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 AmberWavesEvent.com




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). 



Hydra Cuvee label

Combining elements of both coasts, new world bold meets old world sensibility in our collaboration with Firestone Walker for this year’s exclusive SAVOR commemorative beer. 

The Hydra represents three beasts – The Lion, the Bear, and the Flying Dog – coming together as one. The Cuvée? A blend of four different beers: two barrel-aged beers, a robust Imperial Porter, and a dark-as-night Black Rye IPA. 

The barrel-aged beers were selected from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks program Monday by brewmasters Matt Brophy (ours) and Matt Brynildson (theirs). They chose Bravo, a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Brown Ale, and DDBA, a bourbon barrel-aged Special English Bitter. These two beers will be blended with the Imperial Porter, inspired by our Gonzo, and Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA to create the Hydra Cuvée.

Brophy and Brynildson brewed the Imperial Porter at Firestone Walker yesterday. 

Hydra Cuvée will be available exclusively at SAVOR: A Craft Beer and Food Experience May 9-10 in Washington, DC. Tickets go on sale TODAY — Wednesday, March 26 — at noon and sell out fast. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.




From small-batch to year-round. Bloodline Blood Orange Ale and Easy IPA have hit it big. 

Originally released for last year’s Craft Brewers Conference in our backyard of DC, Bloodline is brewed with blood orange peel, blood orange juice, and citrus-forward hops Galaxy and Citra. Our brewmaster Matt Brophy describes the blood orange fruit as delicate, yet balanced, which is exactly what you find in the beer’s balance of citrus bitterness and sweetness. 

Easy IPA is the first Brewhouse Rarities release to become a part of our regular portfolio. The original concept was a sessionable IPA that still had the robust hop character of a traditional IPA. Using that concept as inspiration, Brophy and our brew team crafted a 4.7% ABV hop bomb with huge tropical fruit and citrus character and a crisp, clean malt backbone.

Both beers feature new, original art from Ralph Steadman, who never fails in blowing our goddamn minds. 

Bloodline will be hit draft lines in the mid-Atlantic starting April 15, followed by 6-packs on June 1. Easy IPA will be available on draft and in 6-packs in the mid-Atlantic April 15 and available in all markets where Flying Dog is sold by May 15. 




Think our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, Mint Chocolate Stout, was inspired by our love of its ice cream namesake? Think again.

We grow a Chocolate Mint herb in our staff garden, which is where this beer was born. 

The first Brewhouse Rarities beer to make its way into 6-packs, this beer is a medium-bodied, low ABV stout with subtle, not-too-sweet notes of peppermint and chocolate.  The yeast strain was selected for the creaminess and residual sugar it imparts on the beer. And both peppermint and cocoa were added post-fermentation for a refreshing, minty sweet finish.

The goal was to have an easy-drinking dessert beer that you can have more than one pint of. Here are the specifics:

  • 5.7% ABV
  • 30 IBU
  • Specialty Malts: Caramel, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Midnight Wheat
  • Hops: Perle
  • Specialty Ingredients: Cocoa, peppermint

We also threw in a few sprigs of Chocolate Mint, for good measure. 

You can find Mint Chocolate Stout on tap and on shelves starting next week. Be the first to try it at our taproom release Tuesday, March 25




Good people brew good beer. 

It’s the first time we’re releasing a Single Hop Imperial IPA with Amarillo — and you can brew it right along with us. On sale exclusively in our gift shop and at The Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop, these kits are $55 and available now. 

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. We will release six kits in 2014, with each available for two months only. To plan ahead, pick, choose, and mark your calendar, check out the full schedule




Sprint: To move at full speed, especially for a short distance. 

Spat: The spawn of an oyster in early development. 

With a mere 100 meters to glory, this is the run for those of us who don’t actually like to run, but really like to say that we like to run. 

Our inaugural Sprint for Spat 0.10K will happen Sunday, May 4 in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point neighborhood. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership

Runners will compete on a 100-meter course located within the South Broadway Square in Fells Point. A hydration station — featuring a Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout oyster shooter — will be located at the 0.05K mark. 

At the conclusion of this grueling footrace, runners will refuel with tracks spun by DJ Landis Expandis, beer from yours truly, food truck fare, and buck-a-shuck grilled and raw oysters from local Rappahannock River Oysters, Barren Island Oysters, and Hollywood Oysters. 

Race registration is $23 and includes a race t-shirt, 0.01K bumper sticker, and bragging rights. Event is limited to those 21 and older.  Space is limited, so snag your spot today.



Every year, the Flying Dog tribe gathers at a mountain retreat to pitch beers for our Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch, limited-release beers.

Inspired by the obscure and unearthed, anyone — from sales and marketing to accounting, packaging to the brewers themselves — has the chance for their idea to become a reality. The only criteria lies in a few simple words from the Good Doctor: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.”

Our 2014 Brewhouse Rarities include:

  • Mango Habanero IPA
  • Mint Chocolate Stout
  • Ginger Beer
  • Agave Cerveza
  • Lemongrass Rice Ale
  • Hoppy American Wheat
  • Black Honey IPA 
  • Dopplebock
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