As we await the rapture, the Flying Dog brain trust assembled on 12/12/12 for what will now be known as the most important meeting in the history of this brewery. 

The task at hand? Assemble a top 10 list of things to do before the world ends on December 21.

After reviewing approximately 70 hours of David Letterman Top 10 footage spanning from 1985 to 2000 (because we all know the writing took a dip in 2001) and watching any YouTube video that involved the keywords “pleasure” and “butt trumpet,” our team got to work.

So if you would join us in a “finger tapping on your desk” drumroll (because it’s really, really hard to imbed audio in a blog post), we are thrilled, scared, and a little bit excited to give you:

“Flying Dog’s Top 10 Things To Do Before You Die That Guarantee Fulfillment and Triumph Before Humankind Is Vaporized on December 21.”

  1. Get a face tattoo of Mike Tyson.
  2. Go streaking up to the quad and into the gymnasium.
  3. Do a number two off of a hot air balloon.
  4. Ride a mechanical bull naked.
  5. Walk 500 miles. Then walk 500 more. 
  6. Go scrunchie shopping with Steven Seagal.
  7. Sing “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on karaoke night.
  8. Be involved in a high speed chase.
  9. Make and eat a turkducken.
  10. Kill Nicolas Cage.



It’s tiiiime to play Plinko ladies and gentleman!

Our gift shop Plinko Sale is just in time for your last minute holiday gifts. And all you need to do is drop your balls in our slot to win a slew of great prizes:

  • A hug from a brewer!
  • 10% off*! 
  • Free keychain! 
  • 15% off*! 
  • We’ll buy you a sandwich**! 
  • 20% off*! 
  • Free t-shirt of your choice! 
  • 40% off*! 
  • A stick of gum***!

And once you’re finished shopping, just $5 gets you beer samples in our merry taproom.

* Said discounts cannot apply to the purchase of beer.

** Said sandwich will be provided by our friends at AKA Frisco’s.

*** Said gum will most likely be mint-flavored.



If we learned anything from Dick Clark, it’s that adult diapers are a must for camping out in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

He also taught us that every good countdown needs a few recaps. So, here’s a look at beers 1-28 that will be on tap at Max’s Taphouse for the End of the World.

Announced today are ALL SIX of our Single Hop Imperial IPAs released in 2012:

  • 28. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Galaxy
  • 27. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin
  • 26. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Centennial
  • 25. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra
  • 24. Single Hop Imperial IPA with Chinook
  • 23. Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado
  • 22. Brewhouse Rarities Weizenbock
  • 21. Brewhouse Rarities Nut Brown Ale
  • 20. Brewhouse Rarities Gose
  • 19. Brewhouse Rarities Red Ale
  • 18. Brewhouse Rarities Sour Cherry Ale
  • 17. Disobedience Abbey Dubbel
  • 16. K-9 Winter Ale 
  • 15. Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • 14. Woody Creek Belgian White 
  • 13.  Garde Dog Biere de Garde
  • 12. Road Dog Porter
  • 11. Tire Bite Golden Ale 
  • 10. Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  • 9. Gonzo Imperial Porter 
  • 8. Old Scratch Amber Lager
  • 7. In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  • 6. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  • 5. Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • 4. Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  • 3. Snake Dog IPA
  • 2. UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • 1. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

You can follow the countdown on Twitter with the hashtag #FinalCountdown



As craft brewers, we are always looking to innovate; whether it be through a our recipes, production processes, or new technologies. And as a Washington, DC-area business, we strive to build relationships with like-minded organizations in the surrounding community. 

Pardon the use of corporate-speak terms like “innovate” and “strive.” We just can’t help it when each of those two things come together in one project. 

We announced today that we’re partnering up with The George Washington University’s Clean Energy Team on an energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy feasibility study. The team is comprised of 10 MBA students who are going to research and evaluate potential technology, software, and operational changes that could lower energy consumption at our brewery. 

The study will focus on the following areas:

  • Electricity and natural gas bill analysis, forecasting, and benchmark reporting against similar manufacturers
  • Cogeneration analysis to capitalize on repeated heating and cooling operations that are already used in the brewing process
  • Reduction of peak energy demand
  • Evaluation of on-site renewable energy like solar, wind, and anaerobic digester technologies
We’ll be working with the team over the next 3 months and they will present their findings in March 2013. 



A few miles west of our brewery is a mountain range that is the birthplace of our Brewhouse Rarities. Disconnected from the world below, the entire brewery congregates atop a historic overlook each year to develop beers that shatter the confines of traditional styles. 

The only criteria lies in a few simple words from the Good Doctor: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.” 

A series of small-batch beers available only in the mid-Atlantic, our 2013 releases include:

  • Chipotle Dark Ale: January
  • Green Tea Imperial Stout: February
  • Pumpernickel IPA: March
  • Big Black Wit: April 
  • Easy IPA: May
  • Pineapple Saison: June
  • Belgian Devil: July
  • Roggen: August
  • Vineyard Blonde (brewed with local Vidal Blanc grapes): September
  • Orchard Ale (brewed with local apples): October
  • Cinnamon Porter: December

Since both the Vineyard Blonde and Orchard Ale are dependent on our local agriculture, the November release was intentionally left open.

