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Inspired by the fall literary classic, “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers”.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on a beer brewed with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices…shit, even brewed with the top part of the pumpkin that I like to call “nature’s fucking handle.” Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, Sporty Spice – the more spice the better when it comes to my beer. I want to crack the cap off that fucker and get punched in the face with a bouquet that makes me think of nothing but fall, flannel and football.
I want that fall flavor to be so strong that I’m sitting next to Billy Crystal on a bench in Central fucking Park surrounded by the most vibrant goddamn leaves that God’s green earth has ever seen. Fuck Sally and her stupid fucking hat. Harry’s going to see me with my pumpkin beer and want his life with me to start as soon as fucking possible. But I’m not stopping with him, no sir. Then, I’m going to bust onto that Fighting Irish field with thousands of fans chanting my goddamn name. Bye Felicia, and bye Rudy.
And you know who I want to meet? I want to meet the fucking genius who was the first to toss some pumpkin into a batch of fucking beer. I want to shake his hand heartily and thank him from the bottom of my cozy, candy corn-shaped heart. He knew that all a fall beer needed was the hard and hard-to-get-to meat of a motherfucking pumpkin. Fuck that shiny orange rind. Fuck those slimy ass seeds. He wanted meat and he went for it.
You see, there’s plenty of other fall shit he could have thrown in there: Zucchini, brats, cranberry sauce, a deep-fried turkey, those Halloween Reeses cups that are in the shape of pumpkins. Some loser probably even came up to him and asked “how do you like them apples?” But he stuck to his guns and went patches over orchards, all day, every day. “Taste my Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
And bitch all you want about pumpkin beers coming out too early. Pumpkin beers on shelves in August? That’s just nature’s way of making sure you’re ready for a cornucopia of fall flavor jam-packed into each and every 12-oz bottle. You’re saying you don’t want to be fully prepared for the moment it’s goes from 95 to 62 degrees? Clearly you were never a boy scout…and have never been prepared for a goddamn thing in your life. I won’t be saving you a seat around my roaring fucking fire. And you can be damn sure you won’t be borrowing the stainless steel marshmallow roasting set I got last year at Target…ON SALE.
And to those of you who think there are just too many pumpkin beers out there? Fuck you. This is America and variety is the spice of fucking life. (But pumpkin spice Cheerios? Those can go fuck themselves.)
Drink up, fuckheads!
Even if you haven’t strayed from your shopping list in recent visits to your grocer, it would still be virtually impossible not to see the influx of pumpkin-spice everything on the shelves. During a recent decorative gourd supply run, an idea to attempt pairing all things pumpkin spice with our pumpkin beers was born. Never one to half-ass it, our Brewery Evangelist decided to put on his big-boy pants and see if he really could consume all the pumpkin spice. The result, much like a Vice-presidential debate, is that there is no clear winner. See how far into the video you can make it.
This is the part where we are supposed to tell you not to try this at home.
Do not send us videos of you attempting the Pumpkin Spice Challenge.
Do not upload videos and tag us and use the hashtag #PumpkinSpiceChallenge.
You can also journey with us into the mind of a maniac by listening to these Pumpkin Spice Challenge outtakes.
Pumpkin Spice Challenge.
In The Best Way Possible.
Ever Been Filmed Eating?
Wash It Down
Ice Cream 2
A Little Rich
With All The Bad Things Going On
There Goes The Twinkie
That’s It Folks
Keys To The Game
You know what farmers’ markets need? Beer. Also, a flannel wearing sculptor with a chainsaw. And while we’re at it, let’s give it a soundtrack. Something upbeat and live in the name of all that is holy. Now we’re cooking with gas. Since my wallet is getting some time in the sun, let’s make sure it’s taking care of my wants as well, not just the necessities like organic produce, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses and chocolates, but some badass metal art for my beer drinking hovel.
This is shaping up, but it still needs something. The smell of meat coming out of that upscale food truck is telling a timeless love story that my mouth will want to hear over and over again. Am I missing anything? Oh yeah, Fido. How could I forget my best friend? He’ll want some love as well; the thoughtful placement of a water dish or ten and some other dogs’ butts to sniff should do the trick.
Can it have a cool name? Local Riot you say? Now I’m sold.
