We furthered our fight for our First Amendment Rights in Michigan by filing for a motion for preliminary injunction — a request for the court to allow our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA to be sold while the case is pending. The 34-page motion outlines the arguments and case against the recent Michigan Liquor Control Commission ruling, which banned the sale of our best-selling beer, Raging Bitch, in the state.
The first hearing on the case is set for June 8 at 4 pm in the U.S. District of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. Both Flying Dog attorney Alan Gura and CEO Jim Caruso will be present. According to court documents, “the purpose of the scheduling conference is to review the joint status report and to explore methods of expediting the disposition of the action.”
With the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, we filed suit in U.S. District Court on March 25 to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on Raging Bitch. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.
The brouhaha began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch, our 20th anniversary commemorative beer, in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”
Currently in the Maryland House of Delegates sits a bill that is VERY close to passing to raise the tax on alcohol in the state, which will increase alcohol prices dramatically. While the tax will not be levied on Flying Dog Brewery, we feel it our responsibility to let all of our kick ass fans in the state know that their alcohol prices will go increase heavily.
In the interest of full disclosure, we drink A LOT of craft beer. If you’re reading this, you probably do too.
So let’s do a quick math lesson to see how much that case of Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale will cost you if we don’t stop this legislation.
- Approximate retail price of a case of Doggie Style in MD: $40
- Current state tax on that purchase: $2.00
- The New “If You Don’t Get Off Your Ass and Speak Up Tax”: $3.60
While $1.60 by itself may not seem like much to some, consider EVERY purchase of alcohol that you make raising over 80% in taxes. We don’t think that’s appropriate.
We think what is appropriate for the Maryland General Assembly to balance their budget and end the fleecing of the people of Maryland. Tax methods like these will continue unless you stand up.
Here’s how you can take a stand:
- Go to http://MDElect.Net/ElectedOfficials/ and enter your home address
- Select “House of Delegates” and click find
- On the left side of the screen will appear your elected Delegate. Click their name to access contact information and drop them a quick note saying you DO NOT SUPPORT SB #994.
If you would like, please feel free to use the short letter below to aide in expediting your voice to Annapolis.
As your constituent I wanted to take the time to let you know that I am strongly opposed to SB 994. As a voting adult, I find it important to let you know that I am strongly opposed to this proposed legislation and urge you to vote against the bill.
[YOUR FULL NAME]
Get down, get dirty, and then drink some beer. Sounds like a perfect Saturday to us.
We’re sponsoring the inaugural Mud Dog Run April 16 at the Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland. This high-intensity 5K will feature a (well) muddy obstacle course that is not for the faint of heart. A few of us mutts will be sucking in our beer bellies, snubbing out our cigarettes, and (most likely) collapsing en route to the finish.
Registration before April 1 is $55 and includes a commemorative pint glass and a Flying Dog beer during the post-race party. After April 1, registration is $65. As long as it doesn’t sell out, you can register day-of (but we wouldn’t put our eggs in that basket).
A portion of the proceed will help start the FISC Foundation, which will provide scholarships to local athletes.
For more information and to register, visit the Mud Dog Run website.
There’s nothing like a Backyard BBQ with good friends, good food, and (of course) good beer.
That’s why our Brewmaster Matt Brophy teamed up with Chef Bryan Voltaggio to create Backyard Ale – a smoked amber ale that’s the perfect complement to all things grilled, charred, broiled, roasted, and (obviously) smoked.
We brewed our first batch with Bryan today, so as the days get warmer, this beer will be fermenting. More details on its release coming soon!
Citing our First Amendment rights and an appalling attempt at state censorship, Flying Dog Brewery, with the support of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, filed suit in U.S. District Court on Friday to overturn the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s ban on the sale of our best-selling beer, Raging Bitch. The suit also seeks to recover damages from the loss of sales under the statewide ban, which the Commission issued based on its members’ personal distaste for Raging Bitch’s labeling.
The brouhaha began in September 2009, when we applied for a license to sell Raging Bitch in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch, claiming that the beer’s label — designed by renowned British artist Ralph Steadman — is “detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.”
Obviously, we disagree. “Regrettably, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and its members have taken it upon themselves to control not merely alcoholic beverages, but speech as well,” our Attorney Alan Gura of Washington, D.C.-based Gura & Possessky, PLLC said. “The defendants arbitrarily imposed their personal tastes in banning Raging Bitch, clearly violating Flying Dog’s First Amendment right to free expression.”
Gura and our CEO Jim Caruso announced the filing of the case at Crunchy’s, a craft beer pub near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, this morning.
Caruso emphasized that the pending legal action is about much more than a beer label. “It’s about regulators gradually morphing into self-appointed thought police,” he said. “We believe not only in freedom of speech and artistic expression for both businesses and individuals, but also in the individual’s fundamental right to choose or reject books, art, literature, artisanal craft beer, and other forms of artistic expression based on their personal preferences.”
