Flying Dog Finalizes Purchase Of Land For Brewery Expansion

Plans to add both a new production and farm brewery.

One of Maryland’s oldest craft beer producers, Flying Dog Brewery, recorded the deed on the $2.25-million site it purchased from The City of Frederick in order to expand its brewery operation.

The agreement on the sale of Bowman Farm Lot 15 was approved by Frederick Mayor and Board of Aldermen at a public meeting on Sept. 17, 2015.

“The Bowman Farm property was a somewhat complex transaction, but right from the start, The City of Frederick moved the process along expeditiously while protecting the interests of The City. We tremendously appreciate everyone’s assistance,” said Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog. “We look forward to continuing to develop this project and making this the new home for Flying Dog Brewery in the years to come,” added Caruso.

Flying Dog’s plans for the 31.69-acre lot include a 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art brewery and a farm brewery. The company currently owns and operates a facility just outside the city limits at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick, Md.

“Manufacturing is an important industry sector for The City of Frederick, and we are excited that Flying Dog Brewery is expanding and adding jobs right here in Frederick,” said Richard Griffin, director of Economic Development for The City of Frederick.

The City acquired the Bowman Farm in 2008, during the Jeff Holtzinger administration, for $5.4 million, in order to support critically needed infrastructure projects at Frederick Municipal Airport. Following the completion of airport infrastructure projects, the remainder of Lot 15 was deemed excess by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and authorized for sale.

Mayor Randy McClement said, “Flying Dog’s plan is the best possible outcome for the Bowman Farm property: Available land being put to efficient use in a way that expands a solid local business, creates job opportunities and enhances the city’s appeal in general. It’s a win-win for the economy, taxpayers and beer lovers.”

About Flying Dog Brewery

As one of the fastest-growing regional craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic, Flying Dog has been brewing world-class craft beer that pushes the confines of traditional styles for 25 years. Flying Dog attracts everyone from craft beer connoisseurs to those just catching the wave with up to 20 styles available at any given time and its Gonzo ties to writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman. Named the Mid-Size Craft Brewery of the Year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (the highest honor for its size in the United States), recent accolades for Flying Dog include its Pale Ale ranked as the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times.

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