East meets West when Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso and Lagunitas co-founder Tony Magee square off in Times Square. These alpha dogs are taking over the taps at Beer Authority (300 West 40th St.) with all of the night’s proceeds benefitting Animal Haven – a local Manhattan dog shelter

The beer will be flowing by 5 pm and Jim and Tony will lead an informal Q&A session on the rooftop bar at 6:30 pm. Just $5 will get you a custom Flying Dog/Lagunitas pint glass and $1 off each pint from either brewery until 10 pm. Styles include: 

Flying Dog

  • UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Snake Dog IPA
  • Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  • Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  • Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • Woody Creek Belgian White
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale (on cask)
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • New Dogtown Pale Ale
  • Czech-Style Pils
  • Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
  • Daytime IPA 
  • Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale
  • Hop Stoopid Ale 
  • Maximus IPA (on cask)



In the most epic Super Bantamweight Smackdown on U.S. soil since Freddy vs. Jason, round two of the International Arms Race begins October 15.

In one corner, the brewmaster of Flying Dog and George Clooney look-a-like Matt “LoveFreedom” Brophy. In the other, BrewDog captain and extreme ABBA fan James “One Nut” Watts: 

The International Arms Race can be witnessed at the following U.S. Civil War battlegrounds:  

  • Monday, Oct. 15 at Max’s Taphouse, Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 at RFD, Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Frisco’s Taphouse, Columbia, MD
All gun shows start at 6 pm. 



In the course of 72 hours, most of us go to work, eat, drink, sleep, and (if we’re lucky) have a good poop. 

In the 72 hours between Thursday, October 11 and Sunday, October 14, teams in Frederick’s 72 Hour Film Fest will direct, edit, and score a short film with a script handed to them just before the competition bell tolls.

And YOU can still be a part of the creative, sleep-deprived madness. 

Registration for 72 Film Fest, sponsored by yours truly, is open until Thursday, October 11.

Also new to the fest this year is the Flying Dog Shock and Awe Award. More prestigious than a Razzie and less pretentious than the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes, the Flying Dog Shock and Awe Award is a critic’s choice judged by our in-house filmmaker Tim Martin. A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Tim is nationally acclaimed filmmaker and the mastermind behind Flying Dog Productions

All films entered in the 72 Film Fest will be screened at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20. To purchase tickets to the screenings or for more information, visit the 72 Film Fest’s website



Day in Bat Country

What do Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon all have in common? None of them carry Flying Dog condoms. And they are also notorious for offering an incredible online shopping experience.

We’re pretty passionate about customer satisfaction around here. Running a remarkable brewery starts with the beer, but it also extends to your experience on a tour, your interaction at a Flying Dog event, and (hopefully) filters all the way down to the Bat Wing-emblazoned shirt you wear on your back. We’re deeply proud of Ralph Steadman’s artwork and way he continues to reinvent his unique and indelible mark on our brand. His imagination and creativity is woven into every piece of clothing and accessory that bear our name.

Plus, we’d never expect you to buy anything we wouldn’t buy twelve of ourselves.

In keeping with that standard of excellence, we’ve spent the last six months updating our digital storefront to reflect our passion for creating an exceptional customer experience. We’ve reorganized our navigation, simplified our checkout, improved our backend fulfillment and consolidated our shipping rates. What didn’t change? Our commitment to quality assurance, order accuracy, and our seasonal offering of totally fucking awesome merchandise.

Take, for instance, the shirt celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gonzo and the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson. We burned through all our inventory in July because you guys love Dr. Gonzo as much as we do. So we decided to bring back a limited run of our Day in Bat Country T-shirts (men’s and women’s sizes S – XXL). This time, when they’re gone, they’re gone. (Basically, they’re like the Franklin Mint coins, only less expensive, more wearable, and arguably more valuable.)

Take a minute to peruse the site and familiarize yourself with the friendly faces of our Flying Dog staff who were neither starved nor man-handled in the modeling of this merchandise.  Like what you see? Let us know. Want to see us carry something different? Let us know. Want us to produce some custom pajama jeans? We’re one step ahead of you.

