Voodoo Chile mantra?

TT – Voodoo Chile Sauces exists to entertain taste buds. Truth be known, making hot sauce is easy, that’s why so many people are doing it and why there are so many brands to choose from. What separates Voodoo Chile from the pack is our relentless commitment to quality and our focus on crafting layered, complex sauces that people will want to use and share. When we use the ubiquitous phrase “flavor first,” it is quite literal. Every last one of our sauces was purposely crafted to deliver at least one or two waves of flavor before the heat from the chile peppers begins to set in.  

How was the beer incorporated?

TT – To be blunt, the beer is not simply incorporated into the sauce, the entire hot sauce was diligently crafted around the beer, its flavor profile and nuances. Unlike other hot sauces and BBQ sauces on the market that use beer as an adjunct ingredient, we use beer as the main ingredient. Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA is the number one ingredient by weight. When you crack the cap off this sauce, you can smell the beer and it is heavenly. We invest a lot of time and energy into deconstructing a beer before building a hot sauce around it. As Fever Dream IPA is an India Pale Ale, we wanted to work a little magic on the flavor profile while still keeping the beer itself front and center. To do that, we added just a touch of peach and Mandarin orange, and then we worked a little magic with the pepper blend, pairing the Habanero with the infamous Fatalii chile pepper, a kissing cousin of the Habanero that is hotter while being even tastier. Staying true to Voodoo Chile tradition, we used a few other peppers to give you a burn experience that you’ll rarely find in sauces from any other company.

Are there plans to use any other beers?

TT – Never say never. There is no specific second sauce planned right now, but there may or may not have been some recent brainstorming over beers. 

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If you live for hot sauce, you owe it to yourself to try this collaboration. Then, share the #saucesomeness on social media. 

In addition to our tasting room, the Fever Dream hot sauce is available online at CraftBeerSauce.com and will be available in select hot sauce stores across the U.S. this summer.   

Jun

9

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What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

On an autumn evening in the 90’s, our brewmaster Matt Brophy took a rare break from R.E.M in lieu of the smooth sounds of Charlie Papazian, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired by Charlie, he ran out to by Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, is holding their annual conference in Baltimore, just east of our fair brewery. A collaboration only made sense.

The aptly-named Airwaves is an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops, specifically Centennial, Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic. Every bottle was handed a one-way ticket to Home Brew Con 2016, they will be given to each of this year’s conference attendees. If you aren’t a member planning to attend already, believe us when we say that this beer is worth the price of admission.

Stay tuned; we’ll be covering the conference June 9-11. Until then, “Goodnight, and good luck.”

May

29

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SAVOR is the penultimate craft beer and food pairing experience set annually in Washington D.C. This year we’re bringing two new beers created specifically for this event.  If you don’t know, now you know, Twitter.

  • Notorious B.A.G. Gonzo Imperial Porter aged in A. Smith Bowman whiskey barrels with sweet and tart cherries
  • Goseface Killah Traditional German-style Gose dry hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra

We have elected to share our itinerary for the week if you want to come out and drink with the Flying Dog crew. Please don’t abuse this information by stalking any newly-single members of the team. Get the net Stacy, we broke up.

If you don’t have tickets for SAVOR yet, get them before they are gone.

May

26

SawbonesDuring the height of the Civil War, our hometown of Frederick was given the nickname “One Vast Hospital.” With Maryland smack dab in the middle of the Union and Confederacy, patients often outnumbered residents. To this day, if you stand on a quiet street after sunset, you can still hear them singing “Hard Tack Come Again No More.”

Despite pioneering a good bit of modern medicine, doctors were dubbed “saw bones.” While the literal sometimes occurred for those on the wrong end of a musket, Saw Bones were also revered for hand-made elixirs in which the cure-all nature of both ginger and lemon were common.

To pay homage to the hard-working people on Mercy Street, we enlisted the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to bring you a new Saw Bones in the form of a Belgian-style table beer with ginger and lemon. Crisp and clean on the palette with bold citrus, spice and malt character, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Set up camp and enjoy Saw Bones all summer long:

Saw Bones is available exclusively in Frederick. If you can’t make it out to one of these events, scout yourself a take-home case using our Beer Finder.

 

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