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. 



We’re hosting a class at the brewery Sunday, May 20 on the great American pastime of grilling. (And, of course, drinking beer while grilling, which needs no instruction.)

Get your tickets for BYOG today!

The class is from noon to 5 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 needs to buy 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.
Only 50 spots are available, so the class will be personal, hands-on, and sell out quick! 

Tickets are $85 and include a full rack of ribs, a whole chicken, and a variety of other grilling meats, along with Flying Dog beer samples. Get your tickets today before they sell out!



First place and the first firkin at Camden Yards? It almost sounds too good to be true for us O’s fans. 

Firkin Friday begins tomorrow at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with cask-conditioned Snake Dog IPA at the Flying Dog storefront (on the lower level, between sections 23 and 29).

We’ll feature a different cask during each and every Friday home game through the regular season. Here’s the full schedule: 

  • Friday 4/27: Snake Dog IPA
  • Friday 5/11: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Friday 5/25: Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado
  • Friday 6/8: Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  • Friday 6/22: Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • Friday 6/29: Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  • Friday 7/13: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin
  • Friday 7/27: Snake Dog IPA
  • Friday 8/10: Brewhouse Rarities Nut Brown
  • Friday 8/24: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Friday 9/7: Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • Friday 9/28: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Centennial



This year’s going to be bigger and badder than the last. Here’s a look at what we have planned: 

Saturday, May 12

Tour de Brew

  • A led bicycle tour of Frederick’s three craft breweries 
  • Beginning and ending at the Frederick Fairgrounds with stops at Flying Dog, Barley and Hops, and Monocacy Brewing)
  • 8 am to noon
  • $30 tickets (in advance)

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

  • A festival solely featuring craft beer from the great state of Maryland
  • Frederick Fairgrounds
  • Noon to 6 pm
  • $17 to $40 tickets (in advance and at the door)

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day Beer Brunch

  • Bring mom out for a beer brunch featuring all three Frederick breweries
  • Roasthouse Pub
  • 11 am and 1 pm seatings
  • Reservations are required, so call Roasthouse Pub at 301-418-6098 to make yours today

Monday, May 14

Beer Geek Trivia 

  • We’re throwing in a round of beer-centric questions into Pour House Trivia’s regular Monday night lineup to crown Frederick’s Beer Geek King (or Queen)
  • Il Forno Pizzeria 
  • 8:30 pm registration, 9 pm start

Tuesday, May 15 

Meet the Brewer

  • Have a pint with the brewers behind the beers you know and love, featuring Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout and Brewhouse Rarities Sour Cherry Ale on tap
  • Monocacy Crossing
  • 4 to 6 pm 

Wednesday, May 16

Beer and Truffle Pairing

  • Four chocolate confections from The Perfect Truffle paired with four different brews
  • Flying Dog Brewery taproom
  • 7 to 9 pm
  • $10 tickets (in advance)

Thursday, May 17

Frederick Beer Tap Takeover

  • Featuring only Frederick beer from Flying Dog, Brewer’s Alley, and Barley and Hops on tap
  • Bushwaller’s Irish Pub
  • 5 pm to close

Friday, May 18

The Great Frederick Beer Week Scavenger Hunt

  • A craft beer-focused hunt through downtown Frederick for teams of 3 to 5 people with an after-party at Brewer’s Alley 
  • Flying Dog Brewery, then various locations downtown 
  • 5 pm to 6 pm registration, 9 pm after-party
  • $30 per team (in advance) 

Saturday, May 19 

Frederick Beer Week Firkin Fest

  • This annual farm festival is getting real! Featuring cask-conditioned brews from yours truly, Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops, Heavy Seas, Evolution, DuClaw, Growlers, Johanson’s, and Baying Hound
  • Stillpoint Farm (in Mt. Airy, MD)
  • Noon to 6 pm
  • $20 tickets (in advance)



For some reason, people kept leaving during our Holiday 4/20 party to go out to their cars. They’d be in the parking lot for no more than 5 minutes and then return. They would come back in walking slower, talking slower, and reacting to life in general slower than when they exited. 

Baffled by this behavior, we began asking people why they kept leaving. Their responses provided little insight, so we figured our deductive reasoning would be at its best if we compiled a top ten list of responses, Letterman-style. So here goes: 

Top Ten Reasons People Kept Leaving our Holiday 4/20 Party to Go to Their Cars Only to Return 5 Minutes Later…

10. “I had to check on something.” 

9. “I was grabbing a jacket.” (It was 75 degrees and sunny.)

8. “I forgot my shoes.” (He had, in fact, forgotten his shoes.) 

7. “My friend wanted to borrow a CD.” (But neither he nor his friend had a Discman in hand.)

6. “I thought it would be good to get my umbrella.” (Again, 75 degrees and sunny. And she didn’t return with said umbrella.)

5. “I needed to get tightened up…you know…man…” 

4. “Oh, dude, did I just leave?” (Yes. Yes, you did.)

3. “I was afraid my cat followed me here.” 

2. No response. Just a red-eyed zombie staring right through us.

1. “We were just doing stuff.” 

Oh, “stuff.” Glad that last one cleared it up for us. 

Want to join in on the madness that is a party at Flying Dog Brewery? Get your tickets now to our Sumo de Mayo party for Cinco de Mayo. 

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