Click. Shop. Enjoy.



September 28 is our final Firkin Friday of the regular season and we speak for everyone in Charm City when we say, “thank God for post-season play.”

Every Friday home game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards features two cask-conditioned beers from yours truly at our storefront (lower level, between section 23 and 29) and in the new Roof Deck bar above centerfield.

This Friday, we offer a toast to baseball in Baltimore in October and invite you to join us for a pint of our Single Hop Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin at either location.

Let’s go O’s!



Somewhere across the pond, the dawn is breaking and a team of BrewDog foot soldiers are quietly ironing their kilts, inspecting the viscosity of their blue face paint, and preparing for redemption. A guttural battle cry emerges from the back line and it is determined Alastair from accounting has pulled a hamstring. Only the strong will survive this war.

Still licking their wounds from a bitter loss in the UK International Arms Race, BrewDog Captain James Watt has spent the last 25 days retooling his plan of attack for round two. The battle for taste supremacy continues on October 15, when the BrewDog militia arrives on U.S. soil for three days of head-to-head competition. Civilians and supporters can seek refuge from war and try each brewery’s International Arms Race at the following:

  • Monday, Oct. 15 at Max’s Taphouse, Baltimore, MD
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 at RFD, Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Frisco’s Taphouse, Columbia, MD

Six months ago, Flying Dog and BrewDog decided on the terms of this most unusual craft beer collaboration. Hops and flame throwers were banned from the battlefield, but a host of other weapons to impart bitterness – spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower – were agreed upon to eventually formulate a no hop, Zero IBU IPA. Then, it was decided that each brewery would craft its own version of the beer to highlight the individual brewer’s influence on the recipe and avoid unnecessary in-person conversations that end with gross mispronunciations of the word Slàinte.

In the meantime, some 3,384 miles from Glasgow, the staff at Flying Dog is preparing for another epic battle.

Eight stories below the brewery, bunkered in a safe room filled with Gatorade and canned goods, 23-Star General Matt ‘Lovefreedom’ Brophy and Marketing Rear Admiral Ben Savage are finalizing their strategy for the three-city invasion by drawing X’s and O’s and dramatic looping arrows on a white board. The two are confident in their recipe but acknowledge the wild card in this race: America’s unreasonable love affair with UK accents.

May the best man win.



If it feels good, do it again.

Taking a cue from the success of our first class back in May, we’re hosting the second edition of BYOG at the brewery, on Sunday, Oct. 7. The syllabus will cover the great American pastime of grilling. (And, of course, drinking beer while grilling, which needs no instruction.)

The class runs from 11 am to 6 pm and will be taught by BBQ legend and CarterQue founder, Chris Carter. And it’s BYOG.

That’s right: Bring Your Own Grill. Borrow your friend’s truck, Mom’s minivan…whatever it takes to get that sucker on the road and fired up at the brewery for some serious action.

The “bring your own grill” format will allow Chris to teach you how to grill on the equipment you already know, own, and love. Here are some additional details:

  • Grills can be gas or charcoal. Anything from a super-deluxe monster to a Weber with a bag of charcoal is welcome.
  • Sharing grills is allowed, but each student will need his or her own ticket.
  • All attendees are encouraged to bring charcoal (if applicable), wood chips, special sauces, or any other elements or tools they’d like to perfect in the class.

Tickets are $80 per person / $100 per couple and includes admission, instruction, all of your grilling meats, and Flying Dog beer samples. Students will also leave with a takeaway grilling guide.

Only 25 spots are available, so get your ticket before they sell out.



Our week-long Support Local initiative culminated this past Saturday with a free Local Bazaar featuring artistic demonstrations, farm-to-fork prepared food, and educational activities on sustainable living. It’s just the beginning of what, we hope, will be a lengthy relationship with the local artists, artisans, athletes, and musicians making up the fabric of our vibrant community.

