May

17

Flying Dog is proud to support the Charles Street Friday Market, which debuted Friday, May 20 in Baltimore.

The weekly market will be held throughout the summer on the block of Lanvale Avenue (between Charles Street and Maryland Avenue).  The space will host an open air market boasting several of the areas top natural farmers and artisanal food producers. But that’s not all. A team of local chefs will be working with the farmers to create prepared foods to enjoy as you peruse the market. Plus, local artists will sell their work in “Art Ally” and there will be live music, DJ’s, and of course world class beer brought to you by yours truly.

A first of its kind, the Friday Market will allow both residents and commuters from the metro area to pick up fresh local meats, vegetables, flowers, and other items to take home and enjoy over the weekend.

A portion of all proceeds will go to benefit the League of Dreams, an organization that assists children with mental and physical disabilities by providing opportunities for them to play baseball and softball in a safe and supportive environment.

Great food, great music, great beer, and a great cause — every Friday. Support local creativity with your local brewery!

May

12

Without any further pomp, circumstance, or ado, here’s our lineup of kick ass events for this year’s American Craft Beer Week:

Monday, May 16

“Firkin of Love” at The Falls Mount Washington

  • 5 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Since it’s a benefit for the Baltimore Love Project, we’ll be lovingly tapping a firkin of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • We’ll also have Woody Creek White Belgian Wit and Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager on draft

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights during lunch and dinner
  • Just $15 for a flight of our Tire Bite Golden Ale, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, and Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Tuesday, May 17

American Craft Crawl through Alexandria

  • 5 pm, starting at The Fish Market in Alexandria, VA
  • Rustico will have Snake Dog IPA and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA on draft, along with our limited-edition Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe on draft and cask
  • Daniel O’Connell’s in Alexandria will have Old Scratch Amber Lager on draft

Gonzo Firkin Night at Ale Mary’s

  • 6 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Once we tap a firkin of our Gonzo Imperial Porter, the bats will begin to swarm over Charm City… We’ll also have Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale and Woody Creek White Belgian Wit on draft

Flying Dog Sex Survey Night at Union Jack’s

  • 6 pm, Bethesda, MD; Columbia, MD; and Ballston, VA
  • The New York Times likes it Doggie Style, do you? Find out with our sex position personality survey that matches you up with not only how you like it in the sack, but also the best Flying Dog beer to put you in the mood.
  • All Flying Dog drafts and bottles are on special all night long!

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights with small plate pairings on its prix fixe menu
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Wednesday, May 18

Wild Man Release at Max’s Taphouse

  • 5 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • There are only a few kegs left of In de Wildeman Farmhouse IPA, brewed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of In de Wildeman (a bad ass beer bar in Amsterdam), left in the U.S. and Max’s has one!
  • We’ll also have our just-released Single Hop Imperial IPA with Centennial on draft and on cask, along with vintage 2008 Horn Dog Barleywine

American Craft Crawl through Arlington

  • 5:30 pm, starting at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, VA
  • Fireworks will have food pairings with Woody Creek White Belgian Wit and limited-edition Single Hop Imperial IPA on draft, along with firkins of Simcoe and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Spider Kelly’s will have Raging Bitch on draft and Tire Bite Golden Ale bottles
  • Rustico (Ballston location) will have Snake Dog IPA and Simcoe on draft with a Simcoe firkin
  • Other locations include Whitlows, Boulevard, and Hard Times

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights with small plate pairings on its prix fixe menu
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Thursday, May 19

New Releases at Mahaffey’s

  • 4 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Our newest Imperial IPA — Single Hop with Centennial — will be on draft, along with Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter and casks of Gonzo Imperial Porter and In de Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

Cask Tapping and Pizza Pairing at Fireworks Pizza (Leesburg)

  • 5 pm in Leesburg, VA
  • Old Scratch Amber Lager and Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe on draft, along with a special pizza pairing

Prohibition in Washington, DC Book Launch at Woodrow Wilson House

  • 6:30 pm in Washington, DC
  • Raise a pint of Flying Dog to toast the launch of Garrett Peck’s new book Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren’t — a history of how prohibition unraveled in our nation’s capital
  • Tickets are $35 and include complementary Flying Dog and hors d’oeuvres
  • For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Woodrow Wilson House website

