Nov

22

When you make a donation to a charity, sometimes it’s tough to see the immediate impact. For oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, drinking Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout and eating farm-raised oysters (like Rappahannock River Oysters) directly enables the Oyster Recovery Partnership to replant oysters back into one of the most endangered habitats on the planet.

Since its release in 2011, proceeds from Pearl Necklace have enabled ORP to plant 2 billion oysters in the Bay. Watch the impact in action:

Nov

19

Gonzo 3 liter

When Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005, we paid tribute the only way it knew how: A beer.

Gonzo is a deep, dark, and rich Imperial Porter with notes of chocolate, roast, and a swift kick of hop bitterness at the end – the latter something we knew the Good Doctor would appreciate.

And Ralph Steadman, Hunter’s partner in crime and pursuit of the American Dream, followed suit with a now-iconic illustration of a cigarette-smoking skeleton proclaiming “OK, let’s party,” which adorns each bottle of Gonzo Imperial Porter to this day.

Now, we’ve teamed up with our longtime label artist, who is 77 years old, on limited-edition double magnums (3-liter bottles) of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter signed by Ralph himself.

Typically released once a year in 750-ml bottles in extremely limited supply, Barrel-Aged Gonzo is six months in the making, with the finished beer aged for a minimum of three months in oak whiskey barrels.The result is an even more complex flavor profile with vanilla notes from the oak and subtle and soothing whiskey warmth.

Only 100 double magnums were produced and signed by Ralph. Each bottle is sealed in wax and comes in a custom-fitted wooden display box branded with the Flying Dog logo. A numbered certificate of authenticity and pair of Flying Dog goblets are also included with each bottle.

These collector’s items are $500 each and on sale now exclusively at the Flying Dog Brewery gift shop*. All of the proceeds benefit The Gonzo Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to promote literature, journalism, and political activism through the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. It was established by Hunter’s wife, Anita Thompson, and is based at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado. 

* Due to Maryland state laws, we are unable to ship. Limit one per person. 

Nov

18

We’ve teamed up with The Single Hop Project to announce our 2014 Single Hop Imperial IPAs through their kick ass artwork, which encourages a better understanding of hops and the distinct ways they can influence beer. Their visual interpretations of some of our favorite varietals will be on display at our brewery this Saturday night

First up, we’ve got El Dorado in January: 

El Dorado

For the first time, Amarillo in April: 

Amarillo

Citra in July: 

Citra

And, finally, Galaxy in October.

Galaxy

Nov

5

Our November Brewhouse Rarities release, Vineyard Blonde, debuts on draft at the brewery tonight from 5 to 7 pm. 

Our third agricultural collaboration of the year, Vineyard Blonde was brewed with 500 gallons of Vidal Blanc young wine from Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia. What do we mean by young wine? As soon as grapes are harvested and pressed, they begin a natural fermentation that was halted once the juice was added to the beer during fermentation. 

Vineyard Blonde is a light Belgian Golden Ale with a fruity and floral nose that continues in the flavor profile, melding with hints of white grape, honey, and biscuit malt sweetness. The combination of a Belgian yeast strain for primary fermentation and a champagne yeast strain for secondary fermentation makes the beer finish light, dry, and spritzy. 

Here are some specifics: 

  • 6.4% ABV
  • 25 IBU
  • Specialty malts: Torrified wheat, Aromatic malt 
  • Hops: Nelson Sauvin 

On a crisp late September morning, we participated in the Vidal Blanc harvest at Breaux’s 404-acre estate, which has over 100 acres of 18 different grape varieties planted.

VB 1

Breaux is Virginia’s largest producer of Vidal Blanc grapes and maintains a year-round vineyard crew that nurtures the vines and fruit every step of the way. 

VB 2

Our brewers (including brewmaster Matt Brophy) worked closely with Breaux’s winemaker David Pagán Castaño throughout the planning, harvesting, and brewing process. 

VB 3

The Vidal Blanc grapes were pressed and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of being harvested. 

In addition to our Vineyard Blonde release tonight, Breaux will have the beer on tap at their vineyard on Saturday, November 16. You can also use our Beer Finder to locate it on tap near you

Nov

1

Simcoe_StovetopperWEB

 Choosing from the most rare and interesting varieties, our genius team of brewers released four Single Hop Imperial IPAs in 2013, including Simcoe, which imparts a distinct pine aroma and in-your-face hop bitterness.

Now, you can brew the hop bomb for yourself with our Stove Topper homebrew kit for Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe

Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers. They include our exact ingredients and brewmaster’s recipe, all scaled down for your 5-gallon home brewery.

The Simcoe Stove Topper is $45 and on sale through November 30. We’re releasing one style per month in 2013, so to plan ahead, pick, choose, and mark your calendar,check out the full schedule.

Oct

31

Brewers Harvest poster 2013

Are you sitting down? Because you may need to once you have a look at the beer list for Saturday’s Maryland Brewers Harvest at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. 

