Frequently Asked Questions

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking them. That’s why it’s good to take a gander at our FAQs.

Then, if you still have a question (or simply want to profess your love), contact us. We read all of the questions, comments, and concerns that come our way and respond as soon as humanly possible.

How can I find your beer near me?
At the stroke of midnight, look east. The sounds of the night will cease, the wind will shift, and then it will all become clear. Or, you can enter your zip code in our Beer Finder.

I want to see where the magic happens. Do you offer brewery tours?
You betcha. We offer tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by reservation only. Sundays are a little more laid back. In addition to Lionel Richie on repeat, we offer walk-in tours on an as-requested basis.

Can I just come hang out in the tasting room at the brewery?
We are able to serve beer tastings, but capacity in our tasting room is limited. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis and admittance is not guaranteed. Click here for more information on visiting our brewery and tasting room.

Do you serve food at the brewery?
If the words cheese, charcuterie and sandwiches pique your interest, we’ve got you covered. We partner with Frederick’s Kitchen Studio on locally-sourced meat and cheese snack boxes and sandwiches. (They also make a beer cheese with Doggie Style Pale Ale that is out of this world.) Because of all this deliciousness, we discourage you from bringing outside food. Feast your eyes on the full menu.

So aside from tours of the brewery, do you do any events?
You bet your ass we do. From summer concerts with 1,500 of our closest friends to intimate beer releases in our tasting room, we host a slew of events throughout the year. For the latest and greatest, head over to our Events Calendar. 

How can I tell when my beer was produced?
At Flying Dog, we use a modified Julian calendar to date most of our beers. If you look in the lower right corner of the label you will find a code that reads something like 123A15. Here is what this means:

  • The first three numbers are the day of the year that the beer will be out of date. 
  • The middle letter is a code we use internally to keep track of what batch of beer we’re on. 
  • And the last two numbers are the year.

If we decipher the code above, it translates to the 123rd day of 2012, aka May 2, 2015.

That date indicates when your beer is no longer considered fresh. The exceptions to this are beers that are vintage dated and have codes like VINT11EE. These are bigger beers that – if stored in proper conditions – can be aged for several years.

One thing to keep in mind is that we’re in the midst of changing from that hard-to-decipher code to an “Enjoy By” date. We like our beer fresh and know you do, too, so we’re committed to making your beer drinking simple and delicious.

Want to know the date your bottled bundle of joy came into this world? Flip your Far Side calendar back 170 days. With the exception of our vintage beers, all of our beers are considered fresh up to 170 days after being packaged.

My beer doesn’t taste like I expected. What should I do?
If you are not satisfied with one of our beers, we want to know about it. Go to our Contact Us page, complete the form, and include:

  • When and where (city, state, and store name) you purchased the beer
  • The date code (explained above)
  • What it tasted like

We test each and every batch of beer that leaves the brewery, so providing that information will allow our QA team to immediately identify the batch the beer you purchased came from.

I want to work for Flying Dog. How can I make this happen?
Take a look at our Jobs page to see if we have openings in your area of expertise. If so, send your cover letter, resume, and 10,000-word essay on how you live the gospel of Gonzo to (Kidding on that essay part.)

I’m considering a career in brewing. How should I go about this?
First, take as many brewery tours as possible so you can ask questions and understand if brewing is something that you definitely want to pursue. Most brewmasters and head brewers get some kind of formal training, so look into applying and enrolling in a brewing school or at an actual brewery itself. If you are interested in applying here at Flying Dog, please email your resume to or stop by the brewery in Frederick, MD to fill out an application.