Local is as local does. 

Just this morning, we hosted the third annual Maryland Hop Market in our tasting room. Twenty-two breweries attended to evaluate and potentially purchase hops from six local growers looking for their hops to find their way into beers in the coming year.

To open the market, Kevin Attick, executive director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, which sponsored our market (alongside the Northeast Hop Alliance) reminded the crowd of the importance of supporting not only local breweries, but also local ingredients. A rising tide lifts all ships throughout the craft beer industry. 

Hop market 1

The event kicked off with a happy hour (ahem, at 10 am) where our brewmaster Matt Brophy welcomed our brethren brewers from:

  • Barnwerk
  • Barley and Hops 
  • Black Hops 
  • Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy 
  • Brookeville 
  • Calvert
  • Denizens
  • DuClaw
  • Franklin’s 
  • Full Tilt
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Growlers 
  • Heavy Seas 
  • Jailbreak 
  • Manor Hill 
  • Milkhouse 
  • New Zagros
  • Pilot Malt House
  • Pub Dog
  • Ruhlman
  • Union
  • Waverly 

The paper plates brought out the natural beauty of the hops

From there, each grower displayed a sample of each hop variety harvested this year. Hops are evaluated on appearance, moisture content and aroma. To properly gauge the latter, you don’t just sniff a whole cone; you vigorously rub it in the palms of your hands to release the resin and oils that reside in each cone. 

The growers and hop varieties included: 

  • Black Locust Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Brewer’s Gold
  • Creeping Creek Farms: Cascade
  • Cultivate Farm: Cascade
  • Fairview Farm Hops: Cascade and Chinook
  • Organarchy Hops: Cascade, Chinook
  • Pleasant Valley Hops: Cascade and Nugget 

Hop market 3

In addition to making offers on hops, each brewer was asked to complete a detailed evaluation for each grower. Commercial hop farming is a relatively new venture in the State of Maryland, so any and all feedback on how it can continue to grow (intended) is essential, especially from commercial growers who purchase and brew with millions of pounds of hops per year. 

Hop market 5

After a good rub session our guests were encouraged to clean up any residual oils. And yes, the best hop hand sanitizer is good, old-fashioned grain alcohol. 

Hop market 6

Two local farm breweries, Milkhouse and Manor Hill, also showcased beers brewed with local hops, malts and even plums. You’ll have to take a trip out to the farms to try those beers, but our Fresh Hop Ale is on tap in our tasting room for samples and growler fills all weekend long. 




“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant…” or the beer you make.

Premiering on tap exclusively in our tasting room tomorrow is a Fresh Hop Ale, brewed with fresh hops from Pleasant Valley Hops in Rohrersville, Maryland.

Before this year’s harvest, three of our brewers went out in Pleasant Valley’s fields and selected Cascade and Chinook for a light-bodied lager fermented at ale temperatures. Their hops were picked and used in the beer within hours, all within their fresh — unprocessed state — in the kettle and hopback. 

Our Fresh Hop Ale clocks in at 6.2% ABV and is the latest in our Sub Rosa series of small batch beers available only on draft and only in our tasting room. We’ll see you soon



We love teachers. And we’ve been told that teachers love their beer. So starting next Thursday, we’re holding Teacher Appreciation Nights for all Frederick County schools. Free tours will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and all school staff will receive 15% off their bar tab and merchandise by flashing their school badge. 

The schedule is as follows. And please note that all middle and elementary feeder schools are included with the corresponding high school: 

  • Thursday, September 17: Frederick and Thomas Johnson High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 20: Brunswick, Oakdale and Tuscarora High Schools
  • Thursday, September 24: Urbana and Linganore High Schools 
  • Sunday, September 27: Middletown, Walkersville and Catoctin 




Now on tap and soon to be in your glass is our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, an India Pale Lager. 

Brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops and fermented with a lager yeast strain, this hybrid style combines huge tropical fruit hop bitterness (typical in our favorite IPAs) with a crisp and clean lager finish.

