This beer has no soul.

Now that that’s out of our system, let’s get down and dirty with Ginger Beer, the redheaded stepchild that is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release.

Ginger Beer was the brainchild of (you guessed it) two resident gingers: Steve Brockwell, a brewer, and Torie Sullivan, a tour guide. They were inspired by organic ginger sodas and aimed to make an adult version by crafting a Belgian-style table beer. Along with fresh ginger pulp, orange peel was added to the beer to play off of the Belgian yeast strain used in primary fermentation and the Japanese Sake yeast used to finish. To make it perfect for the summer months that lie ahead, Ginger Beer is effervescent, refreshing, and snappy.

Here are specifics:

  • 6.6% ABV
  • 25 IBU
  • Specialty malts: Imported Pilsner, Malted White Wheat, Light Caramel
  • Hops: Perle, Cascade
  • Yeast: Belgian Bastogne and Japanese Sake
  • Special ingredients: Fresh ginger pulp and orange peel

Following our tap room release, Ginger Beer will launch in Frederick this Thursday, May 15 at NOLA Cafe.

Want to track it down? Use our Beer Finder to see if Ginger Beer will be on tap near you.




When our Gonzo label artist Ralph Steadman first tried Raging Bitch, he described it as “nectar imprisoned in a bottle.”

Now, it’s time for you to brew your own sweet, sweet nectar with our Stove Topper kit for Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced home brewers. The recipes and ingredients are straight from our brewhouse and scaled down to fir your home brewery. 

Our Raging Bitch kits are $45 and will be on sale at the brewery and The Flying Barrel Homebrew Shop until June 30. At this time, we are not able to ship kits. 

Download specs and brewing instructions for Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA.

And please note:

  • Ideally, you will need a mash tun with a 12.5-gallon capacity and brew kettle with a 7.5-gallon capacity. Smaller vessels can be used, but the recipe will need to be halved and combined. 
  • Two vials of yeast are included at no extra charge. They will be packaged on ice and must be refrigerated until use. Due to the sensitive nature of yeast, viability is not guaranteed. 



Last year’s Summer Sessions, with of Montreal, Deer Tick, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, brought the house down.

And there will be just as much bringing down of the proverbial house with our 2014 lineup:

Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now through for $25 each. Each show will sell out, so click the band names above to get your tickets today.

And new this year is Baltimore bus transportation, brought to you by Mother’s Federal Hill. Those will run you $40 and can be purchased at




Dead Rise label w:o UPC

For 75 years, OLD BAY® been your staple seafood seasoning. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, we’ve developed a beer that will quickly earn its spot right alongside that iconic blue, yellow, and red tin. 

Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale will highlight the indelible character of OLD BAY through bright and refreshing citrus hop character and a crisp, tart finish. OLD BAY is added to the whirlpool imparting a bold aroma followed by hints of flavor throughout the beer. The finish is dry, snappy, and perfect for our hot and humid summers. 

Our brewers worked with the spice experts at OLD BAY for six months to develop the recipe. Here are the specifics:

  • 5.6% ABV
  • 25 IBU
  • Hops: Northern Brewer, CTZ, Cascade
  • Specialty malt: Acidulated, Rye, Malted White Wheat

This Maryland masterpiece is in the brew kettle today and will be on shelves Memorial Day through Labor Day in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. 

Dead Rise features new art from Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman, with the iconic Maryland Blue Crab is depicted in a chaotic yet charming way that only Ralph could achieve. 

The name Dead Rise comes from deadrise boats, which are commercial fishing and crabbing vessels designed and built specifically to navigate the unique waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. The bottom near the bow is a V-shape to cut through the often-choppy Bay. Then, it flattens out closer to the stern, making it more navigable in shallow water. 

Proceeds from Dead Rise will benefit True Blue, a restaurant certification and consumer awareness program that promotes sustainably harvested Maryland Blue Crab and rewards restaurants that serve Maryland crabmeat. 

The Summer of Dead Rise awaits. 



FNGR NYC poster

For the first time in over a decade, Ralph Steadman is coming to America. New York City, to be exact. 

