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.



When all eyes focused on craft beer in Baltimore last week, we decided to shift attention to where Charm City needs a little help.

On October 7, we helped build a house in East Baltimore with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Check out this video of our build, which includes an interview with an awesome Habitat resident who now lives in that same neighborhood:




This event is now SOLD OUT!

Didn’t get tix? Buy ’em quick next year!



Flying Dog presents Mud Dog Run II on Saturday, November 5.

This time, it’s at Crumland Farms in Frederick, MD with more obstacles, including one engineered by yours truly. (However, rolling kegs at runners Donkey Kong-style proved to be a bit bone-crackingly dangerous. We tried.)

Get ready to get dirty. Go to to register.



Charm City domination is the name of our game for this year’s Baltimore Beer Week.

The madness starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, October 16. Take a deep breath, grab your calendar, and pencil us in for one hell of a ride:

Thursday 10/6

Opening ceremony after party w/ The Cris Jacobs Band (formerly of The Bridge)*

  • Power Plant Live’s Leinenkugel Beer Garden
  • 9 pm

Friday 10/7

Happy Hour Trivia

  • James Joyce Irish Pub
  • 4-7 pm

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Fundraiser

  • Langermann’s
  • 6-10 pm

Dogfight III: A Battle Between Flying Dog, BrewDog, and Dogfish Head

  • Victoria’s Gastro Pub
  • 7 pm

Bat Country Beer-Lesque Revue*

  • Metro Gallery 9 pm

Saturday 10/8

Maryland Brewers Oktoberfest*

  • Timonium Fair Grounds
  • 11 am

Afternoon (Nitro) Delight

  • Max’s Taphouse
  • 1-3 pm

Brewer Guided Tasting

  • The Perfect Pour
  • 2-5 pm

Doggie Style Happy Hour

  • Kooper’s Tavern
  • 4-7 pm

Sunday 10/9

Pints and Pancakes

  • Mahaffey’s Pub
  • 10 am-1 pm

Brewing for the Cure Women’s Homebrew Competition*

  • Maryland Homebrew
  • 12-4 pm

Maryland Beer Fest*

  • Victoria Gastro Pub
  • 12-4 pm

St. Stephen’s School Fundraiser

  • Honeygo Wine & Spirits
  • 1-4 pm

Bachelor Beer Dinner*

  • Golden West Cafe
  • 7-10 pm

Monday 10/10

$3 Flying Dog Drafts

  • Alexander’s Tavern

Happy Hour

  • Duda’s Tavern
  • 4-7 pm

Hop Heads Fest

  • Hop Heads Alehouse
  • 5-8 pm

Beer Dinner*

  • Frisco’s Taphouse
  • 6-9 pm

Tuesday 10/11

$3 Flying Dog and Wii bowling

  • Alexander’s Tavern
  • 5-8 pm

Pumpkinfest (with The Fear)

  • Hop Heads Alehouse
  • 5 pm

Maryland Seafood Beer Dinner*

  • Alewife
  • 8-11 pm

Wednesday 10/12

$3 Flying Dog

  • Alexander’s Tavern

$1 Off Flying Dog Pints

  • Cat’s Eye Pub

Ellicott City Pub Tour

  • Starting at Judge’s Bench
  • 5 pm
  • Then, onto Diamondback Tavern at 6:30 pm and The Phoenix at 7:30 pm

CIVIL WAR! Beer & Food Pairings w/ Flying Dog & Troegs

  • Grand Cru
  • 6-8 pm

Thursday 10/13

$3 Flying Dog

  • Alexander’s Tavern

Beer & Cheese Pairing

  • Big Jim’s Deli
  • 5-7 pm

MD vs. NY Beer Tasting

  • Hop Heads Alehouse
  • 5-9 pm

Brewmasters Beer Dinner*

  • Punk’s Backyard Grill
  • 7 pm

Thirsty Thursdays

  • Jilly’s
  • 7-9 pm


  • Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar
  • 7-10 pm

Friday 10/14

Beer & Cheese Pairing

  • Shawan Liquors
  • 4-6 pm

Bond Distributing Tap Takeover

  • Racers Cafe
  • 6-8 pm

Firkin of The Fear

  • JD’s Smokehouse
  • 6-8 pm

Meet Your Maker Series: FEARKIN Friday

  • Hellas Restaurant and Lounge
  • 6-9 pm

Tap Takeover

  • TBonz Grille
  • 7-10 pm

Saturday 10/15

Beer & Cheese Pairing

  • The Wine Source
  • 1-4 pm

Chesapeake Real Ale Festival*

  • Pratt Street Ale House
  • 1-6 pm

Flying Dog Tasting

  • Calvert Wine & Spirits
  • 2-5 pm

Craft Beer Festival & Tasting

  • Friendship Wine & Liquor
  • 2-6 pm

Date Night*

  • National Aquarium
  • 7 pm

Game Room Giveaways

  • The Point in Fells
  • 8-10 pm

Northern Soul Dance & Scooter Rally

  • Golden West Cafe
  • 10:30 pm

Saturday 10/16

Raven’s Tailgate & Pig Roast

  • Kloby’s Smokehouse
  • 11 am-4 pm

Skee Ball Tourney

  • Johnny Radz
  • 2-4 pm

An * means that the event is ticketed or requires a reservation. For more details on each of these events, check out our Events Calendar. “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” Baltimore.

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