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights with small plate pairings on its prix fixe menu
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Sampler Night at JD’s Smokehouse

  • 7 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Enjoy a flight of In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

Friday, May 20

Firkin Night at Alonso’s Cafe

  • 5 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Featuring a firkin of our just-released Single Hop Imperial IPA with Centennial

Farm to the Table Beer Dinner at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights with small plate pairings on its prix fixe menu
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Late Night Happy Hour at Golden West Cafe

  • 10 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Featuring Gonzo Imperial Porter, Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager, Woody Creek White Belgian Wit, and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

Saturday, May 21

Beer Brunch at Smith Commons

  • 11 am, Washington, DC
  • We’re teaming up with Brightest Young Things for a beer brunch centered around beermosas: our Woody Creek White Belgian Wit beer mixed with freshly squeezed OJ.
  • Beer takes flight – Three 8oz. pours of the featured brews are just $9
  • Here are Smith Commons’ featured brunch pairings:
    • Grilled Focaccia Flat Bread with  Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
    • Smith Omelet with Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
    • Smith Biscuits with our limited-edition Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado
    • Tiger Prawns & Chorizo with Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
  • You can choose from a beer flight for just $9 or $5 pints until 7 pm

Food and Beer Pairing at Whole Foods

  • Alexandria, VA
  • Come try your favorite Flying Dog styles and stock up for the weekend

Alpha Collection Sampling at Whole Foods

  • Fairlakes, VA
  • Stock up for the weekend with your favorite Flying Dog styles
  • While you’re there, fill up your growler with our limited-edition Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe

“Temperance Tour” of DC with Garrett Peck

  • Noon in Washington, DC
  • Join author Garrett Peck for a walking “Temperance Tour” of historic sites of prohibition all around our nation’s capital
  • The tour will conclude with happy hour at the Bier Baron at 3 pm
  • For more information, visit the Temperance Tour website.

Alpha Collection Sampling at The Wine Source

  • 1 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Come try samples of the hoppy beauties that make up our new Alpha Collection variety pack: Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, Snake Dog IPA, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, and Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe (the only place you can find it in bottles!)

Flights and Small Plates at Fourth Estate

  • Washington, DC (in the National Press Club)
  • To celebrate ACBW, Fourth Estate is offering Flying Dog beer flights with small plate pairings on its prix fixe menu
  • For hours and reservations, visit the National Press Club’s website

Late Night Happy Hour at Golden West Cafe

  • 9 pm, Baltimore, MD
  • Brigette from Golden West will wield the mallet and tap a firkin of Snake Dog IPA

Sunday, May 22

Beer Brunch at Clementine

  • 11 am, Baltimore, MD
  • Featuring our limited-edition Coffee Stout and Woody Creek White Belgian Wit

A Taste of Arlington

  • 12 pm, Arlington, VA
  • Flying Dog will be featured at Arlington’s annual showcase of the area’s best restaurants

American Lamb Jam Tour at the Ritz Carlton

  • 2 pm, Washington, DC
  • The American Lamb Board presents a DC chef competition to create the most luscious lamb recipes
  • We’ll be sampling our beer during the competition, along with custom pairings by Chef Ed Witt of Restaurant 701:
    • Tartar, pickled ramps, fava beans, orange zest, and coriander flatbread paired with our Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
    • Lamb liverwurst stuffed morels with ramp mustard paired with our Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager
    • Cocoa and coffee crusted loin, Pedro Ximenez strawberries, cured belly, and Tuscan kale paired with our Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the American Lamb Board website

May

7

Drinking beer is a laid back, almost mindless task that becomes even more so as the (ahem) night progresses, right? Not if you’re a beer judge.

FOAM, Frederick’s homebrew club, is holding Beer Judging 101 on Wednesday, May 11 during Frederick Beer Week with BJCP certified judges Jim Sawitzke and Bill Heverly, along with Master Judge Dave Justice. (Yes, he should have his own TV court show.)

