Flying Dog Brewery

Flying Dog BreweryFlying Dog Brewery
Flying Dog BreweryFlying Dog Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, Maryland, 21703
United States

(301) 694-7899 | map

Notes: It's A Trip.
More than 30 years ago, a group of oxygen- and alcohol-deprived amatuer hikers convened in a Pakistan hotel room after summiting the world's deadliest mountain. There, Flying Dog was born.

A Renaissance (and Mountain) Man.
George Stranahan -- a PhD in physics, founder of the Aspen Center for Physics, professional photographer, writer -- lead that expedition to the summit of K2 in 1983, at the age of 52. In 1990, George opened a brewpub in Woody Creek, Colorado with Richard McIntyre, a man who continues to be well ahead of his time.

Gonzo Meets Beer.
"Ralph, please. I beg you. Please do a quick beer label or maybe two for George. Your label must include one of my quotes about wisdom and drink. OK." - H

That H stood for Hunter S. Thompson, a longtime friend and tenant (who never paid the rent) of George. The Ralph? The one, the only and the inimitable Ralph Steadman.

Good Beer, No Shit.
Live on the BBC, Ralph scrawled those four simple words across his canvas and our mantra was born. We embrace the weirrrd and view craft beer as an art form unlike any other.

And F*ck Censorship.
We live in a world where people are coddled, messages are muddled and ideas are squashed in the name of political correctness. When the Thought Police closed in on us, we went to Federal court to defend our right to free speech and expression.

Tasting Room Hours: Thurs-Fri 3-8 pm, Sat 12-8 pm, Sun 12-5 pm AGE 21+
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DimebagDaniel from New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The brewery tour was awesome! You get to sample along the way and very informative! Gift shop has sweet merch. Flights are the way to go! Tropical bitch is still my favorite! They have some gimmick beers like Bloody Mary and old bay infused but the IPAs are solid!

May 17, 2020
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Aewachiw from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great tour. Marissa did a great job. 2nd time ever that a tour sampled “green” beer to explain the brewing process. Great job.

Funny that the ghost of Frederick Brewing is still present. Keep up the good work.

May 04, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Tried stopping here two years ago but hit traffic along the way which kept us from getting there in time. However, we did make it there on time the second time around. The location is within an industrial park and the building is pretty big looking from the outside. They have a small merch/gift shop area right as you enter the building. The tap room is modest in size and fairly welcoming. The selection of beers aren't anything too special, it's mostly made up of their year round selections and a couple brew house rarities. The service was friendly and quick. It's a nice place to stop if you're in the area, especially if you're new to craft beer or from an area that Flying Dog doesn't distribute to. Personally I don't know how fast I'd go back since I'm able to get just about all the beers they make here in PA on the shelf. Still a nice spot though.

Oct 05, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Finally reviewed. Been about 5 or so years now. Was driving down to D.C. from PA and thought I’d take a shot. Unsure now but then you needed to be scheduled for tour to check out tasting room. So walked in w/o appt. and had missed the tour; but eager happy crew @ tasting bar offered the hallway “Mural” tour. Absolutely not to be missed. Two cool things... after “tour” I was only guy at bar and had great beer talk with crew; and then was joined later by Tour group and party atmosphere took over. Offered a hand full of tour token coins after “tour”and went directly to “Go”. Then given more tokens in gift shop. Way too much fun and many awesome brews were sampled that day.
Big beautiful place. Great young crew.
Hard to believe this was a typical day... maybe just stars aligning. Don’t go by there often, but would love to stop again. Who knows?

May 07, 2018
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I was in Maryland airport and Flying Dog brewery was inside so I figured why not go. This wouldn’t be considered the actual brewery but, more of their brew pub. Nice place with about 8 beers on tap. I really enjoyed he ambiance of the place (even though we were in an airport). I’ve never really been impressed with Flying Dog’s beer but, on draft it wasn’t that bad it was okay. They had a really good agave sour beer but other than that nothing really stuck out. It was worth going in and checking it out but wasn’t too impressive.

Aug 22, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Enjoyed our time here recently. We got there early and stayed almost all day. The crowds came and went, but it was a nice tasting room experience with a clean look, enough seating, and decent noise levels. Service was friendly and prompt for most of the day. We enjoyed the tour the last time we were here, so I will give a little credit for that as well.

The beers are definitely well made, and almost all are solid. There isn't too much crazy experimentation, but tasty beers made from the core beer ingredients and a few with some additions. The beers today were almost all pale in nature (at least the non-core), which was fine. Could've had a couple more styles represented even given it was a summer tap list.

Aug 09, 2016
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ConradKenney from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Tons of beer on draft - all of the year rounds, seasonals, current Brewhouse Rarity + Single Hop, plus 3-5 beers you are typically only going to see at the brewery itself. Always slammed, so you're not going to get a personal vibe with the employees behind the bar if that's your thing. Tour lasts about 45 mins.

Jan 25, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place has a lovely vibe, the tasting room is full of wood and stone and Ralph Steadman illustrations on the walls.

The tour is great, with little samples along the way. Enjoyed trying the beer mid-process before it was completed.

The dudes behind the bar were also very nice and conversational. You can tell they are proud of what they have to offer.

It's worth checking this place out if you're ever around Frederick.

Dec 06, 2015
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Cjstoutlover from New York

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A great mouthfeel a great lace on on tulip pint glass (taller rather than wide) but here is the issues! The minute I sip, I smell hops. The minute I sip, I taste hops! If this was a toasted apa! ( which doesn't exist) it would be great! But, a porter, it falls short. I don't taste the toast, coffee chocolate, malt,at all! I like the way you it taste, it just doesn't match its name.

Nov 10, 2015
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CraftBeerTastic from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Gives sweet brewery tours plus you take home a full-size tasting glass. Tasting room is setup well. Food available from the FD food truck out in parking lot. Love it!

Nov 05, 2015
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I've toured the brewery 2x and enjoyed both very much. One of the better brewery tours and samplings I've been to. Great tap room vibe afterwards. A must visit for anyone coming through Frederick.

Nov 10, 2014
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October75 from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

No food and no frill but a cool little tour, a glass, and 5 "samples" of whatever they have on tap. Good chance to check out new beers that may be released and possibly buy some swag or a growler of beer all for a very reasonable price. You may want to call ahead and schedule your tour. just down the road are a few food places.

Jun 23, 2014
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LittleDon from Texas

3.97/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Good tour with nice information about the history of the brewery. Great value with five 3oz tastings and a glass for $5.

If you every find yourself in or around Frederick, MD at the end of the week or Saturday, and have an afternoon to kill, the brewery tour at Flying Dog makes for a nice time. While the beer production part of the tour is fairly standard, discussion of brewery history makes this tour worthwhile. In addition, for $5 you get five healthy 3oz. pours and a glass. Along with the regular and seasonal beers there are a handful of brewery only offerings (Agave Nectar, Ginger Beer, and barrel aged Gonzo when I was there). The tasting room is on the small side and might get crowded for larger tours. The gift shop is small, carrying mostly t-shirts, decals, flags, and beer. Plenty of parking.

Jun 21, 2014
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hard always to review breweries. Usually they are very good in my experience.
Tour here was very good and interesting(even if you have been through many brewery tours). Free tastes at the end. Good selection of there beers to try( pretty much all of them they have made recently). This is always a good thing. Staff is friendly and engaged.

Feb 22, 2014
Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 33015 ratings