The New York Times online recently posted an interview with Gonzo artist and Flying Dog label creator Ralph Steadman. Freakonomics author Stephen J. Dubner selected questions for the interview that readers had submitted online. To listen to Ralph’s candid answers follow this link to the New York Times site.
Our QC Assistant, Jake Knill recently competed in the 72 Hour Film Festival with a movie he calls “Humanity vs. Nature and the Agricultural Revolution”. Take a look at his flick. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s pretty good, especially considering Jake and his partner only had 72 to produce it – start to finish.
If you haven’t tried our Barrel Aged Gonzo, or BAG as we lovingly refer to it as, you might get your chance soon. 35 barrels of this rare Flying Dog release will be packaged for select accounts in the coming weeks. These are pictures from our most recent barreling last Friday the 13th. Some might say a bad omen but we say the Gonzo gods wouldn’t have it any other way.
Louis Glunz Distributing in Chicago recently showcased some great Summer beer and food pairings. Jennifer Faulk, of the Glunz Beer Culinary Beer Council recommends our Old Scratch Amber Lager with Grilled Hamburgers. Does it get any better than that?
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Magnolia Pictures is releasing the long-awaited “GONZO: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S, Thompson” on July 4, 2008. The film is narrated by Johnny Depp and features an array of Hunter’s friends, enemies and co-conspirators including Ralph Steadman, Jimmy Carter, Jann Wenner, George McGovern, Pat Buchchanan and even our very own George Stranahan (Flying Dog Founder and Hunter’s Landlord).
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For those of you anxious to play the Text and Win contest, we are happy to announce that AT&T is now online. So if you have AT&T as your mobile phone provider, you can play the game. Look for information on how to play at participating retailers.
Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint are still not online, but we’re working on that.
As some of you may have already heard, F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, NY caught on fire yesterday. We want to let one of our craft beer partners-in-crime know that they are in our thoughts especially the employees and their families. Luckily, no one was injured and we wish the makers of Saranac the best luck in their rebuilding process. A few of us from Flying Dog had the good fortune of hanging out with a few lovely ladies from F.X. Matt while we were in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago while we were at Savor, so this hits home even a little more.
Hard to believe, but Memorial Day is upon is. And with the start of Summer here, it’s time to fire up the grills. Here are some ideas on what beer to pair with that Summertime grub.
Burgers – Burgers off the grill are a staple of backyard bar-b-ques and Doggie-style Classic Pale Ale is the perfect beer to go wash down that mound of ground beef. Doggie-stlyle’s crisp hop edge will really bring out the burger’s juiciness. If you want to take it to the next level, pour some beer on the burger as you’re grilling it and add some cheddar cheese at the end.
Smoked Brisket – If you’re more in to smoking your meat, try our Double Dog Double Pale Ale. At 85 IBU’s, Double Dog definitely a hop bomb, but it’s balanced enough to really accentuate that smoky flavor in the brisket. On the side, add some cubes of Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola.
BBQ Ribs – You like ribs slathered in BBQ sauce, huh? We recommend pairing that with Gonzo Imperial Porter. Gonzo’s rich, malty body and intense roasted flavor will pair great with the rich rib meat and spicy/sweet BBQ sauce. If you really want to do it right, use a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce that has more of a sweet, molasses taste profile. Damn, that sounds good.
Salads – You gotta have some greens to complete a true Summer feast and for that we recommend In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen or our Summer Seasonal, Woody Creek White. Both of these refreshing Wheat beers are great on those hot days. If your salad has a little bit of a citrus kick to it, go with the Woody Creek White. If you’re more of a Ranch/Cobb Salad type person, go with In-Heat Wheat.
Hot Dogs – You might be asking “Can you pair a beer with a Hot Dog?” The answer is “Hell yeah you can! Old Scratch Amber Lager’s smooth, malty goodness is a perfect compliment to foods on the salty or spicy side. We recommend a spicy, deli mustard with kraut and onions if you are so inclined.
For more on pairing food with beer, log on to beerdinners.com. We offer some more “adventurous” pairings on there.
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone!
[tags]summer food pairings, grilling and beer, craft beer, memorial day food, flying dog[/tags]