Wise-ahClose your eyes, extend your hand, and surrender your inhibitions to Ben Wiser, our Honorable Hop Steward and Docent of the [Flying] Dog in Annapolis.

Armed with the insatiable urge to spread the Gospel of Gonzo and Good Beer, Ben will guide you on your journey through the inaugural Annapolis Beer Week April 20-27. 

So you come into this with palate prepared, here’s a look at the events he has lined up:

 First Annual Beer Run

A 5K and 1-mile fun run followed by craft beer and a sense of accomplishment.

  • Saturday, April 20
  • Annapolis County Fairgrounds

Beers and Bands

The name says it all. Live music and local craft beer starting at noon.

  • Sunday, April 21
  • Stan & Joe’s Saloon

Green Drinks

Not St. Paddy’s Day leftovers, but a focus on sustainability over happy hour.

  • Monday, April 22
  • The Rockfish

Brewmaster Meet & Greet

Get up close and (after a few beers) very personal with our brewmaster, Matt Brophy 

  • Wednesday, April 24 
  • Stan & Joe’s Saloon 

Annapolis Craft Beer Crawl

We call it a crawl, but walking is much more efficient.

  • Thursday, April 25
  • Downtown Annapolis (check the link for specific locations)

Snake Dog Cask Tapping

Our hop monster just got real.

  • Thursday, April 25 
  • McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar

Drafts and Laughs

What is in a name? This one speaks the truth.

  • Saturday, April 27
  • Maryland National Guard Armory 




Due to popular demand, tickets for Summer Sessions, our outdoor concert series at the brewery, are on sale now through FlyingDogTix.com.

This includes:

The fine print: Only those 21 and older can attend events at the brewery. All beer will be sold a la carte at each event.   



Over the past few months, we asked you to contact your local elected officials in support of Maryland craft beer. And because of you, two key pieces of legislation passed and will be signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley:

  • House Bill 955: As early as July 1, we will be able to fill and sell growlers at the brewery, allowing you to purchase and take home beer fresh off our taps. 
  • House Bill 4/Senate Bill 32: We will be able to sell beer by the glass in our taproom as early as July 1. This legislation will allow us to have additional sampling opportunities for our fans, entertain more impromptu visits, and increase tourism and business across the state.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution.



After discovering that both orange AND red M&Ms were in its presence (when the contract explicitly said that only orange were acceptable), Bloodline Blood Orange IPA locked itself in its dressing room. It didn’t care that we had a conference (the Craft Brewers Conference, to be exact) to attend. It was offended to its core and made it perfectly clear that it was not coming out. 

And even after offers of orange peanut M&Ms and even the more allusive orange peanut butter M&Ms, Bloodline stayed put, only opening the door once for a cowering assistant and, naturally, for a regular delivery of Diet Sunkist and cigarettes. 

After weeks of begging, pleading, and agreeing to name firstborn children after various Pantone shades of orange, Bloodline has emerged. Not with mascara-stained cheeks, a raspy voice, and wavering hand. It is big, bold, and badass as ever. And it’s finally coming to DC.

Here’s a list of places that should have it on tap in the coming weeks:  

  • Art and Soul
  • Bedrock Billiards
  • Bourbon (both in Glover Park and Adams Morgan)
  • ChurchKey
  • Elephant and Castle (Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers
  • Founding Farmers
  • Granville Moore’s
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont Circle)
  • Iron Horse Taproom
  • J Paul’s Restaurant 
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Maddy’s Tap House
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Meridian Pint
  • Molly Malones
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (both Georgetown and P Street locations)
  • RFD
  • Smith Commons
  • Smoke and Barrel 
  • The Big Hunt
  • Thunder Burger

Want the most up-to-date updates? Follow @FlyingDogTommy, our DC market manager, on Twitter



Through fear, man has come to know the serpent. It is crafty. It has conviction. 

