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




Chocolatier Randy Olmstead, owner of The Perfect Truffle in downtown Frederick, Maryland, created blood orange truffles made specifically to pair with our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA.

And just when we thought floating on our cocoa cloud couldn’t get any better, Randy proposed he create a giant set of our Gonzo bat wings out of Belgian chocolate. Check out our video of his art:

Flying Dog (beer) and The Perfect Truffle (chocolate) is most certainly a great combination. Learn more about Randy and his chocolates at



“It never got weird enough for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

It never got weird enough for us, either. Happy 74th birthday, Hunter!



We’ll all never forget our 21st birthdays, even it if it’s through the stories heard from friends the next morning.

So to celebrate Flying Dog’s 21st, we’re taking the mid-Atlantic by storm — on a 21 Cities in 21 Days road trip in our Winnie!

We’re kicking things off Monday in our hometown of Frederick, Maryland. To find out if the Flying Dog Winnebago is coming to a town near you, check out the complete schedule:

Frederick, MD

  • Monday, July 18
  • Roasthouse Pub

Hagerstown, MD

  • Tuesday, July 19
  • Bulls & Bears Restaurant

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • D’s Six Pax & Dogz

Philadelphia, PA

  • Thursday, July 21
  • Baggataway Tavern

Wilmington, DE

  • Friday, July 22
  • Chelsea Tavern

Annapolis, MD

  • Sunday, July 24
  • Stan & Joe’s Saloon

Ocean City, MD

  • Monday, July 25
  • Fager’s Island

Rockville, MD

  • Monday, July 25
  • Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine

Silver Spring, MD

  • Tuesday, July 26
  • Quarry House Tavern

Washington, DC (Columbia Heights)

  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Meridian Pint

Charlottesville, VA

  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Beer Run

Washington, DC (Chinatown)

  • Thursday, July 28
  • RFD

Arlington, VA

  • Friday, July 29
  • Westover Market

Alexandria, VA

  • Saturday, July 30
  • Rustico Restaurant

Richmond, VA

  • Sunday, July 31
  • Mekong

Leesburg, VA

  • Tuesday, August 2
  • Fireworks Pizza

Westminster, MD

  • Wednesday, August 3
  • Maggie’s Restaurant

Columbia, MD

  • Thursday, August 4
  • Clyde’s of Columbia

Ellicott City, MD

  • Friday, August 5
  • Kloby’s Smokehouse

Baltimore, MD (Fells Point)

  • Saturday, August 6
  • Max’s Taphouse

Baltimore, MD (Hampden)

  • Sunday, August 7
  • Golden West Cafe

For more details on all of the events, check out the Events Calendar on our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!



Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Flying Dog tours are back! Late-night shin dig held July 1 to open up the gin mill!

At the stroke of midnight on July 1, the changes we made to Maryland law — regarding public tours and beer samples at the brewery — went into effect. What better way to celebrate our active voice in democracy than an anti-prohibition themed party with our closest friends?

Our first public tour is happening right now. And we couldn’t be happier to open our doors once again.

We’re holding tours Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Reservations are required, so make yours today by calling 301-694-7899.



On Tuesday, June 28, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission reversed its decision banning Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from the Great Lakes State.

The move came three weeks after our first hearing on the case before the federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We not only argued that the original decision by the Commission violated our First Amendment rights, but also sought a preliminary injunction to lift enforcement of the Commission’s ban while waiting for a final judgment from the court. Michigan reversed its decision to ban Raging Bitch in the state before the Court ruled on our request for an injunction.

Previously, the Commission declared that our speech – in the form of the name “Raging Bitch” and accompanying label imagery and text by renowned artist Ralph Steadman – endangered public safety and was harmful to any adult who might read the beer’s name on a restaurant menu.

“The Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s involuntary reversal of opinion is a victory for craft beer,” Flying Dog CEO and General Partner Jim Caruso said. “Now, the great people of Michigan are no longer denied access to Raging Bitch, Flying Dog’s top-selling beer. But the fight for First Amendment rights in Michigan continues to rage on.”