Beginning Wednesday, April 23, a limited-edition exhibit of Ralph’s work will be open to the public at the Red Bull Studios in Chelsea. The exhibition, sponsored by yours truly, includes hand-printed photographs Steadman took during his first visit to New York in 1974 alongside silk-screened prints of his early political work with Hunter S. Thompson, original Polaroid pieces manipulated for his Paranoid series, and more.

This collection of Ralph’s work was selected to mirror the stories unveiled in “For No Good Reason,” a documentary that invites you into his studio for an intimate portrayal of his life and work.

Joined by long-time friend Johnny Depp, “For No Good Reason” explores Ralph over the course of 15 years as he finds his voice through art and is driven by a sense of duty to change the world into a better place. It also features Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, and Jann Wenner with music by Slash, Jason Mraz, Hal Willner, The All-American Rejects, Lucinda Belle, and Low. 

The Steadman exhibition will run through Friday, April 25, which coincides with the New York opening of “For No Good Reason.” To celebrate, we’re hosting a premiere after-party that night in the gallery space at Red Bull Studios from 8 pm to midnight.

The first 100 people to arrive with tickets from Friday’s screenings will be given priority admission. From there, the party is by RSVP only (contact to get on the list).

Ralph’s exhibition at Red Bull Studios will be open to the public on April 23 from 4 to 8 pm and on April 24 and 25 from noon to 7 pm. Red Bull Studios is located at 220 West 18th Street, in between 7th and 8th Avenues.




Running (especially short distances) for a good cause is great and all, but let’s get down to what really matters: The post-race party. 

After the grueling footrace that will be our Sprint for the Spat 0.10K, runners will refuel with the musical mixings of DJ Landis Expandis and replace expended calories with beer, craft beer cocktails, and local Cheasapeake oysters.

We’ll be pouring specialty casks of our Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout alongside Easy IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, and The Truth Imperial IPA. We’re also in cohorts with Finlandia Vodka and George’s Bloody Mary Mix for craft beer cocktails.

On the food side, Rappahannock River Oysters, Barren Island Oysters, and Hollywood Oysters will offer “buck a shuck” grilled and raw oysters and fare from The Chowhound Burger Truck will be available for purchase. 

The Sprint for Spat 0.10K is on Sunday, May 4 in the Fells Point Square in Baltimore. Both the race and the post-race party are 21+.  

Registration is $23 and includes a race t-shirt and commemorative sticker. Proceeds will benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. 

The deadline to guarantee your preferred t-shirt size is Monday and space is limited, so register now. 



2014_nats_ballpark_mapOn the eve of the Washington Nationals home opener, it’s no surprise that DC has beer and baseball on the brain.

For the first time, the Washington Nationals are serving cask-conditioned beer at the stadium through the Firkin Friday program. At every Friday home game, two firkins from local DC-area breweries will be served at the Red Porch bar. The firkins will rotate between yours truly, DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Mad Fox, and Port City.

A cask of our Pale Ale with blood orange peel will be tapped tomorrow as the Nats take on the Atlanta Braves. Here’s our remaining schedule: 

  • May 16 vs. New York Mets
  • July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • August 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • September 26 vs. Seattle Marlins

Also new this year are 16-oz cans of Snake Dog IPA, a package available exclusively to area stadiums including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Nationals Park, Harry Grove Stadium (home of the Frederick Keys), and Prince George’s Stadium (home of the Bowie Baysox).




Amber Waves: The Art of American Craft Beer features more than 25 craft breweries showcasing their art in both a traditional and liquid form. Hosted by Victory and Dogfish Head, it will be held April 10 during the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Our liquid contribution is Lucky SOB Irish Red and the art is a reinterpretation of Ralph Steadman’s infamous Raging Bitch by Michael Van Hall. Michael oversees the Committee on Opprobriations, a DC-based design project founded in 2012.

Here is Michael’s take on his kick ass departure from Ralph’s iconic (and chaotic) style: 

Being asked to reinterpret the work of a master is daunting. Ralph’s style is so arresting and distinct, not to mention well loved. I wanted to treat the task as a chance to pay homage to Ralph instead of just mimicking or editing one of his works. To accomplish that, I centered the concept for the piece around a quote from Ralph on the Raging Bitch label. 

