A Video Conversation with Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery- Favorite Flying Dog Beer

Maryland’s largest brewery, concocting one-of-a-kind craft beer

Jim Caruso is the CEO and General Partner of Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland. Founded by astrophysicist and rancher George Stranahan in 1990 in Aspen, Colorado, Flying Dog was one of the first brewpubs to open in the Rocky Mountains. Sixteen years later, the company purchased the Frederick Brewing Company, which eventually became Flying Dog’s headquarters after the closure of its Denver facility. Today, Flying Dog is the largest brewery in Maryland and the 37th largest in the US. Emblazoned with names such as Raging Bitch, Bloodline, Snake Dog, and Fever Dream, Flying Dog’s labels feature art created by Ralph Steadman, who connected with the company through a mutual friend of Steadman’s: Hunter S. Thompson.


Out of all the kinds of beer that Flying Dog puts out, do you have a favorite?


JIM CARUSO: If the beer is being sold by Flying Dog, we love it here. Certainly the brewing team, us, we love the beer. All of our babies are beautiful, but I have to say that since 1997, since we were brewing Snake Dog, if I’m at the brewery at the end of the day I have a glass of Snake Dog. It’s an IPA. It’s an edgy IPA. It’s a little bit extreme and edgy. Distinctive. And at the end of the day, I have a glass of Snake Dog, it makes the world right.


And I’ll sample some of the other beers—for quality control purposes.





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