As most of our loyal fans know, we created Raging Bitch, a Belgian-Style India Pale Ale, to celebrate the brewery’s 20th anniversary in 2010. Raging Bitch proved an instant hit, went on to be named one of the “Top Ten New Beers in America in 2010” by Modern Brewery Age, and is now our #1 best-selling beer. Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman’s Raging Bitch label depicts a female dog drawn in the inimitable style for which Steadman has been internationally celebrated for half a century.
When informed of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s apparent distaste for his art, Steadman said, “Freedom of speech and artistic expression is as fundamental to our being as the alphabet itself. I thought censorship went out with D.H. Lawrence’s ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ about 50 years ago! So if you are feeling a strong itch to drink Raging Bitch, just do it and get on with life.”
Alan Gottlieb, president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, said that his organization “has joined this important legal case because the issues raised have a profound impact on the right to freely engage in the marketplace.”
Caruso concluded the announcement this morning by voicing hope that beer lovers in Michigan will soon have the opportunity to drink Raging Bitch. “We believe in free choice,” he said. “We do not believe that Michigan citizens deserve government regulators arbitrarily deciding what their beer should be called.”
Whether you’re cheers-ing to chants of “Erin Go Braugh” or drowning your sorrows in pints and bagpipes, our Lucky SOB Irish Red is the beer for you this St. Patrick’s Day.
Brewed with real four-leaf clovers, it is perfectly poised to bring the Luck of the Irish to those who drink it. And here’s where it’s on tap in our backyard:
- Bushwaller’s Irish Pub in Frederick
- Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown
- Always Ron’s in Hagerstown
- Bulls & Bears in Hagerstown
- Barefoot Bernie’s in Hagerstown
- Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia
- Frisco Grill & Cantina in Columbia
- Cylde’s of Columbia
- Judge’s Bench in Ellicott City
- Kloby’s Smokehouse in Laurel
- Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air
- The Abbey Burger Bistro in Federal Hill (Baltimore)
- Delilah Foley’s in Federal Hill (Baltimore)
- Big Jim’s Deli in Federal Hill (Baltimore)
- Muggsy’s Mug House in Federal Hill (Baltimore)
- Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point (Baltimore)
- Ale Mary’s in Fells Point (Baltimore)
- Mahaffey’s Pub in Canton (Baltimore)
- The Falls in Mount Washington (Baltimore)
- Alewife in Baltimore
- Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore
- Midtowne Yacht Club in Baltimore
- Alonso’s in Baltimore
- Golden West Cafe in Baltimore
- Racers Cafe in Parkville
DC and Northern Virginia
- Scion Restaurant in Washington, DC
- Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA
With a focus on featuring local (to our brewery in Frederick, Maryland) talent, along with bands from the Baltimore and Washington, DC-area, Flying Dog is a part of three independent music showcases during this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival.
All of our showcases are free, no RSVPs, badges, or wristbands needed, but only open to those 21 and older.
Without further ado, we’ll let our posters do the talking:
Thursday, March 17
Friday, March 18
Friday [night], March 18
And this is not the last you’ll hear from us on this year’s SXSW.
We equipped the bands Secret Mountains, Lands and Peoples, and Eureka Birds with Flip video cameras and plenty of Flying Dog beer to document their journeys to and from Austin. Stay tuned for more independent creativity at its finest.
On the Road to the Perfect Pour at Buffalo Wild Wings, we want you to pick the Cinderella Sauce.
In honor of March Madness and our Snake Dog IPA, BWW’s beer of the month, Maryland locations are hosting a round-robin tournament to determine the wing sauce that pairs best with Snake Dog.
On the day and times specified in the bracket above, the sauces will go head-to-head with one common variable: the hop monster Snake Dog. Your votes will determine the sauce that will make it onto the next round. A winner will be crowned Monday, April 4 in Urbana.
You can be a part of the action all month long. Buffalo Wild Wings is running a March Madness special of 12 wings and a regular-size Snake Dog IPA for just $10.99.
Frederick’s critically-acclaimed live variety show is back for round two Thursday at the Cultural Arts Center.
With host (and local sage) Doug Powell, Churrasco showcases local artists in a late night show set-up complete with post-performance interviews.
This month’s local lineup includes:
- Lucas & the Lovelys – An Americana western blues experience from Hagerstown, Maryland
- Seaton Smith – A recent DC-to-Brooklyn nationally touring comedian
- Goodloe Byron – Frederick’s very own Renaissance man who plys his a blend of squalor-filled blues
- Mikael Johnson – Someone sure to grab your attention and not let go (even if you file for restraint)
A Flying Dog reception will kick things off at 8 pm and the show begins at 9 pm. (Beer will continue to be sold throughout the show.) Tickets are $10 and on sale at the Cultural Arts Center box office. Get yours by calling 301-662-4190 or by visiting the CAC (15 West Patrick Street) during normal business hours.
Want a glimpse of the world-class, yet hyper-local, performers of Churrasco a Centro? Check out the track “Swamp Song” by the folksy bluegrass band Fieldhands.
In the coming months we look to add literary, film, the clown arts and any other talented performance YOU can dream up. For information on booking, email ChurrascoACentro@gmail.com.