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Name: Flying Dog Brewery
Address: 4607 Wedgewood Boulevard, Frederick, MD
Type: Production brewery

General Description: Although Flying Dog is not in the District proper and is a 40 minute jaunt up I-270, the brewery, which has strong connections to Hunter S. Thompson and espouses phrases like "Good Beer, No Shit," has played and continues to play an important role in the DC craft beer community. Before DC had its own breweries, and before Virginia breweries like Lost Rhino and Port City, Flying Dog was the local production brewery. It remains the largest production brewery near the city. Flying Dog's portfolio of beers spans a number of styles, but some of its most successful brews are the Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, and series of single-hop IPAs.

Year Founded: 1990


  • Easy IPA (Session India Pale Ale / 4.7%) - Easy drinking session IPA with a proprietary blend of hops. Tons of grapefruit and lemon up front fades into a crisp finish.
  • Bloodline (India Pale Ale with Blood Orange / 7%) - Brewed with blood orange peel and juice, this IPA is predictably redolent with citrus flavors and has a touch of caramel in the finish.
  • The Truth (Double India Pale Ale / 8.7%) - One of the better DIPAs in our market and available year-round to boot. 120 IBUs loaded with grapefruit notes from citra and amarillo.
  • Raging Bitch (Belgian India Pale Ale / 8.3%) - Great example of a Belgian IPA. Lots of banana and pine up front, sweet through the middle, and bitter pine in the finish. One of Flying Dog’s bestsellers for good reason.
  • Snake Dog (India Pale Ale / 7.1%) - Bitter grapefruit and caramel notes (more malt than the Bloodline) make this an excellent beer for all kinds of spicy and fatty food.
  • Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout (5.5%) - Brewed with Rappahannock River Oysters
  • Old Scratch Amber Lager (5.5%) - GABF-medal winning amber lager with lots of sweet, malt, caramel notes and a balanced finish
  • Gonzo Imperial Porter (9.2%) - Huge porter with notes of coffee, chocolate, roast, and vanilla. Stands up to earthy, roasty flavors.

Notable Non-Flagships:

  • Be sure to check out the limited release single-hop IPAs and brewhouse rarities, which change year-to-year.
  • Dead Rise (Summer Ale with Old Bay / 5.6%) - Wildly popular homage to the state of Maryland’s favorite seasoning. Crisp, saison-esque, with a touch of salt and spice in the finish.
  • Dogtoberfest (Marzen / 5.6%) - GABF-medal winning malt showcase. Lightly toasted with a crisp, noble hop finish.
  • Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout (8.9%) - Massive coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee notes with a velvety mouthfeel

Growlers? Yes. They fill all 64-oz growlers, so bring your own or buy one there. The cost of fills ranges from $8 to $20, depending on the beer style.

Growler Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: 4-8 pm, Saturdays: 12-6 pm

Tours?: Tours of the brewery are $5 per person and offered on: Thursdays and Fridays: 4:30 pm, 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm; Saturdays: 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm, 4 pm. Tickets for tours can only be purchased at the brewery on the day of the tour and are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Spots fill up fast, so click here for more information. Please note that no one under the age of 21, including babies and small children, is allowed on a tour. Since you'll be touring a production area, closed-toe shoes are required.