Nov

14

Bummed about not being able to make to the 2008 GABF?  Even more bummed about not making it to the 2008 FBAG (Flying Dog, Brats & Gonzo)?  Worry no more.  Our friends at BeerUtopia.com have were there to take in all of the festivities and have posted a couple highlight videos.

So fire up the grill, throw on some brats, bust out some Gonzo Imperial Porter and stare at your computer screen for a bit.  Aside from being in the same room with hundreds of beautiful people, listening to live music and smelling the aroma of beer and brats, you’ll feel like you were there with us.

It’s a long clip, so here are some interviews of interest if you want to fast forward:
Matt Bropphy, Flying Dog VP Brewing Operations at 5:58
Jim Caruso, Flying Dog CEO at 18:00

Nov

14

There has been a rash of books and documentaries about Hunter S. Thompson in the past two years and surprisingly, most of them are worth the money.  But for the true, hardcore HST fan, there may be no better purchase than The Gonzo Tapes.

The Gonzo Tapes

The Gonzo Tapes is a 5-CD set featuring Dr. Gonzo’s personal commentary and notes that he recorded before, during and after writing some of his most famous books like Hell’s Angels and Political Trail.

We want to warn everyone that this may not be the best gift for the “casual” HST fan.  The customer reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that the most loyal of HST fans will love it and another review on Tripwire found The Gonzo Tapes to be “boring.” So do a little research of your own before inking this on your holiday shopping list.

Unfortunately, we here at Flying Dog aren’t on the “comp list” and haven’t had a chance to listen yet – so we’re going to buy our own copy and hold judgment for ourselves.

[tags]hst, gonzo tapes, hunter, thompson, flying dog, gift ideas[/tags]

Nov

12

Brad dresses up as Dr. Gonzo for Halloween What do you do if you’re in New Orleans during Halloween? Dress up like Dr. Gonzo, that’s what! Brad was there and spent the last day of October in style. And always remember to bring your trusty attorney with you, especially whilst spending Halloween in The Big Easy.

Siobhan does it Doggie Style for Halloween 01And friend of Flying Dog Siobhan dressed up like our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale and partied the night away with us during our Flying Dog Pub Crawl down “The Gauntlet” in scenic Frederick, Maryland. Now we don’t want to presuppose anything, but you’re in for a pretty good night if you’re dressed up as anything called “Doggie Style”.

We sort of sprung this concept on you people a little late this year, but rest assured there will be a contest next year, so get started on your costume and win some shit.

Nov

11

As we lead up to the holidays, we’ll be offering some gift ideas for that person in your life that loves Flying Dog.

Know someone who likes to drink some Flying Dog beer, read Hunter Thompson books and save information on those handy USB drives?  Then a Hunter S. Thompson themed USB drive would be the perfect gift for them.  Click here or on the image below for the full story on CNET.

HST USB Drive

[tags]flying dog, usb drive, hunter thompson, hst, gift idea[/tags]

Nov

10

We had a great time at Flying Dog Night at Max’s on Broadway last Thursday.  Not only did they have NINE Flying Dog beers on tap, but they were also pouring samples of our new Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager and had a firkin of our Snake Dog IPA brewed with our homegrown Centennial hops.

If you’re ever in Baltimore, make sure you stop by Max’s.  They have a great beer selection – both on draft and in bottles.  And it’s not just a beer bar – they have tasty food and lots of screens to watch sports – although the crowd that gathered that night wasn’t in much of a “sports-watching” mood that night as the Terps got their ass handed to them by the Hokies.

Best of all, they have friendly bartenders that know just how to say hello to their valued patrons as they did for us as we walked in the bar that night.  Same to ya!

Bartenders at Max's on Broadway

[tags]flying dog, max’s, on broadway, craft beer, baltimore, on tap[/tags]

Nov

7

Friday. The last day of most of your work weeks. And we all know that Fridays are the day to take long lunches, get your fantasy football team ready, and slack and watch videos on the internet.

And they’re also a day to reflect on our hero, Hunter S. Thompson. So check out this Starz interview of Gary Busey, where he talks about Hunter. Well, mostly about Hunter.

