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 NEW DATES COMING SOON – 
  •  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 – NEW DATES COMING SOON – An in-depth look at how advanced brewing processes, like dry hopping and using unique ingredients, affect the end beer.
  • Beer 301: Sensory Overload NEW DATES COMING SOON – 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.  


The Fundamentals of Real Ale – Friday, June 1

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 make your own firkin and are then welcomed back once it’s ready to drink in our tasting room.

Quality Assurance for Homebrewers – Thursday, June 7

We’re bringing in the big guns with our brewmaster Ben Clark, quality assurance manager Cooper Asay and the experts at Maryland Homebrew to help bolster your confidence in your homebrewing. This team will walk you through recipe development, yeast management, sanitation practices and the science behind your homebrew. The class will (naturally) conclude with a Q&A and guided beer tasting. This class will be held at Maryland Homebrew. To purchase tickets, give them a call: 888-BREW-NOW.

Hemp for Victory – Friday, June 8

Celebrate National Hemp History Week with an educational class on why hemp is illegal today when it was once law to grow it. 

The Basics of Manscaping – Thursday, June 14

Beards and beers go together like hipsters and fanny packs. This class includes a history of the barber trade, tips for personal grooming and different techniques for looking great while drinking beer. Brought to you in partnership with Ladies and Gents Downtown Hair Company

Water Chemistry – Friday, June 15

Taught by Professor Garth Patterson from Mount St. Mary’s University, this class will show how this seemingly-simple ingredient can be crucial in making beer and how it contributes to the sensory characteristics in your glass. Featuring custom beers brewed specifically for this class.

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.


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.