One of the things we like best about Flying Dog drinkers is that you’re not afraid to share your opinion.  We do something good, you’re the first to complement us.  We do something bad, you’re all up in our grill.  We like that.

But we want to take it to the next level, so we have set up a Suggestion Box account to make it even easier.

  • You think we should make Woody Creek White a year-round brand? Let us know.
  • You like your craft beer in a can? Tell us.
  • You would like to see Chris Rippe wear one of those body Speedos that Michael Phelps wears?  You’re a little weird, but we want to know.

FD Suggestion Box

Click on over to and let us know what’s on your mind.  We’re listening.

[tags]flying dog, brewery, suggestion box, opinions, craft, beer, brewery[/tags]



The Frederick Flying Dogs Semi-Pro baseball team recently celebrated their 2008 league championship. After going down 2-0 in the best of 5 series, they used a little old fashion voodoo magic to help seal the deal and pull out victory. Below is the story of how Tire Bite helped bring home the championship from team manager Nick Collingham.

“After we lost game 2, a handful of us sat around drinking some beers after the other team had left.  We figured we had to do something to change our luck. We weren’t hitting and just lost with our ace on the hill even though he allowed only 2 runs. So, we buried a full Flying Dog beer (Tire Bite) label up in the pitcher’s mound right behind the pitching rubber at their field.  We have not lost since.  Coincidence??????????”




A Wild Dog will be on the loose in October.  We will be releasing a Smoked Double Lager called “Dog Schwarz” (pronounced: dog sh-varts) in October – just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.  Funny how that works, huh?

As it is with all Wild Dog releases, Dog Schwarz will be available exclusively in hand filled, labeled and corked 750ml champagne-style bottles and in very limited quantity.

For more information on Schwarzbier, click here.

Here’s a look at the label.  Let us know what you think!

Dog Schwarz Label

[tags]wild dog, craft beer, flying dog, smoked, double, lager, experimental[/tags]



Whether it be suppliers, distributors, or retailers – anyone who has worked directly with Flying Dog Brewery at any point in the past 10 years, has probably worked with Mike Freeman in some capacity.  Mike is Flying Dog’s longest standing employee and has worked in everything from Sales to Warehouse to Purchasing to running the whole damn Brewery.

In April, Mike was diagnosed  with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, also known as GBM. GBM is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor. It is unknown what causes this tumor; unlike some brain tumors that spread from other cancer cells in the body, it starts in the brain.

All of Mike’s friends and his extended family at Flying Dog have come together and organized an event to help pay for some of Mike’s medical expenses.  The event, called “Rock The Mike: The Freeman Brainefit” is on August 23 in our old brewhouse in Denver (2401 Blake).  Not only does the event feature some of Denver’s best Punk Rock bands, all of the proceeds go straight to Mike.

We hope to see you come out on 8/23 to help us Rock the Mike! Click on the image below for more details.

Brainefit Poster 01

For more information, please visit:

Mike’s Caring Bridge Site

[tags]mike freeman, rock the mike, fuck cancer[/tags]



GonzoFest is Flying Dog’s annual throwdown, an event of such epic proportions that if you miss out, you’ll be in a state of self-loathing for months. This year, in conjunction with GonzoFest, we will be hosting the Hard Times Cafe Chili Cookoff (for the 2008 Maryland State Championship). Come meet the Flying Dog Crew and enjoy beer, music, tours, chili samples, performance by the Appalachian Air Canines – as well as all-around good karma, as a portion of the proceeds benefit the Heartly House. On Saturday, September 13th from 3-9pm we will be administering lessons in Fear and Loathing, Flying Dog style. Click here for more details about GonzoFest.



Notice the In-Heat Wheat in the picture from this Brewer’s Association press release. We are taking over the world one beer at a time!


American Craft Beers featured at July 4th opening of new U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Export Development Program helps promote sales of American Craft Beer in the U.S.

Boulder Colorado. • July 15, 2008 —Beer from American craft brewers flowed in Berlin as dignitaries from Germany and the U.S. gathered to open the new U.S. Embassy on the Pariser Platz square.  The July 4th event was attended by over 4,500 guests including current German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President George H. W. Bush, and former ministers of the German government.  Today, exported beer from American craft brewers is in demand with over 50% more sales in 2007 than in 2006.

Photo Caption: Bobby Richey, Sue Timken, Ambassador Timken, and Sam Bessinger show off American Craft Beer

Click Here for a High Resolution Version of Image

“We wanted to celebrate the return of the U.S. Embassy to its historic home in downtown Berlin in a very American way,” commented Bobby Richey, Jr., Counselor for Agricultural Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. “We chose to serve U.S. craft beers because they embody many of the attributes typical of U.S. agricultural products: quality and innovation.”

The Brewers Association’s (BA) Export Development Program received the request for American craft beers from Richey. The reception featured 47 different craft beer brands from 13 American craft breweries.

“The Brewers Association is very proud to be a part of the festivities surrounding the new opening of the German Embassy in Berlin. Exposure of American craft beer abroad actually increases demand in the U.S.,” stated Brewers Association Vice President Bob Pease. “To have our members’ products requested and sampled at the birthplace for many of the beer styles our members proudly brew today is a testament to the quality, flavor and diversity of American craft beer —which is increasingly being recognized as a world-class brand.”

More information about the Export Development Program can be found at:


Based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association for American craft brewers and the community of beer enthusiasts. Visit the website: to learn more. The association’s activities include events and publishing: World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival sm ; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; American Craft Beer Week (May); Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 16,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.

[tags]Export, German Embassy, Brewers Association, flying dog, brewery[/tags]




Today (July 18) is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday.  He would have been 71 years old today.

A great way to pay tribute to this American legend is to go out and see the movie GONZO: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson.  Click here or here for where it is playing in your area.

[tags]hunter thompson, birthday, gonzo, movie, flying dog, brewery[/tags]



The fine folks from Jack’s Bistro in Baltimore came by the brewery to see how we make beer a couple weeks back.  Judging from this picture, they had a good time.  That’s what I call “info-tainment”!

Jack's Bistro Brewery visit

[tags]flying dog, jim lutz, brewery, jack’s bistro, baltimore[/tags]



The on-premise team from Freeman Beverage took a break from flogging the dog and stopped by to sample some of the fine beers they sell.

Hopefully our VP of Sales, Jim Lutz (the creepy guy in the background) showed them a good time.

On-Premis Team from Freeman Beverage

[tags]freeman beverage, flying dog, jim lutz, heather donahue, brewery[/tags]



Ok, so maybe this competition isn’t recognized by the Brewer’s Association or anything, but a win is still a win.  Ken Megal of Milwaukee, WI and his friends recently held a bracket-style beer tasting competition.  All of the beers were from the U.S. and our very own In-Heat Wheat won whole damn thing.

Here is the bracket – which is very small, but click on it to see the larger version and how to whole tournament sorted out.

Beer Bracket Final Results 08 Tournament

[tags]in-heat wheat, tournament, bracket, beer, craft, flying dog[/tags]

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