Flying Dog Brewery Embraces the Flavors of Fall with Release of Apple Pie Blonde Ale

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Apple Pie Blonde Ale, the brewery’s final Brewhouse Rarities Release of 2020, on Friday, November 6.

Conceptualized and “pitched by a fall-loving, plaid-clad employee as part of [Flying Dog’s] Brewhouse Rarities program,” Apple Pie is an American Blonde Ale that – instead of artificial flavors – uses “real apples and specialty ingredients like vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom to achieve an authentic [apple pie] flavor profile.” Coming in at 7.2% ABV, Apple Pie Blonde Ale “tastes like it came straight out of Grandma’s kitchen.”

“The flavors in this seasonal specialty are perfectly balanced to fool your tongue into believing it’s the real thing,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Apples are such a quintessential fall flavor, and now you can have all of the crisp, apple flavor you love without paying to spend hours picking your own.”

Apple Pie Blonde Ale is scheduled to hit distribution on November 6 and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Apple Pie Blonde Ale from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited/Brewhouse Rarities; November 6, 2020
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 7.2%
Added Ingredients – Apples, vanilla, nutmeg & cardamom
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland Collaborate on 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale, a special collaboration project with the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in mid-October 2020.

The latest experimental offering to be “brewed using hops grown at UMD’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland,” 2020 Field Notes is an American Pale Ale featuring Lyon, Glacier and Southern Cross hops that were “chosen after three rounds of blind sensory analysis on the hop varieties harvested by UMD this year.” Coming in at 5.6% ABV, 2020 Field Notes is a “crisp and delicious . . . pale ale with fruity and citrus hop notes dominating both the aroma and flavor profile.”

“There’s no better way to evaluate hops than putting them in a beer, which is exactly why experimental projects like Field Notes are vital to our work with the University of Maryland,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing, Flying Dog. “There are no pilot or test brews for this beer, it is a one-time shot to see what notes shine through.”

“Over the past five years we have battled various obstacles, both environmental and manmade, and it is evident that we can produce hops in Maryland,” said Bryan Butler, Extension Agent, UMD College of AGNR. “The question that remains however is, can a consistent, high quality, profitable crop be produced? We look forward to continuing our work to determine the ultimate answer to that question.”

2020 Field Notes is rolling out now and will be hanging around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland only. Prost!

Vital Information for 2020 Field Notes from Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland

Release – Limited; mid-October 2020
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Featured Hops – Lyon, Glacier & Southern Cross hops grown at University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center
Fun Fact – “UMD and Maryland’s largest independent craft brewery have been growing hops in Maryland since the organizations’ partnership began in 2015. At that time, UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources partnered with Flying Dog to study hop production in the State of Maryland. The goal of the study was to gather research and lay the groundwork for a commercially viable hop producing industry in Maryland that mirrors the success of hop growing ventures in the Pacific Northwest.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Maryland only

Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Flying Dog Celebrates 30 Years with Release of Great Job! West Coast DIPA

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will recognize its 30th Anniversary with the release of Great Job!, a West Coast-style Double IPA, in late September 2020.

The embodiment of “everything [Flying Dog’s brewmasters] have learned in the past 30 years,” Great Job! is a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that “balances out the bitterness from Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe hops with subtle toasted malt sweetness.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Great Job! is a “medium bodied brew . . . bursting with dank and piney hop aromas and pours a light orange/amber color.”

“Our fans are the reason we wake up in the morning, and we’re forever thankful for their continued support of damn good craft beer,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “Actions also speak louder than words, so if there is someone in your life that deserves to hear ‘great job!’, don’t just tell them, crack open a beer and hand them one in recognition.”

“To elaborate on a thought from our beloved friend and the artistic genius Ralph Steadman, it’s been 30 years from there to here,” said Jim Caruso, CEO for Flying Dog Brewery. “Thank you to all of our fellow travelers and kindred spirits for joining us on this great adventure. We love you and we are even more enthusiastic about the upcoming decades.”

