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.



Totally back by popular demand. 

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 am. Our last party sold out in minutes, so don’t miss out. 



Last week, we donated a portion of proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout to  the Oyster Recovery Partnership. From 2012 sales alone, the ORP will be able to replant 750,000 oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay.

Stephan Abel, ORP executive director, explained that “a healthy oyster reef not only filters the Chesapeake Bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other important marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass. Every oyster we plant back into the Bay will have an immediate, positive impact.”

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake are one of the most endangered habitats on the planet and essential to our water supply here at the brewery in Frederick. Because of that, we’ll continue to donate proceeds from Pearl Necklace, which is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters, to the ORP in 2013. 



Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy greets each new day by listening to our National Anthem as imaginary tears flow down his eye black-stained cheeks. As the last verse rings through his ears, he contemplates what it truly means to live in “the land of the free” and thinks of new ways to incorporate his favorite hobby — winning friends through the art of the friendly wager — into his already amazing day job.

So far, our Brewmaster bookie is 2-0 with our Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. Most thought it couldn’t be done, but Brophy took on each opponent with tenacity and drive not seen in the weeks leading up to those games. 

First up was Adam Avery, of Avery Brewing Company. The terms? Whoever’s team lost would send the winning brewery a case of rare beers. And in a nail-biting finish, our Ravens prevailed. Up next was Al Marzi, Brewmaster at Harpoon, with the same terms and the same outcome for Brophy: Our Ravens took the Patriots to pound town. 

Now that the Super Bowl* is upon us, Brophy isn’t losing steam**. In fact, he’s taking on Anchor Brewing Company and their 49ers with even higher stakes: The losing brewery will pour the winning brewery’s beer in their taproom for a week by a staff clad in the champion team’s gear. 

“We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make,” Brophy said. “Whatever legacy you’re going to leave; leave your legacy!”

Inspiring-quotes-that-once-read again-don’t-really-make-sense aside, we all know that because God is amazing, Brophy — along with our Baltimore Ravens — will prevail. 

* We would like to take a moment to thank the author of this post for making no mention, joke, or jab about the Super Har-Bowl. 

** Get it?



El Dorado. The Golden One. The ultimate prize legions spend their lives seeking. 

In honor of our first Single Hop Imperial IPA of 2013, we’re lifting the shield of mystery off of El Dorado, a little-known hop and star of our first release:

The El Dorado hop was first bred between 20 and 25 years ago by a USDA research program for eventual use by Anheuser-Busch. Once mature, A-B played with it for a few years and eventually dropped the variety. 

A sole grower in Moxee Valley, a northern district of the famed Yakima Valley, kept the variety in the ground over the years and in 2010, harvested a mere 1.5 acres.

That same year, during hop selection at the Great American Beer Festival, our brewmaster Matt Brophy was introduced to El Dorado and immediately drawn to its pungent dried fruit (think apricot and pineapple) aroma. 

Bold enough to stand on its own in our Single Hop Imperial IPA, those fruit aromas and flavors shine through, along with a fresh-cut grass crispness and clean, dry finish. We first featured El Dorado last year and are stoked to have it back — and available on draft and in 6-packs now. 



Governors and mayors, you can have your hoisting of other flags and exchanging of local cuisine. We’re betting beer. 

Last week, before our Baltimore Ravens took the Denver Broncos to pound town, our brewmaster Matt Brophy made a friendly wager to his friend Adam Avery, of Denver’s Avery Brewing Company. If the Ravens won, they had to send us a case of rare, barrel-aged beer. If the Ravens lost, then we’d do the sending.

Clearly — as anyone with two eyes, two ears, and a remote control knows — the former didn’t happen. (And for the record, we’re still waiting to reap the benefits of Peyton Manning’s cold weather playoff record.)

This week, Brophy’s betting on the birds again. Now, he’s challenged Harpoon brewmaster Al Marzi with the same: Ravens win, we get beer. Ravens lose, we send beer. 

Some say the odds aren’t in our favor. We’d agree, if the stakes involved coaches who look like they’re homeless, pretty boy quarterbacks who hock footwear popular with sorority girls, or plain, old-fashioned cheating. But this is an AFC championship match-up for the ages. And our Ravens are out for revenge. 



A favorite of Jay Leno, various members of N’SYNC, and our neighbors to the Great White North, the Canadian Tuxedo is a thing of beauty destined to be honored with a theme party at our brewery. 

Break out all things acid-washed for Denim on Denim: A Celebration of the Canadian Tuxedo on Saturday, January 26. From 6 to 10 pm, we’ll have live ’90s rock by Skribe and a $150 prize for the hoser with best denim ensemble. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Last month’s party sold out in less than a minute, so mark your calendars, set an alert, and don’t miss out. 



Introducing Flights and Bites: Monthly educational beer and food pairings at the brewery. 

In January, we welcome Palmyra Farm Cheese, made from award-winning Ayrshire cows in Hagerstown, Maryland. 

For just $10, you will get four beer and cheese pairings, learn how each are made, and experience why they work so well together. Plus, additional beer and cheese will be available for purchase after the event. 

Only 30 tickets are available for each class, so reserve your spot now



Learn how to win friends, influence people, and have the best damn swagger on the block with Masters of the Universe: A Course for Craft Beer Admirers and World Dominators. This 12-class course will teach you how to: 

  • Taste and appreciate beer
  • Win your office sports pool 
  • Dominate your grill 
  • Defend yourself (and others)
  • Workout at your desk
  • Master magic tricks and illusions
  • Make your own concert t-shirt
  • Deliver fool-proof pick-up lines 
  • Conquer the art of shaving 
  • Create the ultimate survival kit
  • Have a swagger like no other 

Classes will be held on the third Tuesday of the month at Flying Dog Brewery from 6 to 8 pm. The first hour will include an educational presentation from a guest speaker and master of that month’s domain. The last hour will be reserved for beer samples, conversation, and comradery with future CEOs, ESQs, MDs, PhDs, DDSs, and DILFs. 

This year-long course is $100 per person, which includes admission to each class and 5 beer samples each time. 

Tickets are on sale now. Only 50 spots are available for the year, so reserve yours today.



A new year means new beers in our Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch beers available only in the mid-Atlantic. 

We also have a new way for you to experience each release: At the brewery with the brewer who brewed it. On the second Tuesday of every month, we’re tapping that month’s Brewhouse Rarity from 5 to 8 pm. For just $5, you get a sample of the beer, along with 4 others of your choice, and the chance to chat with each beer’s lead brewer. 

First up is Chipotle Dark Ale on January 8. Brewed with whole chipotle peppers that are steeped in the whirlpool, smoke and pepper spice greet the nose, along with hints of tobacco, graham cracker, and subtle citrus hop aromas. The flavors mimic the intense aromas, joined by a dark chocolate sweetness that gives way to a lingering heat that builds with each sip.

Each Brewhouse Rarities release is open to the public and no reservations are required. 

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