Visited for the Fall Riot beer festival. Beautiful day for it, all outside, but could have used a bit of shade. A dozen or so kegs, two or three casks with extra stuff added, so those are great for the tickers, of course. Beers were all worth trying, some very tasty, others just OK. Food trucks, music, booths with cider, soap, hummus and sauerkraut, fortunately not all on one plate. Oh, and tours for furloughed federals. Good times. The only change I’d make is to offer smaller pours of the beer - 16 ounces of an 8.5% beer was hard to handle.
We came here on 13.8.2017. Large brewery with a tap room, a beer garden and a food truck outside. All beers were decent. We had two Pale Ales, the Bloodline and an IPA. When we came they were running out of glassware and wanted to serve us the beers in plastic cubs....a bit strange. When we refused however, no problem and after 5 minutes we had the beers in the right glasses. Merchandising shop was a bit disappointing, but overall worthwhile a visit, although I expected more.
Visited this past July 4th weekend on a Friday. Stopped at Monocacy first then finished here. Big, good looking, well appointed taproom at a major east coast commercial craft brewery. After watching a baseball tournament at Harvey Grove Stadium we stopped at the nearby Frisco’s Catering (a must visit for takeout...bring over to the outdoor picnic tables at Flying Dog!). So we arrived at 8:27...darn good thing...even with a 9PM close...last call was 8:30. So we ordered 3 flights and ate on the outdoor picnic tables till about 9:10. problem was (and they earned us)...they actually come over to your table and "relieve" you of your beer glasses (and any remaining beer) at promptly 9PM. Naturally, knowing this...we drank the beer fast and ate the food slow. So I can’t say I got the full beer tasting experience (and I’ve had most of their bottled beers over the years)...but I can definitely say their specialty beers ranged from good to great. We had a few of their year round beers but concentrated on their limited releases and brewhouse rarities...examples...Goseface Killer, Notorious B.A.G., Sawbones, and Ancho Lime. What I can say is that this brewery features some mighty good beers you can’t normally get elsewhere...as a result I highly recommend a visit here...and leave more time for Frisco’s catering and eating outside with your beers.
Went on a tour here- very impressive setup. Massive in size with a lot of contract brewing going on. There is a brewery tap room that you can hang out at at the end of the tour, but when I was there they did not have the proper license to sell beer on premise or serve pints of beer. So everyone could only get small tasters of their beer in small, plastic cups. Beers on tap were their standard lineup. Mediocre beers overall. The tour was fun, but the brewery is in the middle of nowhere and you cannot just show up to hang out and drink. So not really usable as a "ratebeer place." Really only in the database for the tours. You can buy six packs of their beers on premise, but they are about the same price as any retail outlet so no point.
GenDV138 (386) Falls Church, Virginia | February 7, 2014| Updated July 12, 2015
Went for the Barrel Aged Gonzo 2014 release. Arrived just after 12 PM on a Friday, pretty calm with a very small crowd possibly with people being at work. Didn’t have a ticket for a tour this time but bought a wristband good for 5 tasting pours along with a complimentary glass. Pretty good selection of drafts with 18 drafts consisting of their year round, seasonal, limited, and brewhouse rarities beers. No food other than a food truck that came for the event. Pretty small gift shop with apparel, beer, etc. Value for the tasting was great even without being on the tour, bottled beer prices are average and 64 ounce growler fills seemed affordable at $10-15. No views of the brewery operations from the tasting room but I look forward to going back eventually for a tour.
Update as of 7/12/2015: Outdoor patio area has been revamped and looks nicer with nice wooden fencing and seating. They are now able to serve beer by the glass so no more need for the bracelet-style tickets with one pour at a time. Pours available in sample size individually or as a flight of 4, as well as individually in pints. $15 at most for growler fills, cheaper for less limited beers. Outside/non-Flying Dog growlers are allowed which seems to be a rare but welcome occurrence for Maryland.
Located on the outskirts of town, the brewery welcomes beer-hungry visitors from all over the state and beyond. A small merchandise shop (they were in the process of moving when I visited) sells reasonably priced merchandise, just before you embark on a brewery tour with a very relaxed and knowledgeable guide. There is a tap room, too, and it offers some regular brewes alongside those that can only be appreciated on location. There is a food truck outside that serves great local crabs. Reasonable prices. Great stuff. Would be back anytime.
Aside from special events, place is just open for brewery tours and those can be tough to get into (currently a 90 day waiting list). If you can get signed up for a tour, it’s totally worth it. $5 gets you a full sized glass and 5 tastings at the conclusion of the tour. Selection includes their main lineup, but also includes a few brewhouse exclusives. Your basic tour, but the guides keep it very entertaining and the connection to Hunter S. Thompson is awesome.
devman171 (164) Annapolis , Maryland | February 1, 2013| Updated February 7, 2015
Great brewery, nice big space with lots of taps and an outdoor patio. Tour was a bit long, but the history of the company was interesting. Need to book this one in advance, but you could probably just show up and go on the tour, its pretty laid back.
update: tours are walk on except for Saturday, and you have to take one to buy any beers to go
Tour at flying dog brewery in Frederick. Tap room is great ... minimalist, good tables, great access to the bar, plenty of space. Very good selection, value is great at $5, tour was well done, staff are informative, and not condescending like some people can be. Take the tour.