All of the releases will be in draft only, with the exception of the Green Tea Imperial Stout, Belgian Devil, and Cinnamon Porter. Those will be packaged in both draft and 750 ml bottles.



On Friday, December 21, we’re leaving together at Max’s Taphouse, but it’s still farewell. And, after 56 of our beers on draft, maybe we’ll come back to earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame, except the Mayans; we’re leaving ground. Will things ever be the same after the largest tap takeover in the history of the world?

It’s the Final Countdown. [Cue guitar riff.]

Starting tomorrow with tap #17, we’re counting down all 56 beers we’ll have on draft at Max’s for the End of the World. Why 17? Since our days are numbered, we’ve lumped our year-round and seasonal releases into one, only leaving room for the rare before the rapture:

  1. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  2. UnderDog Atlantic Lager 
  3. Snake Dog IPA
  4. Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
  5. Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  6. Wildeman Farmhouse IPA
  7. In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
  8. Old Scratch Amber Lager
  9. Gonzo Imperial Porter
  10. Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  11. Tire Bite Golden Ale
  12. Road Dog Porter
  13. Garde Dog Biere de Garde
  14. Woody Creek Belgian White
  15. Dogtoberfest Marzen
  16. K-9 Winter Ale 

Follow the countdown on Twitter with the hashtag #FinalCountdown



“Don’t draw, Ralph. It’s a filthy habit.” – Hunter S. Thompson 

It’s a filthy habit indeed, our dear Ralph, filled with scamps, tramps, and sick and twisted souls. But we love you for it. 

Just like the man it honors, St. EADman Belgian Dark Ale is complex and unpredictable. Bright fruity esters of pears and strawberries blend with caramel malt character and brown fruit notes of cherry and plum. Your first sip embraces you with alcoholic warmth and the dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Just in time for your holiday libationary needs, St. EADman is available now on draft and in hand-packaged 750 ml bottles. Check our Beer Finder to see if it’s near you



After zero hours of negotiation, hearty handshakes, and minimal amounts of rabble, we have agreed to supply Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley with a case of beer after each game remaining in the 2012 season.

The agreement stemmed from Cooley’s negotiations with the Redskins when he was resigned by the team in late October. Cooley asked that receiving a case of beer after each game be written into his contract, but the team ultimately denied his wish.

For us, it was heartbreaking to hear that this stellar athlete was denied the opportunity to have a beer at the end of each hard-fought game. So in the name of Cooley’s wish and in support of athletes in need, we knew we needed to step in.

For the remaining six games of the regular season, Cooley will receive our new Shock and Awe variety pack, which includes Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, and Snake Dog IPA.

Because at the end of the day, we don’t think anyone should be deprived of great beer.



This gem needs no introduction. Just keep in mind that names have been deleted to protect the innocent (and because one of the girls at said party was cute).

Dear Flying Dog:

I was recently invited to a “solar return” celebration (aka, a birthday party for hippies) that included acupuncture, tarot readings, and somatic psychology (whatever the fuck that is), along with a vegan potluck.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people living their lives however they like. To give you a little context, I prefer steak, booze, and not having to make a list of everyone’s preferred gender pronouns (including “it”) when I get my birthday party on. I work in an environment that leads to being able to recognize each of my coworkers’ doodled renditions of male genitalia.

This party is also segregated into variously themed rooms. (I’m in the one reserved for drinking and arm wrestling, as opposed to the performance art one). The hostess knew enough to tuck me away inconspicuously and ask me to bring beer, but not enough to know that I would use that opportunity to passive-aggressively introduce YOUR salty-named brews to quietly undermine the extreme PC vibe.

Thanks for helping me offend a bunch of people that I love who could really stand to lighten up. 

PS – I highly recommend serving some Pearl Necklaces to a bunch of lesbians and trying not to bust a gut listening to them all exclaiming over how much they love them. Cheers!



On Friday, December 21, the Mayan calendar will expire, alongside planet earth, and we’re going to party like there’s no tomorrow — mainly, because there won’t be. 

Starting at 5 pm, Max’s will have 56 Flying Dog beers on tap, making it the largest tap takeover in this history of the world. 

In addition to our year-round and seasonal offerings, more small-batch, limited releases will be available including vintage Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout, all six 2012 Single Hop Imperial IPAs, and the premiere of the first, and last, 2013 Brewhouse Rarities release, a Chipotle Dark Ale.

Even though the end will be inevitably near, showcasing our first Brewhouse Rarities release for 2013 will provide a false sense of hope that you will not be led into the blinding light of a fiery inferno. 

Not ignoring the Will Smith and his German Shepard factor, all attendees will also receive a ticket for our Rapture Raffle. Survival tools like industrial-sized packs of toilet paper and Leonard Bernstein’s Greatest Hits on cassette will be on hand for those who may actually survive the end of the world. 

In addition, both Max’s Taphouse and yours truly agreed to invest in a really big countdown clock.

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