Your inspiration? EACH OTHER.

Your challenge? COMMUNICATION.

Your criteria? FRAMES.

For entrants in this year’s 72 Film Fest, sponsored by yours truly, it shouldn’t be hard to find inspiration from their fellow film comrades. But there’s a catch: Every team is given a beginning and ending frame for their movie, taken from stills from various 72 Film Fest entries throughout the festival’s first five years. Exactly how these beginning and ending shots tie into a film is up to the entrants, but they must treat them like storyboards and do their best to recreate camera angles, settings, characters, and props.

But there’s another catch: One team’s ending frame is the next team’s beginning frame — a progression that continues through all of the entrants. Teams are encouraged (but not required) to communicate with each other and potentially collaborate on various aspects of each team’s movie.

Understood? Now, GO! This criteria was revealed to entrants LAST NIGHT. Now, in a race against time, each entered team has ONLY 72-HOURS (hence the name) to create their movie.

Then, they have a work week to recover before their masterpieces are screened. All entries will be screened at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Friday, October 7 starting at 6 pm.

Saturday, October 8 is the main event, where the judges’ finalists and audience choice films will be screened at the Weinberg at 7:30 pm. A winner will be crowned that night and can then celebrate at our 72 Film Fest after party at Bentz Street Sports Bar. Starting at 10 pm, Bentz Street will have $1 off all Flying Dog and live music from Lucas and the Lovelys. Plus, the first 50 people will get a free pint!

Join us October 7-8 as we support local creativity! For more information on the festival, visit the 72 Film Fest website. To purchase tickets to the 72 Film Fest screenings, visit the Weinberg Center for the Arts website.



Craft beer and cult classics.

Starting Wednesday, September 28, we’re hosting a movie series at the Weinberg Center, one of our hometown’s cultural jewels. We’re kicking things off with a screening of the Coen brothers’ Raising Arizona. The remaining films include:

  • Big Trouble in Little China: October 26, 2011
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: November 30, 2011
  • Caddyshack: December 28, 2011
  • Blazing Saddles: January 25, 2012
  • Time Bandits: February 29, 2012
  • A Clockwork Orange: March 28, 2012
  • The Princess Bride: April 25, 2012
  • Jaws: June 27, 2012

All movies will begin at 7:30 pm and will be preceded by a Flying Dog happy hour in the Weinberg lobby at 6:30 pm. Beer will also be sold throughout each show. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and children.

Get your tickets now through the Weinberg Center’s website.



Your Secret Stash has arrived. Our just-released Harvest Ale – made from locally-sourced hops, wheat, sweet corn, and potatoes – is hitting shelves next week.

To celebrate the fruits of this year’s harvest, we’re hosting release parties next week all around Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

Tuesday, September 20

  • Lures Bar & Grille in Crownsville, MD at 6 pm
  • The County Cork in Eldersburg, MD at 6 pm

Thursday, September 22

  • Founding Farmers in Washington, DC at 5 pm
  • Cafe Nola in Frederick, MD at 4 pm
  • Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA at 5 pm

Friday, September 23

  • Beers and Cheers in Germantown, MD at 5:30 pm



We’re having a good, old-fashioned yard sale here at the brewery on Sunday, September 25 from noon to 6 pm.

Forget picking up some outgrown kid’s clothes or collector’s items circa 1972. We’ve got some sweet Flying Dog apparel that needs to be in every beer lover’s wardrobe. $5 to $10 t-shirts, $20 to $25 hoodies, and two beer tokens with each purchase!


  • Buy 3 items, get a free poster
  • Buy 4 items, get a free pint glass
  • Buy 5 items, get the 6th free

We’ll also have brand new apparel for the fall, including our just-released Raging Bitch merch line for men, women, and babies! Does shopping get any better than that?



What’s our friend Sipping Tom been up to all summer? Spreading the craft beer gospel through his educational and thorough beer reviews, of course. Take a look here:



We’re out to prove that while Snakeheads are vicious, they’re also de-licious.

To support the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ fight against invasive species in the Potomac River watershed, Flying Dog is the official beer of the 2011 Potomac Snakehead Tournament September 2-3.

Snakeheads have become an invasive species and cause ecological damage because they are top-level predators, meaning that they have no natural enemies outside of their native environment. National Geographic has referred to the Snakehead as “Fishzilla” because of its recent rampage on – otherwise stable – ecosystems.

The goal of the tournament is to utilize sport fishing to support to reduce the population of this invasive species, while also raising awareness for Snakeheads as a high quality, commercially viable food source until the population is under control.

“Snakeheads are definitely an underrated fish in the kitchen. It’s a flavorful fish that can be served in a number of different ways whether fried, seared, broiled, or baked,” Chad Wells, Executive Chef at Alewife Restaurant in Baltimore, told us.

