It’s always pretty easy to find people to participate in some research and development around here. At a brewery, you can also call this process “sampling beers and exerting your opinion on anyone who will listen.”

Tuesday was R&D day for the new Trippel we’re planning to launch at the beginning of 2008. We all sampled a variety of Trippels from around the world and waxed poetic on what we smelled and tasted, while Head Brewer, Matt Brophy diligently took notes and contemplated the recipe.

trippel group

This new beer will be the 4th member of our Canis Major Series which already includes Horn Dog Barley Wine, Gonzo Imperial Porter and Double Dog Double Pale Ale. All of our Canis Majors are what can be considered “big” or “extreme” beers. They are available in 4-packs and on draft.

[tags]beer research, beer tasting, beer test, experimental beer, extreme beer, big beer, beer samples, flying dog, brewet[/tags]



We launched a couple weeks back, and so far, we’re getting some good feedback.

Appellation Beer made a great point – Shouldn’t every dinner be a “Beer Dinner”?

There’s been quite a bit of chatter on

And seems to like the Grilled Sausage, Jicama; Apple Slaw and Scottish Porter Apricot Mustard. Chris tried this recipe himself and agrees – it’s awesome.

Grilled Sausage, Jicama and Apple Slaw, and Scottish Porter Apricot Mustard with Road Dog Porter 5

Inside tip: Be on the lookout for an announcement in the next couple of weeks. We’re co-hosting a Beer Dinner with DRAFT Magazine during GABF. Time, date, location , and how to buy tickets TBA.

[tags]beer dinners, beer dinner, flying dog, flying dog brewery, denver brewery, colorado beer, beer and food, craft beer[/tags]



Dogtoberfest Bottle
Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery is set to release their Fall seasonal Dogtoberfest. The Denver-based brewery’s third seasonal of the year is a traditional-style Marzen, brewed with 100% imported German ingredients. Dogtoberfest’s grist includes a mix of Light and Dark Munich and Vienna malts. It’s hopped with German Perle and Hersbrucker hops and is lager fermented.
Flying Dog’s Head Brewer, Matt Brophy says that Dogtoberfest is unique from other Fall seasonals, “We use a blend of five different German malts to give this lager a complex and satisfying malt character. Combined with our proprietary yeast strain, it strikes the perfect balance for the style”.

According to Flying Dog’s Director of Marketing, Neal Stewart, Fall seasonals are especially popular, “There are a lot of great seasonals brands available around this time of year and Dogtoberfest has historically been our most popular seasonal. I think a lot of that has to do with people experimenting with darker, malty beers as the weather starts to cool off again.”

Dogtoberfest is available throughout September and October in six-packs at your local grocery or liquor store and on draft at bars across the country. Dogtoberfest is part of Flying Dog’s “litter of ales” which currently includes nine brands and three other seasonal selections.

[tags]flying dog. octoberfest, seasonal beer, brew, beer, dogtoberfest, experimental beer, experimental beers, marzen beer, denver beer[/tags]



As many of you know, Ralph Steadman illustrates our packaging. What you might NOT know is how unbelievably vast Ralph’s collection of art is.

A few months back, after a speaking engagement here in Denver, Ralph was kind enough to give us a disc with many of his best pieces on it. So, here is a video showing off some of our favorites. You can also log on to our Flickr page to see more of Ralph’s work.

[tags]ralph steadman, picture slideshow, art slideshow, photo slideshow, ralph steadman art, artists, flying dog art, flying dog[/tags]



Deer Dinners LogoWith the increasing popularity of food and beer pairings, Flying Dog Brewery’s new resource website provides the latest information and ideas on the emerging craft beer trend. is dedicated to educating craft beer connoisseurs on the “ins and outs” of custom meals prepared with the intention of accentuating each course with a particular style of beer, specifically chosen by the chef.

According to Flying Dog Director of Marketing Neal Stewart, “On you can learn exactly what a beer dinner is and how to find one at a restaurant. We’re even offering complete menus prepared by a professional chef for those who want to get a little more adventurous and host their own Beer Dinner,” he said.

The website features menus prepared by Chef Scott Clagett of Boulder,Colorado. “Spicy Dog” features eight courses, including chili-roasted shrimp with mashed sweet potatoes, watercress, mango, citrus and jalapeno served with Snake Dog IPA. Another, titled “Off the Gonzo Grill,” is also an eight course meal capped off with an amazing Gonzo Imperial Porter ice cream float with chocolate covered cherries.

