Flying Dog Set To Buy Chunk of Land for Larger Brewery from City of Frederick

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If all goes as planned during final discussions between Flying Dog Brewery and the City of Frederick this month, the Maryland craft beer company will be headed toward a massive expansion in the next few years.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the brewery is planning to finalize a $2.55-million purchase of 31 acres of the city’s land near Frederick Municipal Airport by the end of December. On that property, Flying Dog is planning to invest $50 million into a 150,000-square-foot facility that would expand its production capacity from 100,000 barrels per year to 700,000 barrels, creating 150 new jobs in the process. It would open by mid-2020 if all negotiations go as planned, Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso told the newspaper.

The city’s Board of Aldermen signed off on an agreement for the purchase of the land last year, but there are a few contingencies that still need to be agreed upon before the sale is made final. One of those is that the new factory wouldn’t mess with airport or airwave operations, given its proximity to the airport.

The brewery would stand to benefit from a huge credit that would exempt it from having to pay any property taxes on the land for up to 10 years, as we shared last August. The Board of Alderman voted last summer to approve a development proposal that awards varying sizes of tax breaks to manufacturers, depending on how much they invest into their properties. Under that rule, any company that invests at least $15 million and creates 100 new jobs gets a 100-percent property tax credit; Flying Dog’s planned $50-million project puts it well above that mark.

With Flying Dog’s seemingly unending creativity in concocting new beer recipes, a sevenfold increase in production capacity would mean a lot more beer and probably even more variety. Those aren’t bad outcomes at all for area beer lovers.

Ethan McLeod
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