Though the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has now approved the sale of Raging Bitch in the state, we have no interest in dropping the First Amendment lawsuit. With the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise and the law firm of Gura & Possessky, we originally filed suit in U.S. District Court on March 25 not only to overturn the Commission’s regulation banning Raging Bitch, but also to deem their ability to ban any beer label that they find offensive unconstitutional. Additionally, the suit seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the rule.

“We’re glad that the people of Michigan are now free to decide for themselves whether Flying Dog’s beer labels are, like the beer, in good taste. Our lawsuit forced the Liquor Commissioners to see at least some of the light. But the litigation won’t end until the Commissioners accept responsibility for the damage they’ve caused by violating the First Amendment,” our attorney Alan Gura, partner at Gura & Possessky, said.

The controversy began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch, then our 20th anniversary commemorative beer, in the state of Michigan. The Commission then barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”



When our brew crew got wind of an employee crab feast at the brewery, brewer Ryan Yeardon (pictured) and cellarman BJ Pagnotta decided to do what they do best: Make a beer!

Using our pilot brewing system, they created (and named it themselves) Toe Pincher Golden Ale — the perfect complement to steamed Maryland Blue Crabs. Toe Pincher is a cross between a Kolsch and an American IPA. They played around with hops that are new to us here at Flying Dog and the result is delicious.

Since this is for (ahem) internal consumption only and will not be released this year, we thought we’d share the ingredients for our homebrewing friends:

  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, CaraPilsner, Biscuit, Flaked White Wheat
  • Hops: Super Galena, Bravo, Delta
  • Yeast: California Ale

So how does it pair with some Old Bay-smothered beauties? Our employee crab feast is tonight, so follow us on Twitter for our thoughts!



Join us to celebrate the release of Table for Two, “A Maryland Collaboration for the Ages” between Flying Dog Brewery and The Brewer’s Art, on Monday, June 27. The party starts at 4 pm at The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore.

A tribute to Belgian-Style table beers and Maryland’s agricultural roots, Table for Two is augmented with Westmalle yeast and brewed with local wildflower honey. It will be on draft at The Brewer’s Art and we’ll have our brewers on hand Monday to talk about the concept, recipe development process, test batches, and more.



Honest Abe has an announcement to make…tours are back!

Flying Dog Brewery tours return starting July 1.

Tours will be offered every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Each intimate session will include a history of Flying Dog, an in-depth tour of the brewery — including the brew house, cellar, quality assurance lab, and packaging areas — as well as samplings and sensory explorations of some of the 18 draft beers available at any given time.

We haven’t offered public tours since December 2009, when we placed a self-imposed hiatus to focus on updating Maryland beer sampling laws. Drafting legislation and forming a coalition of other Maryland breweries, retailers and wholesalers, we embraced our Gonzo spirit and took an active role to update some outdated laws to better reflect the climate of craft beer in the state.

Those updates unanimously passed and were signed by the Governor to go into effect July 1.

The revisions allow consumers to sample a broader range of beer styles and enable them to purchase beer “to go” after a tour. You can now purchase up to 288 ounces of beer (equivalent to four 6-packs) to be consumed off premise.

Tours are $5 and include a commemorative tasting glass. Our gift shop will also be open with a full range of Flying Dog merchandise available for purchase.

Walk this way to make a reservation for a brewery tour



We’ve teamed up with The Brewers Art in Baltimore for Table for Two — a beer that is being billed as “A Maryland Collaboration for the Ages.”

We started working closely with The Brewers Art on a recipe in March and landed on a beer that pays homage to the traditional table beers that have existed in Belgium for centuries. Table for Two will be a variation on the old world style with unique added ingredients like honey.

“We look to do collaborations in instances where it’s clear we will grow and learn from the partnership,” Flying Dog Brewmaster and COO Matt Brophy explained. “We have always had great admiration for The Brewers art and their beers. It was clear that working closely with them gave us the opportunity to try some new things and break the rules as well, which we always enjoy doing.”

Table for Two will be available at the beginning of July in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

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