Tickets for this can’t-miss beer and food event are still available and on sale now

Yours truly: 

  • Secret Stash Harvest Ale (VIP only)
  • The Truth Imperial IPA (VIP only)
  • Brewhouse Rarities Vineyard Blonde
  • Brewhouse Rarities Orchard Ale
  • Natural Selection: Genus Three (our collaboration with Evolution Brewing Company)
  • Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewer’s Alley:

  • Oatmeal Stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels (VIP only)
  • Gettysburg Wheat (VIP only)
  • Kolsch
  • English IPA
  • Oatmeal Stout 
  • Oh My Gourd Pumpkin Ale

The Brewer’s Art:

  • Proletary Ale 
  • St. Festivus Holiday Ale
  • Birdhouse Ale
  • Le Canard Belgian Dark Strong Ale 

Eastern Shore:

  • Scotch Ale on cask with toasted scotch chips (VIP only) 
  • 5-Year Twitch Belgian Ale
  • Back Creek Blonde
  • Tighty Whitey Belgian White
  • Magic Hefeweizen 

Fin City:

  • Sneaky Wheat (VIP only)
  • Jacks Pot Amber 
  • Captain Jack’s Pumpkin Ale

Full Tilt:

  • Baltimore Pale Ale
  • Patterson Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Growlers:

  • Freaky Krieky Lambic (VIP only)
  • Your Mom’s Apple Pie Ale (VIP only)
  • Chesapeake Old Bay Spiced Ale (VIP only)
  • Angry Russian Imperial Stout (VIP only)
  • Homestead’s Maple Pumpkin Porter
  • Single Hop Cascade Pale Ale
  • Hayes’ Harvest Rye IPA
  • Satan’s Little Helper Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Heavy Seas:

  • Greater Pumpkin Ale
  • Loose Cannon IPA on cask
  • Winter Storm Imperial ESB
  • Peg Leg Stout
  • Powder Monkey Pale Ale

Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm:

  • Coppermine Creek Dry Stout on cask
  • Dollyhyde Saison
  • Stillpoint Farm Harvest Pale Ale 

Monocacy:

  • Riot Rye Pale Ale on cask (VIP only)
  • Riot Rye Pale Ale
  • XB1C Brown Lager

Peabody Heights:

  • Knuckle Buster IPA
  • Red Cent Amber
  • Fair Shake Pale Ale

Pub Dog:

  • FUBARK Imperial Stout (VIP only)
  • Harvest IPA
  • White IPA
  • Imperial Dog Imperial IPA
  • Hoppy Dog Pale Ale 
  • Grand Marnier Saison 
  • White Dog White Ale

Raven:

  • Tell Tale IPA on cask with jalapenos (VIP only)
  • Tell Tale IPA dry-hopped with Citra (VIP only)
  • Tell Tale IPA
  • Raven Lager
  • Dopplebock on cask
  • Pendulum Pilsner 

Ruhlman:

  • Mint Chocolate Stout (VIP only)
  • Black Knight Imperial Stout 
  • Rebel Rye 
  • LeWac Amber Ale
  • Red Ale
  • Milk Stout

Union:

  • Blackwing Schwarzbier on cask with local coffee (VIP only)
  • Duckpin Pale Ale
  • Balt Alt
  • Blackwing Schwarzbier
  • Double Duckpin IPA 

Oct

30

Dr Dog vinyl

It’s a match made in indie (and convenient naming) heaven.

We’ve partnered with Dr. Dog on their new album B-Room, which came out September 30, and their newest single “Distant Light.” A limited-edition 7″ flexi vinyl of “Distant Light” is available now exclusively in our Shock & Awe variety packs. 

We also sat down with the band for a performance of three additional songs off of the new album and a Q&A with questions from our staff.

What dead president would the band spend seven minutes in heaven with? Watch for the answer: 

“Broken Heart” + Q&A with the band

“Too Weak To Ramble”

“The Truth”

To find availability of our variety packs near you, plug your 90210 into our Beer Finder

Oct

22

Hallows Eve

Make sure your costume has room for a giant beer boner. Here’s the lineup from all four breweries: 

Flying Dog

  • The Truth Imperial IPA
  • Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • Snake IPA
  • Doggie Style Pale Ale

The Brewers Art

  • Resurrection Dubbel 
  • Ozzy Ale
  • Birdhouse Pale Ale

Union

  • Balt Altbier 
  • Duckpin Pale Ale 
  • Foxy Red IPA
  • Blackwing Lager

Stillwater 

  • Why Can’t IBU Belgian IPA
  • Cellar Door Saison 
  • Autumnal Saison
  • Stateside Saison
  • Classique Saison 

Oct

16

Natural_Selection-WEB

A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer. 

Our collaboration with Evolution Brewing Company began with Genus One, a stock ale with caramel and brown fruit notes mingling with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast. 

Then, a common descent occurred as each brewery brewed a second batch, creating Genus Two and Three:

  • Genus Two: Brewed by Evolution and aged in oak bourbon barrels, available on draft and in 750 ml bottles
  • Genus Three: Brewed by Flying Dog and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops, available on draft and in 6-packs

All three versions will debut on draft tomorrow at Columbia Alehouse.

Then, we’re hosting a Natural Selection happy hour and beer dinner with Evolution at Birroteca on October 22  for Baltimore Beer Week. 

Oct

15

At the simple push of a button, beer from 20 taps are at your fingertips with our new growler filler, Mr. Belvedere.

The first of its kind in the United States, it’s up and running now for our weekly growler hours (Thursdays and Fridays 4 to 8 pm and Saturdays noon to 5 pm).

And why do we call it Mr. Belvedere? We have no idea.

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