Just remember what F.E.A.R. and D.O.U.B.T. are (what the hell was that all about in the video?).

Nov

6

Kat runs our labeler.  She also makes stuff – like this cool little bag, completely made out of things she found here at the brewery, including the labels that go on our bottles.

DIY Flying Dog Bag

The good news is that you can win one of these cool little bags.  (Guys, you may not be interested in toting something like this around, but it is time to start thinking about the holidays and this would make an awesome gift).  To enter to win, just make a comment on this blog post and we’ll pick a winner.  Make sure you include your email address.  Contest ends at high noon EST on 11/30/08.

[tags]contest, flying dog, bag, beer, craft, brewery, blog[/tags]

Nov

4

I voted....  65/365

Today is going down in history as one of the biggest election days and Flying Dog wants to reward the people that went out and made a difference! For the next 5 days we are offering a 25% discount on our Doggie Ware to everyone that voted.  Go to our online webstore and enter the code IVOTED to receive your 25% off!

After you do that, go pick up a 6-pack of your favorite Flying Dog brew and celebrate your right to vote!

Oct

30

Attention slackers:

If you’re looking for costumes the day before Halloween, you’re probably in trouble. Our suggestion is to dress up like your favorite beer from Flying Dog Brewery. Just like the people below, who make themselves into mega-sized Flying Dog bottles, you’ll be the life of the party.

Flying Dog Bottles as a Halloween costume

Take photos of your costume and party and email me at joshm [at] flyingdogales {dot} com, and I’ll post your photos on our blog.


Here are some suggestions on how to take care of this (some easy, some hard):

• If you’ve got some cardboard and some scissors, you can easily make some Flying Dog wings and a propeller. Duct tape them to your back and you’re automatically turned into Doggie Style. As the night wears on, you’ll probably be able to pick up some ladies just by saying that you’re “Doggie Style”.
Doggie Style

• A skull mask, cowboy hat, cigarette holder and plastic gun instantly turns you into Gonzo Imperial Porter. Trade out the skull for yellow-tinted sunglasses if you want to go as Hunter S. Thompson.
Gonzo

• A vertical striped shirt, sunglasses and some handcuffs turns you into a pretend Road Dog. To make the shirt out of a solid color shirt, use tape to make the stripes. Take it easy on Friday, because you most likely don’t want to experience the real thing. Trust us on this.
Road Dog

• Remember that time you went to Deutschland and came back with those leiderhosen you bought when you were completely wasted at Oktoberfest? There’s no better time to wear them with a friend and become our GABF gold-winning Dogtoberfest. Pair with a couple of large steins and you’re golden.
Dogtoberfest

• Ooh, another really easy one. Grab some Depends, and 2 beer mugs. You are now Double Dog Double Pale Ale. Drink hoppy beer all night in style. It helps if you are really hairy. Maybe it’s time to bust out the fur coat a little early if you want to look more canine-esque.
Double Dog

• Go to your favorite beer store and ask for their old case carriers of Flying Dog. Cut out the tops and bottoms of each case and stack them together, and you’ve just become a mobile Flying Dog display. This is probably the easiest option if you can get the case carriers. Most liquor stores have these in the back. P.S.: Make sure you can use “the facilities” or it’s going to be a long evening.

• Do you tend to get a lazy eye when you drink? If that’s the case, you’ll be a spitting image of our very own Chris Rippe. Talk dirty to people, quote liberally from The Big Lebowski, and drink lots of Snake Dog and you’re good to go. (he’s the guy on the right)
Fox and Rippe at the (unofficial) GABF After-Party at Flying Dog Brewery

Hopefully these suggestions will turn you into that person without a costume into someone with one of the best costumes that didn’t take too long to put together.

Oct

29

Some of the sales crew and Pitt alums from Premium Ohio, one of our all-star distributors, recently visited their alma mater for a tailgate party Flying Dog style. The Panthers took a beating at the hands of Rutgers but at least they had Flying Dog to drown their sorrows. At Pitt, win or lose, they still booze. Below are the pics.

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