What do Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon all have in common? None of them carry Flying Dog condoms. And they are also notorious for offering an incredible online shopping experience.
We’re pretty passionate about customer satisfaction around here. Running a remarkable brewery starts with the beer, but it also extends to your experience on a tour, your interaction at a Flying Dog event, and (hopefully) filters all the way down to the Bat Wing-emblazoned shirt you wear on your back. We’re deeply proud of Ralph Steadman’s artwork and way he continues to reinvent his unique and indelible mark on our brand. His imagination and creativity is woven into every piece of clothing and accessory that bear our name.
Plus, we’d never expect you to buy anything we wouldn’t buy twelve of ourselves.
In keeping with that standard of excellence, we’ve spent the last six months updating our digital storefront to reflect our passion for creating an exceptional customer experience. We’ve reorganized our navigation, simplified our checkout, improved our backend fulfillment and consolidated our shipping rates. What didn’t change? Our commitment to quality assurance, order accuracy, and our seasonal offering of totally fucking awesome merchandise.
Take, for instance, the shirt celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gonzo and the Good Doctor Hunter S. Thompson. We burned through all our inventory in July because you guys love Dr. Gonzo as much as we do. So we decided to bring back a limited run of our Day in Bat Country T-shirts (men’s and women’s sizes S – XXL). This time, when they’re gone, they’re gone. (Basically, they’re like the Franklin Mint coins, only less expensive, more wearable, and arguably more valuable.)
Take a minute to peruse the site and familiarize yourself with the friendly faces of our Flying Dog staff who were neither starved nor man-handled in the modeling of this merchandise. Like what you see? Let us know. Want to see us carry something different? Let us know. Want us to produce some custom pajama jeans? We’re one step ahead of you.
Have you ever roamed the aisles of a grocery store and thought about where the food you’re buying came from? Better yet, ever wonder if it’s really worth it to eat organic, especially when you’re on a budget?
Our goal during Support Local Week is not to pound you with statistics, force you to change your entire lifestyle, or guilt you into submission. (Although, the later is tempting.) Rather, we want to provide simple resources that will enable you to make more informed choices as consumers.
So for Day Two, here are five of our favorite resources for EATing local and organic:
The Environmental Working Group releases both The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15 lists each year as shoppers’ guides to pesticides in produce. The top five of The Dirty Dozen (meaning the most important to buy organic)? Apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, and strawberries. The Clean(est) of the 15? Onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, and cabbage. Each guide is a crucial tool to help you decide the most important foods to buy organic within your budget.
2. Seasons App
Having watermelon in the winter may be a godsend for pregnancy cravings everywhere, but it’s not exactly how nature intended. As a society, we’ve grown so accustomed to imported fruits and vegetables being available year round that we forget about the seasonality of our favorite produce. By following the natural seasons, with the assistance of this simple phone app, you can experience a greater variety of produce at the peak of freshness (all while supporting local agriculture).
Most of us instantly think about fruits and veggies when we think about buying local and organic. However, this top 10-style list provides some compelling reasons why buying organic meat and dairy products is not only a healthier choice, but also helps environmental issues like deforestation and air and water pollution.
Most seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and more. However, not all types of seafood are safe for regular consumption. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list highlights types of seafood that are low in environmental contaminants and good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Eat Well Guide is a free online directory for anyone in search of fresh, locally grown, and sustainably produced food in the United States, including family farms, restaurants, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, U-pick orchards, and more.