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

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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.

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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.

 

Jun

30

Merryland Square

We’re continuing our love affair with the crew at All Good for Merryland Music Fest at Merriweather Post Pavillion on July 9 & 10. We threw our two cents in and made sure the best tickets are the Merryland VIP Passes (Pit Access), which among a whole lot of other things includes access to the ‘Lucky Cat Lounge’ – a private wooded lounge area with cash bar and exclusive food vendors.

If you’ve got the time and a little luck on your side, enter to win a pair of VIP Passes (Pit Access).

That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of these tickets, a $700 value. Let’s just say we’re paying some stuff forward. 

The String Cheese Incident is headlining the party and we’re rolling in some kegs of All Good ISA, just as delicious as you remember it, for one more tour. Brewed with local wheat and Galaxy and Mosaic hops, the beer is bursting with passionfruit, mango, and papaya aromas and flavors with low bitterness and a subtle and crisp, clean finish. It clocks in at 5.3% ABV, so it’s perfect for a full day of mirth and merriment. 

No proper music fest would be complete without its own opening show, so the beautiful minds at the 9:30 Club are hosting the Kick-Off Concert with People’s Blues of Richmond opening for Soul Rebel on Friday July, 8. We know why birds suddenly appear whenever People Blues of Richmond are near, so we popped the big question and asked them to open our Summer Sessions concert with Galactic on July 30. They said yes, and we couldn’t be happier.

Just to recap, we want you to win a pair Merryland VIP Passes, enjoy All Good ISA, attend a Kick-Off Concert in DC, then come visit us at Summer Sessions 2.0 with Galactic. Any questions?

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Jun

23

 

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We want you to come to the brewery, drink good beer, catch an amazing live show and have a life-changing experience. With all that in mind, we anticipated your questions and have provided you with our best answers.

Q. I’ve got lots of chores I have to get done before I am allowed to play. What is the timeline for Saturday?
A. We feel your pain, that lawn will not mow itself no matter how much we will it. With that in mind, here is schedule of events:

  • 5:30 pm Doors open
  • 6:30 pm Luna kicks off the show
  • 7:45 pm Violent Femmes take the stage

Q. I get hangry.  If I clean out my cooler from the last Nascar race, can I pack some leftovers for the show?
A. Eating is also one of our four favorite things to do along with drinking, breathing and that one other thing that is none of your damned business. That being said, outside food or drink is not permitted with the sole exception of unopened bottled water. We took the liberty of inviting our food truck friends to the party to keep us all fat and happy including:

Q. I heard the tasting room isn’t open during the show. What beer will be available outside?
A. Someone has been doing their homework. We will have draft, cans and firkins available, but no Double Dog. We need you to make it through the entire show.

  • Draft: Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Goseface Killah Dry-Hopped Gose, Cucumber Rosemary Grisette, 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
  • Firkins: Brewhouse Rarities Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale with cocoa and vanilla

Q. I know that smoking is not normally allowed at the brewery. Are you making an 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. Stock up on the Nicorette accordingly.

Q. My dog loves the Femmes even more than I do, will she be allowed into the show?
A. Furry friends, even if you bought them a ticket, cannot enter. We are at maximum capacity and the only dog we want you to worry about is the one in your hand. 

Q. My partner got me a custom embroidered blanket to match my plaid lawn chair. Will there be a spot for me to set up my camp inside the gates?
A. 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.
 
Q. I am being hunted by a cyborg from the future and I like to carry protection at all times. Are you cool with that?
A.We already have security at the event so we ask you to leave the weapons at home. 
 
Q. Is there any kind of zombie outbreak plan in place?
A. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The zombie apocalypse won’t begin until January 20, 2017.
 
Q. That’s a lot of rules. Anything else I need to know?
A. Thank you for 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 Ghostbusters.
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