For those of you who want specifics:

  • ABV: 6.3%
  • 60 IBU
  • Specialty Malts: Wheat, Munich, Caramel
  • Hops: Citra and Galaxy
  • Tasting Notes:
    • Aroma: Juicy fruit aroma
    • Appearance: Golden with a bright white head
    • Flavor: Big tropical fruit bitterness up front that quickly fades into crisp dryness
    • Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean

Brewhouse Rarities India Pale Lager is on tap now in our tasting room and available throughout the mid-Atlantic. 




It’s Thursday. Your lunch is sitting on the kitchen counter, not in the mini-fridge next to your cubicle. You haven’t set your Fantasy lineup for the week yet, despite a 3-week losing streak to those asshats in accounting. And you can’t remember if you actually used toothpaste when you brushed your teeth this morning. (Angela from HR insisting that you take a mint from her candy jar wasn’t just in a giving mood.)

The only thing that matters to you is the sweet nectar of weekend anticipation. It’s Thursday, and you’re getting your growler filled at Flying Dog Brewery. 

We want you to be a card-carrying member of the Growler Republic. Every time you get your growler filled, we’ll stamp said card. Then, your 6th fill’s a charm and will cost you just $5.

You can get your Growler Republic card starting this Thursday in our tasting room. From there, we’re open for growler fills on Thursday and Fridays 3-8 pm, Saturdays 12-8 pm, and Sundays 12-6 pm. Bookmark this page for a look at what’s on tap each week.



Sub Rosa…under the rose. What was once shrouded in secrecy is now brought into light and into your glass. Our Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room. 

Our latest Sub Rosa release that’s now on tap is a Kettle Sour Saison — a perfect balance of tart, crisp wheat and clean, lactic sourness. Clocking in at 5.5% ABV, it’s light-bodied and a perfect sipper for saying farewell to the summer. 

Our Kettle Sour Saison is on tap by the glass and for growler fills for a limited time. 





Each summer, our entire staff congregates atop a historic mountain overlook to pitch beer styles for the next year’s Brewhouse Rarities series of small-batch, limited releases. Inspiration comes from all around us and concepts come from all areas of our brewery, from packaging to accounting to marketing to our brewers themselves. 

There were 92 unique, never-before-brewed beer styles pitched at this year’s Brewhouse Rarities staff retreat. And then, there were 8. 

2016’s Brewhouse Rarities series will include:

  • Tropical Stout 
  • Cold-Press Coffee Porter
  • Mint Julep Ale
  • White Peach Saison
  • Berliner Weiss 
  • Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler
  • Bee Beer
  • Sea Salt Caramel Brown 

If 2016 now feels entirely too far away, find solace in a Juniper White IPA, our current Brewhouse Rarities release, and our soon-to-be-released India Pale Lager, Spiced Pear Ale and Smoked Belgian Stout.  





Tomorrow, Surfer Blood, Sun Club, and The People’s Blues of Richmond are performing live on our front lawn. Got tickets? Excellent. Now all you need to do is read through our FAQs…and don’t do anything to piss off Mother Nature.

1. Will tickets be available at the door? 

Slackers rejoice. We will have tickets available at the door. But you can also play it extra safe and get yours now via

2. Is the show outside? Will it be held rain or shine?

Yes and yes. Only the stage is covered, but even if there are a few sprinkles, we think you’ll be just fine. There will also be no access to the brewery itself (including our tasting room) and no re-entry into the concert area once you’ve been admitted. 

3. Is this an all-ages show?

NO. Only those 21 and older with a valid ID will be admitted. That’s the law. And that include babies and small children, even if they’re strapped to your chest and/or attached with a leash. 

4. Are all tickets general admission? 

Yes. All spots are first come, first serve.  

5. Where do I park?

Parking is on our brewery grounds. Attendants will be on-site all day to direct and showcase of an array of neon-colored vests. 

