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Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick

(4.4/5 based on 60+ 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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  • When you visit Flying Dog, it's a bit like going to the Ben and Jerry's of breweries. Think Grateful Dead meets beer. Unlike some brewery tours, which really do a good job explaining the brewing proce...  more »
  • Our tour was nice, they did not have our name on the list, luckily I printed the email or she would have never left us in after we drove 2 hours to get there. (Save your emails!) The your guide was en...  more »
  • The tour took us through a few areas in 30 minutes and you got to sample about 1 oz of one beer. Having been through several beer tours in the US and overseas, this one was a little disappointing. The...  more »
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  • Fun brewery tour, though it feels a little short. The beer tasting afterwards is a lot of fun. The staff is fantastic, very friendly and knowledgeable. There is lots of Flying Dog merch at the end of the tour for purchase.
  • We had a fantastic experience. We received an impromptu private tour when the tour we intended to take had been cancelled. Josh, our tour guide, was fantastic. Funny and irreverent, with a quick wit. Learned a lot and laughed a lot too! Thank you Josh, for being a wonderful tour guide and human.
  • Huge tasting room and out door space. They have food trucks on the regular and a bunch of beers on tap all the time. Cool place to visit if you are in the area
  • 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!!