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 We WILL see you there.





Local is as local does. 

Just this morning, we hosted the third annual Maryland Hop Market in our tasting room. Twenty-two breweries attended to evaluate and potentially purchase hops from six local growers looking for their hops to find their way into beers in the coming year.

To open the market, Kevin Attick, executive director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, which sponsored our market (alongside the Northeast Hop Alliance) reminded the crowd of the importance of supporting not only local breweries, but also local ingredients. A rising tide lifts all ships throughout the craft beer industry. 

Hop market 1

The event kicked off with a happy hour (ahem, at 10 am) where our brewmaster Matt Brophy welcomed our brethren brewers from:

  • Barnwerk
  • Barley and Hops 
  • Black Hops 
  • Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy 
  • Brookeville 
  • Calvert
  • Denizens
  • DuClaw
  • Franklin’s 
  • Full Tilt
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Growlers 
  • Heavy Seas 
  • Jailbreak 
  • Manor Hill 
  • Milkhouse 
  • New Zagros
  • Pilot Malt House
  • Pub Dog
  • Ruhlman
  • Union
  • Waverly 

The paper plates brought out the natural beauty of the hops

From there, each grower displayed a sample of each hop variety harvested this year. Hops are evaluated on appearance, moisture content and aroma. To properly gauge the latter, you don’t just sniff a whole cone; you vigorously rub it in the palms of your hands to release the resin and oils that reside in each cone. 

The growers and hop varieties included: 

  • Black Locust Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Brewer’s Gold
  • Creeping Creek Farms: Cascade
  • Cultivate Farm: Cascade
  • Fairview Farm Hops: Cascade and Chinook
  • Organarchy Hops: Cascade, Chinook
  • Pleasant Valley Hops: Cascade and Nugget 

Hop market 3

In addition to making offers on hops, each brewer was asked to complete a detailed evaluation for each grower. Commercial hop farming is a relatively new venture in the State of Maryland, so any and all feedback on how it can continue to grow (intended) is essential, especially from commercial growers who purchase and brew with millions of pounds of hops per year. 

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After a good rub session our guests were encouraged to clean up any residual oils. And yes, the best hop hand sanitizer is good, old-fashioned grain alcohol. 

Hop market 6

Two local farm breweries, Milkhouse and Manor Hill, also showcased beers brewed with local hops, malts and even plums. You’ll have to take a trip out to the farms to try those beers, but our Fresh Hop Ale is on tap in our tasting room for samples and growler fills all weekend long. 




“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant…” or the beer you make.

Premiering on tap exclusively in our tasting room tomorrow is a Fresh Hop Ale, brewed with fresh hops from Pleasant Valley Hops in Rohrersville, Maryland.

Before this year’s harvest, three of our brewers went out in Pleasant Valley’s fields and selected Cascade and Chinook for a light-bodied lager fermented at ale temperatures. Their hops were picked and used in the beer within hours, all within their fresh — unprocessed state — in the kettle and hopback. 

Our Fresh Hop Ale clocks in at 6.2% ABV and is the latest in our Sub Rosa series of small batch beers available only on draft and only in our tasting room. We’ll see you soon



We love teachers. And we’ve been told that teachers love their beer. So starting next Thursday, we’re holding Teacher Appreciation Nights for all Frederick County schools. Free tours will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and all school staff will receive 15% off their bar tab and merchandise by flashing their school badge. 

The schedule is as follows. And please note that all middle and elementary feeder schools are included with the corresponding high school: 

  • Thursday, September 17: Frederick and Thomas Johnson High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 20: Brunswick, Oakdale and Tuscarora High Schools
  • Thursday, September 24: Urbana and Linganore High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 27: Middletown, Walkersville and Catoctin 




Now on tap and soon to be in your glass is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, an India Pale Lager. 

Brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops and fermented with a lager yeast strain, this hybrid style combines huge tropical fruit hop bitterness (typical in our favorite IPAs) with a crisp and clean lager finish.

For those of you who want specifics:

  • ABV: 6.3%
  • 60 IBU
  • Specialty Malts: Wheat, Munich, Caramel
  • Hops: Citra and Galaxy
  • Tasting Notes:
    • Aroma: Juicy fruit aroma
    • Appearance: Golden with a bright white head
    • Flavor: Big tropical fruit bitterness up front that quickly fades into crisp dryness
    • Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean

Brewhouse Rarities India Pale Lager is on tap now in our tasting room and available throughout the mid-Atlantic. 

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