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. 





The beer is six months in the making, and you have one day to make it yours. This year, 750 ml bottles of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter will be available exclusively at Flying Dog Brewery.

Doors open at noon and there is a two bottle per person limit. A limited number of bottles are available, so availability is not guaranteed once the release begins. 

After the release, Barrel-Aged Gonzo will be available on draft at the brewery and in local markets for a limited time. 




Good people brew good beer. 

Our first Stove Topper homebrew kit of 2014 is for Lucky SOB Irish Red. On sale exclusively in our gift shop and at The Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop, these kits are $45 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




You win some, you lose some, and if you can’t do either, you shut it down. That’s what we learned during our federal government shutdown this fall.

While our free brewery tours for furloughed government employees kicked ass, delays in the new beer approval process forced us to push back our 2014 Brewhouse Rarities releases. Our first release, Mango Habanero IPA, was slated for January 1. This draft-only release will now be out February 15, with the remaining releases hitting draft lines and shelves every 6 weeks from there: 

  • Mint Chocolate Stout (draft and 6-packs)
  • Ginger Beer (draft only)
  • Agave Cerveza (draft and 6-packs)
  • Lemongrass Rice Ale (draft only)
  • Hoppy Wheat (draft and 6-packs)
  • Black Honey IPA (draft only)
  • Doppelbock (draft and 6-packs)

For the most up-to-date release information, stalk us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram




“Good People Brew Good Beer.”

Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers. The recipes and ingredients are straight from our brewhouse and scaled-down to fit your home brewery. 

We’re releasing six kits next year and they’ll be available on the first Friday of every other month. These kits are for sale exclusively at the brewery and at the Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop here in Frederick. 

Can’t wait until then? A kit for Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter is available now through December 31




Just when we thought our homage to the Good Doctor couldn’t get any more deep, dark, and mysterious, our genius team of brewers aged it for months in bourbon barrels, imparting vanilla oakiness and subtle whiskey warmth on this already-complex beer.

Now, you can brew this rare find for yourself with our Stove Topper homebrew kit for Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter

Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers. They include our exact ingredients and brewmaster’s recipe, all scaled down for your 5-gallon home brewery.

The Barrel Aged-Gonzo Stove Topper is $65 and on sale through December 31 in our gift shop and select area homebrew shops.



When you make a donation to a charity, sometimes it’s tough to see the immediate impact. For oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, drinking Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout and eating farm-raised oysters (like Rappahannock River Oysters) directly enables the Oyster Recovery Partnership to replant oysters back into one of the most endangered habitats on the planet.

Since its release in 2011, proceeds from Pearl Necklace have enabled ORP to plant 2 billion oysters in the Bay. Watch the impact in action:



Gonzo 3 liter

When Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005, we paid tribute the only way it knew how: A beer.

Gonzo is a deep, dark, and rich Imperial Porter with notes of chocolate, roast, and a swift kick of hop bitterness at the end – the latter something we knew the Good Doctor would appreciate.

And Ralph Steadman, Hunter’s partner in crime and pursuit of the American Dream, followed suit with a now-iconic illustration of a cigarette-smoking skeleton proclaiming “OK, let’s party,” which adorns each bottle of Gonzo Imperial Porter to this day.

Now, we’ve teamed up with our longtime label artist, who is 77 years old, on limited-edition double magnums (3-liter bottles) of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter signed by Ralph himself.

Typically released once a year in 750-ml bottles in extremely limited supply, Barrel-Aged Gonzo is six months in the making, with the finished beer aged for a minimum of three months in oak whiskey barrels.The result is an even more complex flavor profile with vanilla notes from the oak and subtle and soothing whiskey warmth.

Only 100 double magnums were produced and signed by Ralph. Each bottle is sealed in wax and comes in a custom-fitted wooden display box branded with the Flying Dog logo. A numbered certificate of authenticity and pair of Flying Dog goblets are also included with each bottle.

These collector’s items are $500 each and on sale now exclusively at the Flying Dog Brewery gift shop*. All of the proceeds benefit The Gonzo Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to promote literature, journalism, and political activism through the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. It was established by Hunter’s wife, Anita Thompson, and is based at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado. 

* Due to Maryland state laws, we are unable to ship. Limit one per person. 

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