We encourage your continued support of all local business entrepreneurs and hope you’ll keep tabs on our recent collaborators both online and in your community. Here’s a quick list of where you can follow the participants at our Local Bazaar and the artists featured in our Support Local video series.

The Perfect Truffle
Twitter @PerfectTruffle
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Perfect-Truffle/178142641881

PRS Guitars
Twitter @prsguitars
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/prsguitars

Pit Crew Skate Team
Twitter @Pitcrew207
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/PitcrewSkateboards

Charm City Roller Girls
Twitter @CCRG
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/charmcityrollergirls

Bryan Voltaggio
Twitter @BryanVoltaggio

Common Market
Twitter @CmmnMrktCoop
Facebook   http://www.facebook.com/thecommonmarket

Art and Soul
Twitter @ArtandSoulDC
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ArtandSoulDC

Rappahannock River Oysters
Twitter @RROysters
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/Rappahannock

Oyster Recovery Partnership
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/OysterRecoveryPartnership

Chef Driven DC
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ChefDrivenDC

Cafe Nola
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/cafenola1

Dublin Roasters
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/dublinroasterscoffee

Maryland Hop Growers Association
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryland-Hop-Growers-Association/208992835809884

Frederick Community Garden Association
Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frederick-Community-Garden-Association/185769784784554




The Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson once asked, “Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads?”

Hunter was no stranger to challenging the U.S. political system and those who lead it. But the answer to his question is that we do. We vote for the honest and dishonest shitheads alike who make a lot of our choices for us. 

That is why on the last day of our Support Local Week, we ask you to LISTEN Local. And it starts by exercising your right to vote:

  • Register to vote: There are many options for registering and the guidelines vary by state. You can start by going to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website to learn more. (The most common way to register to vote is to fill out the National Voter Registration form and send it in by mail.)
  • Know your state deadlines: Each state has different guidelines for registration, early voting, absentee ballots and more. Find your state on the EAC’s interactive map. Our local deadlines for voting registration are:
    • Maryland: 21 days before the election
    • Virginia: 30 days before the election (or 15 if registration is delivered to the local locater registration office)
  • Vote absentee if you’re living outside of the U.S.: Your vote still matters and the Federal Voting Assistance Program can help. 
  • Find your polling place: The National Secretaries of State operate CanIVote.org, which will help you find polling places and prepare you for election day. 
  • Learn about your candidates from the top down: Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan and non-profit organization that’s only goal is to provide information on candidates across the country. 
Then, LISTEN. Know who is making decisions that affect you, your family, and your community. 



“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.” – Alfred Austin 

Nothing beats the satisfaction of making something from start to finish (except for maybe sex, a thick-cut steak, and dick jokes). Now imagine growing something, then making something from start to finish. Even the perfectly drawn penis on an important memo can’t top that.

Over the past year, we’ve been amazed at what we can grow here on the brewery grounds alone, from the hop trellis on our patio to an established hop yard in the grass along our parking lot. We also cut old oak barrels in half and converted them into planters, creating a small (yet functional and really, really good looking) employee garden. 

So what options do you average Joe’s and Jill’s have with (likely) not a lot of space and (very likely) not a lot of time?

Here in the mid-Atlantic, we have mild springs and falls with hot, humid summers. You can grow almost anything with soil, sun, and water, but here are a few plants that grow exceptionally well in this area:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Beans
  • Squash

Space-wise, the possibilities are endless. Instead of flower pots on your deck, try a tomato plant or two. An array of herbs is a beautiful and delicious replacement for window boxes or flower beds. 

No outdoor space at all? No problem. See if your area has a community garden association. We have the Frederick Community Garden Association in our town, among a slew of others in the surrounding areas. Most cities have them and it’s as easy as donating money for your very own plot all growing season long. 

And doesn’t your favorite craft beer pair perfectly with achy muscles, sunburn, bug bites, and dirty fingernails?

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