Flying Dog University

Beer Geek Tours

Geek out on an in-depth look at the brewing process, fermentation, yeast management, quality control and packaging that will end with a tasting of new releases, pilot batches and vintage beers. 

BEER GEEK TOURS are held on the first Sunday of every month at 11 am and 2 pm, and are by reservation only. Upcoming dates include:

A prerequisite to this tour is a standard tour of Flying Dog Brewery or general knowledge of the brewing process. (Head over here to make a reservation for our public brewery tour.)

 

Electives

PAIRING BEER AND CHEESE July 6

Crisafulli's Cheese Shop is back at it and this time, they're bringing the funk. Learn about and try the boldest, rarest and most interesting cheeses they carry with a complimentary beer in hand. 

BEER AND PICKLING July 18 

Learn about the parallels of fermented foods and beer through an overview of the tools of the trade and a live pickling demo with Sweet Farm Sauerkraut. 

COOKING WITH BEER July 26, August 24 and September 20

Cooking with beer is a natural progression from drinking while cooking, right? Flying Dog University has teamed up with The Kitchen Studio Cooking School on a hands-on class where students will learn the dynamics of cooking with a variety of beer styles. The class includes five dishes made with and then paired with beer and will conclude with a family-style dinner.

This class is held at The Kitchen Studio Cooking School and 21+. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the 1st Amendment Society

TATT BREW August 9

Key City Tattoo artist John Rippey and Gary Gerhardt are partnering with FDU for our second annual Tatt Brew class. These experts are teaching everything from tattoo shop etiquette and tattoo demos to how one gets started in the field. Tattoo designs will be revealed in class that students can choose from and receive a voucher for a future appointment.

REAL ALE August 17

Learn the fundamentals of unfiltered, naturally carbonated beer. Learn the art of making delicious cask beer as well as the history behind it. The class will get to make their own firkin and are then welcomed back once it’s ready to enjoy in our tasting room.

BEER ETIQUETTE September 14

Beer Etiquette will teach you tips and tricks on how to avoid poor manners and get the most out of beer experiences including shopping, storing, serving, consuming and discussing craft beer.​

ALL ABOUT OKTOBERFEST September 28

Dig into Maryland's best handmade sausages and local sauerkraut while learning about the history of Oktoberfest and how American craft brewers picked up where the Germans left off. This class includes a bratwurst provided by MeatCrafters, complimented by Sweet Farm Sauerkraut.

Core Curriculum

Want to get back to basics? Begin your journey with a three-week exploration of how beer is made, how we experience beer and how beer interacts with food. Flying Dog University's core curriculum classes are held in our brewery classroom: 

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Dean's List

The Dean’s List is an exclusive Flying Dog University membership program that is FREE after a student completes our Core Curriculum classes. Once all four classes are complete, you will receive a Dean’s List certificate and a member’s only carrying card that will get you exclusive member discounts and access to private tastings before beers are released to the public. 

The following four courses must be completed in order to qualify for the Dean’s List: Foundation of Beer, Craft Beer Explained, Beer and Sensory Training, and Beer Chemistry.

 

The finest print: Each Flying Dog University course ends with a tasting of Flying Dog beers. All attendees must be 21 or older. All sales are final and classes are non-transferrable or refundable.