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Flying Dog scraps plans for Farmworks farm brewery

Proposed barrel-aging space and innovation brewery had been slated to open this summer.

fd-shareIn December of last year, Flying Dog introduced plans for Farmworks, a farm brewery, innovation facility and barrel-aging space in Lucketts, Va. scheduled to open in summer 2015. We’re coming up on summer 2015 and…no Farmworks.

Flying Dog announced via email yesterday that “due to recent developments,” the expansion will not go forward as planned. The brewery has cancelled plans for the proposed 53-acre facility, which would have been located at Shadow Farm, about 17 miles from Flying Dog’s Frederick base. Farmworks was intended to provide an outlet for wild fermentation and experimentation with local ingredients.

Hope is not quite lost, though. Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage says in the same email: “We remain excited about a farm brewery concept, and we are still very much interested in developing the Farmworks concept if the right opportunity presents itself.”


Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]

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