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This year’s going to be bigger and badder than the last. Here’s a look at what we have planned:
Saturday, May 12
- A led bicycle tour of Frederick’s three craft breweries
- Beginning and ending at the Frederick Fairgrounds with stops at Flying Dog, Barley and Hops, and Monocacy Brewing)
- 8 am to noon
- $30 tickets (in advance)
- A festival solely featuring craft beer from the great state of Maryland
- Frederick Fairgrounds
- Noon to 6 pm
- $17 to $40 tickets (in advance and at the door)
Sunday, May 13
- Bring mom out for a beer brunch featuring all three Frederick breweries
- Roasthouse Pub
- 11 am and 1 pm seatings
- Reservations are required, so call Roasthouse Pub at 301-418-6098 to make yours today
Monday, May 14
- We’re throwing in a round of beer-centric questions into Pour House Trivia’s regular Monday night lineup to crown Frederick’s Beer Geek King (or Queen)
- Il Forno Pizzeria
- 8:30 pm registration, 9 pm start
Tuesday, May 15
- Have a pint with the brewers behind the beers you know and love, featuring Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout and Brewhouse Rarities Sour Cherry Ale on tap
- Monocacy Crossing
- 4 to 6 pm
Wednesday, May 16
- Four chocolate confections from The Perfect Truffle paired with four different brews
- Flying Dog Brewery taproom
- 7 to 9 pm
- $10 tickets (in advance)
Thursday, May 17
- Featuring only Frederick beer from Flying Dog, Brewer’s Alley, and Barley and Hops on tap
- Bushwaller’s Irish Pub
- 5 pm to close
Friday, May 18
- A craft beer-focused hunt through downtown Frederick for teams of 3 to 5 people with an after-party at Brewer’s Alley
- Flying Dog Brewery, then various locations downtown
- 5 pm to 6 pm registration, 9 pm after-party
- $30 per team (in advance)
Saturday, May 19
- This annual farm festival is getting real! Featuring cask-conditioned brews from yours truly, Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops, Heavy Seas, Evolution, DuClaw, Growlers, Johanson’s, and Baying Hound
- Stillpoint Farm (in Mt. Airy, MD)
- Noon to 6 pm
- $20 tickets (in advance)
For some reason, people kept leaving during our Holiday 4/20 party to go out to their cars. They’d be in the parking lot for no more than 5 minutes and then return. They would come back in walking slower, talking slower, and reacting to life in general slower than when they exited.
Baffled by this behavior, we began asking people why they kept leaving. Their responses provided little insight, so we figured our deductive reasoning would be at its best if we compiled a top ten list of responses, Letterman-style. So here goes:
Top Ten Reasons People Kept Leaving our Holiday 4/20 Party to Go to Their Cars Only to Return 5 Minutes Later…
10. “I had to check on something.”
9. “I was grabbing a jacket.” (It was 75 degrees and sunny.)
8. “I forgot my shoes.” (He had, in fact, forgotten his shoes.)
7. “My friend wanted to borrow a CD.” (But neither he nor his friend had a Discman in hand.)
6. “I thought it would be good to get my umbrella.” (Again, 75 degrees and sunny. And she didn’t return with said umbrella.)
5. “I needed to get tightened up…you know…man…”
4. “Oh, dude, did I just leave?” (Yes. Yes, you did.)
3. “I was afraid my cat followed me here.”
2. No response. Just a red-eyed zombie staring right through us.
1. “We were just doing stuff.”
Oh, “stuff.” Glad that last one cleared it up for us.
Want to join in on the madness that is a party at Flying Dog Brewery? Get your tickets now to our Sumo de Mayo party for Cinco de Mayo.
That’s right, Baltimore. We want YOU TO CHOOSE your favorite Maryland brewery this Sunday at Mother’s Grill in Federal Hill.
Their first (and planning on annual) Charm City Beer Wars will feature brews from yours truly and:
- Baltimore Washington Beer Works
- Brewer’s Alley
- The Brewer’s Art
- Heavy Seas
- Pratt Street Alehouse
- Pub Dog
- Red Brick Station
- Stillwater Artisanal
- Got hungry and couldn’t stop thinking about Chubby Hubby ice cream until you walked to 7-Eleven to get some. (Then, upon entering 7-Eleven, forgot about said Hubby and purchased 17 taquitos.)
