Sep

6

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The craft beer community is exactly that: A community that takes care of its own. When flooding in late July devastated Ellicott City – a haven for artisans and independent businesses – two Maryland breweries knew we could help.

Alongside Jailbreak Brewing Company, we will release Watershed Moment Belgian IPA this week with 100 percent of the profits benefiting flood relief for Ellicott City. The beer will premiere on Friday, September 9 at both Judge’s Bench and The Wine Bin in downtown Ellicott City.

The beer itself is a hybrid of Jailbreak’s Poor Righteous IPA and our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. The malt bill is from Poor Righteous, the hops are a blend of those used in both beers and the yeast is the El Diablo Belgian strain used in Raging Bitch.

Watershed Moment will be available on draft and in cans exclusively in the Howard County and Baltimore area markets for a limited time. Bond Distributing and Hub Labels also contributed to the project, and a donation to the Ellicott City Partnership will also be made in their names.

Sep

2

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If you’re on that complaining-about-pumpkin-flavored-everything bandwagon, enjoy that ride. And no need to read any further.

Now that those guys are gone, we’d like to introduce you to our newest collaboration: A 72% dark chocolate bar with sea salt & PUMPKIN IPA. That’s right, those beautiful Count Choculas over at Salazon Chocolate Co. share our obsession with The Gourd Standard Pumpkin IPA. The bar is made with German nobel hops and the custom pumpkin spice blend we use in the beer. Plus, Salazon Chocolate’s notorious sea salt is infused with the beer itself. 

Hear us talk more about it here:

Before you #RaiseTheBar, peruse our FAQs: 

Is this chocolate considered to be an aphrodisiac?
According to the tests we ran at the brewery, yes. According to science, probably not.

I’m allergic to hops, should I avoid this?
You poor son of a bitch. Yes, you should avoid this delicacy.

Where can I get it?
Stop by the brewery, The Market Tavern in Sykesville or anyone one of these fine retail locations. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your favorite chair, you can also order it the old fashioned way, on the interwebs.

Aug

22

Now that the 2016 Rio Olympics are on the books, we wanted to take a look back out our favorite 10 moments. Because let’s be real: Beers were drank and at least one U-S-A chant broke out in front of the TV every 10 minutes or so. And then we had more beers.

10. When we got The Full Mongolian. After an unfavorable call, Team Mongolia’s coaches stripped in protest. 

9. When we met #RobelTheWhale. And found out that body shaming was one of those things the whole world has in common.

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8. When a greased-up guy twerked for Tonga. And proved that the real winner of the Opening Ceremony was that little map in the corner re-teaching us all 10th grade geography. 

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7. When the Crimson Wave hit the pool. We continue to give mad props to Fu Yuanhui for keeping it real. 

6. When Team Photoshop also won gold. Ellen, we love you. 

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5. That time Yohan Diniz shouldn’t have had a more balanced breakfast. We’ve said it before, the Walker Breakfast Ranger from Sheetz is never a good idea.

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4. When the paramedics dropped the ball. Samir Aït Saïd wasn’t supposed to literally break a leg. And the paramedics weren’t supposed to then drop him. 

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3. When the Fiancé of Former Miss California won some medalsAnd proved that some headline writers need to lay off the machismo sauce. 

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2. When Ryan Lochte made us proud. And proved that shit could get worse than his green hair. 

1. When Maryland flexed. Take that Alabama. 

Final Rio Medal Count 

Aug

9

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You know how sometimes you hear about something for the first time and you hate yourself for not having discovered said thing sooner? We just discovered one such gem: An electric violinist rocking out to The Presidents of the United States of America. “Peaches,” of course. We couldn’t keep this one to ourselves, so we are sharing it with the world this Friday for our brewery release of Heat Series Carolina Reaper Peach IPA and Brewhouse Rarities White Peach Saison.

If the marketing minds of Erin and Nate had it any other way, they’d drink peaches every day. Their Brewhouse Rarities pitch for a White Peach Saison was based on their well-shared love of saisons…and involved entrance music. (We’ll let you guess the song.) For this late-summer release, they thought delicate white peach would lend a beautiful nuance to a the chewy wheat and peppery spice of a French Saison. The candy-sweet character of El Dorado hops added a modern twist to the beer, which is already high on our crushability scale. 

With a few Heat Series releases under our belt, we thought it was time to turn it up…a few million Scoville units. We go pretty hard in the paint and didn’t want anyone to accuse of half-assery, so we linked up with Puckerbutt Pepper Company’s Smokin’ Ed Currie and the world’s hottest pepper. Prior to the cross-breeding of the Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper came in at 1.5 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). After Carolina Reaper was introduced, it jumped up to 2.2 million SHU. This beer’s sweet peach and juicy hops hit you first and then the Reaper chews you up and spits you out. One to fear, for sure.

