Feb

24

Our Heat Series is a radical exploration of brewing with hot chilies, and it returns this year with the Hot Box variety pack of four brand-new releases. That’s right; all four coming at you at once this year.

    

The frontrunner, Shishito Rice Ale

The fresh, yet smoky, spice inspired us to change it up. Brown rice over malt. Ale yeast for sake. The shishito pepper is small and slender and while it will turn from green to red upon ripening, it is typically harvested while green. We recommend starting with this and following the path as laid out ahead. At 5.3% ABV these will go down smooth. Best bet, take these with you to your favorite BYOB sushi house and get the spicy tuna.

#2: Cherry Bomb Gose

Sweet cherry meets it pepper counterpart, both balanced by traditional Gose tartness. Perfect trifecta defined. Weighing in at 3500 scovilles, the Cherry Bomb pepper is milder than a Jalapeño. Once combined with the cherry, it is hard to imagine a more perfect union. Make sure you’ve got plenty in the cooler for your next early-spring cookout, at 4.7% ABV, Cherry Bomb Gose will need reinforcements.

Rounding the final turn, Chocolate Habanero Stout

Sweet chocolate evolves into a heat that lingers. The stuff of legends… If you want a serious, smoky heat, look no further than Chocolate Habanero Stout. Hotter than a regular habanero, the chocolate habanero ranges between 425,000 and 577,000 scoville units. You read that correctly, commas and zeroes are in their respective places. But don’t let the big numbers scare you, we added oats, as well as chocolate, roasted and black malts along with cocoa shells so this one has a little more body to help balance the heat. At 6.3%, these will get along great with your standing Taco Tuesday appointments. Pro tip, add the mole sauce. 

The home stretch: Experimental Pepper IPA

Hops amplify spice. So what do bold varieties that pack a tropical fruit punch do to the new hottest pepper in the world? Blow your mind. We added a one-two punch of hops with HBC-291 and HBC-431, some old favorites from our Single Hop series, and combined them with the now-hottest pepper in the world. When we started the Heat Series last year, we teamed up with PuckerButt Pepper Company to use their Carolina Reaper. At the time it tipped the scoville scales at over 1.5 million units. It has since been dethroned by the experimental pepper we used to create this masterpeice. If we could tell you anything more about it, we would.

In The Winners Circle:

With our new Flying Dog University course, The Making of a Hot Box on Wednesday, March 1, learn from Brewmaster Ben Clark about the evolution of Cherry Bomb Gose, Shishito Rice Ale, Chocolate Habanero Stout and Experimental Pepper IPA weeks before the Hot Box is released. The class will conclude with a guided food pairing with each of the four beers and includes a Hot Box 12-pack for each student.

Bookmark our Beer Finder and start tracking them down in March.

Feb

20

Don’t draw, Ralph! It’s a filthy habit. – Hunter S. Thompson

It’s a filthy habit indeed, filled with scamps, tramps, and sick and twisted souls. Luckily for us, our dear Ralph didn’t listen. In 2017, St. EADman Abbey Ale joins our year-round lineup. Adorned with Ralph Steadman’s “self-poortrait,” St. EADman is our homage to Ralph, the last of the original Gonzo visionaries and a true Renaissance man.

For the uninitiated, Ralph was introduced to Flying Dog founder George Stranahan by his longtime collaborator, Hunter S. Thompson, and has been crafting original art for our labels since 1995. He coined the phrase “Good Beer, No Shit” on his first work for us (for Road Dog Porter), which landed us in our first of many First Amendment fights for free expression. Since then, Ralph has created over 50 masterpieces with us, ensuring that the liquid art in the bottle is worthy of the fine art on the label. 

Steadman has been adding to his portfolio for over sixty years, famously collaborating with Hunter S. Thompson on Scanlan’s “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,” as well as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Rolling Stone’s “Rumble in the Jungle” and countless other weirrd experiences.

To know this is to merely scratch the surface. Once you go down the rabbit hole of Steadman’s work, you will come across countless works of art, not just what splatters on his canvas, but an eclectic body that ranges from politically-fueled masterpieces to children’s books. Ralph’s illustrations of literary classics (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Fahrenheit 451 and Treasure Island) and contemporary classics like Breaking Bad are all iconic representations of his style that would be at home in your library and in a museum. In addition to creating art for the likes of The Who and Frank Zappa, Steadman is a musician himself; you can hear him with his ukulele on Johnny Depp‘s anthology, Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys.