On Saturday, October 22, our annual Local Riot returns. The event is free with donations going to our friends at Lonely Hearts Animal Shelter. It’s dog-friendly, and will feature live music throughout the day from The Beatnik Termites, The Rockaway Beachboys and Luna. Local Riot will also be the first place you can pick up Secret Stash this year, which pairs great with a couple laps around the brewery lawn as you check out our different vendor tables including:
- Common Market Co-op
- Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop
- Crocbite Guitars
- Fisher’s Popcorn
- Goodloe Byron
- Gravel and Grind
- Hippy Chick Hummus
- J. Dickey’s Sauces
- Jerkface Jerky
- Kitchen Studio
- Michele’s Granola
- Otterbein’s Bakery
- Oyster Recovery Project
- Paws In The City
- Pumphrey Woodworks
- Roasthouse Pub
- Salazon Chocolate
- Savage Soaps
- Sweet Farm Sauerkraut
- Tuhala’s Well
- UMD vanEngelsdorp Bee Lab
- Whiskey Bottom Candle Company
All beer, food and vendor goods will be sold a la cart.
Our Brewhouse Rarities series gives everyone in the brewery a voice. Our Flying Dog University Professor, Justin, wanted his to be heard not just for a new beer concept, but the critical threat bee colony collapse poses to our ecosystem. At least one Brewhouse Rarities release every year is an agricultural collaboration, and his pitch to craft a bee beer brewed with local bee pollen and honey immediately appealed to our powers that bee.
The beer incorporates Dutch Gold Buckwheat Honey and local bee pollen from Lord Byron’s Honey Apiary into an American Saison base. The golden color shows off the honey sweetness, which is present yet balanced. Justin chose buckwheat honey for its strong flavor. Strength is important because a lot of honey character ferments out during the process. The choice to use bee pollen was easy once he learned about its health benefits. (It’s high in protein and can be metabolized quickly.) A lot of breweries brew with honey, but few use bee pollen, as well, and Justin found that it adds a unique floral sweetness. Elevate your experience by drinking it alongside fresh chèvre with dried apricot and honey. (If you don’t understand what half of that meant, try pairing it with a non-factory cheesecake.)
Now that you know what the buzz is all about, we’d like to see you at the brewery release on Wednesday, September 28 from 3 pm – 8 pm. You’ll have the chance to hand-dip your bottles of Bee Beer in beeswax and will leave with a custom packet of Purple Coneflower seeds, a native perennial that our bees just love, from Chesapeake Valley Seeds. Planting these seeds are just one of the ways you and Joe the Plumber can help fight CCD and save the bees. You don’t need to have a green thumb to get these growing, even the laziest gardner can set it and forget it. (Instructions below for once you have those bad boys in hand.)
While fine tuning the recipe with our brewmaster, Justin also developed a Flying Dog University course around bee education focusing on how everyone, even the Average Joe, can help fight colony collapse disorder (CCD). The class, The Making of Bee Beer, is a platform to educate and encourage everyone to take action against the bee colony collapse that poses a serious threat to all aspects of our ecosystem. At Flying Dog University, we believe that action starts with education, so we’re thrilled to feature two bee experts from the University of Maryland’s Research Apiary for a class on bee behavior, bee’s impact on agriculture, what’s causing colony collapse and how we can help. The class will conclude with a question and answer session and a guided beer tasting of four Flying Dog beers.
Maryland honeybee loss is among the highest in the nation and we want you to drink beer and learn about it. Head out to the release, register for the class, and find Bee Beer near you starting October 3 for a limited time.
PURPLE CONE FLOWER CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Seeds best before end of summer 2017
· Loosen the soil in your garden using a garden fork or tiller to 12 to 15 inches deep, then mix in a 2– to 4–inch layer of compost.
· Plant the seeds in the spring in humus-rich, well-drained soil about 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the type, in full sun. Coneflowers can tolerate some shade.
· If you are moving a potted plant outside from inside, dig a hole about twice the pot’s diameter and carefully place the plant in the soil. Bury the plant to the top of the root ball, but make sure the root ball is level with the soil surface. Water it thoroughly.
· In the spring, put a thin layer of compost around the plants, then a 2–inch layer of mulch to help keep the plants moist and prevent weeds.
· If you receive less than an inch of rain a week, water your plants regularly during the summer.
· If your plants are floppy, cut them to the ground after they flower.
· Remember to cut off the dead/faded flowers to prolong to blooming season and prevent excessive self-seeding. To attract birds, keep the late-season flowers on the plants to mature.
