Gonzofest rule #72: Don’t wait until you see the goddamn bats to flee. 

Gonzofest rule #73: Jam the fuck out.

The epic resurgence of Gonzofest at the brewery Saturday, July 21 will feature live music from: 

The Death Set

Photo courtesy of Eric Weiss

The Death Set: Fleeting songs with lifelong hooks and overdriven melody. Its sound is most like that of its punk influencers — Black Flag, Minor Threat, and Buzzcocks — it also bears the distinct mark of hip-hop and electronic styles in production, and as interludes in their raucous offstage outbursts. 

J Roddy Walston and The Business

Photo courtesy of Glynnis McDaris 

In this age when mobile apps have replaced recording studios and the term “badass” rarely describes modern music, J Roddy Walson and The Business furthers the proud legacy of unrelenting rockers from Little Richard to Janis Joplin to KISS, shredding eardrums and stirring souls with scrappy, All-American anthems. 


Photo courtesy of David Andrew Sitek 

Fronted by arresting, shamanistic vocals, anchored by complex drum patterns, and threaded together by multi-instrumental masterpiece (guitar, keyboard, and pedal bass), Celebration has quickly become one of the greatest balancing acts in recent musical history.

Chocolate Bronson

Photo courtesy of Chocolate Bronson

The duo of DJ Two Teks and Mathias Broohm has been leaving their mark at every club, bar, and event they are asked to play. With every performance, they take control of the crowd, leave no one standing still, and leave everyone wanting more when the club lights come on.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and WILL SELL OUT. Get yours today.



Spreading the gospel of Gonzo and good beer just went global. Introducing FD:UK, the first Flying Dog merchandise store for the UK and EU. 

We teamed up with the Ralph Steadman Art Collection on FD:UK, which currently stocks hats, hoodies, and t-shirts for the People’s Republic of Flying Dog across the pond. 

And for those of you stateside, check out some new wearables just in time for summer (modeled by Flying Dog’s finest, of course): 

Men’s Abstract Logo Tee

Women’s Abstract Logo Tee

Men’s Classic Tee

Women’s Eco-Friendly Pride Tank

Women’s Eco-Friendly Shorts



As your attorney, I advise you to drink craft beer and jam the fuck out. Gonzofest is back, bitches. 

  • Saturday, July 21 
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • 3 to 9 pm
  • Live music by The Death Set, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Celebration, and Chocolate Bronson

We’re also rolling in famed food trucks Red Hook Lobster, DC Slices, and Dangerously Delicious Pies, along with grub from Sunnyside BBQ. (All food’s a la carte.)

Admission is just $30 and includes your first beer. All additional beers are just $2 a piece. 

Tickets are on sale now (and will sell out) at MissionTix.com/Gonzofest. 




The sinister stepchild of our Brewhouse Rarities series, this Red Ale has one chain of numbers that we cannot forget: 666.

[Please note: Reading that last sentence in an ’80s horror film trailer voice makes it 10 times more intense.]

  • 6 specialty malts: Caramel 40, Caramel 77L, Munich, Extra-Dark Crystal, Pale Chocolate, Carafa III Special
  • 6 hop varieties: Warrior, CTZ, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, Zythos
  • 6(.7)% ABV

When we embarked on this Brewhouse Rarities series, our brewers set out to produce beers that are truly “too weird to live, too rare to die.” If the sheer number of ingredients in this Red Ale isn’t enough, it’s also the first beer we double dry hopped. In fact, there are 3 pounds of hops per barrel, which is more than our Double Dog Double Pale Ale.

Red Ale is a balancing act of malt and hop, resulting in deliciously danky and citrusy hop notes on the nose, followed by a sweet caramel body with hints of grapefruit and spice. 

Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release is on draft only with limited availability in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New York City. 

In those areas and want to find it? Email us at realthirsty@flyingdogales.com. Or stalk one of our area sales managers on Twitter. You know they prefer the latter:



At Flying Dog, we don’t take collaborations lightly. Our goals are to learn and grow throughout the process while continuing to push the limits of beer as an art form.

We also don’t take you, our loyal Republic, lightly. We respect you all as beer-lovers and as informed, educated consumers. There is an abundance of incredible craft beer out there and we’re continually honored to be a part of it.

