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.  

Jan

21

Mexican Hot Chocolate

One was inspired by a dark chocolate with jalapeño she can’t resist at our local organic co-op. The other grew up in Southern California and he consistently had a mug of the real thing in-hand at friends’ houses. 

The duo behind our Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout used both experiences to craft our first Brewhouse Rarities release of 2015. 

With lactose, cinnamon, serano chiles and cocoa powder added to the beer, a combination of sweet spice and roasted chocolate aromas are followed by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a lingering chili finish. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout premieres in our tasting room tomorrow. Our tasting sessions fill up quick, so reservations are strongly encouraged and walk-up admission is not guaranteed. Click the times below to claim your spot:

Can’t make it out to the brewery? Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout will be available on draft and in 6-packs as early as next week in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York City. Use our Beer Finder to track it down near you. 

Jan

16

Single Hop INSTA

2015 will be bitter ’til the very end. 

With your average IPA calling for up to six different hops, our Single Hop Imperial IPA series is a way for our genius brewers to highlight the minute characteristics of individual hop varieties. This year, we’re working with:

  • HBC-431, February release
  • Warrior, April release
  • Columbus, July release
  • Apollo, October release

HBC-431 is a hop so new, it doesn’t even have a name. An experimental variety from a cutting-edge hop supplier, it has a unique combination of tropical fruit, citrus and melon and distinct earthy notes. Our head brewer, Ben, said it was unlike any hop he’s worked with before.  

The remaining three — Warrior, Columbus, and Apollo — are all hops typically reserved for initial bittering, not necessarily for flavor and aroma. Brewing involves a precise schedule of hop additions, with certain varieties reserved for bittering, flavor and aroma (in that order). But we’re thinking that maybe timing isn’t everything, and it’s these guys’ time to shine.  

All of our Single Hop Imperial IPAs will be available on draft and in 6-packs in the mid-Atlantic. As each release nears, check our Beer Finder to track them down near you.

Jan

14

BAG 2015 POSTER

Nurse that Superbowl hangover, call in sick, get a sitter, and blow off the gym. We’re releasing this year’s Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter on Monday, February 2 in our tasting room. And our brewery is the only place you can get your hands on this dark and delicious bourbon barrel-aged monster in bottles.

New this year is an very limited run of Rum Barrel-Aged Gonzo. That’s right, RUM. The famed Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore got their hands on some South American rum barrels, which we were more than happy to take off their hands for the greater good of the Gonzo. Bottles of this bad boy are also available exclusively at Flying Dog and draft is only at Max’s. 

We’ll be serving up samples of your favorites and The Green Bowl food truck will be serving up our favorite fare.

Supply of both beers are limited, so get here early to get your hands on it. Availability is not guaranteed once the release begins. Doors will open at noon and there is a two bottle per person limited.

Jan

7

RolandPhoto

Pictured: Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy, Flying Dog Brewers Brian Greenwood and Keith Long, Crazy Mountain Head Brewer John Allshouse

“A warrior from the land of the midnight sun” and a collaboration between two veteran brewers and longtime friends. 

Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and John Allshouse, head brewer at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Colorado’s Vail Valley, worked together in the ’90s at Great Divide. After their shift, they would drive up to the mountains and brew together at a brewpub in Keystone. So when the two of them reunited years later at hop selection in the Pacific Northwest, the old times came a’ calling.  

They decided to explore using the same ingredients, but with different proportions, to craft two different beers with different grist percentages, hop volumes and final ABV. John came out to our Frederick brewery in mid-November to brew an Imperial Brown Ale and a few weeks later, Matt went to Crazy Mountain to brew an India Brown Ale. 

The beers were (aptly and respectively) named Roland and Roland Jr., an homage to the Warren Zevon song “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.” Zevon focused on the obscure and weird, whether alone or collaborating, and he always said that lyrics — specifically the manipulation of words — made the song, just like the manipulation of ingredients made these two different beers. (He also co-wrote Roland with an ex-mercenary bar owner “over many jars,” which seemed all too appropriate.)

Both Roland Imperial Brown Ale and Roland Jr. India Brown Ale premiere tomorrow at the 15th annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail, CO. For a limited time and while supply lasts, Roland Imperial Brown Ale will be available in our tasting room for growler fills. 

Heading to Vail? 99.9% of the craft beer-drinking population is insanely jealous. Coming to get your growler fill? Here are some details from Matt on Roland:

  • 8.9% ABV
  • 63 IBU
  • 44 SRM
  • Tasting notes: Roland pours a deep ruby-brown with a head of tan lace. The nose is greeted by biscuit and dark toast aromas and a generous addition of English brown malt reveals roasted nutty flavors that are perfectly balanced with a hearty hop bitterness.

Dec

18

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand at Shadow Farm, a 53-acre farm in Lucketts, Virginia last month for a historic announcement on plans for Lucketts Mill Hopworks, the State of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic’s first commercial-scale hops production and processing facility.

Building on that announcement, we are nearing the final stages of a partnership to create a separate and unique farm brewery destination on that same property. The project, Farmworks Brewery, is set to open in summer 2015.