If you aren’t sold on these beers, here is one last ditch effort to convince you to embrace the peach:

1. The first basketball game ever played used peach baskets as hoops. 
2. Peach is an excellent choice for a driver in MarioKart, if you want to get passed by Yoshi.
3. Nicolas Cage loves peach.

See you Friday, August 12 from 3-8 pm. If you can’t make it out to the brewery, use our handy-dandy Beer Finder and track down Flying Dog near you.

 

 

Aug

4

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Let Team USA put their athletic prowess to the test…while you drink beer and eat oysters. We’ve partnered with area restaurants that participate in the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance for 17 days of Flying Dog beer and oyster specials. Each order gets you a commemorative pint glass with proceeds supporting oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

For every dozen oysters consumed, 200 baby oysters will be planted back in the Bay, so let the games begin.

Alexandria:

Annapolis:

Baltimore:

Washington, DC

Columbia: Victoria Gastropub

Westminster: Maggie’s

Millersville: Hellas Restaurant and Lounge

Grasonville: Harris Crab House

Ocean City: Harrison’s Harbor Watch

Aug

1

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Ellicott City will get by with a little help from its friends.

On Saturday night, more than six inches of rain fell in less than two hours, causing a flash flood that ripped through the historic district. While the city is under a state of emergency (and not able to accept volunteers right now), we have other ways for you to help. 

On Wednesday, August 3The Alehouse Columbia is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership. Proceeds from both Flying Dog and Oliver Brewing Co. pints will go directly to the cause. 

We’re also heading to White Oak Tavern on Sunday, August 7  for live music, beer and food, and proceeds from those last two will be donated to the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership. 

Meanwhile at the brewery, proceeds from beer sales in our tasting room all weekend long will be donated to the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership. And our amazing beer stewards are keeping the homebrewing dream alive by donating all of this weekend’s tips to getting Nepenthe Homebrew back on their feet. We’re open Thursday and Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday 12-8 pm and Sunday 12-6 pm. 

Can’t make it out? Go to HelpEllicottCity.com to donate and stay updated. 

Jul

25

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Welcome to Summer Sessions. We’re looking forward to having you here at the brewery, drinking good beer, catching an amazing live show and enjoying a life-changing experience. With all that in mind, we anticipated your questions and have provided you with our best answers.

Q. Mom says she has to cut my hair before she lets me out of the house. What is the timeline for Saturday?
A. Is she still just putting the bowl over your head and cutting along the line? That’s rough. Get here right when doors open and we’ll see if we can help. Here is schedule of events:

UPDATE

  • 5:00 pm Doors Open
  • 6:00 pm GALACTIC takes the stage

Q. I plan on having more than two drinks at this shindig, but I need to eat so I don’t miss the end of the show again. What is the food situation?
A. A good base and the constant addition of food based calories is also on our to do list for the day. We don’t want any impromptu verses of Temple of The Dog’s Hunger Strike ruining the show so we asked some of our food truck friends to join the party including:

Q. If the tasting room isn’t open during the show, how are we supposed to get beer?
A. We bring the beer to you of course. What kind of sick brewery invites 1,200 friends over and doesn’t serve beer? Here is what we are hawking on the lawn:

  • Draft: Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, Sawbones Ginger Table Beer, Heat Series Ancho Lime Paradise Lager
  • Cans: Easy IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Snake Dog IPA, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza
  • FirkinsSnake Dog with extra columbus hops, Doggie Style Pale Ale with lemon, ginger and cardamon, Bloodline with cocoa and vanilla

Q. Someone super soaked me last time I tried to light up at the brewery. Are you making a smoking exception for this event?
A. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience, the event is smoke-free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. You leave the smokes and vapes at home and we’ll leave the Super Soakers at home.

Q. My dog Beethoven loves Galactic and People’s Blues even more than me. Can he come to the show?
A. Charles Grodin is that you again? You know the deal, no pooches at Summer Sessions. We only have enough space to accommodate the beer drinking humans that will be on the lawn.

Q. My great aunt hand made me an afghan that I take to every show. Will there be a spot for me to build a fort on the lawn?
A. She sounds like a saint, and while we would love to oblige just to see her handy work, we didn’t book Kenny G for a reason. We want you up and moving, getting that blood flowing and meeting your neighbors. That’s what its all about. Whoever coined that business about the Hokey Pokey was a liar.
 
Q. I have a kickstarter going for one of a kind jorts that hold various blades. Cool if I show a pair off?
A. Your entrepreneurial spirit is what we love about America. We already have security and they are going to be frisking like POTUS is coming so leave the weapons at home. We’ll keep you safe.
 
