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.

Dec

7

Dog Chow Cookbook

“This is a book about food and beer.” And so begins Dog Chow, our very first cookbook, released just in time for holiday gift-giving.

Described as “the everyman’s (or woman’s) guide to navigating the kitchen with beer in hand,” each of the eight recipes in Dog Chow features a different Flying Dog beer as a main ingredient.

This first volume of Dog Chow is all about our brewers — all of the recipes were developed by them. From Macaroni and Cheese with Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale to Gonzo Imperial Porter Chocolate Ice Cream, Dog Chow will make the mouths of beer geeks and foodies water.

Dog Chow offers beginners tips on how to cook with beer. For example, beer can be heated, but not boiled. Boiling beer makes its innate hoppiness a Hell of a lot more hoppy…and not in a good way.

We also offer pointers on pairing beer with food, along with flavor profiles on each of our beers. While there are no finite rules to beer pairings, guidelines like “no beer is created equal,” “beware of the big O,” and “throw caution to the wind,” makes pairing beer approachable and removes the intimidation factor often associated with wine.

Dog Chow is available for purchase alone or with a limited edition “Beer: It’s What’s for Dinner” apron through our online store.

Dec

2

Filmmakers SpotlightJoin Flying Dog for our second Filmmakers Spotlight Dec. 9 at Baltimore’s Landmark Theater.

The feature presentation is Todd P Goes to Austin. Directed by Jay Buim, the film is a cultural snap-shot of America’s underground, do-it-yourself music scene. It follows the footsteps of DIY rock promoter Todd Patrick and features unforgettable live performances from Baltimore-rooted artists like Dan Deacon and The Death Set.

Using never-before-seen footage, including material shot by the bands themselves, the film exposes what life is like surviving and touring at the underground level. Interviews with Todd about the necessity of independent music connect the bands as they tour en route to Austin, TX to appear in the DIY music scene’s answer to the SXSW Music Festival.

The night will begin with a few short screenings by local filmmaker Hilton Carter. Carter, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art and an award winning director, has personally been instrumental in helping build Baltimore’s young and growing filmmaking community.

Local DJ Hip Hop Dan will spin during intermissions and (naturally) Flying Dog beer will be served in the theater. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

After the show, head over to The Talking Head for the official after party – featuring DJ sets from Jay Buim, DJ Pancake, and Hip Hop Dan and Flying Dog beer specials. Admission is free, but the event is 21 and older.

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