Barrel-Aged Horn Dog Barleywine

Amidst the sea of stainless steel and concrete beneath our brewing platform lies a world of experimentation —  a pilot brewing system, barrels, casks, specialty ingredients, and more. Literally a playground for our brewers, it’s an area that breeds some of our most cutting-edge releases.

The latest is Barrel-Aged Horn Dog: Our 2011 vintage Barleywine was aged in oak port wine barrels from local Elk Run Vineyards for over a year. 

Barrel-Aged Horn Dog will go on sale exclusively at the brewery on Tuesday, March 26 from 10 am to 6 pm. Only 300 bottles (750 ml) are available to the public. From there, when it’s gone, it’s gone. 



A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer.

We’re stoked to announce our latest collaboration, Natural Selection Ale, a three-part release with Evolution Brewing Company. 

We’ll launch the first Natural Selection release, Genus One, in March. A stock ale, Genus One has caramel and brown fruit notes that mingle with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast.

Then, a common descent will occur as each brewery brews a second batch of Natural Selection with us dry hopping our version (Genus Two) and Evolution barrel aging theirs (Genus Three).

Here’s what our Brewmaster Matt Brophy had to say about the project: 

What appealed to us is the collaborative nature of the stock beer and how the two other releases play off of each brewery’s strengths. We released our first double dry hopped beer last year and have been experimenting with cutting edge hop varietals in our series of Single Hop Imperial IPAs for the past two years.

And here’s what Evo’s Brewmaster Geoff DeBisschop said: 

We’ve had a lot of fun at Evolution designing beers to pair with different barrel types and this is an opportunity to expand on that experience. Creating a beer that can express barrel character in our release while complementing dry-hopping in the Flying Dog version was a great challenge and I’m looking forward to the results.

Natural Selection Ale: Genus One will premiere during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC on draft only. Genus Two and Genus Three will be released in October. All three releases will only be available in mid-Atlantic markets.



Festival de Cans

As the who’s who of the craft beer industry descend on the District this March for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, Flying Dog Brewery, Ball and Reyes Beverage Group bring you Festival de Cans — a beer-focused film festival.

Emceed by comedian Doug Powell, Festival de Cans will explore the evolution of beer advertising, featuring canned refreshments and short films from: 

  • Flying Dog
  • The Brewer’s Art
  • Brooklyn
  • DC Brau
  • Golden Road
  • Half Acre
  • Maui
  • New Belgium
  • Oskar Blues
  • Revolution
  • Sierra Nevada 
  • Starr Hill

Each film will be screened alongside some of the best vintage beer television commercials. (Patrick Swayze for PBR, anyone?)

Following the screenings will be a performance by Brooklyn-based funk band Escort, who’s latest album was named one of the top releases in 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine

Tickets are $25 and on sale now through the 9:30 Club. Only 500 public tickets are available and this will sell out. 




With absolutely no affiliation or direct partnership with the Girl Scouts of America, Flying Dog is pleased to present the unofficial guide to pairing cookies with beer. 

The brewery generously purchased one box of each variety from Brewmaster Matt Brophy’s daughter, a gesture that will fund numerous outings for area girls to learn courage, confidence, and character. 

“At my old job, there was this unspoken obligation to buy cookies from the boss, even if you were on a diet or had diabetes,” one Flying Dog employee said. “But here, there is a greater sense of purpose behind the cookies.” 

Brophy was visibly pleased by his daughter’s sales. “Who cares about da other things?” he said. “The moon sometimes looks like a “C” but you can’t eat that.” 

The cookies arrived yesterday and in another gesture of sheer selflessness, the staff of Flying Dog Brewery poured multiple beers and consumed multiple cookies to develop the best pairings for the guide.

“It wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do on my Thursday afternoon,” another Flying Dog staffer said, “but I was able to get through it.” 

Here’s what the brewery came up with: 

Trefoils with Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout (DD) 

The smooth butter and vanilla flavors from the shortbread are complimented by the dry chocolate and roast character in the beer. 

Do-Si-Dos with Lucky SOB Irish Red

The sweet peanut butter filling and light graham cracker cookie are a perfect match for the rich caramel and toasty malt notes in Lucky SOB. 

Samoas with Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

The caramel coating of the cookie and caramel malt soothe the extreme hop character while the chocolate and coconut bring the Belgian fruity funk to life. 

Tagalongs with Gonzo Imperial Porter

The one-two punch combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a knockout with Gonzo’s rich chocolate and nutty malt character.

Thin Mints with Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout (DD) 

Chocolate, mint, and robust coffee and chocolate malt notes created a peppermint mocha latte in your mouth. 

Legend: Pairings marked with a DD are definitely dunkable. 

To create these pairings on your own, visit your local beer store and keep an eye out for frazzled parents who kind-of look like they’ve put on a few pounds in the past few days. 



