Dec 5 Christmas is Coming Early The second Friday of December means one thing to the fine people who work day in and day out within our brewery walls: Our annual holiday party. There have been mariachi bands. There have been fire dancers. There have been freak shows. There’s even been a guy who let ... Read More
Flying Dog Brewery is an American brewery from Frederick, Maryland. Nobody had ever connected the words “flying” and “dog” together…until 1983, when George Stranahan was itching for an adventure.
This time it would be K2, also known as the “Savage Mountain,” the second highest mountain in the world and one of the most deadly. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. And it has never been climbed in the winter.
After traveling 8,000 miles from Woody Creek, Colorado, George and his band of 12 “Innocents” set off from Rawalpindi, Pakistan (or “Pindi” as everyone called it) for the summit of K2 with a Sherpa and a mule loaded with provisions.
Ignoring the fear, George and the Innocents trekked across the Baltoro Glacier and the Braldu Gorge. Reinhold Messner, the world’s greatest mountain climber, said the Braldu Gorge was the “most dangerous thing [he] had ever done in his life.” According to George, the largest disaster he and the Innocents faced was that “on day 17 of a 35-day trip, we totally ran out of booze.”
Back in Pindi at the Hotel Flashman, George and the Innocents were triumphant but in a dry state of mind. After getting on the “alcohol list” of this Muslim nation, they settled in to drink their quota. Then, their eyes caught sight of a large painting.
As George describes it, “It was a full-on oil painting of a dog. A beautiful oil painting, big, nice. And the dog was like…well, he had left the ground. Here we were, the March of the Innocents and this ‘Flying Dog,’ and the weirdness of it all. And the combination of the words ‘Flying Dog’ stuck with all of us, but particularly for me. They fit together in some way. I don’t know how it makes sense, but it makes sense.”
In 1990, George founded the Flying Dog Brewpub in Aspen, Colorado. From that brewpub to a full-fledged Denver brewery (co-founded by George and his longtime friend and partner, Richard McIntyre) in 1994, and then to our current state-of-the-art brewing facility in Frederick, Maryland, Flying Dog continues to make sense.Share:
Oct 2 The Tag Team Champions of the World The Bushwhackers? The British Bulldogs? The Road Warriors? While all iconic, none of these duos could hope to take on the one-two punch of our newest releases, Idaho 7 Single Hop Imperial IPA and Thunderpeel New England IPA. Let’s break down the stats: IDAHO 7 Like the name ... Read More
Sep 26 It’s Gonna Be A Riot The movement to support local creativity continues with our annual Local RIOT on Saturday, October 14, at the brewery. It’s free and open to those 21 and up and it’s also dog friendly (and that pesky age limit doesn’t apply to our four-legged friends). In addition to your ... Read More
Sep 21 Watershed Moment: The Re-Release In the summer of 2016, flooding devastated our neighbors in Ellicott City – a haven for artisans and independent businesses. Alongside the good people at Jailbreak Brewing Company, we released Watershed Moment Belgian IPA with 100% of profits benefitting flood relief in Ellitcott City. One year later, the work ... Read More
Sep 12 BEERFEST MANIA 2017 This fall the Brewers Association of Maryland corralled a gang of Maryland Breweries together for four beer festivals that will elevate your palate and allow you to show off all your new sensory perception skills to your friends. We’ll be at each of these parties, so look for the batwings ... Read More
Sep 12 An American Football in London Another Sunday, another chance for Baltimore to take a shot at Big Ben. When the flock heads to London we’re climbing into the luggage and setting up shop across the pond for a “Weekend at Bodean’s”. Starting Friday, September 22, we’re taking over Bodean’s SOHO, London’s original BBQ ... Read More
Sep 7 We Must Protect This Cooler Travis Mack is ready for his debut in Baltimore and since we know the No. 6 pick enjoys a few beers when looking to calm his nerves, we’re bringing the perfect housewarming gift. Starting September 17, when the Ravens host the Browns, we’ll be back in M&T Bank ... Read More
Aug 28 Peach, Peach, Cobbler Once a year every mutt at Flying Dog rises to the occasion, from our yeast propagators to our bean counters, to get their two cents in on what new beers, styles, and ingredients our brewers should be playing with. The winning pitches unite under the umbrella of our Brewhouse Rarities ... Read More
Aug 18 Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth? This debate goes best with some of our seasonal goodness. We’ve got Dogtoberfest Märzen made with all-imported German ingredients that spent the last 49 days in the tank in preparation for all you lederhosen-laden festivities this fall. Normally we push boundaries, but when it comes to this ... Read More
Jul 21 Call It A Comeback If local is as local does, our commitment to Maryland beer goes way beyond the bottle. We’re partnering with the University of Maryland on a beer agriculture initiative that’s the first-of-its-kind in the mid-Atlantic. And to start, the focus is on hops. At its Western Maryland Research and Education ... Read More