· Divide your plants into clumps every 3 to 4 years in spring or autumn, although coneflowers do not like excessive disturbance.
Flying Dog University, a first-of-its-kind beer education program, is back in session this fall. As requested in last semester’s evaluations, none of our courses will require or allow the use of common core mathematics.
The course calendar will include old favorites as well as numerous electives if you’re looking to boost your GPA (General Perception of Ales). We recommend starting with our core curriculum: Beer 101 – 301. Beer 101: Craft Beer Basics, is a rigorous exploration of the history of beer, the brewing process and the four ingredients in beer. This course is great for beginners and anyone interested in a refresher. Our Advanced Brewing Techniques class, Beer 201, is an in-depth look at brewing processes like dry hopping and using unique ingredients, and how these affect the end beer.Beer 301: Beer and Food, is a breakdown of how beer interacts with food by comparing beer and wine and reviewing tips on pairing beer with food, storing and aging beer and cooking with beer. Depending on your skill level you can sign up for all three or pick and choose.
Our electives run the gamut of all that we love about the craft beer community. Each course is co-taught by local artisans who share their story and their craft alongside of ours.
If you want an in-depth look at our brewery, sign up for one of our Beer Geek Tours scheduled for the first Sunday of each month. A previous brewery tour (of our own or someone else’s) or a working knowledge of the brewing process is recommended because we get down and dirty in this behind-the-scenes exploration of why we do what we do. Each Beer Geek Tour ends with a tasting of new releases, pilot batches and vintage beers you can’t get anywhere else.
Whether you’ve been part of the craft movement since day one or you just picked up your first sixer of Raging Bitch yesterday, we have the class for you. Make your commitment to craft today:
- Saturday, September 24: Beer 401: The Science of Beer (Beer 101-301 recommended)
- Sunday, October 2: Beer Geek Tour
- Thursday, October 6: The Making of Bee Beer
- Sunday, October 9: Beer 101: Craft Beer Basics
- Thursday, October 13: Pairing Beer and Cheese with Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop
- Friday, October 14: Cooking with beer with The Kitchen Studio in Frederick – SOLD OUT
- Sunday, October 16: Beer 201: Advanced Brewing Techniques
- Thursday, October 20: Pairing Beer and Charcuterie with Meatcrafters
- Sunday, October 23: Beer 301: Beer and Food
- Thursday, October 27 – Pairing Beer and Chocolate with The Perfect Truffle
- Sunday, November 6: Beer Geek Tour
- Friday, November 18: Cooking with Beer with The Kitchen Studio in Frederick
- Sunday, December 4: Beer Geek Tour
The finest print: Each Flying Dog University course ends with a tasting of Flying Dog beers. All attendees must be 21 or older. All sales are final and classes are non-transferrable or refundable.
Ralph Steadman is coming to America. A Retrospective – Ralph Steadman, a massive collection of over 60 years of Ralph’s work, opens tonight at the Society of Illustrators in New York and will be on display until October 22.
Ralph’s incredible range is out in full force: His early political cartoons (most still socially relevant today), his lauded work with Hunter S. Thompson, his children’s books and everything in between. This collection is one of the largest exhibitions of his work ever and the first time the Society of Illustrators has dedicated the entire gallery to one artist.
We got a sneak preview last night. While we’ve been working with Ralph since 1995, we will never outgrow our awe of his depth, relevance, and (of course) his weirrd. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take it all in at once.
See how deep the rabbit hole goes with an incredible schedule of collaborative events and programs centered around the exhibit:
- September 10, Proud to be Weirrd: The Life and Art of Ralph STEADman
- September 22, Gonzo Sketch Night
- September 29, Screening of “For No Good Reason,” a documentary on Ralph’s life and work
- October 6, Multiple Mediums Concert with Relix Magazine
- October 14, Can Art Affect Social Change? panel discussion
- October 15, Live Skype session with Ralph Steadman
The craft beer community is exactly that: A community that takes care of its own. When flooding in late July devastated Ellicott City – a haven for artisans and independent businesses – two Maryland breweries knew we could help.
Alongside Jailbreak Brewing Company, we will release Watershed Moment Belgian IPA this week with 100 percent of the profits benefiting flood relief for Ellicott City. The beer will premiere on Friday, September 9 at both Judge’s Bench and The Wine Bin in downtown Ellicott City.
