As craft brewers, we are always looking to innovate; whether it be through a our recipes, production processes, or new technologies. And as a Washington, DC-area business, we strive to build relationships with like-minded organizations in the surrounding community. 

Pardon the use of corporate-speak terms like “innovate” and “strive.” We just can’t help it when each of those two things come together in one project. 

We announced today that we’re partnering up with The George Washington University’s Clean Energy Team on an energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy feasibility study. The team is comprised of 10 MBA students who are going to research and evaluate potential technology, software, and operational changes that could lower energy consumption at our brewery. 

The study will focus on the following areas:

  • Electricity and natural gas bill analysis, forecasting, and benchmark reporting against similar manufacturers
  • Cogeneration analysis to capitalize on repeated heating and cooling operations that are already used in the brewing process
  • Reduction of peak energy demand
  • Evaluation of on-site renewable energy like solar, wind, and anaerobic digester technologies
We’ll be working with the team over the next 3 months and they will present their findings in March 2013. 



A few miles west of our brewery is a mountain range that is the birthplace of our Brewhouse Rarities. Disconnected from the world below, the entire brewery congregates atop a historic overlook each year to develop beers that shatter the confines of traditional styles. 

The only criteria lies in a few simple words from the Good Doctor: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.” 

A series of small-batch beers available only in the mid-Atlantic, our 2013 releases include:

  • Chipotle Dark Ale: January
  • Green Tea Imperial Stout: February
  • Pumpernickel IPA: March
  • Big Black Wit: April 
  • Easy IPA: May
  • Pineapple Saison: June
  • Belgian Devil: July
  • Roggen: August
  • Vineyard Blonde (brewed with local Vidal Blanc grapes): September
  • Orchard Ale (brewed with local apples): October
  • Cinnamon Porter: December

Since both the Vineyard Blonde and Orchard Ale are dependent on our local agriculture, the November release was intentionally left open.

All of the releases will be in draft only, with the exception of the Green Tea Imperial Stout, Belgian Devil, and Cinnamon Porter. Those will be packaged in both draft and 750 ml bottles.



On Friday, December 21, we’re leaving together at Max’s Taphouse, but it’s still farewell. And, after 56 of our beers on draft, maybe we’ll come back to earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame, except the Mayans; we’re leaving ground. Will things ever be the same after the largest tap takeover in the history of the world?

It’s the Final Countdown. [Cue guitar riff.]

Starting tomorrow with tap #17, we’re counting down all 56 beers we’ll have on draft at Max’s for the End of the World. Why 17? Since our days are numbered, we’ve lumped our year-round and seasonal releases into one, only leaving room for the rare before the rapture:

  1. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  2. UnderDog Atlantic Lager 
  3. Snake Dog IPA
  4. Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  5. Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  6. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  7. In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  8. Old Scratch Amber Lager
  9. Gonzo Imperial Porter
  10. Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  11. Tire Bite Golden Ale
  12. Road Dog Porter
  13. Garde Dog Biere de Garde
  14. Woody Creek Belgian White
  15. Dogtoberfest Marzen
  16. K-9 Winter Ale 

Follow the countdown on Twitter with the hashtag #FinalCountdown



“Don’t draw, Ralph. It’s a filthy habit.” – Hunter S. Thompson 

It’s a filthy habit indeed, our dear Ralph, filled with scamps, tramps, and sick and twisted souls. But we love you for it. 

Just like the man it honors, St. EADman Belgian Dark Ale is complex and unpredictable. Bright fruity esters of pears and strawberries blend with caramel malt character and brown fruit notes of cherry and plum. Your first sip embraces you with alcoholic warmth and the dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Just in time for your holiday libationary needs, St. EADman is available now on draft and in hand-packaged 750 ml bottles. Check our Beer Finder to see if it’s near you



After zero hours of negotiation, hearty handshakes, and minimal amounts of rabble, we have agreed to supply Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley with a case of beer after each game remaining in the 2012 season.

The agreement stemmed from Cooley’s negotiations with the Redskins when he was resigned by the team in late October. Cooley asked that receiving a case of beer after each game be written into his contract, but the team ultimately denied his wish.

For us, it was heartbreaking to hear that this stellar athlete was denied the opportunity to have a beer at the end of each hard-fought game. So in the name of Cooley’s wish and in support of athletes in need, we knew we needed to step in.

For the remaining six games of the regular season, Cooley will receive our new Shock and Awe variety pack, which includes Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, and Snake Dog IPA.

Because at the end of the day, we don’t think anyone should be deprived of great beer.



This gem needs no introduction. Just keep in mind that names have been deleted to protect the innocent (and because one of the girls at said party was cute).

Dear Flying Dog:

I was recently invited to a “solar return” celebration (aka, a birthday party for hippies) that included acupuncture, tarot readings, and somatic psychology (whatever the fuck that is), along with a vegan potluck.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people living their lives however they like. To give you a little context, I prefer steak, booze, and not having to make a list of everyone’s preferred gender pronouns (including “it”) when I get my birthday party on. I work in an environment that leads to being able to recognize each of my coworkers’ doodled renditions of male genitalia.

This party is also segregated into variously themed rooms. (I’m in the one reserved for drinking and arm wrestling, as opposed to the performance art one). The hostess knew enough to tuck me away inconspicuously and ask me to bring beer, but not enough to know that I would use that opportunity to passive-aggressively introduce YOUR salty-named brews to quietly undermine the extreme PC vibe.