Great Job! is scheduled to release on September 18 and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Great Job! from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited; September 18, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 60
Hops – Columbus, Centennial & Simcoe
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Oats
Fun Fact – “A past anniversary beer, Raging Bitch, was released in celebration of the brewery’s 20th, and it was Flying Dog’s best-selling beer for almost 10 years.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Flying Dog’s Kujo Cold Brew Coffee Porter Makes Seasonal Return

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Kujo, a Cold Press Coffee Porter brewed in collaboration with Vigilante Coffee Co. (Hyattsville, Maryland), in early September 2020.

Emerging from “the depths of Satan’s petting zoo,” Kujo is an American Porter brewed with Colombian La Caturrita coffee beans from Vigilante Coffee Co. Weighing in at 6% ABV, Kujo “offers nutty, roasted malts steeped in sweet, chocolate-forward coffee, giving this autumnal monster its trademark smooth and velvety cocoa finish.”

“Working with Vigilante Coffee Co. to bring Kujo to life is always one of our favorite times of the year,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “You think people are passionate about coffee? Kujo fans take it to a whole new level. They’re rabid animals.”

“Finding the right coffee beans for Kujo was several months in the making and I think the brewing experts on both sides of this project nailed the execution,” said Chris Vigilante, Owner & Roaster, Vigilante Coffee Co. “Vigilante started out of a rowhome basement in D.C., so our team is thrilled to be working hand in hand with the largest brewery in Maryland to create such a unique fall beer.”

Kujo is rolling out this week and will be available during the months of fall. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Kujo from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; Fall 2020
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 15
Malts – Black, Chocolate & Roasted Barley
Hops – Perle
Yeast – American Ale
Added Ingredients – Colombian La Caturrita coffee beans from Vigilante Coffee Co.
Fun Fact – “Kujo is brewed with 100% Colombian coffee, a medium roast of the varietal Caturra sourced from small farms located in Huila and Tolima. The beans, nicknamed La Caturrita, are smaller than the average coffee bean and are sourced directly by the Vigilante Coffee Co. team. It is one of Vigilante’s most popular coffees due to its classic Colombian cup profile and pairs beautifully with the stout created for Kujo.”
Suggested Pairings – “The bite of this autumnal monster cuts savagely through the richness of cream-based desserts and red meat roasted over a roaring bonfire.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Flying Dog Brewery Comes out Swingin’ with Limited Release of Vicious Hook Sour Ale

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vicious Hook, the brewery’s first major sour release, in early August 2020.

Named after a boxing term that “[references] the beer’s sweet start that finishes with a savage jolt of sourness and hits like a heavyweight,” Vicious Hook is a fruited Sour Ale that “delivers on its fruit punch promise” thanks to additions of blood orange, cherry and pineapple. Coming in at just 5.3% ABV, the “extremely approachable” Vicious Hook “is a one-two combo of sweet and tart that stuns you with a pucker punch.”

“I think we all grew up drinking fruit punch in the summer, hiding in the shade, trying not to melt. Well, we made a delicious adult version of that and gave it a little extra oomph,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “This punch definitely earned its name.”

Vicious Hook officially released on August 3 and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Vicious Hook from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited; August 3, 2020
Style – Fruited Sour Ale
ABV – 5.3%
Malts – Wheat
Hops – Simcoe
Added Ingredients – Blood orange, pineapple, lactose & cherry
Pairing Suggestions – “When paired with a meal, Vicious Hook’s crisp, fruity bite will refresh the palate and brighten dishes. Of all the contenders out there, Flying Dog suggests going one-on-one with chicken tenders or dry-rubbed wings, grilled shrimp, anything covered in ranch dressing and peanut butter cookies – it’ll be like a 21+ peanut butter and tropical jelly sandwich.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Flying Dog Brewery Introduces Tropical Truth as New Summer Seasonal

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Tropical Truth Imperial IPA during the week of July 20, 2020.

Tropical Truth is an Imperial India Pale Ale that introduces additions of mango and passionfruit to a base of Flying Dog’s “hottest trending beer right now,” The Truth. Coming in at 8.7% ABV and 50 IBUs, Tropical Truth “will totally satisfy your senses . . . with a big hop aroma and exotic tropical flavors.”