Jonathan Staples, who launched James River Distillery in Richmond earlier this year, purchased Shadow Farm with the hopes of growing hops and other ingredients necessary for brewing and distilling. His unparalleled vision for local agriculture is what attracted us to the project. 

Farmworks Brewery will be situated on approximately 5 acres of the property and will include a 15-barrel brewhouse, cellar, coolship and tasting room and hospitality area, along with an extensive barrel-aging and sour beer facility. With a selection of beers unique to Shadow Farm, it will be a separate and distinct experience than our existing Frederick brewery, which is located just 17 miles north of Lucketts.

Allow our Brewmaster Matt Brophy to explain: 

“At Farmworks Brewery, we plan to bring the same brewing energy, passion and talent that our fans have grown to love from Flying Dog. Agriculture is such an important part of brewing, and having access to the resources at Shadow Farm will allow us the freedom to experiment and innovate with a whole new collection of beer styles. It’s a unique setting, and we plan on brewing some pretty unique beers.” 

Highly-experimental beers will be the focus at Farmworks, which will include robust barrel aging, wild fermentation and sour beer programs. Farmworks will also utilize the onsite hops and farming resources to craft recipes for beers made with local, Virginia-grown ingredients.

Lucketts Mill Hopworks, which will be operated by Cumberland, Md.-based Organarchy Hops, will be supplying Farmworks, as well as other regional breweries, with annual crops of Virginia-grown hops. It will also provide a central location where growers will be able to bring their crops for processing and packaging. The 10,000-square-foot facility will house top of the line equipment and handling procedures required but out of the budget for the small grower. 

Organarchy owner Solomon Rose explains:

“Creating this facility opens up the door for all growers to focus on their crop and expanding their yards instead of shelling out thousands of dollars for their own equipment. We are now able to assist new growers with processing and supply chain management, as well as work hand-in-hand with area universities on how to grow quality hops in this region.”

Dec

11

Tradition guides, innovation fuels, and taste unites. Those few simple words are the unwritten (until now, we suppose) mantra of our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his genius team of brewers. And when a 15-barrel* pilot brewery was installed this fall in our brewhouse, we knew we’d see some liquid come through our shiny new toy that would blow our minds. 

Now on tap exclusively in our tasting room are two new experimental pilot beers that, yes, blew our goddamn minds: A Cherry Ale and Amber Ale. Both are available starting tonight for growler fills. 

Experimental Cherry Ale: 4.7% ABV

The goal was to craft a light, easy-drinking beer that’s all about balance. The base recipe is a wheat ale, and sweet and sour cherry puree is added at the beginning of fermentation so that all of the sugar ferments out, but the flavor remains. Creamy wheat, sweet cherries and subtle tartness all come into play in this beer.

Experimental Amber Ale: 6% ABV

Rather than focusing on marrying aspects from all three areas (malt, hops, and yeast), this beer focuses on the malt and yeast strain while employing hops to add contrast and complexity. The malt bill was built around an English yeast strain that imparts bold brown fruit character alongside dark toast and nutty malt notes.

Both beers are on draft only in our tasting room only for a limited time. To make sure they’re still on tap before you head out, call our front desk at 301-694-7899.

* A barrel is a standard unit of measurement in the brewing industry. 1 barrel = 31.5 gallons. 

Nov

25

smallerstovetoppairings

We understand that planning your family’s Thanksgiving feast involves a lot of coordination, compromise and countless comments from relatives who just happen to do it a little differently…and aren’t afraid to grab, shove and show you how. 

There’s no dish more debated than stuffing. Some people are traditionalists and prefer the good stuff hot out of the bird’s ass. Cornbread? A select few say there’s nothing wrong with that. And others say that stuffing without sausage or oysters is just wet bread.  

And regardless of the stuffing skeptics gathered around your table this Thanksgiving, we all can agree that there’s nothing better suited to get you through your prep and feast than another beer for god’s sake. That’s why we gathered our expert panel of sensory analysts and sodium enthusiasts to do a little work for you.

Without further ado, we present to you our 2014 Guide to Pairing our Beers with Stove Top Stuffing

Chicken and Snake Dog IPA

Our tasting panel detected distinct onion notes in this stuffing classic, which were balanced by Snake Dog’s notorious pine and subtle vegetal hop bitterness. 

Cornbread and Hefeweizen

The most delicate stuffing in the mix begged for the equally delicate, yet bold, banana and clove notes in our traditional German-style Hefeweizen. 

Pork and K-9 Winter Ale

Any part of the pig naturally lends itself to sweetness, and the rich brown fruit flavors of K-9 create a warming and hearty pairing. 

Savory Herbs and Easy IPA

The culinary wizards at Stove Top keep their exact blend of herbs a secret, but Easy’s distinct lemongrass and pine hop notes created an herbaceous heaven in our mouths.

Turkey and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout

No need to spend hours next to the smoker Uncle Tim built out of an old oil drum. Sipping on a roasty, toasty Pearl Necklace while shoveling in this stuffing will give you all of the smokey goodness you need. 

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