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So much of what we do is led by the wisdom and weirdness, insanity and hilarity of our Gonzo Godfathers — Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and George Stranahan. It runs through our veins. It talks to both the angel and devil on our shoulders. It gets us out of bed in the morning (and often keeps us up at night). And, most importantly, it never fades even as this ever-changing world keeps on spinning.
Hunter would have been 75 today. To quote his beloved wife, Anita: “We all miss Hunter more than a blog post can describe… Here’s to a beautiful new chapter, with Hunter in our hearts, with a future bright and right ahead of us.”
Happy birthday Hunter. We love you.
Every Friday home game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards features a cask-conditioned beer from yours truly at our storefront (lower level, between section 23 and 29).
On June 22, our Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout firkin kicked by the 4th inning, so now we’re doubling the pleasure. And doubling the fun. Kicking it up a notch. Raising the bar. Blowing the roof off…if you will.
Starting this Friday, July 13, we’ll have two casks for Firkin Friday: one at our storefront and the other in the new Roof Deck bar above centerfield. UnderDog Atlantic Lager will be the first style featured; here’s the remaining schedule for the year:
- Friday, July 27: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Chinook
- Friday, August 10: Snake Dog IPA
- Friday, August 24: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
- Friday, September 7: Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
- Friday, September 28: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Nelson Sauvin
Gonzofest rule #210: You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug. Especially when it’s waving a razor-sharp hunting knife in your eye.
Gonzofest rule #211: Eat, drink, and be merry goddamn it.
Not to toot our own horns, puff up our own chests, or inflate our own egos, but we’ve got quite the food and drink lineup for Gonzofest at the brewery Saturday, July 21.
- UnderDog Atlantic Lager (both on draft and in cans)
- Snake Dog IPA (both on draft and in cans)
- Woody Creek Belgian White
- Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
- Gonzo Imperial Porter
- Single Hop Imperial IPA with Citra
- Brewhouse Rarities Red Ale
- (the not-yet-released) Brewhouse Rarities Gose
Gonzofest rule #103: At least two hours of sleep is essential prior to a very difficult day.
Gonzofest rule #104: Celebrate 75 years of Gonzo by looking like the man himself.
We all know that there’s no better way to commemorate something than with a pagan ritual involving blood-swapping, reptile sacrifice, and glow sticks. The second best way is a t-shirt.
Introducing the limited-edition “75 Years of Gonzo” t-shirt, which will only be for sale at Gonzofest Saturday, July 21 at the brewery:
If that likeness of the Good Doctor isn’t enough for you, we’re bringing back our Hunter S. Thompson look-a-like contest. The winner, voted on by the sick and twisted staff at Flying Dog, gets a VIP tour of the brewery for 20.
Gonzofest rule #72: Don’t wait until you see the goddamn bats to flee.
Gonzofest rule #73: Jam the fuck out.
The epic resurgence of Gonzofest at the brewery Saturday, July 21 will feature live music from:
The Death Set
Photo courtesy of Eric Weiss
The Death Set: Fleeting songs with lifelong hooks and overdriven melody. Its sound is most like that of its punk influencers — Black Flag, Minor Threat, and Buzzcocks — it also bears the distinct mark of hip-hop and electronic styles in production, and as interludes in their raucous offstage outbursts.
J Roddy Walston and The Business
Photo courtesy of Glynnis McDaris
In this age when mobile apps have replaced recording studios and the term “badass” rarely describes modern music, J Roddy Walson and The Business furthers the proud legacy of unrelenting rockers from Little Richard to Janis Joplin to KISS, shredding eardrums and stirring souls with scrappy, All-American anthems.
Photo courtesy of David Andrew Sitek
Fronted by arresting, shamanistic vocals, anchored by complex drum patterns, and threaded together by multi-instrumental masterpiece (guitar, keyboard, and pedal bass), Celebration has quickly become one of the greatest balancing acts in recent musical history.
Photo courtesy of Chocolate Bronson
The duo of DJ Two Teks and Mathias Broohm has been leaving their mark at every club, bar, and event they are asked to play. With every performance, they take control of the crowd, leave no one standing still, and leave everyone wanting more when the club lights come on.