The class will introduce basic methods and terminology used when judging beer for competitions like the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. While sampling a dozen different beers, the judges will walk through characteristics like aroma, appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel. Not only will this give you a glimpse into the world of judging, it will also train you to fully appreciate each and every sip you take.

Beer Judging 101 is from 5:30 to 7:30 at 103 South Carroll Street (next to The Flying Barrell) in downtown Frederick, Maryland. The class is $25 and includes all of the beer to be sampled.

The class will sell out, so buy your ticket today!

All of the proceeds from this class, along with the rest of the Frederick Beer Week events, will benefit HandsOn Frederick. For more information on all of the week’s events, visit the Frederick Beer Week website.

May

5

The Maryland Film Festival is an annual four-day event presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year, the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members.

In our continued effort to support local creativity, Flying Dog is the official beer of the festival.

For every North American feature film screened at the festival, the filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings within Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, and Melvin Van Peebles.

In addition to a range of contemporary North American films, each festival also includes a sampling of cutting-edge international features (including such titles as “Dogtooth” and “Syndromes and a Century”), a vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment, a classic 3-D film, and a feature selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker John Waters (whose choices have ranged from Joseph Losey’s “Boom!” to Gaspar Noé’s “I Stand Alone”).

Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, Snake Dog IPA, and Gonzo Imperial Porter will all be featured at the festival’s Opening Night Shorts Opening Ceremony, Tent City, Filmmakers and VIP Lounges, and the Closing Ceremony. Our friends at Golden West Cafe will also be serving Flying Dog exclusively to complement their food offerings in Tent City (directly across from the Charles Theater) all weekend.

Flying Dog beer will be available at Film Fest-friendly spots nearby, such as Joe Squared, Wind Up Space, Club Charles, and Metro Gallery.

 

May

2

We furthered our fight for our First Amendment Rights in Michigan by filing for a motion for preliminary injunction — a request for the court to allow our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA to be sold while the case is pending. The 34-page motion outlines the arguments and case against the recent Michigan Liquor Control Commission ruling, which banned the sale of our best-selling beer, Raging Bitch, in the state.

The first hearing on the case is set for June 8 at 4 pm in the U.S. District of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. Both Flying Dog attorney Alan Gura and CEO Jim Caruso will be present. According to court documents, “the purpose of the scheduling conference is to review the joint status report and to explore methods of expediting the disposition of the action.”

With the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, we filed suit in U.S. District Court on March 25 to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on Raging Bitch. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.

The brouhaha began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch, our 20th anniversary commemorative beer, in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Apr

26

The Alpha Collection has officially been unleashed on Maryland (with more markets to come).

This limited-release package is “an homage to the hop” 12-pack that features our Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale.

Caged in 12 oz. bottles for the first time, our Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe can only be found in this Collection. (Unless it’s on draft at your local watering hole. If that’s the case bow down to the hop Gods and thank your lucky stars.)

Is that enough of a tease for you? Email realthirsty@flyingdogales.com to see if it’s in stores near you.

Not in the Maryland area? Ever considered relocating for beer?

Apr

7

Currently in the Maryland House of Delegates sits a bill that is VERY close to passing to raise the tax on alcohol in the state, which will increase alcohol prices dramatically. While the tax will not be levied on Flying Dog Brewery, we feel it our responsibility to let all of our kick ass fans in the state know that their alcohol prices will go increase heavily.

In the interest of full disclosure, we drink A LOT of craft beer. If you’re reading this, you probably do too.

So let’s do a quick math lesson to see how much that case of Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale will cost you if we don’t stop this legislation.

  • Approximate retail price of a case of Doggie Style in MD: $40
  • Current state tax on that purchase: $2.00
  • The New “If You Don’t Get Off Your Ass and Speak Up Tax”: $3.60

While $1.60 by itself may not seem like much to some, consider EVERY purchase of alcohol that you make raising over 80% in taxes. We don’t think that’s appropriate.

We think what is appropriate for the Maryland General Assembly to balance their budget and end the fleecing of the people of Maryland. Tax methods like these will continue unless you stand up.