The beer itself is a hybrid of Jailbreak’s Poor Righteous IPA and our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA. The malt bill is from Poor Righteous, the hops are a blend of those used in both beers and the yeast is the El Diablo Belgian strain used in Raging Bitch.
Watershed Moment will be available on draft and in cans exclusively in the Howard County and Baltimore area markets for a limited time. Bond Distributing and Hub Labels also contributed to the project, and a donation to the Ellicott City Partnership will also be made in their names.
If you’re on that complaining-about-pumpkin-flavored-everything bandwagon, enjoy that ride. And no need to read any further.
Now that those guys are gone, we’d like to introduce you to our newest collaboration: A 72% dark chocolate bar with sea salt & PUMPKIN IPA. That’s right, those beautiful Count Choculas over at Salazon Chocolate Co. share our obsession with The Gourd Standard Pumpkin IPA. The bar is made with German nobel hops and the custom pumpkin spice blend we use in the beer. Plus, Salazon Chocolate’s notorious sea salt is infused with the beer itself.
Hear us talk more about it here:
Before you #RaiseTheBar, peruse our FAQs:
Is this chocolate considered to be an aphrodisiac?
According to the tests we ran at the brewery, yes. According to science, probably not.
I’m allergic to hops, should I avoid this?
You poor son of a bitch. Yes, you should avoid this delicacy.
Where can I get it?
Stop by the brewery, The Market Tavern in Sykesville or anyone one of these fine retail locations. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your favorite chair, you can also order it the old fashioned way, on the interwebs.
Now that the 2016 Rio Olympics are on the books, we wanted to take a look back out our favorite 10 moments. Because let’s be real: Beers were drank and at least one U-S-A chant broke out in front of the TV every 10 minutes or so. And then we had more beers.
10. When we got The Full Mongolian. After an unfavorable call, Team Mongolia’s coaches stripped in protest.
9. When we met #RobelTheWhale. And found out that body shaming was one of those things the whole world has in common.
8. When a greased-up guy twerked for Tonga. And proved that the real winner of the Opening Ceremony was that little map in the corner re-teaching us all 10th grade geography.
7. When the Crimson Wave hit the pool. We continue to give mad props to Fu Yuanhui for keeping it real.
6. When Team Photoshop also won gold. Ellen, we love you.
4. When the paramedics dropped the ball. Samir Aït Saïd wasn’t supposed to literally break a leg. And the paramedics weren’t supposed to then drop him.
3. When the Fiancé of Former Miss California won some medals. And proved that some headline writers need to lay off the machismo sauce.
2. When Ryan Lochte made us proud. And proved that shit could get worse than his green hair.
1. When Maryland flexed. Take that Alabama.
You know how sometimes you hear about something for the first time and you hate yourself for not having discovered said thing sooner? We just discovered one such gem: An electric violinist rocking out to The Presidents of the United States of America. “Peaches,” of course. We couldn’t keep this one to ourselves, so we are sharing it with the world this Friday for our brewery release of Heat Series Carolina Reaper Peach IPA and Brewhouse Rarities White Peach Saison.
If the marketing minds of Erin and Nate had it any other way, they’d drink peaches every day. Their Brewhouse Rarities pitch for a White Peach Saison was based on their well-shared love of saisons…and involved entrance music. (We’ll let you guess the song.) For this late-summer release, they thought delicate white peach would lend a beautiful nuance to a the chewy wheat and peppery spice of a French Saison. The candy-sweet character of El Dorado hops added a modern twist to the beer, which is already high on our crushability scale.
With a few Heat Series releases under our belt, we thought it was time to turn it up…a few million Scoville units. We go pretty hard in the paint and didn’t want anyone to accuse of half-assery, so we linked up with Puckerbutt Pepper Company’s Smokin’ Ed Currie and the world’s hottest pepper. Prior to the cross-breeding of the Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper came in at 1.5 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). After Carolina Reaper was introduced, it jumped up to 2.2 million SHU. This beer’s sweet peach and juicy hops hit you first and then the Reaper chews you up and spits you out. One to fear, for sure.
If you aren’t sold on these beers, here is one last ditch effort to convince you to embrace the peach:
1. The first basketball game ever played used peach baskets as hoops.
2. Peach is an excellent choice for a driver in MarioKart, if you want to get passed by Yoshi.
3. Nicolas Cage loves peach.