The strain of Modernism that the Committee on Opprobriations employs is the opposite of Ralph’s iconic style. My goal is to achieve the maximum visual effect by using as little design as possible. Setting that minimalist approach against Ralph’s quote “it is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up” resulted in a nice visual contrast.

It is quite an honor to have the chance to collaborate with Flying Dog on this piece for Amber Waves. Unlike many, the folks at Flying Dog share my view that labels on products are more than just a commercial tool. Labels should be cool looking because they are an inescapable visual component of everyday life. We should appreciate the thoughtfulness behind a compelling label — odds are the product on the inside is given the same degree of care as the design on the outside. 

And here’s a little more on the Committee on Opprobriations and its equally bad ass Single Hop Project:

The word “opprobriations” combines the words “opprobrium” and “appropriations” — the former to underline the committee’s challenge of traditional concepts, and the latter to acknowledge the adoption of Modernist design principles.

With the Single Hop Project, the committee is attempting to generate a better understanding of specific hops and to promote an appreciation of the differences between them, especially to the uninitiated. The project is made up of numerous prints; each one features a single hop and lists the percentages of the alpha, beta, and cohumulone acids, as well as the commercial release date and the hop’s country of origin.

Michael’s original work will be auctioned off at Amber Waves, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Redline Art Gallery. Tickets for the event are $25 and on sale now at




The Flying Dog Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced home brewers. These recipes and ingredients are straight from our brewhouse and scaled-down to fit your home brewery. The kits are only available for a limited amount of time each year and the release schedule is designed so you can find our bottles on the shelves the same time your bottles are going in the rack.

This year, with the second annual release of the Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA stove topper, we’ve organized a formal competition, pitting your Raging Bitch against ours. The contest is limited to the first 30 entrants and registration ends Monday, April 14 at midnight.

If you lack the experience and/or expertise for all-grain brewing, limited spots are available for brewing at The Flying Barrel for an additional fee. Contact James at the Flying Barrel for more information.

Kits will be available for pick-up at The Flying Barrel on Friday, April 18 (by appointment) and at Flying Dog Brewery on Saturday, April 19 between 10 am and 11 am.

Judgment Day will take place at Roasthouse Pub on Wednesday, June 4 during Frederick Beer Week.



Snake 16oz WEB

Opening Day is right around the corner and your Baltimore Orioles are once again supporting their local brewery. (Hopefully, you read that in full-on stadium announcer mode.)

Our beer will be available throughout Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the 2014 season. [See us on the map.] Our Flying Dog Grill in the lower level is back for another year, alongside availability at The Roof Deck, Free State Pub, Dempsey’s Brew Pub, Stuggy’s, and more. The styles include: 

  • Snake Dog IPA 
  • The Truth Imperial IPA
  • Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA 
  • UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • Woody Creek Belgian White 

We’re also continuing Firkin Fridays, where cask-conditioned beer is sold at the Flying Dog Grill (lower level, section 27) at every Friday home game.

Here’s the schedule:

  • April 11 (vs. Toronto): Single Hop Imperial IPA with Amarillo
  • April 25 (vs. Kansas City): Oyster Stout
  • May 9 (vs. Houston): The Truth Imperial IPA
  • May 23 (vs. Cleveland): Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale
  • June 6 (vs. Oakland): Bloodline Blood Orange Ale
  • June 13 (vs. Toronto): Belgian-Style IPA
  • June 27 (vs. Tampa Bay): The Truth Imperial IPA
  • July 11 (vs. New York): Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra
  • August 1 (vs. Seattle): Bloodline Blood Orange Ale
  • August 8 (vs. St. Louis): Belgian-Style IPA
  • August 29 (vs. Minnesota): Double Dog Double IPA
  • September 12 (vs. New York): Brewhouse Rarities Hoppy American Wheat
  • September 19 (vs. Boston): The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

And new this year are 16-oz cans of Snake Dog IPA, a package available exclusively to area stadiums including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Nationals Park, Harry Grove Stadium (home of the Frederick Keys), and Prince George’s Stadium (home of the Bowie Baysox). 

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