Flying Dog University

Higher Beer Education

Craft beer is a movement of equal parts tradition and innovation. And the movement isn’t slowing down, making a commitment to ongoing education paramount for anyone with a true respect and appreciation for the craft. 

Enter Flying Dog University: A first-of-its-kind beer education program at Flying Dog Brewery.

 

 

Featured Course

All About Hops:  Friday, May 12

We have partnered up with Organarchy, an organic hop farm in Western Maryland, for our first class solely focused on hops. Owner Solomon Rose and professor Justin Tarnow will be teaching the fundamentals of: Hop varieties, Hop processing, The business and economics of hops, How hops effect our beer and Tips on growing hops at home. At the end of the course each student will receive a live hop sprout to plant and grow at home.

Core Curriculum

Want to get back to basics? Begin your journey with a three-week exploration of how beer is made, how we experience beer and how beer interacts with food. Flying Dog University’s core curriculum classes are held in our brewery classroom: 

  • Beer 101: The Foundation of Beer – Friday, June 2 – A rigorous exploration of the history of beer, the brewing process and the four ingredients in beer. 
  • Beer 201: Essentials of the Craft Beer Revolution – Friday, June 23 – An in-depth look at how advanced brewing processes, like dry hopping and using unique ingredients, affect the end beer.
  • Beer 301: Sensory Overload – Friday, July 14 – 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.  
  • Beer 401: The Science of Beer – Saturday, April 29 (Sold Out), Friday, August 4 – An investigation into the fundamental impact of pH and water, bittering and what chemically is causing specific flavors from the hops and other ingredients.

Depending on your skill level, you can register for all or pick and choose. 

Electives

Cooking for Beer Brunch: Sunday, April 30 (Sold Out)

We’re taking our classic Cooking with Beer class and focusing on brunch to take your next Sunday Funday to the next level. Held at The Kitchen Studio Cooking School, students will learn the dynamics of cooking with a variety of beer styles. The class includes dishes made with and then paired with beer and will conclude with a family-style brunch. 

The menu will include Brioche Doughnut Holes with Gonzo Caramel Dipping Sauce, Doggie Style Pale Ale Shrimp & Grits, and Eggs Sardou with The Truth Hollandaise and Roasted Potatoes.

Cooking with Beer:

Drinking a beer while cooking an omelet, while technically is cooking with a beer, we are going to talk about Beer as an ingredient. It took the understanding of a professional classically trained chef and the knowledge of a brewer to come together and offer the best cooking with beer class in the nation. We’ll bring the beer. Cooking a 5-course dinner. You are taking home the recipes so you can do it all over again. Tasting the beer as a standalone ingredient. You also get a ton of cooking tips from a pro in a safe space. No question is too stupid.

All About Hops:  Friday, May 12

We have partnered up with Organarchy, an organic hop farm in Western Maryland, for our first class solely focused on hops. Owner Solomon Rose and professor Justin Tarnow will be teaching the fundamentals of: Hop varieties, Hop processing, The business and economics of hops, How hops effect our beer and Tips on growing hops at home.

Each student will receive a live hop sprout to plant and grow at home.

Beer and Pickling:  Friday, May 26

 Flying Dog University has partnered up with Sweet Farm Sauerkraut to bring the parallels of brewing and pickling to light. Learn how and why pickling has become one of today’s hottest luxuries with a breakdown of what can be pickled, a sauerkraut-making demo, take-home recipes and a guided beer and pickled foods tasting.

Pairing Beer and Cigars:  Monday, June 5

Flying Dog University is partnering with Davidus Cigars to help guide you through beer and cigars pairing. Each student will receive a three cigar pack including Lord Baltimore, Breakfast Bliss and Hobson’s Choice. The class will also cover where different types of tobacco grow, curing processes, rolling techniques, cigar storage and proper lighting techniques.

Beer Geek Tours

Geek out on an in-depth look at the brewing process, fermentation, yeast management, quality control and packaging that will end with a tasting of new releases, pilot batches and vintage beers. 

Beer Geek Tours are held on the first Sunday of every month at 12 pm and 3 pm, and are by reservation only. Upcoming dates include:

A prerequisite to this tour is a standard tour of Flying Dog Brewery or general knowledge of the brewing process. (Head over here to make a reservation for our public brewery 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.