Sunflower Pilsner’s story doesn’t begin at our annual mountain retreat, where anyone on staff can pitch a Brewhouse Rarities beer concept. It actually begins at Catonsville High (go…Comets?), where our DC sales rep, Zach, first met his co-pitcher and our Baltimore sales rep, Carl.

Reunited under the flag of Flying Dog, Zach and Carl brought their shared love for lazy summer days, Orioles baseball and reliving their glory days together in their Sunflower Pils. This 5.2% ABV Czech-style pilsner is brewed with pilsner malt and sunflower petals alongside the spicy and floral notes of Saaz hops.

Reignite the flame with your high school sweetheart and get your summer on. Sunflower Pilsner will be released in the tasting room on Friday, July 14 and you can track it down in your neck of the woods starting July 10.



One of the highlights of a trip to our tasting room includes a good blend from one of our beer stewards, a concept that originated from our brewing team, led by brewmaster Ben Clark. While most brewmasters couldn’t fathom anyone deviating from their recipe, the mad scientists in our brewhouse have had the green light to get weirrd blending our beers for years. During that time, this team of beer mavericks have given us some life-changing combinations of our beers you know and love. These greatest hits are now showcased in our newest variety pack, Blenders.

Allow us to introduce the three best friends that anyone could have.

Raging St. EADman Abbey IPA

What happens when you take our Belgian-Style IPA and combine it with our newest year-round Abbey Ale? We read through more than 171,000 words in the dictionary and Nirvana was the closest match we could find. This portmanteau of perfection comes in at 8.5% ABV and is filled with all the Belgian goodness you have come to know and love, dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, and tropical fruit notes. Its deep mahogany color was colormatched to Ron Burgandy’s library because we want nothing more in life than for you to stay classy.

True Blood Blood Orange IPA

Two rights make a hell yes. Our expertly-hopped Imperial IPA, The Truth, mixed with the always-right Bloodline Blood Orange IPA is a recipe for true love. To all you “Bloody Truth” fans, call it whatever you like, just don’t call it late for happy hour. This blender rounds out at 7.8% ABV with a hop bite full of citrus and tropical fruit that hurts So. Damn. Good.

Uno de Snake Mexican IPA

The third amigo in this holy triumvirate is our take on a Mexican IPA. Uno de Snake is a blend of Numero Uno Agave Cerveza and our aggressively-hopped 20th Anniversary Snake Dog IPA. At 6.6% ABV this mix is a down-right sessionable mashup of Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops combined with lime peel. You know the drill, allow the juicy hop blend and citrus to “snake down your throat like a faithful friend”. Break out your Now! That’s What I Call Mariachi Vol. 3 compact disc, track down a CD player, and let’s get this fiesta started.

The Blenders variety pack will be on shelves in all markets where Flying Dog is sold as early as June 12, but they are only “on-tap” in our tasting room. Unless you keep the good stuff on tap, in which case, TRY THIS AT HOME. Here’s the breakdown of the blends.

  • True Blood: The Truth and Bloodline: 50/50
  • Uno de Snake: Numero Uno and Snake Dog: 20/80
  • Raging St. EADman: Raging Bitch and St. EADman 40/60



The First Amendment affects all aspects of our lives, from the books that we read to the air that we breathe. (OK, oxygen’s still free…for now.)

At Flying Dog, we believe in free speech, free enterprise, good beer and no censorship – simple tenants on the surface, but something we have to defend every day. Alongside the 1st Amendment Society and Frederick County Public Libraries, our Freedom Reads lecture series returns with:

  • Tuesday, June 20: From Lenny Bruce to George Carlin and Stephen Colbert: Can the FCC Shut Down Trash Talk About Trump? with Bob Corn-Revere, First Amendment attorney and partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Tuesday, July 18: Dangerous Liaisons: How The Handmaid’s Tale Threatens Gender and Politics with Jill Schultz, professor of sociology and gender studies, and Magin LaSov Gregg, assistant professor of English, Frederick Community College
  • Tuesday, August 15: 13 Reasons Why: Negotiating the Consequences and the Truth it Tells with Anne Elizabeth Hoffman, assistant professor of English, and Natalie Bowers, assistant professor and human services program manager, Frederick Community College

Each lecture is free and open to the public. It’s in our tasting room, so you must be 21 or older to get in. 



The beers selected for our Sub Rosa series are pitched in tandem with Brewhouse Rarities at our annual mountain retreat. Only the most innovative and challenging concepts are chosen to allow our brewers to work with new ingredients, try new techniques and go outside of their comfort zone on our 15-barrel pilot brewery.

Next up is Negroni IPA, with a one-day-only release on Saturday, June 17. Only 50 cases of 16-oz cans (sold in four-packs) will be available exclusively in our tasting room. These sell out quick, so the only way to guarantee you get some is by signing up for the VIP tasting. That includes a four-pack and tasting with the brains behind the beer 45 minutes before the tasting room opens. Otherwise, doors open to the general public at noon. 

