Dec

2

Filmmakers SpotlightJoin Flying Dog for our second Filmmakers Spotlight Dec. 9 at Baltimore’s Landmark Theater.

The feature presentation is Todd P Goes to Austin. Directed by Jay Buim, the film is a cultural snap-shot of America’s underground, do-it-yourself music scene. It follows the footsteps of DIY rock promoter Todd Patrick and features unforgettable live performances from Baltimore-rooted artists like Dan Deacon and The Death Set.

Using never-before-seen footage, including material shot by the bands themselves, the film exposes what life is like surviving and touring at the underground level. Interviews with Todd about the necessity of independent music connect the bands as they tour en route to Austin, TX to appear in the DIY music scene’s answer to the SXSW Music Festival.

The night will begin with a few short screenings by local filmmaker Hilton Carter. Carter, a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art and an award winning director, has personally been instrumental in helping build Baltimore’s young and growing filmmaking community.

Local DJ Hip Hop Dan will spin during intermissions and (naturally) Flying Dog beer will be served in the theater. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

After the show, head over to The Talking Head for the official after party – featuring DJ sets from Jay Buim, DJ Pancake, and Hip Hop Dan and Flying Dog beer specials. Admission is free, but the event is 21 and older.

Nov

23

Merry Firkin Christmas Freak Show

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls (21 years or older), have yourself a Merry Firkin Christmas at Flying Dog’s Freak Show December 10 at the brewery.

We’ll have jugglers, magicians, fire dancers, sword swallowers, fire breathing, and more for a freak show that puts your in-law’s 20-person dinner table to shame. It’s the kind of party meant for those consistently shunned to the kids’ table.

DJ Two Teks will be spinning in the interludes. Along with 12 beers on tap, we’ll have 3 cask-conditioned ales on the bar and beer engine.

Tickets are $30. They’re sure to sell out fast, so get yours as soon as humanly possible. (The rest of your holiday shopping can wait.)

Nov

12

Each year, the American Planning Association (a nonprofit educational group for community developers) issues a list of the top 10 neighborhoods in the U.S. This year, there was a noticeable trend. We’ll allow the president of the APA to explain:

“It’s no secret that this year’s list was different. Frederick, Maryland? Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver? The common thread between those two is Flying Dog Brewery. The brewery is located in Frederick and has a taproom in LoDo. More importantly, Flying Dog’s Gonzo values of purposeful, provocative irreverence made a profound impact on our evaluation of these communities.”

Yeah, that quote’s not real. And we’re sure he or she is a great person, but we have no idea who the president of the APA is. We don’t even know if they prefer the APA acronym. But it is pretty sweet that both Frederick and Denver made the list, right? Check out the full list (with real quotes and all) on Forbes.com.

Oct

29

Rock the Vote logo

Good People Vote, Then Drink Good Beer – the movement is in full swing.

After the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert-led Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive in DC this Saturday, we’re partnering with Rock the Vote and Campus Progress for the “Party Fearlessly, Vote Fearlessly” after party.

From 3 to 7 pm, the sane and fearless will unite at Rocket Bar DC (714 7th St., NW). You must RSVP through the Campus Progress website to save your spot.

The inspiration for our Good People Vote, Then Drink Good Beer campaign came directly from Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo journalist, political junky, and close friend of Flying Dog founder George Stranahan) who once said:

“Politics is the art of controlling your environment. This is one of the key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way. Anybody who thinks that ‘it doesn’t matter who’s President’ has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the other side of the World – or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public property – or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons – or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you wish you had voted.”

Oct

20

De Molen & Flying Dog's Bat Out Of Hell

As part of a beer reconnaissance mission to The Netherlands and Belgium, we’re taking part in an extreme brewing collaboration with Dutch Brouwerij De Molen of Bodegraven, The Netherlands, on October 21, 2010.

The collaboration brew, Bat Out Of Hell, will be brewed jointly by Flying Dog SVP of Brewing Operations Matt Brophy and De Molen brewmaster Menno Olivier. The recipe was born from the satanic mystique of De Molen’s award-winning stout Hell and Damnation and Flying Dog’s complex and mysterious Gonzo Imperial Porter.

An extreme stout, Bat Out Of Hell will combine the dark malt backbone of Hell and Damnation with the intense American hops in Gonzo.