Like many brewmasters, Matt Brophy started out homebrewing and thinks that craft breweries have a responsibility to foster and inspire the homebrewing community. 

With that in mind, we bring you Stove Toppers — all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers that include our exact ingredients and brewmaster’s recipe, all scaled-down to fit your 5-gallon home brewery.

We’re launching one kit per month in 2013 and each kit will be on sale for that month only. Beginning Friday, Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado will be on sale in our gift shop and the Flying Barrel Homebrew Supply Shop in Frederick. The El Dorado Stove Topper is $55 and will be on sale through February 28.



Totally back by popular demand. 

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 am. Our last party sold out in minutes, so don’t miss out. 



Last week, we donated a portion of proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout to  the Oyster Recovery Partnership. From 2012 sales alone, the ORP will be able to replant 750,000 oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay.

Stephan Abel, ORP executive director, explained that “a healthy oyster reef not only filters the Chesapeake Bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other important marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass. Every oyster we plant back into the Bay will have an immediate, positive impact.”

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake are one of the most endangered habitats on the planet and essential to our water supply here at the brewery in Frederick. Because of that, we’ll continue to donate proceeds from Pearl Necklace, which is brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters, to the ORP in 2013. 



Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy greets each new day by listening to our National Anthem as imaginary tears flow down his eye black-stained cheeks. As the last verse rings through his ears, he contemplates what it truly means to live in “the land of the free” and thinks of new ways to incorporate his favorite hobby — winning friends through the art of the friendly wager — into his already amazing day job.

So far, our Brewmaster bookie is 2-0 with our Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. Most thought it couldn’t be done, but Brophy took on each opponent with tenacity and drive not seen in the weeks leading up to those games. 

First up was Adam Avery, of Avery Brewing Company. The terms? Whoever’s team lost would send the winning brewery a case of rare beers. And in a nail-biting finish, our Ravens prevailed. Up next was Al Marzi, Brewmaster at Harpoon, with the same terms and the same outcome for Brophy: Our Ravens took the Patriots to pound town. 

Now that the Super Bowl* is upon us, Brophy isn’t losing steam**. In fact, he’s taking on Anchor Brewing Company and their 49ers with even higher stakes: The losing brewery will pour the winning brewery’s beer in their taproom for a week by a staff clad in the champion team’s gear. 

“We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make,” Brophy said. “Whatever legacy you’re going to leave; leave your legacy!”

Inspiring-quotes-that-once-read again-don’t-really-make-sense aside, we all know that because God is amazing, Brophy — along with our Baltimore Ravens — will prevail. 

* We would like to take a moment to thank the author of this post for making no mention, joke, or jab about the Super Har-Bowl. 

** Get it?



El Dorado. The Golden One. The ultimate prize legions spend their lives seeking. 

In honor of our first Single Hop Imperial IPA of 2013, we’re lifting the shield of mystery off of El Dorado, a little-known hop and star of our first release:

The El Dorado hop was first bred between 20 and 25 years ago by a USDA research program for eventual use by Anheuser-Busch. Once mature, A-B played with it for a few years and eventually dropped the variety. 

A sole grower in Moxee Valley, a northern district of the famed Yakima Valley, kept the variety in the ground over the years and in 2010, harvested a mere 1.5 acres.

That same year, during hop selection at the Great American Beer Festival, our brewmaster Matt Brophy was introduced to El Dorado and immediately drawn to its pungent dried fruit (think apricot and pineapple) aroma. 

Bold enough to stand on its own in our Single Hop Imperial IPA, those fruit aromas and flavors shine through, along with a fresh-cut grass crispness and clean, dry finish. We first featured El Dorado last year and are stoked to have it back — and available on draft and in 6-packs now. 



Governors and mayors, you can have your hoisting of other flags and exchanging of local cuisine. We’re betting beer. 

Last week, before our Baltimore Ravens took the Denver Broncos to pound town, our brewmaster Matt Brophy made a friendly wager to his friend Adam Avery, of Denver’s Avery Brewing Company. If the Ravens won, they had to send us a case of rare, barrel-aged beer. If the Ravens lost, then we’d do the sending.

Clearly — as anyone with two eyes, two ears, and a remote control knows — the former didn’t happen. (And for the record, we’re still waiting to reap the benefits of Peyton Manning’s cold weather playoff record.)

This week, Brophy’s betting on the birds again. Now, he’s challenged Harpoon brewmaster Al Marzi with the same: Ravens win, we get beer. Ravens lose, we send beer. 

Some say the odds aren’t in our favor. We’d agree, if the stakes involved coaches who look like they’re homeless, pretty boy quarterbacks who hock footwear popular with sorority girls, or plain, old-fashioned cheating. But this is an AFC championship match-up for the ages. And our Ravens are out for revenge. 

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