“At Flying Dog, we like to have fun with our beers and continue evolving our recipes to surprise and delight our hardcore fans,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog. “The Truth is a hugely popular beer for us year-round, so we gave it a tropical infusion perfect for the summertime.”

Tropical Truth is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time during the remaining months of summer. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Truth from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; launching the week of July 20, 2020
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 50
Malts – Munich, Wheat & C-60
Hops – Citra & Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Mango & passionfruit purée
Fun Fact – “Tropical Truth’s base beer, The Truth, was scientifically engineered to be a near-perfect IPA using knowledge from Flying Dog’s Single Hop Series. The Single Hop Series was a multi-year exploration into the flavor profile of single strains of hops, uncovering the subtleties of each strain and ultimately informing future recipes.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Tropical Truth from Flying Dog Brewery on Vimeo.

Flying Dog Brewery Urges You to Stay the F*ck Home with New Variety Pack

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its Stay the F*ck Home Emergency Pack, a Variety 12-Pack that includes some of the brewery’s “highest-octane brews,” in late June 2020.

Compiled as an act of do-goodery that will hopefully inspire beer lovers to do the right thing during the COVID-19 crisis, Stay the F*ck Home (or STFH) is a Mixed 12-pack filled with the following three high ABV brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Gonzo Imperial Porter – A bold and forceful beer, just like the man it was brewed to honor – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, founder of the Gonzo journalism movement. Complex layers of roasted chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and vanilla malt flavors are balanced with a one-of-a-kind hop bite that hits you like a homemade firecracker. ABV – 10%
  • The Truth Imperial IPA – Flying Dog developed The Truth Imperial IPA over the course of 3 years, and it was scientifically engineered to be the holy grail for IPA lovers. With big pine notes and stone fruit underpinnings, The Truth comes from a hop blend so aromatic and complex you’ll almost forget you’re drinking an 8.7% Imperial.
  • Double Dog Double IPA – With an ABV over 12%, the wild, untamed Double Dog Double IPA is seductively full-bodied, with a deep red color and subdued malty sweetness. World famous gonzo artist Ralph Steadman put it so succinctly when he declared that Double Dog is, “For that night. That other goddamn night.”

“Over the last few months, we saw that interest in variety packs spiked; people were reaching for beer that would keep their fridges full and their options open,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “We created this limited release variety pack of heavy hitters for all beer lovers to enjoy, but especially for the folks who are still spending extra time at home….or in their concrete-reinforced underground bunker.”

The Stay the F*ck Home Emergency Pack is scheduled to roll out at the tail end of June and will hang around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused retailers located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Flying Dog Brewery Gives Dead Rise OLD BAY Beer a New Look & Recipe

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dead Rise, a Summer Seasonal OLD BAY Beer, with the debut of a new look and recipe in June 2020.

Originally released as a Blonde Ale, the new and improved Dead Rise is a Gose featuring lemon, salt, Citra hops and “Maryland’s most iconic seasoning – OLD BAY.” Coming in at 5.7% ABV, the reformulated recipe blends “50% more OLD BAY then Dead Rise’s previous formula . . . with a refreshing lemony tartness for a beer low in bitterness and high in flavor.”

“The team at Flying Dog is excited to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dead Rise with a new look OLD BAY fans will recognize, and a new recipe everyone will love,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog. “The new refreshing pop of tart combines so deliciously with the beer’s salty and spicy elements; if you’re an OLD BAY fanatic, you’ve got to try it!”

