Brewhouse Rarities Hall Of Fame Inductees 2016 Speech

Esteemed colleagues, brewing brethren, Mom: I’d like to wish you all a good evening. 

Good is not a word we take lightly at Flying Dog. “Good beer, no shit” is a slogan we have brewed by for longer than anyone at the brewery can remember. In fairness, who has a great memory after a couple of Double Dogs?

[Pause for laughter.]

Good beer is exactly what this evening, like most that we enjoy, is all about. Good beer and the good people who brew it.

To prove this point, our pack of just over 100 strong slides on our hiking Chucks and heads to the top of a mountain every summer where we all weigh in on what we should brew in the coming year’s Brewhouse Rarities series.

In these past few months, you have already experienced the fruit of this labor in Tropical Stout, Cold-Press Coffee Porter, Mint Julep Ale and Berliner Weisse, and we’ll have four more treats for you before the ball drops again. While the beers typically have a limited release window and footprint, there have been several occasions where your demands for more of the liquid were stronger than our will to say no. Let the record show that this decision was due entirely to the fact that the beer was too delicious to never have the opportunity to shake your hand again.

[Pause for laughter.]

We’d now like to take a minute to honor these greats by welcoming them into the Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame.

Our first honoree, Easy IPA, was a Brewhouse Rarity in May 2013 under the same name. You may remember it from your favorite tailgate. Perhaps it was the first thing you craved after mowing the lawn. Or, its subtle spice and grapefruit hop bite made you weak in the knees. As a result, Easy IPA moved up to the big leagues where it has been racking up web-gems in the form of check-ins ever since. We can always count on Easy to be the first beer out of the cooler on the course and the last beer in hand after a night of barbecuing and embellishing with friends.

Our second inductee, Numero Uno, was first pitched in 2013 as a craft alternative to the south-of-the-border light lagers. It was innovative in combing flaked maize, agave and lime all in one, which not only checked 0ff the “crushability” box, but also saved you a trip down the produce aisle.

[Pause for some mm-hmm’s.]

Originally titled Brewhouse Rarities Agave Cerveza, we were muy felize it was given a new name along with its lease on life. Olé.

Our final inductee, Fever Dream, is also the newest member of our year round lineup. First released in February 2014 as Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA, its balance of spicy and sweet was once again expertly dialed in when it returned to our roster earlier this year. If you haven’t had the chance to try it, we wish you the best of luck in crawling out from under that rock in the near future.

[Pause for some oh, snap’s.]

Congratulations to each of this years Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame Inductees.

[Applause. Lots of applause.]

Let this year’s offerings be a reminder that anything is possible, especially if you work at Flying Dog.

[Throw both hands in the air with matching peace signs.]



1stAS Eagle

“Detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.” When we applied to sell Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA in the State of Michigan (a standard practice for most states), that was the reaction.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission, a committee of appointed bureaucrats responsible for alcohol regulation in the state, promptly banned the sale of Raging Bitch. And we did not take that blatant violation of our First Amendment rights lying down.

Last March — and after an almost six-year legal battle — the United State Court of Appeals ruled that the Commission violated our right to freedom of expression and held each individual commissioner accountable. (You can read more about that ruling here.) With the damages awarded to us from that case, we established the 1st Amendment Society.

A cornerstone of democracy, the First Amendment protects our freedoms of expression, petition, press and religion. Yet, it’s consistently being threatened by the same democratic body that established it. Our 1st Amendment Society will advocate and educate on the First Amendment and organize events that promote the arts, journalism and civil liberties. 

This summer, the 1st Amendment Society and Frederick County Public Library are hosting a series of talks on banned books in the tasting room. The “Freedom Reads” series will feature:

  • Garrett Epps on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: Garrett is a legal scholar, author, journalist, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and professor of constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore. He will speak to the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Leaves of Grass on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 
  • Dr. Michelle Markey Butler on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Michelle is a lecturer at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies/Honors College. She currently teaches a course on Harry Potter and will speak to why this book, which is near and dear to adults and children alike, is often banned on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
  • Ronald Collins on Allen Ginsburg’s Howl: Ron is currently the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law and has clerked for Chief Justice Warren Burger, taught at Stanford, Temple and GW and worked with the Newseum’s First Amendment Center. An author of biographies on both Lenny Bruce and Allen Ginsburg, Ron on will discuss the banned poem on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Each Freedom Reads talk will begin at 6 pm. They’re free and open to anyone over that sacred age of 21. And stay tuned for more information on the 1st Amendment Society, including its very own website. 