Here’s how you can take a stand:

  1. Go to http://MDElect.Net/ElectedOfficials/ and enter your home address
  2. Select “House of Delegates” and click find
  3. On the left side of the screen will appear your elected Delegate. Click their name to access contact information and drop them a quick note saying you DO NOT SUPPORT SB #994.

If you would like, please feel free to use the short letter below to aide in expediting your voice to Annapolis.

    Dear Delegate,

    As your constituent I wanted to take the time to let you know that I am strongly opposed to SB 994. As a voting adult, I find it important to let you know that I am strongly opposed to this proposed legislation and urge you to vote against the bill.

    Thank you,

    [YOUR FULL NAME]

    Mar

    31

    Mud Dog Run

    Get down, get dirty, and then drink some beer. Sounds like a perfect Saturday to us.

    We’re sponsoring the inaugural Mud Dog Run April 16 at the Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland. This high-intensity 5K will feature a (well) muddy obstacle course that is not for the faint of heart. A few of us mutts will be sucking in our beer bellies, snubbing out our cigarettes, and (most likely) collapsing en route to the finish.

    Registration before April 1 is $55 and includes a commemorative pint glass and a Flying Dog beer during the post-race party. After April 1, registration is $65. As long as it doesn’t sell out, you can register day-of (but we wouldn’t put our eggs in that basket).

    A portion of the proceed will help start the FISC Foundation, which will provide scholarships to local athletes.

    For more information and to register, visit the Mud Dog Run website.

    Mar

    29

    Backyard Ale

    There’s nothing like a Backyard BBQ with good friends, good food, and (of course) good beer.

    That’s why our Brewmaster Matt Brophy teamed up with Chef Bryan Voltaggio to create Backyard Ale – a smoked amber ale that’s the perfect complement to all things grilled, charred, broiled, roasted, and (obviously) smoked.

    We brewed our first batch with Bryan today, so as the days get warmer, this beer will be fermenting. More details on its release coming soon!

    Mar

    28

    Citing our First Amendment rights and an appalling attempt at state censorship, Flying Dog Brewery, with the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, filed suit in U.S. District Court on Friday to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on the sale of our best-selling beer, Raging Bitch. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.

    The brouhaha began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”

    Obviously, we disagree. “Regrettably, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and its members have taken it upon themselves to control not merely alcoholic beverages, but speech as well,” our Attorney Alan Gura of Washington, D.C.-based Gura & Possessky, PLLC said. “The defendants arbitrarily imposed their personal tastes in banning Raging Bitch, clearly violating Flying Dog’s First Amendment right to free expression.”

    Gura and our CEO Jim Caruso announced the filing of the case at Crunchy’s, a craft beer pub near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, this morning.

    Caruso emphasized that the pending legal action is about much more than a beer label. “It’s about regulators gradually morphing into self-appointed thought police,” he said. “We believe not only in freedom of speech and artistic expression for both businesses and individuals, but also in the individual’s fundamental right to choose or reject books, art, literature, artisanal craft beer, and other forms of artistic expression based on their personal preferences.”

    As most of our loyal fans know, we created Raging Bitch, a Belgian-Style India Pale Ale, to celebrate the brewery’s 20th anniversary in 2010. Raging Bitch proved an instant hit, went on to be named one of the “Top Ten New Beers in America in 2010” by Modern Brewery Age, and is now our #1 best-selling beer. Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman’s Raging Bitch label depicts a female dog drawn in the inimitable style for which Steadman has been internationally celebrated for half a century.

    When informed of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s apparent distaste for his art, Steadman said, “Freedom of speech and artistic expression is as fundamental to our being as the alphabet itself. I thought censorship went out with D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ about 50 years ago! So if you are feeling a strong itch to drink Raging Bitch, just do it and get on with life.”

    Alan Gottlieb, president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, said that his organization “has joined this important legal case because the issues raised have a profound impact on the right to freely engage in the marketplace.”

    Caruso concluded the announcement this morning by voicing hope that beer lovers in Michigan will soon have the opportunity to drink Raging Bitch. “We believe in free choice,” he said. “We do not believe that Michigan citizens deserve government regulators arbitrarily deciding what their beer should be called.”

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