Drink, our brethren, and celebrate the Year of the Snake:

Tim Martin: writer, director, editor
John Kinhart, Samuel Tressler, and Clark Kline: camera
Alan Saunders, Jesse Daumit, and Sam Epstein (sound)
Jesse Daumit: original music
Scott Smith and Alan Saunders: visual effects
Steph Hyder: Wardrobe

And special thanks to:

  • Area 31
  • Bobby Donavan
  • John-Paul Serrano
  • Smooch Studios
  • Soft Images Salon
  • The Hyattstown Mill



When the gates of one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball open this Friday, we’ve got your uniform covered. 

Support your home team and local brewery with two new Orioles-inspired shirts on sale now online and in our gift shop: 

Birdland Raglan Tee: $28 


Home Team Tee (men’s): $23

Home Team Tee (women’s): $23 






Brewed as an homage to Woody Creek, Colorado — a small town outside of Aspen that was home to our founder George Stranahan and Hunter S. Thompson — our Woody Creek is a traditional Belgian White made with orange peel and coriander. 

Now, with our Stove Topper homebrew kits for advanced brewers, you can brew your own to honor Gonzo Ground Zero:

  • Availability: On sale through April 30
  • Price: $45
  • To Purchase: Visit the Flying Dog Brewery gift shop or The Flying Barrel Home Brew Shop, both in Frederick, Maryland. 

Click here for more details and to download brewing specs and instructions



Orioles Nationals opening day

Just days before each team’s Opening Day, we’re stoked to announce that the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals support their local brewery. 

That’s right, sports fans, beer from yours truly will be available in both ballparks all season long. 

In Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Snake Dog IPA and UnderDog Atlantic Lager will be sold at over 20 locations, including the Flying Dog storefront and The Roof Deck, which opened last season. At Nationals Park, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, UnderDog, and Snake Dog will be sold in general concession areas, the Red Loft Bar, and the Red Porch Bar.

We’re also continuing Firkin Friday with the Orioles, where we tap a cask at both the Flying Dog storefront (lower level, between sections 23 and 29) and The Roof Deck for every Friday home game.

Our first Firkin Friday is Opening Day — Friday, April 5 — featuring cask-conditioned Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

  • April 19: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA with mango and habanero 
  • May 17: Brewhouse Rarities Easy IPA
  • May 31: Snake Dog IPA
  • June 14: Brewhouse Rarities Pineapple Saison
  • June 28: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • July 12: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Sorachi Ace
  • July 26: Brewhouse Rarities Belgian Devil
  • August 2: Doggie Style Pale Ale 
  • August 16: Snake Dog IPA
  • August 23: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • September 6: Secret Stash Harvest Ale 
  • September 27: The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale 




Four 20

Celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday with live music on the lawn and casks so dope, it’s almost a shame to drink them.

Seriously, it’s like killing a unicorn…with, like, a bomb.

For our annual Four 20 party at the brewery, we’ll have live music from Black Falls, The Manly Deeds, and Silent Old Mountains, along with killer food trucks (in case you get the munchies).

Only those 21 and older can attend events at our brewery. All beer will be sold a la carte at each event.



Sunday night, we brought Maryland House Bill 4 to your attention. If passed, this bill will allow manufacturing breweries in Maryland, Flying Dog included, to sell beer by the glass at their onsite taprooms.

House Bill 4 (HB 4) was scheduled for a closed-door vote in the Economic Matters Committee this past Monday, but was delayed because of the overwhelming response from supporters, along with the submission of last-minute amendments.

As a result, the lead sponsor of the bill, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio of the Eastern Shore, has been working tirelessly in the name of Maryland craft beer. She deserves our thanks and admiration. 

Many craft breweries around the country are already able to sell beer by the glass. The passing of HB 4 would enable manufacturing breweries to grow their taproom experience, entertain more impromptu visits, increase tourism, and grow business across the state.

According to the Brewers Association of Maryland, as more people are able to visit craft breweries, sales of craft beer increase not only in those breweries, but also in other small businesses like local restaurants, pubs, and beer stores in the surrounding community.

If passed, HB 4 will be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and go into effect July 1, 2013.

We will keep you posted on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of Maryland craft beer. You are part of the revolution and we couldn’t do it without you. 

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