It’s a new year. Some people get excited about resolutions and throwing out awkward family calendars from the year before. We get that same bright, optimistic, anything-is-possible feeling about the upcoming releases of our Brewhouse Rarities.

What are the Brewhouse Rarities? Glad you asked. Each July, the entire brewery gathers and teams of our staff — from production to accounting to sales and marketing — pitch their ideas for the next year’s lineup. This 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 2016 Brewhouse Rarities series kicks off with Tropical Stout. With this beer, our sales manager, Heather, was inspired by two types of seasonality: Warming her toes by the fire and envisioning those same little piggies under the sun of the tropics. The result is a blend of roasted malt, juicy pineapple and toasted coconut that will replace any drink that requires a mini umbrella. 

Want to try it straight from the source? Join us this Thursday in our tasting room.

Can’t make it to the brewery? Use our Beer Finder to track this beer down near you.




Our Single Hop Imperial IPAs showcase the most rare and interesting hop varieties, something all too apparent with HBC-291. It’s so new, it doesn’t even have a name. And this juicy little number proves that a hop without a name smells and tastes just as sweet. HBC-291 hits the shelves January 1, so stock up, because parting is such sweet sorrow.


2016 will feature three additional Single Hop creations including: 

  • Ella in April
  • Nugget in July
  • Azacca in October

All of our Single Hop Imperial IPAs will be available on draft and in 6-packs in all markets where Flying Dog is sold. As each release nears, check our Beer Finder to track them down near you. 



The 2015 Naughty & Nice Photo Competition


Maybe you have also been making some lists. Maybe you have also checked them twice. If so, we want to see your idea of what is naughty and what is nice. So in the spirit of the season of giving, we are hosting a Naughty and Nice photo competition. Here’s the deal:


The Rules

  • The contest runs from December 11th at 10:30am until December 25th at 11:59pm e.s.t.
  • In order to qualify you must submit your photo by posting to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
  • YOU MUST TAG FLYING DOG in the post.
    • Facebook – @flyingdog
    • Twitter – @flyingdog
    • Instagram – @flyingdogbrewery
  • You must use the hashtag #NaughtyNice
  • The picture should include your depiction of something naughty & something nice as well as each of the respective Flying Dog beers.
  • Layouts/montages are accepted (it doesn’t have to be a single photo, it can be multiple photos)
  • You must be the legal owner of the photo(s)
  • We will reply to let you know you have been entered when we have seen your photo. This may take up to 24 hours.
  • Winners will be announced Monday December 28th at 2pm.

Prizes – Because we know you aren’t doing this for nothing.

1st place $50 gift card
2nd place $25 gift card
3rd place $15 gift card

Gift cards can be used on our webstore or in our brewery gift shop (For merchandise only, no can do on beer. Sorry, it’s the law.)
Winners will be selected by a team of very judgmental Flying Dog employees.


  1. Anything that will land you in Judge Judy’s courtroom.
  2. Dick Pics
  3. Bad Photoshop usage
  4. Anyone under the age of 21
  5. A cardboard cutout of Nicolas Cage… OK, you can include a Nicolas Cage cutout




You’re Naughty if…

…you came out of the womb knowing that the jolly fat man and his goddamn list is all a hoax to hold you down. Not only do you eat pieces of shit like Kimye for breakfast, you gorge on those bad boys for lunch, dinner and a midnight snack. You stand close to the fire because you like to get burned. 

With this beer, we were a little Naughty, too. Go nuts with this Belgian-Style Dark Ale brewed with cinnamon, star anise, orange peel and habanero peppers for a bold mix of heat, citrus and spice. 

And you’re Nice if…

…”do unto others” isn’t just a motto, it’s a way of life. When you smile and nod, you’re actually listening — like processing-what-someone-is-saying-to-you-and-thinking-of-a-thoughtful-response kind of listening. And this time of year is the season for giving and you’ve done just that. 

