Jan

15

Flying Dog Logo

VS.

Iron Citry Logo

There’s nothing friendly about the long standing rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But this week, as the black birds of Baltimore prepare for their big game against their rivals to the west, Flying Dog Brewery has got something – well – brewing.

Frederick, MD based, Flying Dog Brewery is throwing the red flag and challenging Iron City Brewing Company of Pittsburgh, PA – home of the terrible towel – to a friendly wager. The terms? The brewery whose home team goes flat on Sunday must toast the victors with their opponent’s beer, while fully clad in their opponent’s gear.

“Everyone knows that our co-conspirator, Hunter S. Thompson was a huge football fan, so in true Flying Dog spirit, we’ve added something a little extra special to this weekends big game,” said Flying Dog General Partner, Jim Caruso. “We admire the fact that Iron City is willing to put their beer where there mouth is.  Or should we say our beer where there mouth is?”

Jan

14

Big thanks to everyone who came out for our first ever Tweetup last night at Blake Street Tavern in Denver.  It was great to put a face with some of our friends on Twitter.  Here’s a list of some of the people we met:

@penguin

@mattgist

@jeffporn

@kcdunstan

@karyrivera

@vdulay

And a lot more!

We’re already starting to kick around ideas on where to have our next one, so stay tuned!

And if you’re feeling left out of the festivities because you don’t know what Twitter or a “tweetup” is.  Click here for more information.

Flying Dog Tweetup

Jan

14

Delirium Cafe

Our newest Canis Major brew is Kerberos Tripel. We let consumers taste Kerberos for the first time just about a year ago up in Vail at the 2008 Vail BIg Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. Consumer response to our spin on a traditional Belgian style has been wonderful, and the news keeps getting better. Our beer columnist friend Bill Brand wrote a blog entry on Monday about American Craft Beer being available at the storied Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Along with Rogue Brewery beers, you can now find a variety of our beer on tap there.

Our beers currently on tap there:

Kerberos Tripel
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
Snake Dog IPA
Tire Bite Golden Ale

It’s an honor to have a Belgian-inspired beer available in Belgium. Check out more about the Delirium Cafe here, or on BeerAdvocate.

Jan

9

George playing the drums

If you love Flying Dog Brewery, you’ll love George (the Dog’s Founder and Owner) and Patti Stranahan (his wife).  George and Patti recently sat down with Plum TV (Aspen) at their home in Woody Creek, CO and reflected on their amazing lives.  In this 8-minute video, they talk about:

  • The “March of the Innnocents” which is what George called his 1983 adventure with 13 other “hippie mountain climbers” to the top of K2
  • How they came up with the name “Flying Dog”
  • Their relationship with Hunter S. Thompson and blowing shit up together
  • The launch of the world-famous Woody Creek Tavern

This 8-minute video is an absolute must see for anyone who’s ever enjoyed a Flying Dog beer.

Click here or the photo of George to see the video.

Jan

9

The Flying Dog crew wants to invite everyone in Colorado to come drink some beers with us! We are hosting a “Tweet-Up” at the Blake Street Tavern on Tuesday, January 13th from 6-8! This is a great opportunity to drink some Flying Dog beers you may not have had a chance to try or your all time favorite brew for FREE! Blake Street Tavern carries all of our “pack” brews on draft and all of our Canis Major beers in bottles. We will be buying the People’s Republic of Flying Dog brews and appetizers and you get a free pint glass if you say a secret code. Check out our twitter page for that code!

See you on Tuesday! Cheers!

Dec

29

Just like a lot of other companies, we recognize the best of the best employees at the end of the year.  We just happen to call our top award something a little different: ALPHA BITCH

This isn’t some kind of phony award where the big shots pick the person who kisses the best ass.  Nope. Alpha Bitch is a big deal here at Flying Dog.  All of the Mutts cast a vote and take it super serious.

This year, our Alpha Bitch, as voted by the people is Inventory Specialist, Justin Livengood.

2008 Alpha Bitch, Justin Livengood

The only downside to Justin winning this award was that he was in Mexico on his honeymoon and wasn’t able to accept the award in person.

So, we’ll do a cyber congrats to Justin for both winning the Alpha Bitch award and getting hitched.

Dec

24

Yes, us Mutts here at Flying Dog are some of the luckiest dogs in the world.  Not only do we work in the great industry (BEER!) but we also work for a great company.

Check out this photo taken at our recent Holiday Party where Heather, Jeff, Nick and Erich showed off their brand spankin’ new Flying Dog “wing” tatts.

Now that’s the spirit!

Flying Dog Tats!

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Dec

19

A few weeks age we started a contest that gives you the chance to win free shit from us just by rating our beer on twitter. Technically the contest ended two hours ago, but we’re going to give everyone more chances to win. We’ve gotten a bunch of entries so far, but why not enter to win more free shit!

We’re going to extend the deadine to rate our beer on Beerdo and get entered in this giveaway (see above link for more if you have no idea what we’re talking about). So you now have until January 1 at 12:00AM (that’s New Year’s for those of you keeping track).

Good luck and enjoy your beers!

Dec

12

Being Flying Dog, we do things a little differently, including season’s greetings.

Flying Dog 2008 Holiday Card

But we’re not just inundating you with a holiday card with no substance.

Pair Your Holiday Food With Flying Dog Beer

Different beers pair with different foods, so use this guide for picking out the perfect beer to pair with various courses of your holiday feast.

Christmas Pairings:
Sharp Cheddar and Crackers: Double Dog Double Pale Ale
Candied yams: Old Scratch Amber Lager
Ham or Turkey: Kerberos Tripel
Pecan Pie: Gonzo Imperial Porter

Hanukkah Pairings:
Latkes and Apple Sauce: In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen
Brisket: Gonzo Imperial Porter or Road Dog Porter
Jelly Donuts: Kerberos Tripel

Festivus Pairings:
Meatloaf: Old Scratch Amber Lager

Dec

5

There’s a new beer rating website these days. It’s called Beerdo. The beauty of this wonderful concept is that you can rate beers via twitter. So the next time you’re sampling some beer and not near your computer, you can just send a txt review to twitter (set up your cell phone on twitter here, if you haven’t already).

To sweeten the deal, for the next two weeks any Flying Dog beer reviewed on Beerdo will be entered in a contest to win some Flying Dog shit. We’ll draw a name at random and the lucky winner will receive some awesome Flying Dog merch. We’ll also be giving out prizes to some of the more creative descriptions of our beer. Think of it as our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus present to you.

Contest begins now, and ends at Noon EST on December 19, 2008.

Here’s how to rate a beer via Beero from twitter:

    1. Create a new tweet.
    2. Start it with @beerdo
    3. Next, type the name of the beer you’re rating. For example, Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale
    4. To rate your beer, use 1-5 exclamation points (1 is low, 5 is awesome)
    5. You can then use the rest of your message to describe the beer you’re drinking.

So your tweet would look something like this:

    @beerdo Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter !!!!! This beer is as big as Hunter’s reputation, and I love the massive but balanced brew.

We’ll be monitoring all tweets with “@beerdo” and “flying Dog” in them, so make sure your reviews about our beers contain those terms.

We’re really excited about Beerdo for a bunch of reasons. One of those is that it’s a unique and innovative way to rate beers on the fly. So if you’re at a bar and trying Double Dog for the first time, it’s easiest to review the beer as you’re drinking it.

So tweet away, fans of Flying Dog!

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