Apr

2

Spat race bib

The distance — a mere 100-meters to glory — of our Sprint for Spat 0.10K may be a joke to some, the two local organizations this race benefits are anything but. Get to know the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership: 

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Who? The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is a leading voice in the young adult cancer movement and works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. UCF is based in Baltimore. 

What? Since its inception in 1997, UCF has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the issues young adults with cancer face, and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.

Why? Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. Today, cancer is the leading disease killer among 20- to 39-year olds. However, despite advances in early detection, treatment and prevention, there’s been no improvement in survival rates in this age group. 

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Who? The Oyster Recovery Partnership plans, promotes and implements science-based and sustainable shellfish restoration, aquaculture and wild fishery activities to protect the environment, support the economy and preserve the cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. ORP is based in Annapolis.

What? As the leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay, more than 5.2 billion oysters have been planted on 1,700 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest sanctuary reef in the United States. ORP also manages the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the country and has trained more than 50 commercial watermen to grow oysters to support Maryland’s booming aquaculture industry. 

Why? Oysters are a vital piece of the Chesapeake’s ecosystem and the current population is a mere 1% of the historic peak. In addition to Sprint for Spat, proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have enabled ORP to replant over 5 million oysters in the Bay since 2010.

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Now, support both UCF and ORP by registering now for Sprint for Spat. Ticket price includes a race t-shirt, 0.10K bumper sticker and mid-race oyster shooter. Sign up by Monday, April 13 to guarantee your preferred t-shirt size. 

Mar

18

ThrowbackKerberos

Posting photos of you at 6-years-old crying because you were just told that Santa isn’t real, at 13 when you had more metal in your mouth than Paul Wall, and at 18 after the Bulldogs won states (Go Blue!) are cute and all, but let’s throw it back to something that really matters: Beer. 

Starting tomorrow, we’re getting on this #TBT train by resurrecting retired beers and serving them exclusively in our tasting room for tour samples and growler fills. A traditional Belgian-style Tripel, Kerberos clocks in at 8.7% ABV.

We open tomorrow at 4 pm for tours and growler fills. Head here for a complete list of when we’re open.

Mar

11

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There’s not one city in the DMV that has the death penalty for firking tapping…although we’re not so sure about Cockeysville. 

With God as our copilot, our most distinguished group of cask-conditioned scofflaws and degenerates are racing through 11 cities with 11 firkins in 11 days, starting next Thursday at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC. 

Follow the race with #FirkinRun. And we’ve even done your Google mapping for you: 

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Mar

9

Raging Bitch

Late last week, a Federal Court ruled in favor of yours truly in a landmark case for freedom of speech, proving yet again that Good Beer, No Censorship prevails. 

When Raging Bitch was released in 2009, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission promptly banned it from being sold in the state, deeming the beer “detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.” 

We didn’t take this appalling attempt at censorship laying down. We sued the State of Michigan and the individual members of the commission on the grounds of violating our right to freedom of speech. Now, over five years since the beer’s release, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the commissioners’ actions were a violation our First Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court has long established that the power to regulate alcohol, which is made at the state level, does not authorize the violation of free speech. And last week’s ruling confirms that officials who nonetheless ignore free speech are not immune from liability. 

Our CEO Jim Caruso said: “It’s taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog’s right to freedom of speech.”

And our attorney, Alan Gura, added: “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they’ve done.” 

Commentary on this ruling would not be complete without the thoughts of Ralph Steadman, the genius responsible for both the art and poetry that adorns each bottle of Raging Bitch. Referring to a 2001 ruling against the State of Colorado for banning the words “Good Beer, No Shit” on the label of our Road Dog Porter, Ralph said:

RAGING BITCH-Colorado SKY

“…and THAT is how it should be!!! Under a Michigan sky — or under a Colorado sunset!!!” 

Feb

23

MD v MI at Kangaroo Boxing Club

It’s All Happening: The Competition Edition 

On Wednesday, Federal House in downtown Annapolis will have three beers from Heavy Seas and three beers from yours truly on tap. Whoever’s kegs kick first wins. We’ll have Bloodline, Pale Ale, and Easy IPA, so it’s pretty much in the bag. 

Then on Saturday, it’s round two of yours truly facing off against Bell’s in a Kangaroo Boxing Club beer bucket challenge as University of Maryland men’s basketball takes on Michigan. During football season, Maryland reigned supreme and we’re already calling a repeat. 

Needless to say, we’ll be watching all 14 Air Bud movies tonight to prepare. 

Supertramp

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

ICYMI: Our tramp is out of the bag. Supertramp Tart Cherry Ale is hitting the bottle this week and hitting shelves at the beginning of March.  

Also coming down our brewhouse pipes this week is our next round of limited releases: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Warrior and Brewhouse Rarities Earl Grey Black Wheat, proving that there is light at the end of your Mexican Hot Chocolate/HBC-431 tunnel. 

Dirty Dozen

Stay in the Know

Shine those boots and report to the Weinberg Center at 18:00 Thursday for The Dirty Dozen. Free admission for anyone with a military ID. Happy hour starts in the lobby at 6:30 pm, the show’s at 7:30 pm, and the after party at Market Street Fusion beings once the movie ends.

Daily Distraction

“Drinking in public is now adorable thanks to The Cool Baby.” There’s a real-life Kickstarter to help some guy produce insulated beverage carriers that make boozing look like parenting. Seeing that thing disassembled has scarred us for life. 