Your niceties have not gone unnoticed. Now it’s time for you to receive. Nice is a Golden Ale that pays homage to its Belgian predecessors with a fruity aroma (from both hops and yeast) and a sweet, yet crisp, finish. 




The Holiday Collection Returns  

Last year’s premiere of Otterbein’s Cookie-inspired craft beers changed the way us Marylanders prepare for (and deal with) the holiday season. This year, we’re releasing four brand-new beers for four beer-and-cookie combos that will blow your mind:

  • Citrus Saison with Sugar Cookies
  • Belgian Pale Ale with Orange White Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cranberry IPA with Lemon Cookies
  • Fig and Fennel Stout with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And because you’ve all been good boys and girls, we’re expanding distribution into Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. Be the first to try all four beer-and-cookie pairings this Thursday, November 5 in our tasting room. 

Upcoming Events 

Make room for a little me time this holiday season and spend it in the company of artisanal beer and cookies. This list will be updated through the end of December, so keep checking back and checking in. 

Find It Near You

The Holiday Collection is limited in distribution and production, so it will likely fly off shelves faster than it hits them. Let us help you while you help us track it down: 

Social Media. That’s right, good, old-fashioned crowdsourcing. You already post photos of your culinary conquests, check in on Untappd, and like the 1,273rd photo posted of your niece’s 3rd birthday, so why not share your beer and cookie findings with the world? Search for and use #BeerAndCookies on Instagram, and Twitter for the latest locations. 

Beer Finder. Our website is able to pull inventory from your favorite watering holes every 30 days, so locations that have The Holiday Collection are available on our Beer Finder. Since this isn’t real-time data, we always recommend calling first to check on availability. 

Then, head over to the Otterbein’s Bakery website for more information on their cookies and where you can get your hands on some. 



Procrastinators rejoice; we have taken the legwork out of your Halloween planning this year. With a simple trip to the brewery or our online store, you can nail down this year’s costume in no time flat. Sit back and review our top suggestions that are guaranteed to get you in the spirit for some adult trick or treating.

Beer Man

Beer Man*

A timeless classic, this getup is sure to make you a hit wherever you are celebrating this year. Grab some rubber gloves and suit up with a Flying Dog tee of your choice as well as a growler, flag, carabiner and trucker hat. Feel free to come to the rescue of any damsels in distress when their cup is empty and fill them up.

* You can also dress up as Beer Woman, we are not sexist.


Not-So-Basic Bitch

When you literally can’t even, we are here for you. Grab yourself an FD Jacket and a six pack of Raging Bitch and ditch the PSL for an IPA. You already have the rest of this outfit on right now. 

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The Keymaker

One of the more underrated characters of The Matrix trilogy, The Keymaker costume can get you into the door of any party. This slightly-dated costume will also come in handy when you are in the kitchen or in front of the grill as you rock your Flying Dog Apron. Stock up on key bottle openers and be at the ready to open the door to that special someone’s heart when they need their bottle opened.

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Pearl Necklace Jam

Step 1. Repurpose your new favorite flannel shirt as a waist cape and put on your shitkickers.

Step 2. Crack a Pearl Necklace, turn up your distorted guitar, sing apathetic lyrics and rock out to the grey sounds of Seattle in the early 90’s.


Gandalf The Gray

You shall not pass… anyone wearing this costume that you won’t instantly be enamored with. Grab yourself a Flying Dog logo tee, an old road cone and some grey spray paint. We are currently sold out of wizard staffs, but your mom probably has a rod like this in her closet.

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Barley Quinn

Gotham was never the same, why should your Halloween celebration be? Pick up a brewery work shirt and get your pigtail on. Bonus points if you come in for a deck of Flying Dog playing cards and stay for a beer or two.



If preaching the gospel of Gonzo and Good Beer to the loyal lovers of Flying Dog sounds like something you’d like to get paid doing, then read on soldier. 

