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 Class

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.)

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 – (Thursday, October 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, October 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, November 9)- 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 – (Thursday, November 16)- 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 with Beer at The Kitchen Studio

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.

Beer and Hot Sauce – Saturday, September 16

Just like the American craft beer industry our nations hot sauce producers are all about small batches and private labels. We partnered up with VooDoo Chili of Leeseburg, Virginia to flaunt the parallels that world class beer and premium hot sauce share. The course includes a flight of beers paired with four different hot sauces.

All About Malts – Friday, September 22

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, roasting malts, adjuncts, a milling and mashing demo, amylase and how malts contribute to the flavor in beer. The course will include guided tasting of malty beers.

Oktoberfest – Saturday, September 23

We’re is offering a thirty-minute class to explain how Oktoberfest became one of the worlds largest events. Learn how the festival got started, how it evolved with German beer and how the American brewers picked up where the Germans left off. $10 gets you the class, a souvenir mug filled with beer and a Roasthouse Pub bratwurst.

Beer and Cheese – Friday, September 29

Sharon G. Crisafulli, owner of Crisafulli’s cheese shop, has teamed up with Flying Dog University to create a one of a kind course that will raise both your cheese and beer IQ by bringing the parallels of beer and cheese-making to light and showing you how to create better beer and cheese pairings. This class will cover how cheese was discovered and how it evolved with civilization, cheese making and aging techniques, tips on how to shop for and store cheese, a demo of how to build a cheese plate with the tools of the trade, and more.

Beer and Chocolate – Friday, October 6

Master chocolatier and owner of The Perfect Truffle, Randy Olmstead, will help raise the chocolate/truffle and beer IQ of all who attend by showing that chocolate is more than the outside coating of a candy bar. This class will cover, the history of the cacao bean, different varieties of chocolate, how chocolate is made, how it can be used as the backbone of desserts and even savory foods, how truffles are made and a guided pairing of four truffles with four beers.

Real Ale – Friday, October 27

Flying Dog University’s Real Ale Class will teach you the fundamentals of unfiltered, naturally carbonated beer. Learn the art of making delicious cask beer as well as the history behind it. The class will get to make their own firkin and are then welcomed back once it’s ready to enjoy in our tasting room.

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.