Feb

17

Supertramp

In like a lion and out like a tramp. Introducing Supertramp Tart Cherry Ale, a new spring seasonal that will be available at the beginning of March in all markets where our beer is currently sold. 

Inspired by two previous Brewhouse Rarities releases — a Sour Cherry Ale and a Black Lager with Cherries — Supertramp is brewed with both sweet and sour cherries, which are added at the beginning of fermentation. The beer begins with a clean, sweet cherry notes followed by crisp light malt character and a tart finish. 

It also features brand-new, original art by the indelible Ralph Steadman. Needless to say, this tramp has legs for days. 

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for release parties. Until then, pucker up, and take the long way home tonight. 

Feb

3

No matter how you look at it, Valentine’s Day is a bitch…except when there’s a deep-rooted mutual love, admiration and respect of craft beer. 

Whether you’re buying for family, friends, fuck buddies or foes, we’re taking the guesswork out of your V-Day with our first ever gift guide. 

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The hoodie and t-shirt combo, a Valentine’s Day gift:

A. For the consciously coupled couple who find pants restricting.

B. For the consciously coupled couple who don’t have legs. 

 

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The No Preggo patch, a Valentine’s Day gift:

A. For someone who loves learning about and subsequently explaining European beer laws.

B. For your Tinder-obsessed friend who is starting to worry you.

 

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Tube socks, a Valentine’s Day gift:

A. Because your feet are always cold and you rubbing them on me makes me cold. 

B. Because watching the latest episode of NCIS on the couch > sex.

 

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A dog collar, a Valentine’s Day gift:

A. For the four-legged friend who loves you unconditionally. 

B. To show your significant other that you’re into that kind of thing. 

 

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Flying Dog flag

 

The Gonzo-Spangled Banner, a Valentine’s Day gift:

A. So your significant other can pledge their allegiance to the People’s Republic of Flying Dog.

B. To prevent grass stains when you get down and dirty behind that big oak tree in the park.

Jan

31

BAG 2015 INSTA

You took the day off, found a sitter and have all of the necessary witch doctor potions to nurse that post-Super Bowl hangover. Now, you’re ready for some Gonzo. 

So we’re here to answer any and all questions to get you more excited than this puppy:

How much does each bottle cost? 

750-ml bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter cost $18 each. Rum-Barrel Aged Gonzo bottles are $20 each. We accept cash and credit cards. 

I want to be the first in line. How early can I arrive? 

You can get in line as early as 9 am. By doing so, you waive Flying Dog Brewery of any responsibility for frostbite, loss of circulation to key limbs, loss of battery life on phone, and overall cold-weather bitterness. We will not let anyone in the building until the clock strikes noon, so you should probably dress like the younger brother in A Christmas Story.

Mother Nature is being a bitch again. Will the release go on if there’s inclement weather? 

At this point, we have no plans to reschedule the release due to the weather. If this guy isn’t panicking, then we don’t feel the need to either. If that changes, we’ll announce it on our website and via social media, so follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Can I call ahead and reserve bottles? 

No. You can only purchase bottles on-site from noon to 8 pm, even if you try to sweet talk us or offer to off Nicholas Cage. Once and for all. 

Can I call during the sale hours, buy the beer, and have it shipped to me?

Again, no. It’s illegal in Maryland for a brewery to ship beer directly to consumers. It’s also illegal in Maryland to grow thistles in your yard, throw bales of hay out of second-story windows, and give or receive oral sex. 

Is there a limit on how many bottles I can purchase? 

Yes sir/ma’am. There will be a strictly-enforced two bottle per style, per person limit. If you want more than that, bribe and bring your friends to buy for you. (But if you need to bribe your friends to come to a brewery, you may have some issues to sort out before you start worrying about buying more than two bottles of beer.)

Once I buy my beer, what can I do? 

While we cannot serve beer by the glass quite yet, we are able to serve beer samples. Also, from noon to 8 pm, The Green Bowl food truck will be serving up their famous fare and PUTTING A FRIED EGG ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.

Are growler fills and other packaged beer to-go available during the release?

You bet your ass they are. However, by law, we can only sell a total of 288 oz. of beer to each person. We’ll let you do the math from there. 

Will bottles of Barrel-Aged Gonzo be available at my local bottle shop after the release?

Nope. And while you’re in reading mode, you might want to check out what the word “exclusive” means. 

Jan

30

DC 101 Febrewary

Ditch the usual traffic tune-in and listen to DC101 LIVE in our tasting room. 

From 3 to 7 pm, DC101’s Roche will be broadcasting live alongside music starting at 5:30 by The Scott and Dan Show. We’ll also have $1.01 growler fills of our Pale Ale, Roche’s favorite, from 3-5 pm. (There is a limit of one growler per person.) 

Pre-sale tickets are SOLD OUT. Limited tickets will be available for walk-ups, and are first come, first serve.

Doors open at 2:30 pm. Only those 21 and older will be admitted. Valid ID is required for entry.

Jan

28

HBC-431

HBC-431 is a hop so new, it doesn’t even have a name. It’s an experimental variety from a cutting-edge hop supplier. 

With a unique combination of melon, tropical fruit, stone fruit, pine and earth notes, our head brewer said it’s unlike any beer he’s ever been with. 

We told him that everyone goes through an experimental phase. 

Single Hop Imperial IPA with HBC-431, our first Single Hop series release of 2015, just hit the bottle and is available for growler fills in our tasting room starting tomorrow. It also premieres on draft next Thursday at Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air, MD.

From there, it will be available in 6-packs and on tap throughout the mid-Atlantic. Check our Beer Finder to track it down near you.  

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