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.
The event kicked off with a happy hour (ahem, at 10 am) where our brewmaster Matt Brophy welcomed our brethren brewers from:
- Barley and Hops
- Black Hops
- Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy
- Full Tilt
- Gordon Biersch
- Heavy Seas
- Manor Hill
- New Zagros
- Pilot Malt House
- Pub Dog
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 MissionTix.com.
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?
- 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:
- Illegal substances
- Party poopers