Feb

24

It’s OK to play with your food, especially when there is beer involved.

That’s our motto as we kick off a partnership with Chef Bryan Voltaggio at SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience in Washington, DC June 3-4.

Presented by the Brewers Association, SAVOR is the country’s premier beer and food event and a must-attend for area beer connoisseurs and foodies. Attendees will sample beers from 72 independent craft breweries that team up with expert chefs to pair each beer with a dish of the chef’s choice.

In addition to the night’s main event, educational salons and private tastings provide additional opportunities to interact with craft brewers and chefs. That’s where we really come into play.

Voltaggio, along with Brewmaster Matt Brophy, will offer their take on using Flying Dog beer as a cooking ingredient. Their salon will include basic tips and techniques for cooking with beer, carbonation removal and reinfusion, spherification and the art of turning beer into finger food, and the balance of reduction and bitterness.

Concluding the salon is the world premiere of our first culinary collaboration beer with Voltaggio, which was brewed specifically to pair with the ever-changing, eclectic menu of VOLT, Voltaggio’s restaurant in Frederick, Maryland.

Our collaboration beer is still in the pilot stage. Further details on the beer, including the name and style, will be released closer to the event.

SAVOR will be held at the National Building Museum from 7:30 to 11 pm on both Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. In 2010, the event sold out in less than 24 hours, prompting the Brewers Association to expand the event to two nights. General admission tickets are $110 and tickets for individual salons are $30 each. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 3. For more information, visit www.savorcraftbeer.com.

Feb

22

AlcoholTax

Here at Flying Dog, we stand for brewing extraordinary craft beer, standing tall, and not letting anyone make you eat shit.

As Maryland’s largest brewery, we are asking the People’s Republic of Flying Dog to take a stand against a movement to increase Maryland tax on alcoholic beverages (House Bill 121/Senate Bill 168).

The movement misrepresents a huge tax increase as “a dime a drink,” which makes consumers feel like their cost per drink would only increase by 10 cents.

That is not the case. That tax is set at the manufacturer level and will snowball once the product is distributed and sold at retail. Can you imagine paying an additional $2 for a 6-pack of Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale?!

In addition, this tax will lead to Maryland job losses. Neighboring states will gladly cater to Marylanders who cross state lines to save money. That will be easy, considering that 20 of Maryland’s 24 counties border another state. And here at Flying Dog, we employ over 60 Maryland residents and do not want to see that number decrease.

We ask that you now form an opinion and take a stand.

If you choose to stand against this bill, contact your Maryland representatives. Doing so will take 30 seconds.

  1. Go to www.SaveMyMDJob.com
  2. Click on “Send Your Legislator an Email Letter”
  3. Enter your zip code, email address, mailing address, and name (to verify you are a constituent)
  4. Click “Send Email Letter”

The default option is a prewritten letter. You may also choose to write your own.

The first hearing on this legislation is tomorrow (Feb. 23), so time is of the essence. We will be there in Annapolis and we want to carry your voices with us.

Thank you, loyal citizens. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Good people drink good beer.”

Feb

17

Imperial IPA Single Hop El Dorado

The term El Dorado has Spanish roots, and is translated to mean “The Golden One.” Metaphorically, El Dorado has been used to describe an ultimate prize that one might spend one’s life seeking — sometimes referring to wealth, success, love, or true happiness.

Call off the dogs, because your search for search for such a prize is over. Introducing our latest Wild Dog series release: Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado.

In 2010, a mere 1.5 acres of El Dorado hops were harvested by our grower. Despite such a small quantity, our Brewmaster Matt Brophy fell in love with its dried fruit (think apricot and pineapple) aroma.

With overwhelming citrus hop aroma and uniquely sharp, yet sweet, hop bitterness, this beer is what hop heads have spent their whole lives searching for.

It is being released this month on draft in the mid-Atlantic. Enjoy the ride, oh Golden One.

Feb

11

Whether Valentine’s Day makes your heart flutter or shudder, we’ve got you covered with some badass events planned over the next few days.

Men’s Night at Silk & Burlap – Frederick, Maryland

Guys, does having teeth pulled sound more appealing than finding a present for your Valentine? Then stop by Silk & Burlap on Patrick Street Friday, February 11. We’ll be sampling our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale from 6 to 9 pm to ease the pain.

Anti Valentine’s Day Party at Hollow Creek Golf Club – Middletown, MD

We’re taking over each and every draft line and cursing all things heart-shaped Saturday, February 12 at Hollow Creek. In addition to the usual lineup, we’ll have Coffee Stout, Horn Dog Barleywine, and our Spring Seasonal Garde Dog Biere de Garde.

Keep the Pint Night at Helles Lounge – Annapolis, MD

Ever heard of a little thing called Liquid Courage? Gear up for the big day with our Gonzo Imperial Porter and Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. Starting at 6 pm, the first 50 people get to keep their pint glass.

Small Batch Releases at ChurchKey – Washington, DC

Limited-edition releases, like our new Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado, Horn Dog Barleywine, and Lucky SOB Irish Red, will be paired with small plates. Cheap and easy, just like your Valentine (hopefully).

Beer Dinner at T-Bonz Grille – Ellicott City, MD

Love is in the air at T-Bonz with a Flying Dog beer dinner, with world-class beer paired with four awesome courses. You’ll quickly find that the way to your Valentine’s heart is through their stomach. Dinner is just $75 per couple and starts at 7 pm.

