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In a final more tense than the women’s fencing individual sabre face off for Gold between Korea’s Kim Ji Yeon and Russia’s Sophia Velikaia in this year’s Olympiad, Flying Dog Brewery emerged victorious over BrewDog in the UK International Arms Race.
Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy posted the above photo on Facebook moments after winning the International Arms Race. The classic Red, White, Blue, and Camo combination really brings out his golden complexion.
International Arms Race – a Zero IBU IPA – was put to the test on a five-day tour of BrewDog pubs in Scotland (Aberdeen and Glasgow) and England (Newcastle, Manchester, and Camden).
Also put to the test? Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and VP of Marketing Ben Savage’s livers, ability to cope with men in skirts, inability to use their personal hairdryers, and forced adaptability to the fact that everything is on the wrong side.
In this epic combative collaboration, hops were banned from the battlefield. Instead varying amounts of spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower were used to impart bitterness. It was also decided that each brewer would brew their own version of the beer to highlight the individual brewer’s craft…and avoid as little skin-to-skin contact with other people as possible.
At each event, customers were encouraged to purchase a flight of both Zero IBU IPAs and blindly vote on their favorite. Savage also distributed Flying Dog-branded sunglasses to the crowd, a generous and fitting gift for the three sunny days the UK has each year.
Then, at the end of each night, votes for each version of the beer were tallied. BrewDog won in Aberdeen and Glasgow – obviously a conspiracy by the ghost of William Wallace. But Englanders clearly had better taste, opting for the Flying Dog beer in both Newcastle and Manchester.
Going into the final event in Camden, the stakes were high and tied. Many beers were drunk and until the votes were counted, no one could tell who would reign supreme. But then, the unborn child of Prince William and Princess Kristal announced that Flying Dog was the winner of the International Arms Race in the United Kingdom.
The room fell silent as Brophy (draped in a banner of spangled stars) climbed onto the bar (an eloquent move he perfected as a young man in New Jersey) to address the crowd:
“I believe it was actually King George III who said ‘truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to life.’” [Insert dramatic pause.] “Wait, no it wasn’t. Silly me. It was George Washington that said that.”
From there, Brophy gave a well-deserved thanks to the fine ladies and gents of BrewDog, who “truly did a bloody smashing job of hosting us damn Yankees, setting us up with a guide who has neither a driver’s license nor the ability to drive, and breaking down the nuances of the British dental care system.”
And now? It’s not called International Arms Race for nothing. Brophy, along with Vice President Joe Biden, will return the favor and host BrewDog leader James Watt on a U.S. tour in late September.
As for Savage? He is not allowed to leave the country. Although their Audi rental was “backassward,” his driving habits live up to his name. He is awaiting sentencing from the Queen Mother herself on the 102 speeding tickets he obtained during the five-day trip, during which “they made great time.”
Meet Tim, Malcolm, and “one of the most unusual group of people ever.”
Tim and Malcolm own PITCREW, one of the most renowned skate shops in the country, here in our backyard of Frederick, Maryland.
In our most recent Support Local video spot, they explain what motivated them to open the shop and elevate Maryland’s skate scene.
For more on our Support Local initiative, come to our Local Bazaar at the brewery on Saturday, September 15. And like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more information on how you can Support Local.
Once a month, we turn our taproom into an art gallery, showcasing a range of local artists and musicians. This Saturday is August’s Local Creativity Showcase with live music by Hard Swimmin’ Fish and the work of:
Artists Phyllis Liebman and Craig Gavin will also have work on display.
The showcase is free and open to the public (21 and older). It’s from 6 to 9 pm. Space is limited, so get here early.
Flying Dog’s finest are hitting the gritty streets of New York for an entire week. If you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss the badass events we have lined up:
- Monday, August 20
- 6 pm
- Valhalla Bar (Hell’s Kitchen)
There’s no greater way to celebrate local creativity than a good, old-fashioned bazaar with local artisans, live music, and craft beer.
The culminating event for our Support Local initiative, our local bazaar will feature demos by the artists featured in our Support Local video series, such as Chef Bryan Voltaggio, Pit Crew Skate Team, and the Charm City Roller Girls. We’ll also have food from farm-to-fork restaurants and educational activities on sustainable living by The Common Market.
Admission is free with all beer and food sold a la carte. We’re limiting it to 500 people, so get here early to make sure you get in.
A celebration of Maryland’s agricultural roots, each year’s batch of Secret Stash reflects the season’s harvest. This year, our Harvest Ale is an American-Style Wheat Ale brewed with local wheat and malted rye, along with local Cascade and Chinook hops.
For the actual brew, we invite all of the local farmers out to the brewery. And we put them to work:
Our brewers celebrate the arrival of the hops like we’re in a goddamn Disney movie.
Nothing awakens the senses like a healthy whiff of those green beauties.
He’s not old enough to drink, but he grows some damn fine hops.
If this view from the top of our hopback doesn’t make you drool, there’s no hope.
And no event like this is complete without a group shot. Behold, the motley crew behind this year’s Secret Stash Harvest Ale.
Secret Stash will be hitting shelves and draft lines in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC in mid-September.
“Our stories are our life.”
For Paul Reed Smith, there was no other option than to live a life of trying, even if it meant failure and pain, to get to a point where he contributed to the world. This latest installment of our Support Local video spots gives a glimpse into the life and story of PRS Guitars.
Shit, did anyone see that? Crap, I didn’t think anybody was looking. Wait, they had a camera? Oh God, how do I un-tag? They can’t have that many followers…right?
We’ve had those moments. Now, there’s a beer for it. UnderDog is the unforgettable lager for those moments you won’t soon forget. (Or, in most cases, that your friends won’t let you forget.)
We put together some of our favorite unforgettable experiences of the summer. Now, we want to see yours.
We’ll post our favorites as we see them. We’ll also share places that have UnderDog on draft, in bottles, and in the can throughout the mid-Atlantic, so you can keep those unforgettable moments flowing all summer long.
Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release pays tribute to an ancient German beer style that makes the combination of sweet and salty so passé. Introducing Gose, a sour and salty wheat beer brewed with coriander and a Maryland twist.
Gose originated in Northern Germany and takes its name from the river Gose, which is lined by mineral-rich aquifers that give the water a natural salinity. To imitate these traditional brewing waters, we added sea salt to the brew, along with coriander to make it true to style. We also added Old Bay to the brew, giving it a twist only Marylanders can provide.
On the sour side, we added lactobacillus to the mash and let it sour for a minimum of 36 hours. That sour mash is then added to a larger mash and processed like a regular brew. The lactic acid produced gives the beer a distinct tartness, which is balanced by the saltiness and spice.
A draft-only release only available in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, our Gose premieres on draft tonight at ChurchKey in DC.
The third installment in our Support Local video series puts you in the shoes of Baltimore’s Charm City Roller Girls. It’s their turn.