Some people measure time by the seasons, some by the calendar, some by semesters. We measure time in Brewhouse Rarities releases and we are already on our fourth of the year.

Berliner Weisse was pitched by Little Michael, a faithful member of the tribe and student of historic beer styles. When combined with his love for hiking, the low ABV (4.2%) and refreshing citrus character of a traditional German Berliner Weiss was a perfect fit. Never ones to back down, the entire brew team was up for the challenge of crafting the traditional lemon tartness. German is what German does, so we will also have traditional raspberry, peach and woodruff syrups on hand in the tasting room to add additional character to this unique style. 

Our second Heat Series release, Ancho Lime Paradise Lager, was born from the idea that a heat beer can be subtle and approachable. Anchos are dried poblano peppers which originated in Puebla, Mexico. (You probably remember that town from your Cinco De Mayo history lesson in 3rd grade.) When the earthy ancho is mixed with lime and corn, the result is a brilliantly clear, light straw body (if it only had a brain), and a pure white head. Once it hits your lips, the pepper’s heat will lead the charge with a lime and sweet corn spice following for a flavor profile that immediately has you reaching for more. We recommend spicy fish tacos with cilantro because…beer and tacos. 

Be a part of the action in our tasting room on Friday, May 13 from 3 to 8 pm. If you don’t leave the house on Friday the 13th, check our Beer Finder for availability near you after both beers hit the market on May 16.




This Saturday, we’re saddling up for the Kentucky Derby with the perfect libation in hand: Brewhouse Rarities Mint Julep Ale. While we don’t have a horse in the race, the depravity of our Derby dates back to the start of Gonzo journalism when Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman gave the world “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” If reading isn’t your thing, you can catch the story of their first meeting and the debauchery that ensued in the ESPN 30-for-30 short Gonzo @ The Derby.

If you realize you look way too good to stay at home in that Derby dress or seersucker suit, there are a number of Derby parties we recommend gracing with your presence including:

Enjoy the greatest 2 minutes in sports with a Mint Julep Ale in hand. We’ll see you in the winner’s circle.



Gonzo @ the Derby ESPN Poster

Forty-six years after Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman first joined forces with “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,” a piece for the now out-of-print Scanlan’s Monthly, their first meeting and exploits are headed to the silver screen. ESPN will premiere a 13-minute 30-for-30 short entitled “Gonzo @ The Derby,” May 3 at 10 am on the world wide web at The video will also air during the 6 pm edition of SportsCenter on May 6.  If you like to read the book before the movie comes out, we highly recommend it, you can do so here.

As the story goes, Thompson was looking for a special kind of face that Steadman would sketch for the lead drawing, “I saw it, in my head, as the mask of the whiskey gentry — a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams and a terminal identity crisis; the inevitable result of too much inbreeding in a closed and ignorant culture.” Steadman said later on, “We were the face of the crowd we’d gone there to find.”

This origin story, a favorite bedtime tale among our tribe, has the whole brewery abuzz. We hope you’re also allowed a few desk beers for emergency situations, and we would consider the viewing of this short to be one of them. We’ll be enjoying the greatest two minutes in sports with a Mint Julep Ale in hand but we’re keeping the Gonzo nearby for dessert. Tune in and travel down the rabbit hole, we’ll see you on the other side.












While you spent the last three months mastering Fallout 4 and promising to get started on that ‘honey-do’ list, we’ve been prepping for your new favorite holiday: UNO DE MAYO.

What makes an Uno de Mayo celebration different than your average Cinco de Mayo soiree?

  1. It’s on May 1, not May 5.
  2. BEER MARGARITAS and BEER MICHELADAS made with the one and only Numero Uno Agave Cerveza, a craft beer alternative to those mass-produced, south-of-the-border lagers.

Optional elements include going nuts at Party City, unreasonable taco consumption and a siesta whenever you goddamn please. 

