The Flying Dog Brewery is located just south of Frederick, Maryland in an industrial park.
From the parking lot you can see this is not your typical warehouse.
|Locals have told me that the brewery hosts fabulous parties when the weather is warmer. It was not warm enough to sit out here when we visited in December.|
|Quite a large selection.|
|Growlers for sale, and they'll fill them for you.|
|The wristbands had tabs to keep track of the post-tour tastings.|
For what it's worth, the picts that turned out the best all had our tour guide in them.
|As you enter the brewery you pass a hallway with a mural depicting the Flying Dog story. And you learn that every time the tour guide says "Good beer" you reply with "No Sh*t!" Or face humiliation. [not really]|
|Super secret barrel aging thing going on.|
|250 barrel and 100 barrel fermenters. Flying Dog has 24 hour operations to keep these running.|
|They have an on-site quality assurance lab. This ensures a consistent top quality product.|
|The bottling apparatus. This is state of the art. The foam on the floor is due to disinfection following a bottling run. They've tried canning, but consumers prefer their beer in bottles. So they give the consumers what they want.|
|Even the packing is state of the art. All of it is automated.|
|Following the tour you do the logical thing - taste the beers. 5 tastings are included with the tour. If you have a group you can share the 6 oz tastings and cover many of the selections.|
If you visit the Frederick area, I recommend stopping in for a tour. Sign up well in advance as spots disappear quickly and availability is quite limited. They also have special events on a regular basis.