With both of those mindsets in mind we decided to not release our Chocolate Fever Chocolate IPA this year. Almost a year in the making, Chocolate Fever was a collaboration we embarked on with Master Chocolatier Randy Olmstead, owner of The Perfect Truffle in downtown Frederick, Maryland.

We were intrigued by the relationship between the bitterness in both American IPAs and raw dark chocolate. And as we expected, having the perfect amount of perceivable chocolate in the beer was a challenge.

With over 400 pounds of raw cocoa added to the final batch, we were pleased with the amount of chocolate aroma and flavor as the beer conditioned. But at the end of fermentation, those chocolate essences diminished significantly.

What we did produce was an incredible IPA with huge hop character. While it pairs beautifully with chocolate, it does not have enough chocolate character to be called a Chocolate IPA. Randy, an expert on chocolate and beer connoisseur, agreed. So, the decision was unanimous that we simply could not release a beer that could be misconceiving in the market.

All is not lost, though, for you hopheads out there. Our first Single Hop Imperial IPA release of the year – El Dorado – is on shelves now in 6-packs and on tap at a bar near you. 



Our mind-blowingly badass lineup for this year’s SAVOR Beer Week — June 4-9 — needs little introduction. So we’ll just get right to the details you need to know:

For more on SAVOR Beer Week, visit the website



For Mark Burrier, it all starts with a word:

Rare Words is a public art project by Mark Burrier, an illustrator, cartoonist, and designer who lives in and hails from Frederick, Maryland.

Beginning in April, the People’s Republic of Flying Dog submitted their words. Now, Mark is drawing them.

His original art will premiere at Flying Dog Brewery on Saturday, June 2 from 7 to 10 pm. Was your submission chosen? You’ll just have to show up to find out. 



Yours truly and The King himself invite you to come out for a day of golf, craft beer, great food, sideburns, and burning love for the game. 

Introducing the first (and most likely annual) Elvis Open Golf Tournament at Waverly Woods Golf Club in Marriottsville, Maryland. 

It’s a 1 pm shotgun start and best ball scramble with live music and prizes for winning foursomes, best Elvis costume, longest drive, and closest to the pin. We’ll also have special appearances by the Night of 100 Elvises

Registration is $125 per player or $500 per foursome. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Gonzo Foundation. 

Space is limited, so get your tickets today.



“Too weird to live, too rare to die.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Crisp, refreshing, and the perfect way to greet summer, Sour Cherry Ale is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release. 

Brewed in the traditional style of a Berliner Weisse, this beer has a delicate malt base that is enhanced through natural acidification in the brewhouse*. The result is a distinctive tartness complemented by the sweetness of real cherries added during fermentation. 

Sour Cherry Ale is a draft only release with limited availability in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New York City. 

In those areas and want to find it? Email us at realthirsty@flyingdogales.com. Or stalk one of our area sales managers on Twitter. You know they prefer the latter:

* We added lactobacillus to a mash and let it sit for a minimum of 36 hours, which allows it to sour. That mash is then added to the larger mash and is processed like a regular brew. The lactic acid produced from this process gives this beer the tartness you’ll feel on your palate. (And for all of you beer geeks who followed the path of this little asterisk to the bottom, well done. Now go have a beer.) 



Drink beer and restore the Bay…all year long.

Next week, our Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout will be available for purchase year-round with distribution throughout the country.

A dry stout brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters, Pearl Necklace was initially released as a limited edition brew last November.

We decided to brew it year-round not only because the beer itself was well received, but also because it supports a cause essential to our backyard. Proceeds from the beer benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), one of the region’s leading nonprofits restoring oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay.

Drinking Pearl Necklace literally helps restore one of the most endangered habitats on the planet. Here’s what ORP Executive Director Stephan Abel had to say:

“A healthy oyster reef not only filters the Chesapeake Bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other important marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass. Every oyster we plant back into the Bay will have an immediate, positive impact.”

Our goal is to enable ORP to plant at least 1 million baby oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay through proceeds from Pearl Necklace. It will be available in all markets where our beer is currently sold on draft and in 6-packs. 

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