Thanks for helping me offend a bunch of people that I love who could really stand to lighten up. 

PS – I highly recommend serving some Pearl Necklaces to a bunch of lesbians and trying not to bust a gut listening to them all exclaiming over how much they love them. Cheers!



On Friday, December 21, the Mayan calendar will expire, alongside planet earth, and we’re going to party like there’s no tomorrow — mainly, because there won’t be. 

Starting at 5 pm, Max’s will have 56 Flying Dog beers on tap, making it the largest tap takeover in this history of the world. 

In addition to our year-round and seasonal offerings, more small-batch, limited releases will be available including vintage Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout, all six 2012 Single Hop Imperial IPAs, and the premiere of the first, and last, 2013 Brewhouse Rarities release, a Chipotle Dark Ale.

Even though the end will be inevitably near, showcasing our first Brewhouse Rarities release for 2013 will provide a false sense of hope that you will not be led into the blinding light of a fiery inferno. 

Not ignoring the Will Smith and his German Shepard factor, all attendees will also receive a ticket for our Rapture Raffle. Survival tools like industrial-sized packs of toilet paper and Leonard Bernstein’s Greatest Hits on cassette will be on hand for those who may actually survive the end of the world. 

In addition, both Max’s Taphouse and yours truly agreed to invest in a really big countdown clock.



Holiday shopping with a beer in hand is now at your fingertips: 

Retro Knit Hat

Aaah, the knit hat puff ball. Like the gall bladder, it’s a seemingly useless vessel that contributes neither to warmth nor function. But you know what? It looks awesome. And that’s reason enough for us. $18 and available now

Bat Country Hoodie

“We can’t stop here. This is Bat Country.” The advice of Raoul Duke stops short when it comes to staying warm and pledging your allegiance to the People’s Republic of Flying Dog. (All other words of wisdom and warning still ring true.) $42 and available now.

Women’s Crest Hoodie

A young Danish viking, at the tender age of 13, took refuge from the long nights on the longship by carving designs into the ship’s floorboards by candlelight. On one particularly brutal night at sea, he developed the Flying Dog crest, carried on by generations, and now by female craft beer fans everywhere. $48 and available now.

Fall Classic Tee

In 1990, the Simpsons debuted, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, and Mille Vanilla’s lip-synching led to its Grammy being revoked. It was also when the Flying Dog Brewpub was founded outside of Aspen, Colorado. Pay homage to our origin with this throwback tee. $25 and available now.

Shock and Awe Tee

The doctrine of rapid dominance has been decreed. Power, awareness, dominance, and spectacular displays of force: There is no other way to effectively SHOCK AND AWE. (Aside from sporting this t-shirt, of course.) $25 and available now.



Our friends at Union Beer Distributors and all of the NYC-area bars and restaurants they support were rocked earlier this week by Hurricane Sandy. 

They support us everyday by spreading the gospel of Gonzo and craft beer on the streets of New York. The least we can do is share with our People’s Republic of Flying Dog how we can all help them rebuild: 

What does Hurricane Sandy mean to NYC restaurants? 

The obvious “worst of it” are places that were decimated by flooding and extreme wind. But those left standing are facing monumental loss from lack of refrigeration and more. This summary from First We Feast puts it all in perspective.

From behind the bar: On the aftermath

If you’re having trouble imagining how barmen and women in the most famous island in the world are faring, dive into this first-hand account of one man reopening after the storm (via Serious Eats).

6 things you can do right now to help Sandy-damanged restaurants 

Simple gestures like tipping well, spreading your spending, and sharing your knowledge of disaster relief programs can make a huge difference for places who are trying to reopen their doors. Get more details on Grub Street NY.



States of Emergency have been declared, but like a good boy scout, you’re always prepared with an arsenal of canned goods and craft beer to keep you well fed and hydrated through the storm.

Always thinking with our chef’s hats on, we’ve taken it one step further with the following beer and non-perishable pairings that will turn your hurricane hideout into the culinary center of the universe: 

Tomato paste with Old Scratch Amber Lager

Everyone’s favorite canned paste is rich in lycopene, which helps prevent prostate cancer. And pairing this wonder-food with our Amber Lager creates an umami amalgamation of caramel malt and sweet tomato richness. Want to kick it up a notch? Add a sprinkle of tabasco sauce (as long as it doesn’t require opening that fridge during a power outage). 

Creamed corn with UnderDog Atlantic Lager 

Having the two of these together, with UnderDog’s crisp biscuit malt notes and the complex cream-and-corn combination, literally creates cornbread in your mouth. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. 

Tuna with Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale 

This protein powerhouse of a pairing is best served with your favorite “no need to refrigerate until opened” condiment. Mayo, Miracle Whip, pickle relish, even a little BBQ sauce will bring out the best in both the hand-crafted beer and delicately-processed fish product. What to do with said condiment once opened? Warren Buffett once said, “risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” 

Cranberry Sauce paired with K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale 

There are no two sweeter sounds in the English language than the crisp snap of a beer being opened and the half-fart, half-slurp sound of cranberry sauce escaping the confines of the can, yet still retaining its original shape. And the Christmas spice of this year’s K-9 Winter Ale combined with sweet cranberry will make you feel like your cozying up next to a fire, even if you’re huddled in a damp, dark basement. 

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