The site also encourages visitors to submit beer dinner ideas or review dinners they have enjoyed. “We want to educate beer aficionados about the entire beer dinner concept, show people how pairing food with beer can really be a remarkable experience and help them be in-the-know on this hot new trend,” said Stewart.

For more information, log on to

[tags]beer dinners, beer dinner, craft beer, beer and food, flying dog, flying dog brewery, dinner recipes, cooking recipes, recipes, brewery events[/tags]



Australian Beer Awards

Flying Dog Brewery walked away with one silver and two bronze medals from the 2007 Australian International Beer Awards. These medals add to the mounting collection of international beer awards that Flying Dog has been recognized for over the past year.

Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale won Silver in the American Style Pale Ale Category while both Old Scratch Amber Lager and Gonzo Imperial Porter both received Bronze medals in the Lager and Porter categories, respectively.

Flying Dog’s Export Manager Chris Rippe said, “Seeing that we only entered three beers into the competition, we are pleased to come away with awards for each of them. We have really made some progress with our exporting this year and these awards bolster Flying Dog’s place in the world beer market.”

Find more details about the Australian beer awards at

[tags]beer awards, beer, flying dog, australian beer, denver beer, world beer, beer market, international beer, colorado brewery[/tags]



Great American Beer Festival Flying Dog Brewery is giving away a “dream weekend” for Craft Beer Drinkers everywhere – a trip to the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the brewery’s hometown of Denver, Colorado. Flying Dog’s “Great American Beer Festival Sweepstakes” will be held through the end of August and the Grand Prize Winner will receive airfare to Denver and hotel accommodations for two, two (2) three-day passes to the festival, and invitations to exclusive Flying Dog activities during GABF weekend.

In all, over 500 prizes in all will be awarded, including sets of Flying Dog Ales pint glasses, Flying Dog T-shirts and key chains — all sporting the fabled graphics of famed Gonzo Artist, Ralph Steadman.

Contest entries for The Great American Beer Festival Sweepstakes can be found on Flying Dog Beer displays at liquor and grocery stores and at

About the Great American Beer Festival
Flying Dog Brewery is a 2007 Featured Brewery Sponsor of the Great American Beer Festival. The GABF, to be held October 11-13, 2007, is deemed the ultimate event for tasting the beers of the globe’s greatest brewing nation. GABF visitors enjoy one-ounce beer samples from the fest’s 400+ breweries. These breweries are arranged on the festival floor by regions of the country, giving beer lovers a walking tour of the nation’s beer-blessed landscape. Many of the booths are staffed by the brewers themselves. Over 40,000 beer enthusiasts from Colorado, the US and around the world attended the 2006 GABF.

The GABF also hosts one of the world’s largest and most prestigious tasting competitions. Over 100 professional beer judges from the United States and abroad evaluate over 2,300 beers entered by more than 450 domestic breweries. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in 69 beer-style categories. (For 2007 the number of styles will be higher.)

In addition to sampling beers, attendees can sit in on some of the GABF’s popular food & beer pairing seminars that feature an A-list of America’s brewers, along with local and national celebrity chefs for demonstrations on how to cook with beer and pair different styles of beer with various dishes. For more information, see:

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Open Source Beer Project

Denver Brewery will Collaborate with Consumers to Create Recipe for next Wild Dog Release

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery today announced plans to release what is believed to be the first “open source” beer to hit the market in the U.S. “Open source” is a term most commonly used in the software industry and refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. In this case, Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project will allow beer drinkers and homebrewers to create or recommend modifications to the recipe.

The Open Source Beer Project will start as a Dopplebock but the style may evolve as participants offer ideas and tweak the recipe. “We are encouraging input on every part of the recipe, down to how what variety of hops we should use, how much we should use and when we should add them,” said Flying Dog’s Head Brewer, Matt Brophy.

Flying Dog’s Director of Marketing, Neal Stewart says that this is a unique way for consumers to participate in the creation of a new beer. “The Open Source Beer is a truly collaborative project and gives our loyal fans the opportunity to buy a beer that they actually played a major role in creating.”

The Open Source Beer will be Flying Dog’s latest “Wild Dog” release and will hit stores in October. Wild Dogs are extremely limited edition beers that come exclusively in hand filled, corked and labeled 750ml bottles. Only 5000 bottles of the Open Source Wild Dogs will be available to the public. Flying Dog’s current Wild Dog is a whiskey barrel-aged version of their popular Gonzo Imperial Porter.

For more information on the Open Source Beer Project, please visit

[tags]beer, Flying Dog, beer recipe, beer recipes, homebrew, brewing, open source beer, brewery, beer project[/tags]

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