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.
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:
- Sunday, July 8 12 pm, 3 pm
- Sunday, August 5 12 pm, 3 pm
- Sunday, September 2 12 pm, 3 pm
- Sunday, October 7 12 pm, 3 pm
- Sunday, November 4 12 pm, 3 pm
- Sunday, December 2 12 pm, 3 pm
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.)
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 – Thursday, July 12 – 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 – Thursday, July 26 – An in-depth look at how advanced brewing processes, like dry hopping and using unique ingredients, affect the end beer.
- Beer 301: Sensory Overload – Thursday, August 16 – 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.
All About Malt – Friday, June 29
Flying Dog University has partnered up with Briess Malt & Ingredients to explain why brewers call malt the soul of beer. During the class, we will go into detail on growing and harvesting grains, malting, adjuncts, amylase. You will learn how malts contribute to the flavor in beer through a guided tasting of malty beers.
Pairing Beer and Cheese – Friday, July 13
Sharon G. Crisafulli’s, owner of Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop teamed up with FDU to create a one-of-a-kind course that will raise both your cheese and beer IQ by bringing the parallels of beer and cheesemaking to light.
BYOG: Bring Your Own Grill – Sunday, July 29
This class is going down on the lawn with grillmaster Chris Carter, the owner of CarterQue BBQ. A variety of meats will be provided for you to learn how to grill, sear and smoke like a boss. (Bringing your own grill is required.)
All About Real Ale – Friday, August 3
Learn the fundamentals of unfiltered, naturally-carbonated bottle and cask-conditioned beers and then apply that knowledge to build a custom firkin in class.
Hop Field Trip – Thursday, August 9
Join us at Black Locust Farm to see and experience their hops just before harvesting. Students will not only learn about hop agriculture, but also how brewers used them once processed.
Tattbrew – Saturday, August 11
The talented artists of Key City Tattoo are joining forces with FDU to bring you our first TattBrew class. Learn from seasoned professionals everything you’ve ever wondered about tattoos, then pick one out for yourself.
All About Pickling – Friday, August 31
Learn about the parallels of fermentation of fruits and vegetables and brewing with a pickle-making demo, take-home recipes and a beer and pickled foods pairing.
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.