Ralph doesn’t limit his work to beer either, his label for Cardinal “Spiced” Zin’ was banned in Ohio, he illustrated Oddbin’s wine catalog and he released The Grapes of Ralph: Wine according to Ralph Steadman. For all the parents out there, it is never too late to get your children started on his classics including Inspector Mouse, Teddy! Where Are You? and The Little Red Computer. All staples for the healthy natural development of a child’s mind. But perhaps it’s best if you start your education with a viewing of For No Good Reason, the 2013 documentary that chronicles the life and work of the one and only.

Of course, it is best to do all of this with a St. EADman in hand. Track it down with our all-knowing Beer Finder.

Feb

16

For the first time ever, our Sub Rosa series of tasting room-exclusive, experimental beers are available for your at-home consumption.

Tucked under our full-production brewhouse is a 15-barrel pilot system, which is a blank canvas for our brewers and the birthplace of the Sub Rosa series. Once shrouded in the secrecy of our tasting room, this year’s Sub Rosa releases will be available in 4-packs of 16-oz cans. With the limited capacity of our pilot system, only 50 cases of each will be produced.

The beers selected for our Sub Rosa series are pitched in tandem with our Brewhouse Rarities at an annual mountain retreat. Only the most innovative and challenging concepts are chosen for Sub Rosa to allow our brewers to work with new ingredients, try new techniques and go outside of their comfort zone. This year’s Sub Rosa series includes:

  • Dark and Stormy Ale: March 11
  • Lactose IPA: April 15
  • Negroni IPA: June 10
  • Apricot Sour: August 12
  • Mustard IPA: October 7
  • Smoked Sour Wheat: December 16

Our brewers love taking on a classic cocktail. With Dark and Stormy Ale, the idea is to get the ginger spice to play off the vanilla, cinnamon and oaky notes of the rum. This beer-cocktail hybrid was pitched by our tasting room lead Kyle Bolte, pictured above and interviewed below in all of his bearded glory.

For the uninitiated, what is a Dark and Stormy?
A traditional Dark ‘N’ Stormy, as trademarked by Goslings of Bermuda just after World War I, is comprised of spiced rum, ginger beer and lime on the rocks. While the cocktail is best enjoyed on a semi-deserted island with Scarlett Johansen, we brewed this beer to give you that taste of summer throughout the year. And you should never be shy about adding a floater of Kraken.

What made you pick the beer? 
Cocktail-inspired beers were starting to become popular in the market. We had already successfully brewed two in 2016 and I figured why not make a third? Plus, I love Dark and Stormy’s.

How did you hone in on the ingredients to create such a unique flavor?
In meetings with Brewmaster Ben Clark, we spent a lot of time going through various rums, ginger beers and limes. It was tough, but we put in the research to determine the best pairings of these ingredients to make the perfect cocktail. Once we had the rum that we wanted to emulate, we broke down the flavor profile and got to work measuring out the perfect balance of vanilla, cinnamon and molasses.

Pick up your 4-pack of Dark and Stormy on Saturday, March 11.

Feb

3

If you’re having trouble getting off of work on Monday for the Barrel-Aged Gonzo Release, feel free to use our incredibly official Doctor’s note.

We even took the liberty of making it a PDF. Grab it here: Doctors Note

 

Feb

1

The Big Game is almost here and if you’re less than pumped to watch Golden Boy Tom Brady start in his 7th Super Bowl in 16 years, we can all take solace in watching Mr. Clean put the moves on mom between countless penalty calls.

More importantly, we want to make sure you have the sustenance you need to survive Barrel-Aged Gonzo Eve. So we teamed up with Chef Niko of Roasthouse Pub on three recipes that are made and pair with Flying Dog. 

SB recipe - General Tso

Roasthouse General Tso’s Wings is the ultimate game changer. These pocket-size meat sticks pack some serious flavor and only get better when you wash them down with a Bloodline Blood Orange Ale. Make this recipe or get it in the hands of someone you trust; it just might save the world.

 

SB recipe - Beer Battered Shrimp and Onion Rings

Snake Dog Beer Battered Shrimp & Onion Rings with Wasabi Aioli perfectly aligns with our food pyramid, (meat, vegetable, beer, breading and dipping sauce). Consuming Snake Dog before, during and after is also a top-of-the-triangle requirement.