- Jammed on your guitar for 5 and a half hours, and subsequently had the best goddamn jam session of your life.
- Had a heated internal debate on if it’s cool to find cartoon characters attractive.
- Lit a candle and tried to figure out what (like seriously, what) makes fire so fucking beautiful.
- Watched the entire first season of Sanford and Son.
- Asked your cat if the government can be trusted.
- Fell asleep.
You submit words and Mark Burrier draws them.
Don’t be fooled by that surface simplicity. Our latest artistic collaboration is anything but.
Mark is a world-renowned illustrator, cartoonist, and designer who lives here in Frederick. Rare Words is his collaborative drawing blog where readers submit words that become the creative starting point for Mark’s original art. When Mark completes one of the user-inspired drawings, he posts it to the blog. (Additionally, 100 of Mark’s favorite submissions have already been compiled in the book Rare Words: Volume 1.)
But starting today, all submissions to Rare Words will be in contention for original art that will premiere Saturday, June 2 at the brewery. We’ll give some sneak peaks along the way, but from now until Friday, May 18, all submissions on Rare Words will be kept secret until our show June 2.
Submit your words on Rare Words. Then, come to the brewery Saturday, June 2 from 7 to 10 pm to find out if yours are chosen for the show. We’ll have a ton of Mark’s original art on display, along with live music by Old Indian and beer samples.
It’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Flying Dog-style. Introducing Sumo de Mayo: A day of gluttony with condiments, cellulite, and craft beer.
From 3 to 8 pm, we’ll have sumo wrestling rings with inflatable suits, multiple mayonnaise-eating contests (for a chance to win $250!), live music, and more.
Tickets are just $15. A ticket is valid for entry, a complimentary Flying Dog festival mug, one drink token, and all the fun your stomach can handle. and include your first two beers. (Additional beer and food will be available a la carte.)
The Baltimore Orioles have yours truly on their team at Camden Yards this season. Our beer will be on draft at over 20 locations in the ballpark, including the new Roof Deck bar at centerfield. We’ll also have our own storefront that will offer locally-inspired food pairings, like Old Bay corn dogs, with our beer.
And beginning April 27, we’re hosting “Firkin Fridays” at the stadium featuring a different cask-conditioned beer at each of the Orioles’ Friday night home games.
Our starting line-up for tomorrow’s Opening Day includes Snake Dog IPA and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale on draft, along with Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Woody Creek Belgian White, Old Scratch Amber Lager, In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen, and UnderDog Atlantic Lager in bottles.
Speaking of UnderDog, the very first cans produced at the brewery will make a special appearance tomorrow at Pickles Pub and Sliders for Opening Day. Just $4 for a can of our new Atlantic Lager starting at 5:30 am!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Disobedience Abbey Dubbel, our first Brewhouse Rarities release caged in bottles. Because our mechanical bottling line is set up for 12 oz., each 750 ml bottle is hand-packaged. Look for bottle-conditioned Disobedience Abbey Dubbel on shelves (and also on draft) starting April 1 in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
Tunes for this video provided by By the Boa (featuring our very own Tim Fortin).
An IPA with no hops by two breweries separated by sea? Dodge the draft, hide your wives, and guard your children. The International Arms Race is on!
Our combative collaboration with BrewDog – International Arms Race Zero IBU IPA – pits brewer against brewer in a battle of the brewing arts. Unlike your standard collaboration, each brewery will craft its own version of the beer, guided only by common ingredients.
These “terms of agreement” highlight the human element of the brewing process. Even with agreed-upon ingredients, the hands that craft it are hugely influential.
Another challenge in this collab? Hops, a brewer’s best weapon on the IPA front, are banned from there battlefield.
To create a Zero IBU IPA, we all agreed on a list of ingredients – spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower – to replace the bitterness typically imparted by hops.
This project will also be a battle of illustrators, pitting Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman work for yours truly against the designs of Johanna Basford, a long-time friend of BrewDog.
Behold Steadman’s design:
And onto the beauty of Basford:
Now, it’s time to see who’s boss. And we’re ready for war.