Nov

25

We received more than 400 entries on our Raging Bitch T-shirt Tagline Contest, and have finally come to a decision on the winners. If you are a fan of Flying Dog Brewery on Facebook, you may already know the winners, as we announced them on Monday. For those of you who missed that…

Announcing the winners of our 20th anniversary Raging Bitch Tagline Contest:

Raging Bitch T-Shirt Tagline Contest Winner - Steve Raging Bitch T-Shirt Tagline Contest Winner - Telleen

Men’s winner: Steve Bode for “She’s mine, get your own Bitch!”
Women’s winner: Telleen Anderson-Lorzano for “If you think I’m a bitch, you should meet my beer!”

We asked Steve and Telleen for their favorite Hunter S. Thompson quotes, too:
Telleen: “Fear is just another word for ignorance”
Steve: “Res ipsa loquitur – Let the good times roll”

Steve and Telleen each win ten Raging Bitch shirts to give out to their friends. Now that we painstakingly picked a winner (it was tough to decide on!), we’ve sent the art to press and these shirts will be available in our online store before Christmas, so save a few bucks to pick some of these up for those lucky folks you’re shopping for!

Nov

24

Swedish Indie Rock band Peter Bjorn and John performed a show at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club a couple weeks ago and Flying Dog was on hand during an interview/photo session sponsored by Gibson Guitars. Our friends at Brightest Young Things put together a great post about their time with Peter. So go read about all things Peter, Bjorn and John (you even get to learn that Peter was in a Burt Bacharach cover band). While you’re reading, check out the Peter, Bjorn and John Pandora radio station and pair with a cold Old Scratch Amber Lager for a heightened user experience.

Oct

30

We’ve been brewing great beer since we opened in Aspen in 1990, and 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Flying Dog Brewery. So at our FBAG party (during GABF), we officially announced a very special brew commemorating 20 years: Raging Bitch Belgian IPA. To help celebrate this unique brew, we’re holding a t-shirt tag-line contest that you can enter and win.

Raging Bitch Character

To help us kick off Raging Bitch, we need two tag-lines to go on our shirts (one for women, and one for men). To enter, leave your answers at our official “Tag This Bitch” thread on Facebook. The contest will end Friday November 13th. Only answers added to the Facebook thread will be eligible to win. Keep your answers somewhat clean (although one of our brewery mottoes *is* “Good beer, no shit”, so…).

A specially hand-picked panel of Flying Dog employees will pick two winners, one for the men’s and one for the women’s shirt tag-lines, and those winners will receive ten raging Bitch shirts (5 men’s, 5 women’s).

Raging Bitch is a delicately hopped IPA augmented with El Diablo yeast (to create that “funky” Belgian-style taste). We also dry hopped this bitch with Amarillo hops, creating a wonderful subtle pine, herbal, and grapefruit citrus aroma.

Initially, Raging Bitch Belgian IPA will be available in very limited edition 750ml bottles sold only in our tasting room, but in early 2010, we’ll also be shipping out Raging Bitch nationwide in 6-packs of 12 ounce bottles.

Oct

28

We aren’t really sure what Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite holiday was, but Halloween had to be pretty high on the list. With a huge number of people dressing up, getting rowdy, and generally being debaucherous, Halloween is a pretty tough holiday not to love. Plus women always find a way to sexy up their outfits (which is pretty nice in itself). And if you have a spare hard-shelled suitcase, Hawaiian shirt, yellow-tinted glasses, fishing hat, typewriter, and short-pants handy, you can impersonate Dr. Gonzo himself (much to the delight of all your friends).

We’re celebrating Halloween in a few ways. Since it falls on a Saturday this year, we’ve got a special tour for you. Our tour schedule will be the same on Halloween, but if you wear a costume, you’ll get an extra beer sample, an extra raffle ticket, and you’ll also be eligible to win a fabulous prize in our costume contest!

We’ll also be celebrating Halloween at Canal Bar in Frederick, Maryland this coming Friday and Saturday nights. Snake Dog IPA and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale on tap will be $2.50 from 4pm until close, a DJ starts at 9pm, and the costume contest judging will take place at midnight. The contest winner gets a $25 gift card and a $25 Flying Dog Gift Certificate to be used at Brewery.