 

SB recipe - Spanakopita

Pulled Pork BBQ & Gouda Spanakopita Bites. If you do decide to make these, tweet us @FlyingDog and we’ll come over with Doggie in hand. Since simply saying the word spanakopita is intimidating, start with this video that shows some of the techniques used in preparing the dish while also making you salivate. 

Now, it’s your turn. Stock up on supplies and don’t leave the kitchen until your heart is content. 

If you have a lifetime ban from the kitchen, Chef Niko has you covered. Stop into Roasthouse Pub and let your conscience be your guide. Need a little extra push? Drool all over your phone while checking out Roasthouse on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Jan

30

If you’ve ever spent an afternoon commute on the DC Beltway, you understand what Hell is. Luckily, the voice of an angel named Roche gets us through it day in and day out.

For FeBREWary (get it?), we teamed up with DC101 and the beer-loving and (for some reason) DC United-obsessed Roche, to bring you Cease and Desist Schwarzbier. German for “black beer,” this Schwarzbier is a light-bodied, crisp and refreshing lager that has a malty sweet backbone with roast, toast and subtle smoke.

Cease and Desist will premiere this Thursday, February 2, in our tasting room with Roche broadcasting live. We’ll also have $1.01 Crowler fills from 3-5 pm. (Some style exclusions apply.) It’s one Groundhog Day you won’t mind living again and again.

In addition to being in our tasting room all month long, you can also find Cease and Desist on tap at Walter’s Sports Bar on February 4, T.J. Stone’s on February 11 and Old Line Fine Wine & Bistro on February 28.

 

Jan

18

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The nectar of Ye Gods will be released on Monday, February 6. Our iconic Gonzo Imperial Porter meets both bourbon and rum barrels, a dark and mysterious reality that most believe could only be a thing of dreams. 

Following outstanding results with the Class of 2016, our brewers once again went down the road to A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia for oak bourbon barrels seasoned to perfection. After three months in these barrels, Gonzo has taken on vanilla notes from the oak and soft whiskey warmth in addition to its already robust roast, chocolate and coffee malt character. 

For the third year in a row, we continued the great experiment of Rum Barrel-Aged-Gonzo. These Caribbean rum barrels impart a distinct and warming sweetness to this malt monster. Trying both varieties alongside the OG (Original Gonzo) may show you the reason why you’re on this earth. 

The brewery is the only place you can get 750 ml bottles of each, so cash in one of those sick days and get in line on Monday, February 6. Check out all of our release party details (including small-plate pairings and live art) and commemorate the occasion with a limited-edition Barrel-Aged Gonzo snifter. 


Jan

11

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New Year, new beers. Dryuary, eat shit. 

Our Brewhouse Rarities and Single Hop Imperial IPA series return for 2017 with new styles, new ingredients, new processes and new hop varieties. Here’s a look at our first releases of the year.

Brewhouse Rarities Salt & Pepper Tripel

Our Brewhouse Rarities series is the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. When Kerry, a former tour guide and now nursing student at Dusquesne University, took her first sip of a Belgian Tripel, she went craft and never looked back. Her concept of a Salt and Pepper Tripel was so intriguing to our brewmaster that he didn’t mind working with her long-distance to bring it to fruition. 

Thanks to modern technology and pilot-batch Crowler deliveries, the ingredients were dialed in over the last few months. What makes this rarity unique? The combination of pink Himalayan sea salt, which reminded Kerry of Flying Dog’s earliest beginnings on K2, and black peppercorn, combined with Belgian yeast maintains the lovely, disarming notes of citrus and banana while making room for sultry notes of pepper and salt. Its 8.2% ABV is hidden amongst these delicious flavors and is sure to keep you warm. Kerry say’s it’s her little black dress, great for any occasion and pairs perfectly with a big, hearty chili. /mic drop

Single Hop Series Denali

Now in its sixth year, we continue to showcase new and cutting-edge hop varieties in our Single Hop Imperial IPA series. Our brewers have never worked with any of the hops in our 2017 releases. (Best blind date ever.) Our first foray, Denali, is newly-graduated from experimental hop status and our COO and Brewmaster duo of Matt Brophy and Ben Clark made a point to snatch it up during their annual hop-selection trip to Yakima Valley. It packs a unique blend of pineapple, pine and citrus. 

Here’s the back of the card stats for the beer geeks:

  • ABV: 8%
  • IBUs: 75
  • Specialty malts: Pale, Rye, Carapils, Biscuit
  • Hop: Denali

As always, you can pick up these beauties at the source. Salt and Pepper Tripel will be unleashed today in our tasting room and it’s hitting shelves across the Mid-Atlantic as you read this. Denali will be available in the tasting room on January 20, and will hit shelves the following week

Jan

9

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The first thing you notice is his enormous horn. Then, you see he has a cute face, nice body, and a charming personality. But mostly you just notice his enormous horn.