Now, back to the topic at hand…what the hell is a negroni? 

As the story goes, the drink’s namesake, Count Camillo Negroni, was posted up at Caffe Casoni in Florence when he asked barista Forsco Scarselli to amp up his Americano (Campari, vermouth and soda water). Forsco was not your average green apron-donning, unicorn frappucino-making barista. He had a grip on the hard stuff and swapped the soda water with gin. [Insert praise hands emoji here.]

Our Negroni IPA was developed by Brian, our regional sales manager, and Erin, our director of communications. Alongside our Brewmaster Ben Clark, they crafted a Red IPA to mimic the drink and make their favorite count proud. We’ll let them explain: 

How did you come up with the concept for Negroni IPA?

Erin and Brian: This is a story about a guy and a girl on a work trip in the most magical city on earth: New York. Over lunch on the rooftop of Eataly, she ordered a Campari spritz and he ordered a Negroni. From that point on, the conversation was dominated by their shared love of Campari (a bitter orange Italian liquor) and Negronis. A few more cocktails may have been ordered and a discussion of how the flavor profile of each would work perfectly in an IPA may have ensued.

How did you recreate the flavors of the beverage?

Erin and Brian: A classic Italian Negroni is Campari, gin and sweet vermouth and garnished with an orange peel. To mimic the botanical gin and bitter orange notes, this beer was brewed with juniper berries, orange peel and resinous hops.

How do you recommend people enjoy this beer?

Erin and Brian: Remember that time Donald Duck took Daisy Duck on a romantic gondola ride down the waterways of Venice? No matter where you are when you’re drinking this beer, it will make you feel like you’re right there next to her – being wooed by the romantic gesture and charming speech impediment.  

What was the most interesting part of the process?

Erin and Brian: Campari is an electric orange color that is indistinguishable, so we wanted to not only mimic the flavor of the cocktail, but also the color. We brewed with beets for both color and a delicate earthiness that compliments the overall profile of the beer. We also drank negronis with our Brewmaster Ben Clark during the recipe development meeting and that did not suck.

What sensations will our mouths feel when they meet Negroni IPA?

Erin and Brian: If you love negronis, this beer is a game changer. If you’ve never had a negroni in your life, welcome friend.

Register now for the VIP tasting with Brian and Erin on Saturday, June 17.Then, mark your calendar for the rest of our 2017 Sub Rosa releases: 

  • Apricot Sour: August 12
  • Mustard IPA: October 7
  • Smoked Sour Wheat: December 16

*All guests must be 21 and over. Due to limited availability, VIP Access is non-refundable. All sales are limited to one four-pack per person.



In the summer of 2001, Ryan Daughtridge had one year of college under his belt when he first stepped on a longboard. It didn’t take long for Ryan’s dad’s barn in Hagerstown, Maryland to be converted into a skateboard factory and the birthplace of Bustin’ Boards. Fast forward 16 years and Bustin’ is now known for developing the most advanced skateboards on the planet.

We have a lot of friends (with benefits) here at Flying Dog. And any chance we get to keep things local really puts a strain on our zipper, so when we learned about Bustin’, a collaboration was inevitable. After a rendezvous involving more than a few beers and crab cakes, the Flying Dog + Bustin Bamboo-X Modela 33 was born.

Not quite a long board, not a short board, this Goldilocks-board handles all your needs: From pushing around the city to a trip to the skatepark. It’s smooth and stylish enough to take to your high-end finance job on Wall Street, and also has the ability to let you pop that Ollie on your way in and impress Janice in accounting.

The board will be released on Wednesday, June 7, at Gunther and Co., just minutes from Bustin’ Boards new home at City Garage in Baltimore. Grab your mom’s checkbook for your one chance to get your hands on one of only 20 boards produced.

We’re also raffling off one board to support Each 1 / Reach 1, Bustin’s community skate initiative that refurbishes boards for less-fortunate kids and adults. Donate an old board and get a raffle ticket plus a 30%-off coupon code good for anything on Bustin’s site.

Until then, learn more about Bustin’s story on the latest episode of our podcast Head Retention Radio.



Dig if you will Paloma. This cocktail-inspired beer first caught our attention last May at the annual Brewhouse Rarities pitch session, a gathering where anyone in our tribe can suggest new beers. Brewer Todd Kelly, who spends his days on our pilot system, arrived on top the mountain with a five-gallon pitcher of the tequila-based cocktail and his good manners. We could go on and on, but no one tells it better than Todd.

Q: What inspired you to pitch this concept?  
Todd: I would describe the culture at Flying Dog as a weird combination of passion for brewing great craft beer and pushing boundaries with a splash of sarcasm. A deconstructed Honey Paloma cocktail, at the heart of this beer, is an IPA brewed with blue agave, honey, grapefruit, lime, and a splash of black currant to make it a little pink! This one is for the beer geeks that have a secret love for a pink fruity drink with an umbrella in it.