Click the recipe images above for high-resolution files you can save…or print and stick on the fridge for reference. Now, we’re sitting back and waiting for Barry O to return our call on making this thing official. Olé, indeed.



Next week, 10,000+ brewing industry professionals (at least, that’s what we like to call ourselves) will descend upon the City of Brotherly Love for the Craft Beer Conference. This year, it’s setting up shop in Philadelphia, a city with a rich history in brewing that goes back further than the crack in the Liberty Bell. While the conference itself is for industry members only, we’d like to personally invite you to paint the town Flying Dog.


Monday, May 2 at Percy Street BBQ
Featuring Percy’s beloved chicken biscuit, BBQ fries and pulled pork sliders alongside Bloodline Blood Orange Ale and Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA.


Tuesday, May 3 at Moriarty’s Pub 
Featuring $2 Tacos, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza and Numero Uno Margaritas.


Wednesday, May 4 at City Tap House 
The premiere dinner of the annual Craft Brewer’s Conference, Charlie Bravo Charlie (with Flying Dog, Surly, Maui, DC Brau, Firestone Walker, Avery and 2SP Brewing) is an event you can’t afford to miss. The 7-course dinner, prepared by Chefs Chad Vetter and Rhett Vellner, will feature:

Grilled Octopus with clamato salsa-chicken skin cracklins’
Paired with Flying Dog Ancho Lime Paradise Lager

Coconut Fried Oysters with curry cocktail sauce
Paired with Maui Imperial Coconut Porter

Farmers’ Lunch with a pork rillete training wheel, Stilton blue frisee and cherry vinaigrette
Paired with Avery Lunctis Viribus

Tri-Tip Carpaccio with a dry chile rub-grilled ramp chimichurri
Paired with 2SP Bell Cracker Double IPA

Scarpinocc with cherry gorgonzola filling, pulled lamb neck and traditional gravy
Paired with Surly Pentagram

Pheasant Pot Pie with spring vegetables, porter gravy and caraway crust
Paired with DC Brau Barrel-Aged Porter

Goat Cheese Cake with a cherry granola crust, Amarena cherry compote and chocolate cremeux
Paired with Firestone Walker 2016 Vintage Sucaba


Thursday, May 5 at National Mechanics 
There ain’t no party like a Cinco De Mayo party with yours truly. Consuming Numero Uno and beer margaritas is mandatory, but smashing the piñata is a privilege, not a right.




It’s fashion week at Flying Dog, and as is the norm, our team is strutting their stuff. This year’s theme, Angsty Teen Dramedies of the 80’s is brought to you by our screening of The Breakfast Club tonight at the Weinberg Center. We invite you to join us as we walk through this years painstakingly curated outfits our merch team spent countless hours preparing.

Allison Reynolds (played by Heather)
Heather’s favorite quote: “Black is the new black.” With that in mind, we have Heather wearing a Raging Bitch Tee to compliment her black eyeliner and soul. Accessories include a pair of Chucks and a Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

John Bender (played by Garon)
Garon does not believe in seasonal clothing. He is also frustrated by the fact that society demands that he wear pants in public. Underneath Garon’s denim exterior, you can see the hint of a collar belonging to his favorite Flying Dog Flannel. Accessories include fingerless leather glove, but those are out of stock until 2019 due to a high demand in the market.

Brian Johnson (played by Cooper)
Cooper is a man who believes first impressions are more important than the comfort gained from wearing sweatpants. Cooper only purchases torso coverings that do not clash with his inch-too-short khakis, and this outfit was no exception. You can find Cooper sporting a Flying Dog jacket, which protects him from sticks and stones and other things that might break a lesser mans bones. Cooper’s suggested accessories include a timeless pair of wayfarers and a fake ID, for voting of course.

Andrew Clark (played by Brian)
Our resident jock, letterman, and all around tough guy, Brian prefers activewear so nothing holds him back from the task at hand. Whether he’s taping the new guy to the wall or running our CMO’s boxers up the flagpole, Brian enjoys the feel of the 100% ring spun cotton of his Batwing Hop Tee on top of his muscle tank. Suggested accessories include a shiny necklace and a muscle car.