And if you’re planning on not leaving the house for the next few days (we hear that love is contagious), be sure to stock up on our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. It was voted one of the best beers to drink alone on Valentine’s Day!

Feb

8

Lucky SOB is an Irish Red for those whose lives always fall into place…and also for the rest of us who curse those blessed bastards.

Brewed with real four-leaf clovers, it is perfectly poised to bring the “Luck of the Irish” to those who drink it. With a rich amber color, its toasted and honey malt flavors are balanced with a subtle hop bite. Not to mention that its clean and refreshing finish is the perfect accompaniment to chants of “Erin Go Braugh.”

As our brewers added the four-leaf clovers to the brew, they recited the following limerick:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one,

A quick death and an easy one,

A pretty girl and an honest one,

A cold beer and another one!

We’ll certainly raise a glass to that.

Lucky SOB Irish Red is a draft-only limited-release for the mid-Atlantic area. Our hometown premiere will be this Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at Bushwaller’s Irish Pub in downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Feb

1

Sunday, February 6 is going to be a big day for the Packers, Steelers, and Flying Dog Brewery.

In a tap takeover of historic proportions, Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD is surrendering all 24 of their taps to yours truly. Yes, the Big Game will be on, but what’s more important is what will be on tap.

Here are some highlights:

  • Premiere of our limited-edition Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale
  • This year’s just-released Horn Dog Barleywine, along with a vintage version
  • Double Dog Double Pale Ale on draft and on nitro
  • Limited-edition Coffee Stout, brewed with local coffee from the Black Dog Coffee Company
  • Gonzo three ways: Traditional (if you can call it that), barrel-aged, and nitro

Sunday will also be the first appearance of our latest Imperial IPA release — Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado.

We’ll be dominating the taps beginning at 1 pm Sunday, as well as Monday for Victoria Gastro Pub’s weekly Beer Club.

For more information, visit Victoria Gastro Pub’s website.

Jan

28

Maxim Doggie Style

Maxim Magazine, the literary journal of tits, ass, and everything in between, announced its 2011 Best Beers with an intimate spread of Doggie Style…our Classic Pale Ale, that is.

While the name couldn’t be resisted by editors, our Doggie proved (once again) in their tasting panel that it deserved the money shot.

Maxim’s annual beer awards are in the February 2011 issue, on newsstands now.

Jan

14

The Bitch is here to stay…and the ladies of Flying Dog LOVE it that way.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, a limited-edition release in 2010 commemorating our 20th anniversary, became a permanent member of the pack in 2011.

“Once we unleashed Raging Bitch, it became impossible to for us to cage,” our CEO Jim Caruso said. “Our nationwide sales in 2010 were up 40% over 2009 and we experienced triple-digit growth in the mid-Atlantic region alone. A huge contributor to this outstanding success was Raging Bitch.”

A Belgian-Style IPA, Raging Bitch is an American IPA fermented with “El Diablo” Belgian yeast. The result is huge herbal and pine hop flavor that’s beautifully balanced with funky citrus notes from the yeast. As described by COO Matt Brophy, “Raging Bitch represents what is fun about the recipe creation process and what goes into creating cutting-edge American craft beer.”

Raging Bitch is available nationwide on draft and in bottles. To find it in your area, use the Find Our Beer feature on our website.

Jan

12

Maceo Parker

Music legend Maceo Parker is bringing his fresh and funky style to Frederick’s Weinberg Center this Saturday at 8 pm.

And we’ve got your “in” to the show. We’ll be giving away sets of tickets all this week to fans who reply to this post with why they want to see Maceo live…in 100 characters or less.

Why 100 characters? So the world can feel your flow through a little bird called Twitter.

For more about the show, visit the Weinberg Center’s website.

Dec

8

Instead of reaching for that tacky, felt-adorned sweater, dig out those old Christmas lights and hop in the car. Flying Dog and Brightest Young Things are taking our annual holiday party on the road.

On Saturday, December 18, we’re hosting a Christmas Lights Art Car Parade in Washington, DC.

The mission of Christmas Lights is for a band of merry revelers in Art Cars to descend upon Georgetown, grand marshaled by the Flying Dog Winnebago. (Willie’s Bus ain’t got nothing on this Gonzo land yacht.) The parade is open to the public, so we encourage everyone to decorate their vehicles and join in for what is guaranteed to be a night for the history books.

Parade participants will assemble at Jack’s Boathouse at 7 pm for a welcome reception featuring CakeLoveGonzo Cupcakes (made with our Gonzo Imperial Porter) and hot cider. From there, the plan of attack is as follows:

  • 8 pm: Head down K Street to Rock Creek Parkway, up to Politics and Prose
  • 8:30 pm: Politics and Prose – Celebrity Guests’ LIVE Reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! with complimentary Flying Dog beers.
  • 9:30 pm: Comet Ping Pong – Culmination party with Flying Dog draft specials, LIVE music from Sherell Rowe (DC) and Sidewalk Driver (Boston), and all sorts of kick ass awards for a variety of superlatives relevant to the night’s festivities.

THE FINE PRINT: In keeping with the holiday spirit, this entire event is FREE. All car entries will need a designated driver on hand at the start of the Christmas Lights parade. In addition to art cars, DC’s hardcore cyclists are also welcome to participate with art bicycles. Times after the 7 pm start at Jack’s Boathouse are approximate.

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