In an otherwise pitch black brewery, a single stream of light spills out from beneath the brewhouse doors. Carrying with it is inspiration that can only be found during the sunless solitude of a graveyard brewing shift. 

The brainchildren of our individual brewers, our Brewhouse Rarities series of limited-edition brews shatter the confines of traditional beer styles and, in the words of the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson, are “too weird to live, too rare to die.”

The series will feature 10 new beers in 2012, with the first — an Imperial Hefeweizen — coming out in January. Other planned styles include: 

  • Black Lager with Cherries
  • Abbey Dubbel
  • Sour Cherry
  • Red Ale
  • Gose 
  • Nut Brown 
  • Weizenbock 
  • Gruit
  • Belgian Strong

Our Brewhouse Rarities will be available on draft only in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. The Imperial Hefeweizen will premiere on Thursday, January 5 at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore, MD. 



Introducing The Junto Society: An exclusive club established by your leaders at Flying Dog for the betterment of craft beer, local community, independent business, and the world in which we live. 

As a member, you will be invited to the brewery monthly to try small-batch beers not yet released for public consumption. As you taste these rare beers, we will solicit feedback from you during discussions hosted by Brewmaster Matt Brophy and his team of genius brewers. 

Meetings of The Society, held on the first Wednesday of every month, will also be a forum to connect with your fellow countrymen on issues important to the craft beer industry and the American Dream.

Membership in The Junto Society is $150 for the 2012 year, which includes a 6-pack or growler of the 12 aforementioned limited-release beers (to be picked up at each month’s meeting). In addition, you will be given an exclusive shirt bearing The Junto Society seal to wear proudly on the streets of this great nation of ours. 

We are only taking 100 members in the first year. And in years after, membership in The Junto Society will become more difficult.

The first meeting of The Junto Society is on Wednesday, January 4, so registration for the 2012 year will be closed on January 1.

Become a member today to take the first step of the rest of your life. 



Our Merry Firkin Freak Show at the brewery has become an annual spectacle of freaks, beer geeks, and everything in between. This year’s extravaganza featured feats of human strength and oddities from the one and only Scarred and Dangerous Thrill Show: 





“Enjoy your new pet!” Ralph Steadman exclaimed as he unleashed new art on the world.

That pet is Kujo, our Imperial Coffee Stout hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic next week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in our permanent seasonal rotation and will be released each winter.

The most exciting part of inaugurating a new beer is getting original art for it from Steadman. And what he sent was terrifyingly brilliant. We could feel the aggression coming off of it — perfect for such an intense beer.

Kujo is the savage spawn of two brewing worlds – coffee and beer – colliding. But in that collision, there’s a balance between rich and roasted stout characteristics and the deep, dark coffee notes. The result is an 8.9% ABV brew made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog Coffee out of Summit Point, West Virginia.

Can’t control the urge to try it? We’ve got the following Kujo launch parties on the books:

Frederick Wine House in Frederick, MD

  • Monday, December 12 at 8 pm
  • Featuring small-plate food pairings from Roasthouse Pub and The Perfect Truffle

Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore, MD 

  • Thursday, December 15 at 5 pm
  • Firkin takeover with cask-condition Kujo, along with varieties aged with vanilla, star anise, elderberries, and rum-soaked oak chips

ChurchKey in Washington, DC

  • Wednesday, December 21 at 6 pm
  • Kujo 7 ways: Draft, nitro pour, and 5 cask-conditioned varieties



Inside a hard, sometimes rough, exterior is a layer of soft tissue capable of producing gleaming white spheres desired around the world.

Our newest release, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, is a tribute to the magical mollusks that not only cultivate gemstones, but are also crucial to the Chesapeake Bay’s fragile ecosystem.

Proceeds from Pearl Necklace, a dry stout brewed with local oysters, benefit the Oyster Recovery Project.

Why is oyster recovery so important?