Claire Standish (played by Erin) 
Erin doesn’t care if you think she looks pretty in pink, she is a Maryland girl through and through. It is with that same dedication that she rocks her Maryland Pride Tee. Accessories include sushi (rice, raw fish and seaweed) and a bottle of Raging Bitch and The Truth in each hand while she asks, “Cause I’m telling the truth, that makes me a bitch?”


Pick up these iconic threads and more at our online shop and feel free to throw out some Blue Steel while heading down the red carpet at our showing of The Breakfast Club tonight at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.




Ah, the Summer Sessions. Flying Dog’s now infamous summer concert series. Maybe this is where you met your ex, where you first tried craft beer or where even waiting in line for the port-o-john was the most magical experience of your life. Whatever you are looking for, Summer Sessions always has a way of bringing it into your life. This year we are featuring two shows that will more than make up for the fact that you didn’t get to see The Doors train wreck of an attempt at a reunion in ’73 after Jim Morrison “died.” 

June 25:  VIOLENT FEMMES headline the best night of your life.

July 30: GALACTIC gets the funk out of your face.

Both events will be held on the front lawn of our the brewery. Doors will open for each concert at 5:30 pm with music starting at 6:30 pm. Keep in mind, we are dealing with rock stars, so don’t complain over a few minutes one way or another. And be sure to read the finest print before purchasing your tickets. We have standards and don’t want anyone coming in wearing a Human Clay tour t-shirt and complaining when they get thrown out.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 25 at 10 am E.S.T.
Set an alarm. THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT FAST. Don’t sleep on it.

The finest print: The goal is simple: We want you to come to the brewery, drink good beer, catch an amazing live show and have a life-changing experience. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience (aka drinking our delicious beers), the event is smoke free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. No pets. The only dog you should be responsible for at this event is the one in your hand and yes, we get the irony. Since we couldn’t book Jimmy Buffet, we ask that you leave the blankets, chairs and umbrellas at home. If this breaks your heart, make plans to stay in with a margarita and your “Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads” CD box set like our social media guy is doing this Friday night. No outside food or drink is permitted with the sole exception of unopened bottled water. Lastly, no weapons. The zombie apocalypse won’t begin until January 20, 2017. All shows are rain or shine. As always, you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter.

For even more information, call Ghostbusters.




Load up the station wagon, the summer of Dead Rise has returned. The quintessential post-mowing refreshment also makes a great hammock or beach chair accessory. And if lounging isn’t on your P.O.D., your work on the grill with a Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale in hand will always be a reminder that you are the master of your domain. 

First crafted in 2014 as part of OLD BAY’s 75th anniversary celebration, Dead Rise highlights the nostalgic flavor of OLD BAY through a bright and refreshing citrus hop character and a crisp, tart finish. Please wipe your drool before you continuing

Part of what makes Dead Rise so unique is its “by Marylanders for Marylanders” mantra that embraces the rich culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Over the last two years alone, we’ve donated close to $20,000 to the True Blue Program, which raises awareness of the Maryland Blue Crab industry and the watermen who preserve its storied heritage. One of True Blue’s largest initiatives is a restaurant certification program that requires at least 75 percent of crabmeat used is sustainably harvested and processed in the Chesapeake Bay region.

We know not all craft beer and OLD BAY lovers can stay in our beautifully-shaped state eternally, so Dead Rise will be available in almost as many locations as Johnny Cash has visited including Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and across the pond in the UK and Europe. Until then, start summer early with us at:

  • Tasting Room release on Friday, April 22: Alongside the season premiere of Dead Rise on draft, Double Dead Rise (brewed with OLD BAY Hot) is returning by popular demand and for a limited time. And you won’t leave home empty handed when take your limited edition Dead Rise Crowler with you. 32oz of delicious fresh canned beer wrapped in the iconic blue and yellow.
  • Hough’s Maryland Crab Boil on Saturday, April 23: Part of our Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week celebration, this event will be a game changer including an endless buffet of Maryland Blue Crabs, shrimp, corn and sausage with unlimited Flying Dog drafts.

If you can’t make it to the brewery, don’t forget to check the Beer Finder through September to track down Dead Rise near you.


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