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Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
Flying Dog Brewery is a craft brewery located in Frederick, Maryland. Founded in 1990 by George Stranahan, it is the largest brewery in Maryland. As of 2015, Flying Dog is the 37th largest craft brewery in the United States. Flying Dog is known for its connection to Gonzo Journalism through close ties to writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman.HistoryIn 1990, George Stranahan opened the Flying Dog Brewpub in Woody Creek, Colorado, a small town outside of Aspen, Colorado. It was the first brewery to open in Aspen in over 100 years, and was one of the first brewpubs in the Rocky Mountain Region.Demand for Flying Dog beers quickly grew beyond the brewpub’s capacity, so in 1994, the company opened a 50-barrel brewery in Denver, Colorado, which was a joint venture with the brewpub Wynkoop Brewing Company.In 2000, Flying Dog purchased Wynkoop’s interest in the brewery and opened a second location in Denver at 2401 Blake Street.Looking to expand again in 2006, Flying Dog purchased Frederick Brewing Company in Frederick, Maryland in May and began producing beer in both Maryland and Colorado. Flying Dog also acquired the Wild Goose brand and produced those beers until December 2010, when the brand was sold to Logan Shaw Brewing Company.
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  • We brought friends as we enjoyed the tour a few years ago. Prefer the old model of $5 for a tour and you get 5 tastings and a glass. Now it is free, no glass and three small tastings on the tour- no c...  read more »
  • The HQ for Flying Dog where they offer tours and have a bar where you can try all the current flavors. This is a great place to stop by for happy hour after work, for an afternoon on the weekend or if...  read more »
  • Emily was a tour guide & super friendly & funny. Our group was SO much fun. We had sample drinks at the bar and bought some fries at the food truck. This was a blast and we went because it was a rainy...  read more »
  • Visited on Saturday afternoon Labor Day weekend. The tour w/ Justin was amazing. Great time! Unfortunately, that was as good as it got. I stayed for lunch and a couple of beers. The service by the food truck and the bar staff was horrible. I never got called for my food. When I went to the food truck after 25 mins, I was simply told, "your food has been sitting there for 10 mins." To make matters worse, I didn't even get what I ordered! The bar was busy but when the bartender asks you, what can I get you?, you sort of expect to get it. There were 5 bartenders (4 guys/1 girl), yet I still had to ask twice for my first beer and had to ask three times for my second beer while other people were walking up to the bar and getting drinks left and right. I've been a Flying Dog fan for years, which is why I visited brewery, but after today, I may never drink that brand again!
  • Maybe the best brewery in the USA. Lots of cool merchandise, a food truck, and sitting out on the patio. Life is good. The reason I love Flying Dog beers is they have lots of seasonals, and most beers are strong. Great IPAs. And the artwork on their beers is the best in the industry. BTW, the employee that came up with Naughty and Nice beers, hopefully got a huge Christmas bonus. Genius marketing!!
  • My name is Don. I've been in the seafood industry for 35yrs. My first experience of Flying Dog was today 8/20. I purchased a 6 pack of OLE BAY summer ale to go with our crab dinner. Your master brewer hit a homerun. My wife and I love this brew. Happy here in Minnesota. Thx Flying Dog.
  • I love this brewery and their beers. Then brewery tour is a lot of fun, but tends to book up quickly so plan in advance. This is a great place to have a beer, get a growler/crowler fill, and just hang out. They recently began serving a few food items, but i haven't tried anything yet. In addition to the widely available varieties you can find in stores, the brewery always has a few rare brews on tap. I would recommend following the brewery on Twitter to find out about events and special beer releases. There is a nice indoor bar as well as an outdoor patio. I just wish Flying Dog were closer to the beltway.
  • Although many of the reviews on Google and Yelp! suggested that we needed a reservation to visit Flying Dog’s tap house, we managed to make it in on a chilly and blustery day in February. No matter, though, as the Cold Press Coffee Porter on Nitro immediately warmed every bone in my body to the core. Easily my favorite coffee-flavored beer I have ever tasted, and I bought a growler of it on the spot to take it home to further enjoy as dessert. Flying Dog is easily the most established brewery in the Frederick, MD area and deserves a visit if you’re nearby, passing through, or just want a quick road trip!