Feb

3

A force inside all of us, Wildeman stands tall in the face of adversity and blazes the trail to greatness.

Your inner Wildeman is ready to be awakened…and we want to see it. 

Request your “Wildeman Within” postcard today by emailing your name and mailing address to realthirsty@flyingdogales.com. Show us how you’ve embraced your Wildeman within through words, pictures, photos…whatever. 

Then, just pop it in the mail. 

We’re also armed with postcards at all of our upcoming events featuring Wildeman Farmhouse IPA. To find an event near you, check out our Events Calendar

Over the next three months, we’re taking submissions and will eventually showcase this world of Wildeman to the masses. For updates, stay tuned to our blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

Feb

2

UPDATE: The party is sold out! Stay tuned to our website for upcoming parties and events at the brewery.

We have the chance to ask the world to dance!

Tickets are now on sale for our Dancing with Myself ’80s dance party at the brewery Saturday, February 11. From 7 to 11 pm, we’ll be getting our freak on to the tunes of DJ Two Teks, giving out prizes for the best ’80s garb, and (of course) drinking Flying Dog. 

Tickets are just $10. (Beer will be sold separately for $2 each at the event.) The party will SELL OUT, so get your tickets NOW! 

Jan

13

His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads up into darkness. He turns his gaze on us. “Tentanda via est!” The way must be tried. Wildeman has arrived.

Legions of followers marched across Europe in his wake. But was most soon realized is that Wildeman is already inside of them, ready to be awakened. Will you fall in line or find the edge?

Jan

11

After four months of blood, sweat, tears, and plenty of beers, we’re set to unveil a mural of the Flying Dog story at the brewery on Wednesday, January 18. 

From a Pakistani bar at the base of K2 to our state-of-the-art brewery here in Frederick, Maryland, our new mural captures the entire Flying Dog story in 100 feet, paying homage (of course) to our Gonzo Godfathers Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and George Stranahan.

From 6 to 11 pm, we’ll have an art show from our muralists – local artists Diana Marshall, Ben Gartell, and Jessica Sansbury – along with live music by Old Indian and Holy MTN. 

It will be open house-style, so come one, come all (as long as you’re 21 and over). No tickets or RSVPs needed, but space is limited. 

Jan

5

With simplification and restoration in mind, we’re rolling out new packaging designs this year. Our goal was to better reflect the insanely chaotic, yet intricately detailed Ralph Steadman art on our labels.

Beginning with the iconographic Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, where our winged logo originated, the new labels will begin hitting shelves this month.

Here is a glimpse at some of our new designs:

Dec

21

In an otherwise pitch black brewery, a single stream of light spills out from beneath the brewhouse doors. Carrying with it is inspiration that can only be found during the sunless solitude of a graveyard brewing shift. 

The brainchildren of our individual brewers, our Brewhouse Rarities series of limited-edition brews shatter the confines of traditional beer styles and, in the words of the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson, are “too weird to live, too rare to die.”

The series will feature 10 new beers in 2012, with the first — an Imperial Hefeweizen — coming out in January. Other planned styles include: 

  • Black Lager with Cherries
  • Abbey Dubbel
  • Sour Cherry
  • Red Ale
  • Gose 
  • Nut Brown 
  • Weizenbock 
  • Gruit
  • Belgian Strong

Our Brewhouse Rarities will be available on draft only in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. The Imperial Hefeweizen will premiere on Thursday, January 5 at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore, MD. 

Dec

16

Introducing The Junto Society: An exclusive club established by your leaders at Flying Dog for the betterment of craft beer, local community, independent business, and the world in which we live. 

As a member, you will be invited to the brewery monthly to try small-batch beers not yet released for public consumption. As you taste these rare beers, we will solicit feedback from you during discussions hosted by Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his team of genius brewers. 

Meetings of The Society, held on the first Wednesday of every month, will also be a forum to connect with your fellow countrymen on issues important to the craft beer industry and the American Dream.

Membership in The Junto Society is $150 for the 2012 year, which includes a 6-pack or growler of the 12 aforementioned limited-release beers (to be picked up at each month’s meeting). In addition, you will be given an exclusive shirt bearing The Junto Society seal to wear proudly on the streets of this great nation of ours. 

We are only taking 100 members in the first year. And in years after, membership in The Junto Society will become more difficult.

The first meeting of The Junto Society is on Wednesday, January 4, so registration for the 2012 year will be closed on January 1.

Become a member today to take the first step of the rest of your life. 

Dec

15

Our Merry Firkin Freak Show at the brewery has become an annual spectacle of freaks, beer geeks, and everything in between. This year’s extravaganza featured feats of human strength and oddities from the one and only Scarred and Dangerous Thrill Show: 

 

Dec

8

 

“Enjoy your new pet!” Ralph Steadman exclaimed as he unleashed new art on the world.

That pet is Kujo, our Imperial Coffee Stout hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic next week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in our permanent seasonal rotation and will be released each winter.

The most exciting part of inaugurating a new beer is getting original art for it from Steadman. And what he sent was terrifyingly brilliant. We could feel the aggression coming off of it — perfect for such an intense beer.

Kujo is the savage spawn of two brewing worlds – coffee and beer – colliding. But in that collision, there’s a balance between rich and roasted stout characteristics and the deep, dark coffee notes. The result is an 8.9% ABV brew made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point, West Virginia.

Can’t control the urge to try it? We’ve got the following Kujo launch parties on the books:

Frederick Wine House in Frederick, MD

  • Monday, December 12 at 8 pm
  • Featuring small-plate food pairings from Roasthouse Pub and The Perfect Truffle

Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore, MD 

  • Thursday, December 15 at 5 pm
  • Firkin takeover with cask-condition Kujo, along with varieties aged with vanilla, star anise, elderberries, and rum-soaked oak chips

ChurchKey in Washington, DC

  • Wednesday, December 21 at 6 pm
  • Kujo 7 ways: Draft, nitro pour, and 5 cask-conditioned varieties

Nov

22

Inside a hard, sometimes rough, exterior is a layer of soft tissue capable of producing gleaming white spheres desired around the world.

Our newest release, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, is a tribute to the magical mollusks that not only cultivate gemstones, but are also crucial to the Chesapeake Bay’s fragile ecosystem.

Proceeds from Pearl Necklace, a dry stout brewed with local oysters, benefit the Oyster Recovery Project.

Why is oyster recovery so important?

  • Disease, habitat loss, and overfishing have reduced the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to a mere 1% of its historical peak. That’s right, one percent! 
  • Oysters are filter feeders. They used to be able to filter the entire Bay in a matter of days; now, it takes years. 
  • A healthy oyster population provides a habitat for other (delicious) Bay creatures, like striped bass, perch, and blue crabs. 
  • Even oyster shells are a limited natural resource. They are a natural habitat for new oysters and essential for oyster hatcheries. 

What can you do to help? 

With it’s coalition of partners (including yours truly), the ORP has revitalized hundreds of acres of oyster reefs with hundreds of millions of baby oysters. 

But there’s still a lot work to be done. To the loyal legions of The People’s Republic of Flying Dog, the time to act (and drink) is now!

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