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




Cask-conditioned Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA with mango and habanero pepper is one of our favorite firkins. Building off of that is our first Brewhouse Rarities release of 2014: Mango Habanero IPA. 

The trick to any sweet and spicy combination is balance, which was the goal from the beginning. The malt bill is intentionally light and the yeast a clean ale strain to showcase the fruit, heat, and tropical fruit-forward hops. Two pounds of habanero pepper were added to the boil and fresh mango (10 pounds per barrel) was added at the end of fermentation. It’s unfiltered to retain as much flavor as possible and also mimic the look of fresh mango juice.

Here the breakdown:

  • 7% ABV
  • 70 IBU
  • Specialty malts: Light Caramel, Munich, Cara-Pils
  • Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra

We’re tapping it at the brewery next Tuesday, February 11. From 5 to 7 pm, we’ll have the brewers on hand pouring samples and filling growlers. 

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You took the day off from work and are prepared to abandon any pets, children, and/or dependent significant others to get your hands on a bottle of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter at our exclusive Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter release this Monday.

So we’re here to answer any and all questions and make you more excited than a kid on Christmas:

There’s snow in Monday’s forecast. Will the release (and my heart) still go on?

Right now, we’re planning on having it, snow or shine. We want everyone to be safe, so we’ll make the final call Monday morning. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and/or Twitter feed for the latest. Until then, watch a meteorologist knee some dumb kid in the nuts.

How much does each bottle cost? 

750-ml bottles of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter cost $20 each. We accept cash and credit cards. We do not accept personal checks unless the comic strip Cathy is printed in the background. 

I want to be the first in line. How early can I arrive? 

You can get in line as early as 9 am. By doing so, you waive Flying Dog Brewery of any responsibility for frostbite, loss of circulation to key limbs, loss of battery life on phone, and overall cold-weather bitterness. We will not let anyone in the building until the clock strikes noon, so come prepared. 

Can I call ahead and reserve bottles? 

No. You can only purchase bottles on-site from noon to 8 pm, even if you try to sweet talk us. 

Can I call during the sale hours, buy the beer, and have it shipped to me?

Again, no. It’s illegal in Maryland for a brewery to ship beer directly to consumers. It’s also illegal in Maryland to grow thistles in your yard, throw bales of hay out of second-story windows, and give or receive oral sex. 

Can I buy more than two bottles during my visit? 

Nope. There will be a strictly-enforced two bottle per person limit. If you want more than two, bribe and bring your friends to buy for you. (But if you need to bribe your friends to come to a brewery, you may have some issues to sort out before you start worrying about buying more than two bottles of beer.)

Once I buy my beer, what can I do? 

While we cannot serve beer by the glass quite yet, we are able to serve beer samples. Also, from noon to 8 pm, The Smoking Swine will be cooking up some damn fine BBQ and Signs Point East will jam out from 5 to 7 pm. 

Are growler fills and other packaged beer to-go available during the release?

You bet your ass they are. However, by law, we can only sell a total of 288 oz. of beer to each person. We’ll let you do the math from there. 

Will bottles of Barrel-Aged Gonzo be available at my local bottle shop after the release?

Nope. And while you’re in reading mode, you might want to check out what the word “exclusive” means. 




We want you to give a shuck about Oyster Recovery in the Chesapeake Bay. 

Declining water quality, over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss have reduced the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay to a mere 1% of its historical peak. Acting as filters and providing a crucial habitat for other marine life, oysters are a critical piece of the Bay’s fragile ecosystem. 

Since its inception in 2011, proceeds from our Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have enabled the Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant nearly 2 million oysters into the Chesapeake Bay. Pearl Necklace is brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters and is a rich, roasty stout with sweet chocolate and caramel notes and a dry finish. Watch this video to see the full impact Pearl Necklace makes. 

Here at Flying Dog, we are committed to aiding oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay and have declared February “Pearl Necklace Awareness Month.” All month long, we’ll host events to raise awareness about and benefit ORP, including: 

Then, on Saturday, March 1, we will present a check to ORP for the 2013 proceeds from Pearl Necklace. More details on that event, which will be open to the public, to come next week.

Until then, follow all of the Pearl Necklace Awareness Month action on Facebook and Twitter with #GiveAShuck. 




After three years of exploring the most rare, interesting, and obscure hop varieties through our Single Hop Imperial IPA series, we felt it was time last August to unleash The Truth, an Imperial IPA that’s exclusively available in our backyard of Maryland and Washington, DC.

Clocking in at 120 IBUs, The Truth is a bold, yet balanced Imperial IPA. Its sharp hop bitterness begins with huge pine notes on the nose, which evolve into bright citrus and subtle stone fruit flavors. The finish is crisp, clean, and leaves you slightly more likely to divulge your deepest and darkest.

Our latest batch is in the kettle today, so what better time to break it down for you, hop by hop:

  • Bittering
    • Warrior: High alpha acids provide clean and neutral bittering
    • Summit: A relatively new variety that imparts big citrus and grapefruit 
  • Mid-Boil
    • CTZ: This complex, all-purpose hop offers citrus, herbal, and spicy notes 
  • End of boil
    • Citra: What the name implies, strong citrus with hints of pine and tropical fruit 
    • Amarillo: Rounds out with a delicate balance of citrus and floral 

Both Citra and Amarillo are excellent late-addition hops for flavor and aroma, so each are used in a whirlpool hop addition, along with two dry hops during fermentation. All in, The Truth is brewed with a whopping 3 pounds of hops per barrel. 

In the area? You lucky dog. Find The Truth near you. 

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