Dead Rise started shipping out to distributors on June 1 and will hang around through the summer months. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dead Rise from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching June 1, 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 25
Featured Hops – Citra
Added Ingredients – OLD BAY seasoning, lemon & salt
Fun Fact – “Born in the heart of crab country, and once called ‘the most Maryland beer ever’ by The Washington Post, Dead Rise pays homage to the history of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and summer crab culture while also supporting the local industry. Flying Dog, the largest brewery in Maryland, donates a portion of the proceeds to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ True Blue Program, an annual campaign that highlights and rewards those restaurants who make it a point to serve local, Maryland harvested crab. The name Dead Rise is also a nod to the traditional fishing boats used year-round by Chesapeake Bay watermen to gather the shellfish.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Dead Rise, designed to turbocharge the flavor of whatever seafood is on your plate, is a must-have at every summer meal. This recipe’s new lemony tartness freshens up the beer and helps flavors pop. In addition to seafood, try Dead Rise with salty starches like tater tots and fries, lighter proteins like turkey, chicken and tofu, or rich sauces and creamy condiments like melted cheese, bechamel and avocado and ranch dressings.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Dead Rise Brew Day from Flying Dog Brewery on Vimeo

Flying Dog Brewery Releases SPF 1000 Summer Variety Pack

FD_LogoFlying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans in late April 2020.

Assembled to make sure that you are adequately prepared to battle the rising temperatures of late spring and summer with the most refreshing beers possible, SPF 1000 is a “summer variety pack so juicy and delicious [Flying Dog is] encouraging you to apply liberally.” This Variety 12-pack includes four 12 oz. cans of each of the following three summertime brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Pool Hopping Deck Beer – Crafted to be enjoyed on the sunny deck of your choosing, Pool Hopping – a newly designated deck beer – is a stripped-down summer ale that offers a big juicy hop presence complimented by a moderate body and low bitterness.  ABV – 5.4% 
  • Thunderpeel Hazy IPA – The brewery’s intensely-aromatic take on the New England IPA. Unfiltered and hazy, Thunderpeel offers low bitterness and high juiciness – the perfect IPA, even for people who don’t think they like IPAs.  ABV – 6.2% 
  • Numero Uno Mexican Lager – Originally pitched as part of the company’s limited release Brewhouse Rarities program, Numero Uno proved to be popular enough to make it into the year-round lineup. For those looking for a craft alternative to mass-produced Mexican lagers, this easy-to-drink agave cerveza offers bright lime zest flavors with a crisp, clean finish.  ABV – 4.9% 

“We’ve created a summer variety pack with a killer combination of crushable beers for your warm weather fun,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Refreshing, juicy, and crisp, these beers are the perfect companions for summertime adventures that require copious amounts of sunscreen.”

The SPF 1000 Summer Variety Pack is headed out to distributors this week and will hang around through the summer months.  You can expect to find this Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-focused retailers located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Flying Dog Brewery Introduces Pool Hopping As Newest Summer Seasonal

FlyingDogPoolHoppingCanFlying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that Pool Hopping Deck Beer will join its Seasonal lineup in late March 2020.

Developed to be Flying Dog’s “pioneering . . . new take on summer beers” (a.k.a. the “Deck Beer”), Pool Hopping is a “stripped-down” Hazy India Pale Ale that uses “traditional beer ingredients – like Citra and Mosaic hops, and Pilsner and Wheat malts – to achieve unimaginable flavors and aromas, without the added juices you’ll find in a lot of warm weather beers.”  Filled with “tropical notes of mango and citrus,” Pool Hopping (5.4% ABV) “offers a big juicy hop presence complimented by a moderate body and low bitterness.”

“Pool Hopping is a super crushable summer beer that’s refreshing and tropical without the sweetness,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Our experts in the brewhouse essentially combined a NEIPA and Brut IPA to make a new beer that deserved a category of its own.”

Pool Hopping replaces Summer Rental Grapefruit Radler in Flying Dog’s summer seasonal lineup.

Pool Hopping Deck Beer officially released on March 23 and is scheduled to hang around throughout the summer months of 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in the SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans, and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pool Hopping Deck Beer from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching March 23, 2020
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.4%
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “The original art on the Pool Hopping can features a new technique from world renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman, the artist behind all of Flying Dog’s major release label artwork. Steadman’s inspiration for this label came from the natural white salt lines forming on the cover of a backyard pool. From that inspiration, Steadman drew a tropical bird quizzically looking up at a pair of human legs, thinking to himself, ‘Blimey, that’s a big bird!’”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in Flying Dog’s SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/