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Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick

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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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  • Stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in Frederick, MD and the Flying dog Brewery was the talk of the breakfast table, so I had to check it out and I was not disappointed. The tour was very educational, even th...  more »
  • Great place in a surprising location (industrial park?). Lots of outside seating. Nice atmosphere. Welcoming staff. And most of all, delicious beer.  more »
  • A fun and educational tour and with tastings of each phase of the brewing process. It takes place in a setting with interesting art and machinery.  more »
  • Awesome microbrewery with great craft beers. The tour was very informative and you got some great samples to taste. Highly recommend the place, you can tell these guys love to make beer.
  • Great CEO and staff. Employees seem to be treated like family and the atmosphere was very down to earth. The beer is incredible. Maryland crabs and flying dog beer is my staple when I get to come back to my native roots. Being stuck in japan for 3 years, I really wish I was able to buy it by the case from a distributor. I recommend checking out the brewery tour.
  • It's awesome. Don't be a jerk when you're there.
  • The brewery tour was a lot of fun, and they offered almost six beers to try during the tour
  • I had a decent experience as an out-of-towner. Nothing to rave about as this type of brewery experience is becoming more and more common. I do enjoy their beer and have had it before and after visiting the brewery.

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