We originally brewed Gonzo Imperial Porter as a tribute to longtime friend of the brewery Dr. Hunter S. Thompson upon his death in 2005. The Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman (who also illustrates Flying Dog’s labels) had this to say after Thompson’s death:

“If you wonder if he’s gone to Heaven or Hell, rest assured he will check out them both, find out which one Richard Milhous Nixon went to — and go there.”

It is rumored that a swarm of bats encircle our brew house every time they brew a batch of Gonzo Imperial Porter.

We hope this collaboration will result in many more spontaneous and supernatural signs that will include (but not limited to) swarming bats, smoke, cracked earth, splitting trees, and inverted lightning — all symbols of Thompson’s approval from beyond reality (most likely, somewhere around Hell and/or Damnation).

Bat Out Of Hell will only be available in Europe beginning in late December. There will only be seven hectoliters brewed, 225 liters of which will be aged in oak barrels. The 475 remaining liters will be packaged in 750 ml bottles.

Oct

18

Halloween Bash and Smash

It was a full moon. A lone wolf howled in the distance while a slight breeze shook the hop vines on our patio terrace. Many beers were consumed that night; a mellow and somber mood had set in. Then, like a random strike of lightning, our VP of Marketing leapt to his feet and proclaimed, “We are going to have a Halloween party at the brewery. And it will be epic.”

With live music and art, haunted brewery tours, pumpkin smashing, a $500 costume contest, and open bars with 12 Flying Dog brews on tap, epic it will be.

Tickets are $30. To limit chaos, calamity, and all-around overcrowding, tickets are being sold by tour time and limited to 20 people per tour. If you do not want to go on a haunted tour of our brewery, select the “No Tour” option.

Only 150 tickets will be sold, so it’s sure to sell out quick. Buy yours today…or else (muah, ah, ah).

Oct

4

Dogs can’t fly, and yet our name is Flying Dog. Cats can’t swim, so why don’t we make a beer called Swimming Cat?

You raise an excellent point, young Jackson. And in doing so, you gave us the most (*earmuffs* KICK-ASS *earmuffs off*) really great feedback we’ve ever received:

Swimming Cat

This kid will one day be king of the marketing world. Seriously.

Sep

15

Some concern themselves with a spotless red carpet, paparazzi glitter, and A-list celebrities for a movie event. We concentrate on a kick-ass show, awesome venue, and good beer.

Don’t like our focus? Buy the latest Star Magazine and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s for a date on your couch.

Thursday, September 30 is the premiere of Flying Dog Filmmakers Spotlight at the Landmark Theater in Baltimore.

Flying Dog Fillmmakers Spotlight

At 7 pm, we’ll kick things off with Moth, a short film written and directed by Hilton Carter – award-winning local filmmaker and Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) alum. Based on the painting “The Young Martyr” by Paul Delaroche, Moth is the story of Sophie, a beautiful starlet caught up in drugs and fame.

The night’s feature presentation is Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a documentary directed by Alex Gibney. With an overarching theme that Thompson’s Gonzo lifestyle devoured him, this 2008 film features rare home movies, audiotapes, and passages from unpublished manuscripts.

The musical stylings of DJ Impulse will fill the intermission and Flying Dog beer will be served in the theater.

You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $15. The show’s sure to sell out, so buy them now.

Sep

10

You’d be up shit’s creek if you didn’t know where to find Flying Dog at In the Street. Right? Right.

Add cartography to our multitude of talents, as the map below is your key to Downtown Frederick, MD tomorrow for the annual In the Street Festival. We’ve got Raging Bitch, Gonzo, and more at VOLT’s patio, a firkin of Doggie Style in the Olde Town Beer Garden, and our limited-edition Coffee Stout as a pick-me-up once you make it to 7th Street.

Flying Dog In the Street map

Sep

1

The DuClaw Real Ale Festival just got bitchier.

Firkins

Over the past few weeks, we asked you to vote on Twitter on the two firkins we’ll feature at the DuClaw Real Ale Festival Saturday, September 11 in Bel Air, MD.

The winners? Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA and Gonzo Imperial Porter. Matt Crow doesn’t like to be told what to do very often, but these selections brought a smile to his face.

Thanks for voting and we’ll see you there!

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