Q. Sounds like you make more rules than beer. Anything else I need to know?
A. Even though that was sarcastic, we appreciate you asking. The show will go on rain or shine and as always, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter.
 
For additional information, call Blondie, she has been waiting since 1980.
 
The finest print: The goal is simple: We want you to come to the brewery, drink good beer, catch an amazing live show and have a life-changing experience. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience, the event is smoke free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. No pets, the only dog you should be responsible for at this event is the one in your hand and yes, we get the irony. Since we couldn’t book Jimmy Buffet, we ask that you leave the blankets, chairs and umbrellas at home. If this breaks your heart, make plans to stay in with a margarita and your “Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads” CD box set like our social media guy is doing this Friday night. No outside food or drink is permitted with the sole exception of unopened bottled water. Lastly, no weapons. The zombie apocalypse won’t begin until January 20, 2017. All shows are rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable. As always, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter. For even more information, call Ghostbusters.

Jul

18

AIrwaves Label

Matt Brophy was first introduced to brewing while listening to the smooth sounds of Charlie Papazian, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired, he ran out to buy Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, held their annual conference in Baltimore earlier this summer, just east of our fair brewery. Matt and Charlie connected and put together the aptly-named Airwaves, an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops. 

To no one’s surprise the commemorative beer was a hit, and while we only brewed enough for the conference we knew we would have homebrewers looking for more. We tucked a little bit away and got the go ahead to share the recipe with you so that is exactly what we plan to do.

On Wednesday, July 20 stop by the brewery and enjoy a sample of Airwaves and pick up the recipe to brew at home or share with friends. It’s like the old saying goes, give a man a beer and his immediate thirst will be satisfied, teach a man to brew and he will lead a life of passion and purpose.

Jul

11

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Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point first opened its doors in 1986. In the early days it was known as Max’s on Broadway, a live music venue that hosted (among countless others) The Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon and Dr. Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Closing the stage in 1994, owner Ron Furman gave Max’s a facelift and turned the attention to the real stars of the show: Beer. Since then, Max’s has become the benchmark of what a great beer bar can be. With a stock of over 1,000+ bottles, 100+ tap lines and a steady rotation of 5 casks, it is consistently rated one of the best bars in the world. This month Max’s is turning thirty and we’re commemorating the occasion with Thirty Year War.

Thirty Year War, an imperial oatmeal porter that’s teeming with chocolate, coffee and caramel, is a robust 8.0% and is anchored by Maris Otter malt with a generous addition of “Golden Naked Oats” which give this beer a fullness that satisfies. 

You can only get your hands and mouth on these 750ml bottles at Max’s Taphouse.  Fret not, we have a schedule of the release, stick to this and you’ll do just fine:

  • July 19 – Thirty Year War Bottle and Draft Release at 5 pm*
  • July 20 – Thirty Year War Pint Night at 5 pm
  • July 21 – Thirty Year War Cask (five to be exact) night at 5 pm
  • July 22 – Thirty Year War 32-oz Drafts at 5 pm

*750 ml bottles of Thirty Year War are $20 and there’s a three-bottle-per-customer limit.

Jul

8

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Inspiration comes from within; that’s our mantra and we’re sticking to it. This summer, as we have for the last five years, we made our way to a secluded mountain retreat for a day of bonding, beer drinking and Brewhouse Rarities pitches. Anyone in the Flying Dog tribe – from accounting to sales, packaging to our brewers themselves – can pitch a concept at this annual retreat that is then considered for the next year’s lineup.

Our ambitious team dreamed up a record ONE HUNDRED AND SIX concepts and the powers that be had the almost-impossible task of narrowing the list down to 6 beers. So without further ado and self-love, our 2017 Brewhouse Rarities include: 

  • Salt and Pepper Trippel
  • Tamarind Ale
  • Honey Paloma Beer
  • Sunflower Pils
  • Peach Cobbler Ale
  • Snake Oil Black Lager

With one-hundred concepts still on the table, the selection team added a new twist and decided to brew an additional six pitches from the lineup to make available in our Sub Rosa series. The Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room. 

Our 2017 Sub Rosa Rarities include: 

  • Dark & Stormy Ale
  • Lactose IPA
  • Negroni IPA
  • Apricot Sour
  • Mustard IPA
  • Smoked Sour

Can’t wait? Get your anxious hands on our current Brewhouse Rarities release, Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, which is on shelves and on tap now. Then, mark your calendar for the Rarities still to come in 2016 including White Peach Saison, Bee Beer and Sea Salt Caramel Brown.

 

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