Spreading the gospel of Gonzo and good beer just went global. Introducing FD:UK, the first Flying Dog merchandise store for the UK and EU.
We teamed up with the Ralph Steadman Art Collection on FD:UK, which currently stocks hats, hoodies, and t-shirts for the People’s Republic of Flying Dog across the pond.
And for those of you stateside, check out some new wearables just in time for summer (modeled by Flying Dog’s finest, of course):
As your attorney, I advise you to drink craft beer and jam the fuck out. Gonzofest is back, bitches.
- Saturday, July 21
- Flying Dog Brewery
- 3 to 9 pm
- Live music by The Death Set, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Celebration, and Chocolate Bronson
We’re also rolling in famed food trucks Red Hook Lobster, DC Slices, and Dangerously Delicious Pies, along with grub from Sunnyside BBQ. (All food’s a la carte.)
Admission is just $30 and includes your first beer. All additional beers are just $2 a piece.
The sinister stepchild of our Brewhouse Rarities series, this Red Ale has one chain of numbers that we cannot forget: 666.
[Please note: Reading that last sentence in an ’80s horror film trailer voice makes it 10 times more intense.]
- 6 specialty malts: Caramel 40, Caramel 77L, Munich, Extra-Dark Crystal, Pale Chocolate, Carafa III Special
- 6 hop varieties: Warrior, CTZ, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, Zythos
- 6(.7)% ABV
When we embarked on this Brewhouse Rarities series, our brewers set out to produce beers that are truly “too weird to live, too rare to die.” If the sheer number of ingredients in this Red Ale isn’t enough, it’s also the first beer we double dry hopped. In fact, there are 3 pounds of hops per barrel, which is more than our Double Dog Double Pale Ale.
Red Ale is a balancing act of malt and hop, resulting in deliciously danky and citrusy hop notes on the nose, followed by a sweet caramel body with hints of grapefruit and spice.
Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release is on draft only with limited availability in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New York City.
In those areas and want to find it? Email us at email@example.com. Or stalk one of our area sales managers on Twitter. You know they prefer the latter:
At Flying Dog, we don’t take collaborations lightly. Our goals are to learn and grow throughout the process while continuing to push the limits of beer as an art form.
We also don’t take you, our loyal Republic, lightly. We respect you all as beer-lovers and as informed, educated consumers. There is an abundance of incredible craft beer out there and we’re continually honored to be a part of it.
With both of those mindsets in mind we decided to not release our Chocolate Fever Chocolate IPA this year. Almost a year in the making, Chocolate Fever was a collaboration we embarked on with Master Chocolatier Randy Olmstead, owner of The Perfect Truffle in downtown Frederick, Maryland.
We were intrigued by the relationship between the bitterness in both American IPAs and raw dark chocolate. And as we expected, having the perfect amount of perceivable chocolate in the beer was a challenge.
With over 400 pounds of raw cocoa added to the final batch, we were pleased with the amount of chocolate aroma and flavor as the beer conditioned. But at the end of fermentation, those chocolate essences diminished significantly.
What we did produce was an incredible IPA with huge hop character. While it pairs beautifully with chocolate, it does not have enough chocolate character to be called a Chocolate IPA. Randy, an expert on chocolate and beer connoisseur, agreed. So, the decision was unanimous that we simply could not release a beer that could be misconceiving in the market.
All is not lost, though, for you hopheads out there. Our first Single Hop Imperial IPA release of the year – El Dorado – is on shelves now in 6-packs and on tap at a bar near you.
Our mind-blowingly badass lineup for this year’s SAVOR Beer Week — June 4-9 — needs little introduction. So we’ll just get right to the details you need to know:
- Monday, June 4: Craft beer and BBQ kickoff at Smoke & Barrel, 5 pm
- Tuesday, June 5: Flying Dog Invasion at ChurchKey, 4 pm
- Wednesday, June 6: RARE-adiso Pizza and Rare Beer Dinner at Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown), 6:30 pm
- Thursday, June 7: SAVOR Pre-Game at American Ice Company, 7 pm
- Friday, June 8: SAVOR Late Night at Poste Modern Brasserie, 11 pm
- Saturday, June 9: SAVOR Late Night at Iron Horse Taproom, 11 pm