6. Can I bring chairs, blankets, and/or umbrellas?

Due to space constraints and the sake of those around you, we have to say NOPE to chairs. Blankets are fine, but we can’t guarantee there will be space for ’em. Same goes for umbrellas.  

7. Is the venue handicap accessible? 

We are ADA compliant, but it’s important to know that our tasting room (and related indoor facilities) are closed during the concert. We also have limited seating on our patio. 

8. Is outside food or drink allowed? 

Again, NOPE AND NOPE. The only exception to this is unopened bottles of water. (But if you don’t BYOW, we’ll have free water stations throughout the area.) Aside from our delicious beers, no other alcoholic beverages can be consumed or served on our brewery grounds by law. Food and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase from the kick ass food trucks we have lined up: The Green Bowl and The Smoking Swine

9. So, what’s the deal with beer?

All beer is a la carte and available for purchase for $5 each. From specialty casks to House Rules XPA (a tasting-room exclusive), our beer list is a doozy. There is a limit of two beers per person, just like stadiums, per transaction. 

10. Are pets allowed?

NO. Trust us; they will have a much better time sneaking onto your bed and taking a long nap than they will dodging beer bellies and beards.

11. Is photography and video allowed? 

Yes, as long as it is not professional. Amateur photos and footage for fun, shits (for, not of), and giggles are welcomed and encouraged. While you’re at it, share it with your friends and ours on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #SummerSessions. 

12. I plan on drinking responsibly, but what if I need a cab? Hotel room?

For wheels:

  • Yellow Cab of Frederick: 301-662-2250
  • Taxi Fiesta: 301-663-6300
  • Frederick Taxi: 301-696-0077

For beds (all within 3 miles of the brewery): 

13. Are any other things prohibited? 

Funny you should ask:

  • Smoking
  • Weapons 
  • Illegal substances
  • Party poopers 



Juniper White INSTA

For those of us who are equally-opportunity drinkers, a cold gin and tonic on a hot summer day hits the spot. Now, there’s a beer for that. 

Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release — Juniper White IPA — is brewed with juniper berries and lime zest to give you the same pine and citrus punch as your beloved G&T. The team lead on this beer, packaging supervisor Matt “Mouse” Hardesty, ran with the idea of substituting juniper and lime for the coriander and orange you’d typically find in a White IPA. From there, he liked the bold spice and intense citrus combination of Columbus and Simcoe hops. 

Juniper White IPA is available now in our tasting room and hitting shelves in the mid-Atlantic this week. Can’t make it to our brewery? Use our Beer Finder to track it down near you. 




Remember The Golden Rule because our second Summer Sessions is a three-way. 

Our July 18 show will combine the harmonic alternative rock of Surfer Blood with Baltimore-based Sun Club and The People’s Blues of Richmond. (We’ll let you guess where those guys are from.)

Surfer Blood

Described as an indie, surf-rock collective, Surfer Blood returned to its DIY roots on their latest album 1000 Palms, combining ornate arrangements and instrumentation with more mature songwriting. (Read NPR’s First Listen review here.) A review of one of their recent shows said it was nonchalant and breezy, which is pretty impressive for a band that’s already taken the stage on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Sun Club

The local loves of our lineup, Sun Club was named one of the “10 Maryland Bands You Should Listen to Now” by Paste Magazine. And each of their shows carries a spontaneity that reflects their style: Afropop rhythms combined with contemporary pop melodies that always satisfy.

The People’s Blues of Richmond

The name alone sets the tone for PBR’s carnival-like mayhem of dark blues infused with psychedelic rock. Oh and their newest single “Gone Gone Gone” just happened to be produced and engineered by the guy who worked on The Black Keys’ album Brothers. NBD. 

All three bands will perform live on our front lawn alongside rare and obscure beers and the area’s most delicious food trucks. Tickets are $25 and available now via

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