Along with writing the date incorrectly for the last week and a half, a New Year means the annual release of Horn Dog, our traditional English Barley Wine that’s a reminder that craft beer is equal parts innovation and tradition.

At 10.2% this Barley Wine has a malty sweet profile with hints of brown fruits (i.e. figs, dates, raisins) and a warming alcohol tingle made for these icy January evenings. For the optimal experience, pair it with a creamy blue or Stilton cheese, jerk spices, or rum-flavored desserts.

Stop by this weekend and see how 2017 Horn Dog stacks up against the previous five years. That’s right; we’ve got FIVE VINTAGES OF HORN DOG. We’ve already done the cellaring for you and, let’s be honest, not drinking Horn Dog is the hardest part of the process. Mixed six packs containing 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages along with a pair of this year’s release will be available for purchase Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 15. (Limit one six pack per person while supplies last.)

In the name of science, our brewmaster lined up these five Horn Dogs after breakfast to see how each beer had aged. After a thorough sampling of each vintage alongside the 2017 Horn Dog, the most noticeable feature was an increase in aromatic sweetness for each year the beer was aged. As an English Barley Wine, Horn Dog does not have a strong hop characteristic to begin with, however there is also a reduced amount of bitterness for each year the beer aged as well. Whether you like your Horn Dog right off the line or back in time, we’ve got one for you.

Track down 2017 Horn Dog and tweet ahead to your favorite shops to reserve your 2017 Horn Dog when it hits shelves on Monday, January 16. Or you can pick Horn Dog up in our tasting room starting this Wednesday, January 11.

Jan

6

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The looming shadows are a sign, the Dragon Lady will descend upon Frederick in the coming days. 

We’re speaking, of course, about our collaboration-sequel with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. In our second installment, we honor the work of Dorothea “Dragon Lady” Dix. During the war between the states, she served as Superintendent of Nurses in the Union Army and earned a reputation as a badass fighting for the improved treatment of soldiers, mental-health patients and prisoners, which she continued well after the war. 

Our Dragon Lady is a saison brewed with wintergreen, which was used by medical professionals for its antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and carminative properties. It was also widely used as a pain killer at the time. We find this Dragon Lady kills a bit of the pain as well, at 5.4% she is sessionable, but one to keep your eyes on.

This will be an extremely limited release — only available in Frederick and select Northern Virginia locations — so book that Airbnb in Downtown Frederick, get your name on an upcoming brewery tour as well as the museum and check out our release events.

Mercy Street Season 2 Advanced Screening
January 12, 2017

Mercy Street, inspired by real people and events, goes beyond the front lines of the Civil War and into the chaotic world of the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. The PBS Original Series is getting ready to kick off the second season and you’re getting a sneak peak. Join us as we welcome members of the cast and crew of Mercy Street for an exclusive screening of the first episode of the second season at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The event is free, but you must register to secure your spot. Doors will open at 6 pm when attendees will be greeted with a sample of Dragon Lady, the screening will start promptly at 7 pm, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Lisa Q. Wolfinger, Co-creator, and Executive Producer
  • Tara Summers, Mercy Street’s Nurse Hastings
  • Jake Wynn, Historian and Program Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Flying Dog Brewery Tasting Room Release
January 20, 2017

The tasting room staff latched on to the fact that cross-dressing was a popular past time during the Civil War. Women would dress as men to get enlisted, men would dress as women to avoid being called to arms. Dorothea “Dragon Lady” Dix was no exception. She was known for wearing “men’s clothes” throughout her tenure in the army and beyond as she found it more practical for caring for her patients. With all of this in mind, the team decided to host a drag party so while we always encourage you to be yourself, feel free to come as someone else. 

Flying Dog University class at Civil War Medicine Museum
February 10, 2017

Flying Dog University will host a 30-minute class on the development of the beer at the Civil War Medicine Museum, along with a guided tasting and food pairing from The Wine Kitchen’s Chef Jeff. It will conclude with an after-hours tour of the museum that highlights the Dorothea Dix story.

If you can’t make it to to the events and you’re worried you’ll never leave the brewery grounds once you visit, be sure to take a spin on the Beer Finder to see the locations you can find it in the wild.

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