  • Disease, habitat loss, and overfishing have reduced the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to a mere 1% of its historical peak. That’s right, one percent! 
  • Oysters are filter feeders. They used to be able to filter the entire Bay in a matter of days; now, it takes years. 
  • A healthy oyster population provides a habitat for other (delicious) Bay creatures, like striped bass, perch, and blue crabs. 
  • Even oyster shells are a limited natural resource. They are a natural habitat for new oysters and essential for oyster hatcheries. 

What can you do to help? 

With it’s coalition of partners (including yours truly), the ORP has revitalized hundreds of acres of oyster reefs with hundreds of millions of baby oysters. 

But there’s still a lot work to be done. To the loyal legions of The People’s Republic of Flying Dog, the time to act (and drink) is now!



Our annual holiday spectacle of the spectacular, Merry Firkin Freak Show, is back! This year, we’ve got music by Ramones tribute band The Rockaway Beach Boys and feats of human strength and endurance by The Scarred and The Dangerous Thrill Show.

Join us at the brewery on Friday, December 9 for human oddities, punk rock, and real ale. This WILL sell out, so get your tickets today!



This holiday season, stick it to the mall. Shopping’s way better with beer and black jack.

On Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, we’re having Black Jack shopping at the brewery. We’ll deal you a hand of black jack at the door, and your score will be the percentage off you’ll receive in our gift shop. Plus, you’ll get 2 beer tokens with any purchase and a free gift for purchases of $50 or more.

And screw that crack-of-dawn sale bullshit. On Friday, we’re open from 4 to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.



It all began with a couple of guys drinking beer.

That can surely be said for a lot of things. But it’s only fitting that after a few pints, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Flying Dog Brewery’s latest limited-edition brew, was born.

A dry stout brewed with local oysters, Pearl Necklace was the brainchild of Flying Dog, Rappahannock River Oysters, and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen.

“Both Rappahannock and Woodberry were great partners in educating us on the oyster issues facing the Chesapeake Bay,” our Brewmaster Matt Brophy told us. “When we became fully aware of how crucial oysters are to the Bay’s fragile ecosystem, we knew we needed to do more than just brew a beer.”

Proceeds from Pearl Necklace will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, which coordinates and conducts large-scale oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Both Woodberry Kitchen and Rappahannock River Oysters work closely with the Partnership on shell recycling programs and more.

Pearl Necklace will be released in mid-November on draft only in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

The beer’s launch will be at Woodberry Kitchen on Monday, November 14. From 6 to 9 pm, they will be pouring Pearl Necklace, shucking Rappahannock River oysters, jamming to Cris Jacobs with members of The Bridge. Tickets are $35. Space is limited, so reservations through Woodberry are required and should be made soon.

Other Pearl Necklace release parties include:

  • Alewife in Baltimore, MD; Tuesday, November 15 at 6 pm
  • Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD; Wednesday, November 16 at 5 pm
  • Firestone’s Culinary Tavern in Frederick, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 5 pm
  • Olney Ale House in Olney, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm
  • Adam’s Ribs in Kent Island, MD; Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, DC; Monday, November 21 at 5 pm
  • Clyde’s of Columbia in Columbia, MD; Wednesday, November 23 at 6 pm
  • Hellas Restaurant and Lounge in Millersville, MD; Friday, November 25 at 5 pm



Thursdays kind of suck. Sandwiched between Hump Day and the beginning of the weekend, Thursday’s a day that everyone tolerates, but no one loves.

Until now.

Thirsty Thursday Growler Fill starts tomorrow at the brewery. From 3 to 8 pm, we’re filling growlers and giving $2 off our regular tour prices, each and every Thursday.



An American trucker battles and ancient Chinese sorcerer living under the streets of San Francisco…there’s some “Big Trouble in Little China” going on, and you get to see all the action with a Flying Dog beer in hand.

The next screening in our movie series at Frederick’s Weinberg Center is this Wednesday, October 26. The show starts at 7:30 pm, but join us at The Cellar Door starting at 5:30 pm for pre-show pints. They’re offering $1 all Flying Dogs; plus, the first 20 people who come with their Weinberg ticket get a free pint on us!

Tickets for the movie are just $7 (and $5 for seniors and students). To get yours, visit The Weinberg Center’s website or go to their box office at 20 West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick, MD.

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