We will be holding open interviews on Monday, October 26th from 1 to 4 pm for anyone interested in becoming a Flying Dog Event Staff Member 

Beer steward

Because we’re not in the business of wasting anyone’s time, please understand that this job:

  • Mandates that you must be 21 or older
  • Is a part-time as needed position
  • Requires flexibility when our tasting room is open (Shifts would be scheduled Thursdays and Fridays 2 pm-8:30 pm, Saturdays 10:30 am-8:30 pm and Sundays 10:30 am-6:30 pm.) as well as flexibility on weekends for any events (travel to parts outside of Frederick is also a possibility)
  • Pays $10 per hour 

Still interested? No need to RSVP. Just show up to our tasting room on Monday between 1 and 4 pm with your resume and a list of references. 




There’s no place like home. We know this better than most and we want to show you what we are all about so we have invited the local artisans and charities that inspire us to come out to our annual outdoor market at the brewery once again. Local RIOT returns to the brewery on Sunday October 25th. The dog friendly event is free and open to anyone 21 and over. 

The affair will feature live music throughout the afternoon from Smoke N Mangos, Adrienne and some guy named Mat featuring Ponyboy Blues and The Plate Scrappers.

Our vendors include:

This will also be the first place you can pick up our seasonal brews, Secret Stash and The Holiday Collection variety pack. The Holiday Collection, which pairs with Otterbein’s cookies, is so top secret you will not be able to see it unless you are at the event.

All food and beer is sold a la carte.

See you Sunday from 12-6pm.



“It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freak-assed harvest or you’re not.” So let’s begin, shall we?

SpicedPear_Web Brewhouse Rarities Spiced Pear Ale 

Each year, at least one of our Brewhouse Rarities highlights local agriculture. Enter Spiced Pear Ale. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice were added to the boil, vanilla beans to the whirlpool, and fresh pear juice during conditioning to give it a spicy, cider-like character that highlights delicate pear notes. And at 6.8% ABV, it’s perfect for your fall fruit fix. 



Single Hop Imperial IPA with Apollo

The last release in this year’s Single Hop Imperial IPA series is a doozy. This year, our brewers chose to explore hops that are typically reserved solely for bittering, not necessarily for aroma and flavor. Apollo packs a punch of resin and pine hop bitterness with subtle orange spice. Like the rest of it’s single counterparts, it clocks in at 10% ABV.


Use our Beer Finder to track down each of these beers near you. Or if you prefer to drink straight from the source, head to our tasting room for samples, beers by the glass and growler fills. 



This Saturday, we’re raising ’em up to the localist of local creativity. The Frederick Fall Fest, a collaboration with Frederick Playlist, is on track to be the largest music festival downtown Frederick’s ever seen. While internationally-acclaimed (and Flying Dog-approved) J. Roddy Walston and the Business are headlining, the lineup includes three of Frederick’s favorites: Heavy Lights, Old Indian, and Seaknuckle.


Heavy Lights are self-described as experimental indie pop rock. The group formed in 2012 and released their debut album Mad Minds earlier this year. To get into their minds, we recommend pouring a glass of The Fear and listening to “A Family Familiar,” which you can find on their Bandcamp page.

Old Indian

Old Indian’s collaborative surfer-doom-college-garage sound comes through loud and clear on their debut album Mumble. The trio has been together since 2010 and have been a local staple ever since. Warm up for Saturday’s show with a Double Dog and rock out to “Just a Bum” on Bandcamp.


Seaknuckle also joins the list of locals who put out an album this year. Their full length Get Over It is laced with ear candy that will be stuck in your head long after you listen. Get a taste for their style and ours with a Doggie Style and the video for “Shake Shake Shake.” 

Admission to the Frederick Fall Fest also includes a Frederick: Volume One compilation CD that contains original songs from Frederick’s finest musicians. Each track was recorded in a pop-up studio inside of the 200 East Art Haus, which will house Saturday’s show. 

Tickets are just $25 and available via MissionTix.com. We WILL see you there.



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