Flying Dog announced today the release of a new and unique series of beers to be added to the brewery’s already extensive portfolio. The new “Canis Minor Series” will feature three new low-alcohol craft beers.

The four new styles include:

  • Hot Dog Habanero Ginger Ale – 0.9% ABV, 2 IBU
  • Unicorn Dog Sparkling Barley Wine-style Ale – 1.9% ABV, 4 IBU
  • Herberos Belgian-style Root Beer Lager- 1.59% ABV, 7 IBU

Unicorn Dog Barley Wine-Style AleHerberos Belgian-Style Root Beer LagerHot Dog Habanero Ginger Ale

“Our new Canis Minor series allows us to open some new distribution channels like the State of Utah and the Food (grocery) channel in Colorado that we previously didn’t have access to since we only brewed ales and lagers over 4% ABV,” said Neal Stewart, Flying Dog’s prime minister of marketing. “We also conducted a lot of research and found that consumers all over the country are looking for unique and great tasting craft beers that are lower in alcohol than mainstream craft beers.”

Flying Dog’s VP of Brewing Operations, Matt Brophy said that the pilot and brewing process was a challenge due to the the peculiar nature of the brews. “When the Marketing Department originally presented this idea to the production team, we thought they were nuts. But the more we piloted the product and test marketed it, the more we became convinced that low gravity might be the next big thing in craft beer,” said Brophy.

All four styles will roll out nationally in June. To celebrate their release, Flying Dog will be hosting a variety of Canis Minor Beer Dinners in major markets around the country.

OK, if you’ve gotten this far and didn’t know it yet, this is an April Fool’s joke. But based on comments, we might be brewing a Habanero Ginger Beer in the near future. Maybe.



Frederick, MD is just a hop, skip and a jump from DC – that is unless you’re battling the rush hour traffic on 270, which in that case it’s more like a long journey.  Either way, our friends at Premium DC came to take a VIP brewery tour last week.  As usual we “wowwed” them with beer knowledge.

Premium DC Visits Flying Dog Brewery



Our friends at The Gate in Brooklyn threw a great promotion last week.  The had the normal cast of Flying Dog characters on draft including Tire Bite and In-Heat Wheat – but these guys went the extra mile and had some Double Dog, Gonzo and Horn Dog that they had been cellared for a couple years.  PLUS, they had a special cask of Snake Dog with Amarillo hops.

The Gate was a wonderful host, had a fabulous selection of Flying Dog and a great staff.  For more photos from this event click here or on the image below.

Flying Dog Brewery Night at The Gate



Next up in the Beer Radness bracket, we have the big dogs – the Canis Major Series.  Vote for your faves here:



Our next battles in our Beer Radness bracket are in the Seasonal Section:

It Winter vs. Summer with K9 Cruiser Winter Ale taking on Woody Creek White Belgian-style Wit.

In out other match-up, we have the kid on the block, Garde Dog Biere de Garde vs. perennial favorite Dogtoberfest Marzen.

Vote Here. NOW. Do it.

Here is our updated bracket as Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter eeked out a victory over Barrel-aged Horn Dog and Dog Schwarz triumphed over the Open Source Doppelbock.

Beer Radness 03



Thanks to all 16,000 of you that came out to the Atlantic Beer Festival last weekend.  As you can see below, the festival served as a Lutz Family Reunion of sorts as VP of Sales, Jim Lutz (left) brought his brother and nephew along for the festivities.  The name of the young lady on in the photo is unknown as of press time.

We’ve posted some photos on our Flickr page.

AC Beerfest 027



Big news! We were featured on mashable.com today for our Social Media presence! Rad. We’re a huge deal.

Check it out here or by clicking the image below.

Flying Dog Featured on Mashable

Check out out Twitter here and our Facebook page here.



Australian International Beer Awards

We received word yesterday from “Down Under” that Flying Dog Brewery won THREE Australian International Beer Awards!  Just another step toward world domination.

Here’s what we won:

Gonzo Imperial Porter                   GOLD                    Stout Packaged – Imperial

Old Scratch Amber Lager              SILVER                  Other eg Amber, Bock, Marzen, Vienna

Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale        BRONZE               American Style Pale Ale

Cheers, mate!



It’s the time of year when words like “brackets”, “Cinderella” and “office pool” (hello, Rick Neuheisel) sneak into almost everyone’s vernacular.  Time to fill out your brackets and predict who will take it all.

Well, we like talking about beer more than trying to figure out if Cleveland State has any chance against Wake Forest, so we’ve put together our own bracket to figure out what Flying Dog beer is the best.  And you thought it was tough to predict those pesky 8/9 match-ups?!

To start off, we have a couple “play in” match-ups:

Snake Dog IPA vs. Road Dog Porter and In-Heat Wheat vs. Tire Bite Golden Ale. Click on the links to vote and on the image below for the full bracket.  Voting on the first round will go on through Thursday at 11:43 EST

Flying Dog Beer Radness

And why did we call it Beer Radness?  Well, we couldn’t say March ***ness because CBS tends to get a little weird when people use their catch phrasses without permission.  And there is already another “beer madness”.  Plus, all of our beers are “rad” … and it rhymes with the other, more well-known phrase.  So there.



RFD is one DC’s best beer bars and on May 2, they’ll be hosting a charity event to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center.  The event will feature “bottomless” cups of Flying Dog, door prizes, Wizards Cheerleaders and more!  All of that for a $40 donation.  Click on the link below for all the details.

Charity for Children

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