Brad dresses up as Dr. Gonzo for Halloween

Oct

8

Baltimore Beer Week kicks off today and runs for 10 days through October 18th. Being right in our back yard, we’re pulling out all the stops and are going to be hosting a ton of events in the Baltimore area. We’d love it if you came to some of them and said hey, while also meeting our great Flying Dog employees!

There’s a Baltimore Beer Week fan page on facebook, and they’re also on Twitter as @baltbeerweek (we’ve been hearing that #BBW09 is the hashtag to use for Baltimore Beer Week.

10/08/2009 – Baltimore Beer Week Kick-Off @ the Pratt Street Ale House – Baltimore, MD

10/08/2009 – Firkin Thursday @ Metropolitan – Federal Hill, MD

10/09/2009 – Flying Dog Tasting @ The Wine Source – Baltimore, MD

10/09/2009 – Flying Dog Pint Night @ Alonso’s – Baltimore, MD

10/09/2009 – $3 Flying Dog Pint Night @ Duda’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/10/2009 – Maryland Oktoberfest – Timonium, MD

10/10/2009 – Fall Beer Festival @ The Perfect Pour – Elkridge, MD

10/12/2009 – Columbus Day Flying Dog Lunch @ Shuckers – Baltimore, MD

10/12/2009 – Meet the Brewer @ Lures Bar and Grille – Crownsville, MD

10/12/2009 – Flying Dog Club Night @ Victoria Gastropub – Columbia, MD

10/12/2009 – Honeygo Harvest Fest Beer Gala – Perry Hall, MD

10/13/2009 – Flying Dog Bus Trip, starts @ Mahaffey’s Pub – Baltimore, MD

10/13/2009 – Flying Dog Beer Dinner @ Diamondback Tavern – Ellicot City, MD

10/13/2009 – Meet the Brewer @ CC’s Tavern – Essex, MD

10/14/2009 – Flying Dog Brewer’s Brunch @ Pickle’s Pub – Baltimore, MD

10/14/2009 – Meet the Flying Dog Guys and Gals @ Max’s – Baltimore, MD

10/14/2009 – Show Us Your Beer Tees @ Frisco Grille – Columbia, MD

10/14/2009 – Kick the Keg Party @ Alexander’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Meet the Brewer Luncheon @ Kooper’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Flying Dog & Charm City Roller Girls Guest Bartending @ Bad
Decisions
– Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Flying Dog Scavenger Hunt – Baltimore, MD

10/16/2009 – Meet the Brewer Happy Hour @ Racers Café – Baltimore, MD

10/16/2009 – Beer and Loathing Night @ Ale Mary’s – Baltimore, MD

10/17/2009 – Chesapeake Real Ale Festival @ Pratt Street Ale House -
Baltimore, MD

Oct

5

Every dog has its day. But on September 26th, 2009 at The Great American Beer Festival, Flying Dog Brewery had one of our best days. Ever. With 3,308 beers entered by 495 breweries, Flying Dog took home gold medals for our Dogtoberfest Marzen, Gonzo Imperial Porter, 2007 Vintage Horn Dog Barley Wine and a silver medal for whiskey-barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial Porter.
And now, for the grand finale (get ready with the drum-roll sound effect), we won “2009 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year!” This prestigious award is based on the number of medals won and type of medals during this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The mid-sized brewery category included all breweries that produce between 15,000 and 2,000,000 barrels of beer, which includes 76 breweries.
We’re deeply honored to receive this award, and love getting the recognition for something we and our wonderful fans (that means you) already know: that Flying Dog Brewery is one of the hardest working, hardest playing breweries out there. We’d also like to thank the presenting sponsor, Crosby & Baker Ltd.

So go out and celebrate with us by drinking some award-winning Flying Dog beer! Cheers!

And remember: When you’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down.