Q: What flavor profile are you aiming for?
Todd: The Honey Paloma is a tequila cocktail with grapefruit soda and juice as a base with honey and lime. This beer has a huge grapefruit character with honey and lime in the background, and it’s a little boozy, like a cocktail should be.

Q: Why do you love this beer?
Todd: I love IPAs. I secretly love pink fruity drinks with umbrellas. 

Q: Why should lovers of Flying Dog be excited about trying it?
Todd: Honey Paloma was brewed using many ingredients fans may recognize in a few of our other beers, imagined in a different way. While complex enough to sit around and ponder it’s nuances, this beer is meant to be enjoyed with a side of levity. Pair it with burritos and your guilty pleasure playlist. #juicy 

Enjoy it at the brewery or track it down starting May 17. Umbrellas sold separately.




There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is knowing that Dead Rise returns on Friday, May 5. That euphoric feeling is natural. Let it wash over you. We’ll wait.

It also feels good to know we put the world’s first and only OLD BAY Summer Ale in a can. After that they jumped into boxes twelve-at-a-time, creating the perfect briefcase for your summer office…if your summer office is located on a beach, a boat, a hammock or a newspaper-lined picnic table. 

To celebrate this aligning of the galaxy, we’ve arranged an evening marking the return of the crab. We’ll have crab cakes from Roasthouse Pub and a Dead Rise crab-shaped cake from the other wizards in DC, Buttercream Bake Shop. Add cans of Dead Rise into the mix on our patio for a Friday that would make any Marylander proud. Sperrys not required, but you do have to wear something on your feet. We’re not savages.

The Summer of Dead Rise has returned. Make room in the cooler and start your summer here.



“OK! OK! I know I look like a fish. I talk like a fish, but forget it! I don’t feel like a fish anymore, things have moved on. I’m a laboratory failure. That’s evolution, Honey! It’s over – find someone else.”
– Ralph Steadman

Speaking of evolution, Summer Rental is the sixth beer to graduate from Brewhouse Rarity to a standard release in our seasonal portfolio. You may remember last summer’s Brewhouse Rarities Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler as one of the few good things to happen in 2016. Need a refresher? 

Radler, German for cyclist, was born of necessity. In the roaring ’20s when biking and drinking was all the rage, an entrepreneurial innkeeper built a trail from nearby Munich to his establishment. One fine day, he found himself with more bikers than beer, roughly 13,000 to be exact. To keep his customers happy and with beer in hand, he stretched out his supply by making a 50/50 mix of beer and lemon soda.

We opted for a light lager brewed with grapefruit and passionfruit to create this refreshing, very low (4.5%) ABV offering. Slightly sweet and slightly tart with a crisp dry finish, this beer is a perfect starting point for any holdouts who have been waiting for the right beverage to get them into craft beer. For the seasoned experts, Summer Rental is begging for the cocktail treatment. Start by adding a shot of a boldy botanical gin for a quick and delicious gin radler.

Consider this Summer Rental’s RSVP to every pool party, cookout, family reunion, fireworks display, baseball game, boat trip, crab feast and game of beach blanket Bingo you’re hosting this summer. And don’t forget to save room in the rooftop cargo carrier for a couple cases before you hit the road to your summer vacation destination. It can be found everywhere Flying Dog is sold.*

*Jimmy Buffett anthology sold separate



Freedom of speech is the last defense against tyranny. We are a nation more divided than ever, but defending our right to freedom of expression — established by the Founding Fathers of our nation — is a bipartisan fight we should all embrace. 

Defending the name and original Ralph Steadman art of Raging Bitch against an unconstitutional ban in the State of Michigan, we are no strangers to playing this kind of defense. First Amendment issues affect all aspects of our lives, including (and definitely not limited to) the beer that we drink and the music we listen to.

On Sunday, the 1st Amendment Society will host a live performance by The Slants, a Portland-based all-Asian American dance-rock band, that is currently awaiting a Supreme Court ruling over a request to trademark their name, which was originally denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The Slants have formed an identity “to take on stereotypes that people have about us, like slanted eyes, and own them.” Embracing and owning a slur as a form of empowerment is their fundamental right, and should not be denied by self-appointed bureaucrats. Denial of a trademark registration has serious consequences for artists, just as banning the sale of a beer greatly affects a small, independent craft brewery. For more insight into the work being done by The Slants, check out Bassist Simon Tam’s Ted Talk

The Slants will perform at the brewery this Sunday, April 16 at 6 pm. For best results, we recommend having a Raging Bitch in hand throughout the show, which is free and open to the public.



Our groundbreaking (literally, first of its kind) Firkin Friday series returns to Charm City with the Original Gangster, Snake Dog IPA.

In 2012, Snake Dog was the first craft beer in Baltimore baseball history, so we’ll be feeling a bit nostalgic this Friday. Stop by The Flying Dog Grille in section 29, stock up on Chesapeake Waffle Fries and wash them down with our cask-conditioned deliciousness at every Friday home game all season long.

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