Frederick Beer Week

Next week, the focus is on beer. So, how does that differ from any of the other 51 weeks in the year, you ask?

The 4th annual Frederick Beer Week is upon us. It’s a celebration of not only our fine city’s burgeoning craft beer scene, but also the agricultural roots of Frederick County that got us here.

Below is our complete lineup of events. For more information beyond our list and links, head over to the Frederick Beer Week website.

Hometown Tap Takeover

  • Friday, May 30 at 4 pm
  • Jojo’s Taphouse
  • Nothing but Frederick beer on tap to kickoff the week.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

  • Saturday, May 31 at noon
  • Carroll Creek Linear Park
  • Tickets are sold out, so don’t delay when they go on sale next year.

Patio Party

  • Sunday, June 1 at 1 pm
  • Barley and Hops
  • Sunday Funday with both of our beers on tap, live music, and a taco bar.

Taco Tuesday

  • Tuesday, June 3 at 7 pm
  • Jojo’s Taphouse
  • Eight words: Dead Rise paired with crab and kimchi tacos.

Raging Bitch Clone Competition Judging and Tap Takeover

Cask Night

  • Thursday, June 5 at 5 pm
  • Madrone’s
  • Double the trouble, double the fun. Cask-conditioned Double Dog Double IPA and Snake Dog IPA will be on the bar.

FBW Collaboration Ale Pairing

  • Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 pm
  • Barley and Hops
  • Sample the FBW collaboration, a Sour Mash Belgian Wit, brewed by yours truly, Barley and Hops, Milkhouse, and Monocacy

Happy Hour

  • Friday, June 6 at 5 pm
  • Bushwaller’s Irish Pub
  • Like you don’t already drink Frederick beer for Friday happy hour…

Brew Fest at the Farm

  • Saturday, June 7 at noon
  • Stillpoint Farm
  • Frederick Beer Week’s annual closing festival. On a hop farm.



Summer of Dead Rise INSTA

The Summer of Dead Rise is upon us. And we want you to have it plastered across your chest all summer long.

This Memorial Day weekend, it’s time to see Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale in action. From now through Monday, post your videos and photos of the beer that’s taking the DMV by storm on Instagram for a chance to win a Dead Rise Tee.

To enter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Follow @flyingdogbrewery on Instagram. You don’t follow us, we don’t see your posts. 
  2. Tag @flyingdogbrewery and use hashtag #SummerOfDeadRise in your entry. Spelling, especially after you’ve had a few, is key. 

We’ll pick our favorites on Tuesday, May 27 and notify each winner via the world wide interwebs by 5 pm.



Summer of Dead Rise

America, you have questions about our Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale. And unlike any politician (except Honest Abe, and maybe William Taft) who has served the greatest nation on God’s green earth, we’ve got answers:

Where is Dead Rise being sold? 

Dead Rise will be available in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia throughout the summer.  

Where can I find it in [insert your city/state here]?

Our Beer Finder is your best bet to track some down near you.

OK, but your fancy schmancy Beer Finder said it was available at [insert store/bar] here and it wasn’t. What the hell?

Let’s get real for a minute. Dead Rise is selling out faster than Cabbage Patch Dolls in the mid ’80s. So, let’s now take a moment to be thankful that we now have things like the Internet to help us find things. (No one wants to see Grandma get arrested again trying to make Little Julie happy.)

Our Beer Finder is updated when a store/bar/restaurant places an order for our beer from our wholesaler. It’s not real-time data, so if a place sells out of Dead Rise before you make it in, we just can’t help it. 

So what’s a beer drinker in peril to do?

If a retail location (via our Beer Finder or elsewhere) says they have Dead Rise, call before you head out. We know, actual human interaction is gross, but this is the only way we can guarantee you can get some.

And everyone wants to get some, amIright? 

Can I buy Dead Rise at the brewery?

The law in our great State of Maryland states that consumers can only buy beer directly from a brewery once they’ve gone on a guided tour of said brewery. So, if you have a reservation for our brewery tours in the next few months, you’re golden. 

If you don’t, get a growler. Growler fills are the one exception to that law. We have Dead Rise on tap all summer long for growler hours, Thursdays and Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 12-6 pm, which are open to the public. 

Can I buy a keg of Dead Rise for my Aunt Judy and Uncle Kenny’s annual crab feast? 

It’s illegal for us to sell kegs out of the brewery, but some beer stores can place a special order for you. Given how popular Dead Rise has been in its first few weeks of existence (it’s growing up so fast!), we can’t make any guarantees. Your best bet is to call your favorite beer store at least a week before. 

On a scale of 1 to never going to happen, what are my chances of getting Dead Rise outside of the states listed above?

Unless you have friends in high places in said states listed above, chances are “never going to happen.” Dead Rise is exclusively available in the mid-Atlantic all summer long. At least there’s still time to change those vacation plans. Maryland is beautiful this time (and, let’s face it, anytime) of year.

So can I order some Dead Rise from you guys and have it shipped to me? 

If this question were a scratch-off lottery ticket, you would not have three cherries in a row. It’s illegal for us to ship beer directly to consumers. Even if you bribe us.   

So, our fellow Americans, now you know. And according to the great G.I. Joe himself, “knowing is half the battle.”

Be even more in the know by keeping an eye on our Events Calendar and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Enjoy the Summer of Dead Rise.





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).

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