Wells will prepare and present a Snakehead tasting complemented by our beer at the conclusion of the hunt on September 3 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Official tournament events, including Wells’ tasting, will take place at Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Maryland. All participants are encouraged to attend the pre-tournament conference at the park September 2 at 5 pm. Guest speakers will include Joseph W. Love, Ph.D., Tidal Bass Manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; and Joshua J. Newhard, Fisheries Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The 2011 Potomac Snakehead Tournament is open to anyone with a valid Maryland or Virginia fishing license. Participants can win cash and prizes for the heaviest fish and overall total weight. Participants can fish – hook and line or bow – beginning September 2, 2011 at 6 pm until September 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm anywhere on the tidal Potomac in Maryland or Virginia. Cost to enter is $40 online registration by September 1 or $50 day of the tournament.

A percentage of the tournament profits will be donated to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive species in the Potomac River watershed. The tournament is presented by Whackfactor Outdoors, with sponsorship from ProFish, Alewife Baltimore, and yours truly.

For full details on the tournament and to register, visit the Whackfactor Outdoors website.



With 100% of its ingredients imported from the Marzen Motherland and 49 days in the fermentation tank, our Dogtoberfest Marzen is a malt monster awakened at the perfect time of year. This fall’s batch of our traditional German-style brew is just hitting shelves, so break out the lederhosen and fill your stein up right.

For places that have it near you, use the Beer Finder on our website.



Support local creativity with us as we say goodbye to Irvine Contemporary’s 14th Street gallery space in Washington, DC Saturday, August 27. We’re featuring our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale to celebrate the countless street artists who’ve been holding it down at the Irvine for years!

The party starts at 6 pm in the gallery and back alley with live mural work by Shepherd Fairey, along with DC and music sets by Will Eastman and Yoko K. Here’s a complete list of featured artists:

  • Shepherd Fairey
  • Gaia
  • Melissa Ichiuji
  • Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi
  • Akemi Maegawa
  • Sebastian Martorana
  • Alexa Meade
  • Susana Raab
  • Kerry Skarbakka
  • Oliver Vernon

The gallery is located at 1412 14th Street NW. For more information, visit Irvine Contemporary’s website.




Whether it’s a diet-breaking bag of cookies, dinner rolls in an 80 year old’s purse, money in the mattress, or Willie Nelson’s back pocket, everyone has a secret stash.

For us, it’s the locally-sourced ingredients we’re using in our Secret Stash Harvest Ale — an ever-evolving recipe that celebrates the fruits of each year’s crop. This year, we’re using fresh Cascade and Chinook hops balanced with soft red wheat, sweet corn, potatoes, and honey.

Not only is today the first time we’re brewing Secret Stash, it’s also the first time we’re doing a cereal mash-in at Flying Dog. What does that mean? Allow us to show and tell:

Because potatoes and corn are heavier starches, we boil them separately before any malted wheat or barley is added.

Then, we mix malted barley and wheat with the cereal mixture of corn and potatoes and mash-in. Once everything is transferred into the lauder tun, hot water pours over the mixture and a large metal grate stirs it to extract as much fermentable sugar from the ingredients as possible.

Once we drain the hot wort (sugar water) from the lauder tun and leave behind any solids, it’s boiled in the brew kettle and hops are added. In this case, we have fresh Cascades and Chinooks grown locally.

Along with hop additions in the brew kettle and whirlpool, we’re also running the wort through our hopback, which Tom Barse (owner of Stillpoint Farm and one of our hop providers) is loading with fresh, whole hops.

And now, we wait. But not for too long. Secret Stash will be hitting stores in the mid-Atlantic in mid- to late-September.



We’re taking the District by storm next week for’s annual DC Beer Week.

Here’s this year’s bad ass Flying Dog lineup:

DC Craft Beer Cruise

  • Sunday, August 14 from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • The Odyssey at 600 Water Street SW
  • “Oh shit. Get your towels ready. It’s about to go down.” We’re cruising down the Potomac ON A BOAT drinking craft beer.
  • Get your tickets here

Tap and Bottle Takeover

  • Monday, August 15 at 7 pm
  • DC Bread and Brew at 1247 20th Street NW
  • The staff of Flying Dog will taste our way through a variety of our beers and walk through some amazing food pairings from the Bread and Brew kitchen

Flights and Food

  • Tuesday, August 16 at 6 pm
  • Elephant and Castle at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • If that title doesn’t catch your attention, we don’t know what will. Elephant and Castle will have flights of your favorite brews, along with small-plate food pairings.

Hole in One Contest

  • Thursday, August 18 at 6 pm
  • H Street Country Club at 1335 H Street NE
  • Don your popped collars and goofy plaid pants for a night of games and pints. We’ll have some sweet prizes for our hole in one contest and drink specials for the winners (and losers).

Flying Dog Tasting

  • Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Chadwicks at 3205 K Street NW
  • We’ll be giving out samples of our award-winning brews.

Tap Takeover

  • Friday, August 19 at 6 pm
  • Iron Horse Taproom at 507 7th Street NW
  • We’ll have 6 extra-special beers on tap all night long.

Mid-Atlantic Brewery Night

  • Saturday, August 20 at 5 pm
  • Smith Commons at 1245 H Street NE
  • Yours truly will be featured along the likes of Dogfish Head, Evolution, DC Brau, and more!

For a complete list of everything DC Beer Week has to offer, head on over to


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