Best in Show

Sep

18

Two Guys on Beer, Two Flying Dog Salesmen, and the Owner of National Mechanics (Paul)

Philadelphia is a big time craft beer town. One of the premier craft beer bars in town is National Mechanics on 3rd Street (follow @natmechanics on Twitter). As Joe Gomez (follow @flyingdogmidatl on Twitter), our salesman in Philly, puts it, “National Mechanics ALWAYS has a Flying Dog on tap along with other great craft selections and very good food in a very social ‘hall’ environment.”

A couple weeks ago, the Two Guys on Beer (@TGOB on Twitter) held a special event at National Mechanics where they taped their 100th vidcast (see embedded video below). We were fortunate enough to have them feature our awesome fall seasonal Märzen, Dogtoberfest. A few hundred people showed up to watch the Two Guys on Beer talk about our beer, and they polished off 3 kegs of it in about 3 hours.

More from Joe: Special Thanks to Paul Brown, owner of National Mechanics, for his Flying Dog support and just being a great guy. Also thanks to Alex Hillman (Not pictured) the Business Manager for TGOB who also helped create Independents Hall in Philadelphia, (learn more about it at indyhall.org).

Sep

15

We are hosting our 2nd Annual Beer Dinner with Brauns Bar and Grill during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver at 7PM on September 26th, 2009.

The cost of the five course meal is $35.95. We will accept reservations through September 24th. Get your tickets soon, this beer dinner will definitely sell out! For more information head to the GABF Beer Dinner @ Brauns event page.

Buy your tickets online here.

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GABF Beer Dinner 09 JPG

Sep

8

The Great American Beer Festival is right around the corner and we are hosting our 2nd Annual FBAG party. We invite all craft beer lovers to come down to the Flying Dog Warehouse (2401 Blake Street) on September 25th from 3-6 for our annual GABF thrown down. The best part….Admission is FREE. Not only are we going to be releasing our 20th Anniversary beer at this year’s FBAG, but this is also a great opportunity for you to enjoy our famous “Gonzo Brats”, listen to live music by The Rob Drabkin Band and hang out with the bad ass Flying Dog crew. So, grab your beer loving friends and stop by, for what is sure to be an awesome time!

FBAG (Flying Dog, Brats & Gonzo) 2009 Flier

Sep

3

We’ve made some positive changes to our Friday tour schedule. See below, or check out the Tour The Doghouse page of our website.

And a reminder: due to GonzoFest a week from Saturday, we won’t be offering our regular tour.

NEW TOUR SCHEDULE

Attention Flying Dog Brewery Fans: Additional tour hours!

Beginning Saturday, September 5, 2009, we will be expanding our tour hours to accommodate our growing fan base.

We suggest you come early, we have been getting large crowds lately. The tours are free. If you would like to sample our award-winning ales, you may purchase a glass for $5 that you get to keep and you can have up to five 6oz samples. Children and young adults are welcome at the brewery and allowed on the tour, but only those 21 and over are allowed to sample the beers. Please bring a valid ID if you plan on imbibing.

Unlike some other breweries, you won’t be standing behind plexi-glass or lame yellow lines, so we ask you keep your grubby little hands to yourself. Additionally, you will be forced to wear some incredibly unflattering safety glasses as well as walk, listen, carry and/or drink a beer, all at the same time. Strollers are allowed in the tasting room, but not on the tour…there are stairs to climb and sometime hoses to step over. PLEASE DON’T WEAR SANDALS, it’s an OSHA violation.

All tours start and end in the brewery tasting room where you can kick back and sample our award-winning litter of ales and purchase merchandise from the Flying Dog Store.

Session 1: 11am-1pm

• Doors will be open from 11am-12pm only for check-in for Session 1
• Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis and a maximum of 120 people will be let in.
• Tours will be given at 11:30am, 11:45am and 12:00noon, and each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
• Flying Dog Brewery will be closed from 1-2pm to allow us time to clean up and prepare for the next session.

Session 2: 2pm-4pm

• Doors will be open from 2pm-3pm only for check in for Session 2
• Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis and a maximum of 120 people will be let in.
• Tours will be given at 2:30pm, 2:45pm and 3:00pm, and each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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