Flying Dog Swoops Into Frederick

FREDERICK — A Colorado company has bought Frederick Brewing Co. in Wedgewood Business Park for $1.4 million.

Flying
Dog Brewery of Denver bought the assets of Snyder International Brewing
Co. in Cleveland, which owned the local brewery off English Muffin Way.

Eric
Warner, president of Flying Dog Brewery, said Wednesday that while the
company has been successful in selling its line of beers on the East
Coast, the rising cost of fuel and a lack of capacity at its Denver
site sparked interest in the deal.

"It is a lot cheaper to ship
from there than from Denver to Maryland or Florida or Atlanta," Mr.
Warner said. Flying Dog is sold in 40 states.

The local brewery
is continuing to produce about 25,000 barrels of Wild Goose and Blue
Ridge beers, Mr. Warner said, but he anticipates production with Flying
Dog beers to reach 45,000 to 50,000 a year.

That could take
three to five years to come to fruition, he said, but it also means
more jobs at the brewery. There are now about 20 employees and he
anticipates adding five when Flying Dog production begins in June. By
the end of the three to five year period, "We could see 75 or more
people working there."

Flying Dog’s products include Flying Dog Pale Ale, its top seller; In-Wheat wheat beer; and Old Scratch Lager, an amber lager.

"We
will produce 12-ounce bottles, as well as 5-gallon and 15-gallon kegs,"
Mr. Warner said. "One of the most popular items is a variety 12-pack.
People who like craft beer like variety."

Flying Dog began as a
brew pub in Aspen, Colo., in 1991, Mr. Warner said. In 1994, a joint
venture was launched to create a brewery and in 1999 the owners bought
out the partners. It is a privately owned company. The Denver brewery
has a capacity of 29,000 gallons a year.

Frederick Brewing Co. was launched in 1993 on South Carroll Street and moved to the current site in 1997.

The
company faced financial challenges since its launch including being
dropped from the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1998 when its stock fell
below $1. The company briefly made nationwide news in 1997 when it
began producing Hempen Ale, made with hemp seed, but that eventually
went out of production.

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