As some of you may have already heard, F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, NY caught on fire yesterday. We want to let one of our craft beer partners-in-crime know that they are in our thoughts especially the employees and their families. Luckily, no one was injured and we wish the makers of Saranac the best luck in their rebuilding process. A few of us from Flying Dog had the good fortune of hanging out with a few lovely ladies from F.X. Matt while we were in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago while we were at Savor, so this hits home even a little more.



Flying Dog’s Lead Dog, Eric Warner, caught up with Jeff from Craft Beer Radio at the Brewer’s Associations 1st Annual Savor event in Washington, DC. Eric talks about new styles, brewery history and food pairings. Catch the interview here.



Hard to believe, but Memorial Day is upon is.  And with the start of Summer here, it’s time to fire up the grills.  Here are some ideas on what beer to pair with that Summertime grub.

Burgers – Burgers off the grill are a staple of backyard bar-b-ques and Doggie-style Classic Pale Ale is the perfect beer to go wash down that mound of ground beef.  Doggie-stlyle’s crisp hop edge will really bring out the burger’s juiciness.  If you want to take it to the next level, pour some beer on the burger as you’re grilling it and add some cheddar cheese at the end.

Smoked Brisket – If you’re more in to smoking your meat, try our Double Dog Double Pale Ale.  At 85 IBU’s, Double Dog definitely a hop bomb, but it’s balanced enough to really accentuate that smoky flavor in the brisket.  On the side, add some cubes of Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola.

BBQ Ribs – You like ribs slathered in BBQ sauce, huh?  We recommend pairing that with Gonzo Imperial Porter.  Gonzo’s rich, malty body and intense roasted flavor will pair great with the rich rib meat and spicy/sweet BBQ sauce.  If you really want to do it right, use a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce that has more of a sweet, molasses taste profile.  Damn, that sounds good.

Salads – You gotta have some greens to complete a true Summer feast and for that we recommend In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen or our Summer Seasonal, Woody Creek White.  Both of these refreshing Wheat beers are great on those hot days.  If your salad has a little bit of a citrus kick to it, go with the Woody Creek White.  If you’re more of a Ranch/Cobb Salad type person, go with In-Heat Wheat.

Hot Dogs – You might be asking “Can you pair a beer with a Hot Dog?”  The answer is “Hell yeah you can!  Old Scratch Amber Lager’s smooth, malty goodness is a perfect compliment to foods on the salty or spicy side.  We recommend a spicy, deli mustard with kraut and onions if you are so inclined.

For more on pairing food with beer, log on to  We offer some more “adventurous” pairings on there.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone!

[tags]summer food pairings, grilling and beer, craft beer, memorial day food, flying dog[/tags]



Are you afraid of commitment?  Like big, bad ass beers?  It’s ok.  Our Baron von Marketing, Chris Rippe has similar issues.

The good news is that we have the perfect fix  – our Canis Major Mixed Pack.  Now you can sample all four of our Canis Major beers in one handy four pack.  Then, once you realize you are ready to profess your true love to Gonzo Imperial Porter, Double Dog Double Pale Ale, Horn Dog Barley Wine or the new (and super tasty) Kerberos Tripel, you can go out and buy a 4-pack of your own.

The even better news is that our Canis Major beers don’t mind if  cheat on them, as long as it’s with someone in the same pack.

Canis Major Mixed Pack

[tags]canis major, flying dog, brewery, extreme beer, craft beer, gonzo imperial porter, kerberos tripel, horn dog barley wine, double dog double pale ale[/tags]



Here’s the proof, straight from the Virginia Beach Brew Fest:

Monks and Ladies



Wow.  What a week.  The last seven days have been a whirlwind:

  • Promotions at Max’s (Baltimore) and Olney Ale House (Olney, MD)
  • A Beer Dinner at The Reef (DC)
  • We put a new sign on the brewery in Frederick, MD
  • Woody Creek White Release Party at the Brewery (yes, it is starting to ship)
  • SAVOR (DC) – a Food and Beer pairing event organized by the Brewer’s Association
  • Artomatic (DC) – an incredibly cool art exhibition in DC.  Over 1100 artists, 250,000 square feet of exhibit space and Flying Dog beer.  Perfect.

We’re working on some videos that will recap the week, but for now here are some photos.  More at our flickr page.

New Brewery Sign

Slideshow Art at Artomatic

[tags]flying dog, artomatic, savor, craft beer, beer, art, events[/tags]



Flying Dog Lead Dog, Eric Warner, will be hosting Olney Ale House’s Pint Night tonight. Come schmooze and booze with the man that pulls the strings for Flying Dog.

Olney Ale House
2000 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD 20832



Flying Dog Brewery was featured in TV news story that came out of Washington DC about the rising cost of brewing beer.  Brophy and Rippe handled the interview responsibilities.  Brophy, because he brews the beer and actually knows what he’s talking about.   Rippe, because he always lurks around the camera crew and drops hints that he’s “in marketing” and “knows a lot about the business side of things”.  If that’s what he needs to feed his ego, so be it.

Click here for the article and video clip.

[tags]flying dog, brewery, craft beer, frederick, maryland[/tags]



Our Kerberos Tripel is here. We’ve been fielding so many questions about this Belgian-style strong ale, that we thought we better bring in the big guns for this video preview. Eric Warner + Matt Brophy = Big Deal.

from posted with vodpod



Cache Road Liquor emailed us recently to let us know they featured Flying Dog Brewery in their recent newsletter.  Here’s what they wrote:

“The People’s Republic of Flying Dog is now in session. It’s happy hour at Flying Dog Brewery, so here is your latest dose of irreverence.” That’s how every issue of the Flying Dog Newsletter starts out and they are not kidding. Irreverence is definitely the operative word for their newsletter, website, and company. This is a beer company that fought a four year long court battle to get Ralph Steadman’s original artwork onto their bottles and eventually won the lawsuit so that now their bottles read, “Good Beer. No Shit.” This is a beer company that embraces the “Gonzo Spirit” embodied by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson, a man that had his remains shot out of a 153 foot Fist Statue, that’s 2 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty. This is a beer company that continually advocates guns, alcohol and blowing stuff up, three of our favorite things. This is a beer company that was dreamed up when founders George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre were out camping in the Himalayas with a mule and enough drugs to pacify a herd of elephants when they saw, what they swear was a flying dog. They promptly went home to the Woody Creek tavern and started a beer company. This beer is excellent, this company rocks, and you really should check it out at 

Thanks guys!  Next time we roll thru Oklahoma, we’ll make sure to stop by.

Cache Road Liquor is at 2002 NW Cache Road, Lawton, OK 73505

[tags]cache road liquor, flying dog, craft beer, brewery[/tags]

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