Dec

21

 David's Gonzo tattoo

It popped his cherry and certainly aroused us. Cellarman David Kozloski made his dedication to the People’s Republic of Flying Dog official with a wing tattoo on his forearm – just one week old and already looking beautiful. Knowing that he wanted to sport the Gonzo wings for some time, David just needed a little motivation. And by motivation, he means free time.

“My neighbor is a tattoo artist who’s totally into Ralph Steadman’s work. One day, I just said ‘fuck it. I’m free and you’re free,’” he explained of his first tat.

Fuck man, we’re glad you did it.

Dec

18

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I’m excited to announce that we’ve added a new position to Flying Dog Brewery’s Marketing department. Please welcome Erin Biles, Flying Dog Brewery’s new Marketing Communications Specialist. Although we don’t always introduce new hires on our blog, Erin will be helping out by writing blog entries for us, managing the @flyingdog Twitter account, and responding to consumer inquiries through our website.

Erin Biles - Marketing Communications Specialist

I asked Erin about why she was drawn to the Craft Beer industry from her previous job as an Internet Marketing Specialist:

“I’ve always admired the imprint beer has on American culture. Almost everyone can remember cracking open their first beer. And the craft beer industry is a fascinating subculture that has a tremendous amount of passion behind it. I’m so excited to immerse myself in what I consider to be a true art form.”

We’re excited to have Erin on board as part of the Flying Dog team, and we look forward to making more conversations with you, our loyal consumers. Interested in our other employees? Head on over and take a look at our Flying Dog Mutts page, and do a little cyber-stalking, if that’s your thing.

Dec

11

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When one of our brewers left us a few months ago to go work at the Troegs Brewery in Harrisburg, PA, our Senior VP of Brewery Operations Matt Brophy told him that we’d pay a visit to Troegs to see how he was settling in. So last Friday, a group of about 15 Flying Dog Brewery employees hopped in our company Winnebago (complete with a draft beer system inside) and drove 90 minutes to go see Jeff and the rest of the people at Troegs. Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso was kind enough to be the designated driver for this excursion as plenty of beer sampling was involved.

From Matt Brophy:

We try to get out every few months to visit another brewery, seeing how others do things and feel better about ourselves when we realize that all brewers deal with the same day to day challenges that we do.

So we spent the day at Troegs, tried some great beers and went on a great tour of their impressive facility. The Troegs people are also planning to come to our brewery sometime in early 2010. We’ll be sure to let them get their fill of our award-winning ales, including Gonzo Imperial Porter and our new 20th Anniversary Raging Bitch Belgian IPA.

As a group, American Craft Brewers are about 5% of the national beer market. American Craft Brewers, as a result, have largely decided that we’re all in this together. Many of us have really great friends at other breweries around the country. We all see each other at festivals throughout the year, and it’s great going to try beers from other breweries. The result is a very cohesive and wonderful community, full of really great beer and really great people.

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Dec

4

2010 marks Flying Dog’s 20th anniversary. We’ve got lots of special things planned for such a momentous occasion, one of which is our 20th anniversary beer, Raging Bitch Belgian IPA. An American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast, our 20th anniversary beer jumps out of the glass and nips at your taste buds with its delicate hop bitterness.

We know we’re a month early, but we wanted to let you know that when you come on a Saturday tour, you can now purchase 750ml commemorative bottles of the Raging Bitch in our tasting room for only $20. These ultra-limited 750ml bottles of Raging Bitch come in a special protective tube and also are packaged with a numbered, limited-edition, celebratory poster. We are only selling 540 of these bad boys, so come on a Saturday tour and pick up our latest and greatest brew!

If you’re unable to get in on the action on the 750s, don’t worry. We’ll be selling 6pks around the world starting in early 2010.

Raging Bitch 20th Anniversary Commemorative 750ml Package

* FYI: You can only buy 4 750s of Raging Bitch at a time, and only during our Saturday tour. Its the law.

Nov

25

We received more than 400 entries on our Raging Bitch T-shirt Tagline Contest, and have finally come to a decision on the winners. If you are a fan of Flying Dog Brewery on Facebook, you may already know the winners, as we announced them on Monday. For those of you who missed that…

Announcing the winners of our 20th anniversary Raging Bitch Tagline Contest:

Raging Bitch T-Shirt Tagline Contest Winner - Steve Raging Bitch T-Shirt Tagline Contest Winner - Telleen

Men’s winner: Steve Bode for “She’s mine, get your own Bitch!”
Women’s winner: Telleen Anderson-Lorzano for “If you think I’m a bitch, you should meet my beer!”

We asked Steve and Telleen for their favorite Hunter S. Thompson quotes, too:
Telleen: “Fear is just another word for ignorance”
Steve: “Res ipsa loquitur – Let the good times roll”

Steve and Telleen each win ten Raging Bitch shirts to give out to their friends. Now that we painstakingly picked a winner (it was tough to decide on!), we’ve sent the art to press and these shirts will be available in our online store before Christmas, so save a few bucks to pick some of these up for those lucky folks you’re shopping for!

Nov

24

Swedish Indie Rock band Peter Bjorn and John performed a show at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club a couple weeks ago and Flying Dog was on hand during an interview/photo session sponsored by Gibson Guitars. Our friends at Brightest Young Things put together a great post about their time with Peter. So go read about all things Peter, Bjorn and John (you even get to learn that Peter was in a Burt Bacharach cover band). While you’re reading, check out the Peter, Bjorn and John Pandora radio station and pair with a cold Old Scratch Amber Lager for a heightened user experience.

Oct

30

We’ve been brewing great beer since we opened in Aspen in 1990, and 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Flying Dog Brewery. So at our FBAG party (during GABF), we officially announced a very special brew commemorating 20 years: Raging Bitch Belgian IPA. To help celebrate this unique brew, we’re holding a t-shirt tag-line contest that you can enter and win.

Raging Bitch Character

To help us kick off Raging Bitch, we need two tag-lines to go on our shirts (one for women, and one for men). To enter, leave your answers at our official “Tag This Bitch” thread on Facebook. The contest will end Friday November 13th. Only answers added to the Facebook thread will be eligible to win. Keep your answers somewhat clean (although one of our brewery mottoes *is* “Good beer, no shit”, so…).

A specially hand-picked panel of Flying Dog employees will pick two winners, one for the men’s and one for the women’s shirt tag-lines, and those winners will receive ten raging Bitch shirts (5 men’s, 5 women’s).

Raging Bitch is a delicately hopped IPA augmented with El Diablo yeast (to create that “funky” Belgian-style taste). We also dry hopped this bitch with Amarillo hops, creating a wonderful subtle pine, herbal, and grapefruit citrus aroma.

Initially, Raging Bitch Belgian IPA will be available in very limited edition 750ml bottles sold only in our tasting room, but in early 2010, we’ll also be shipping out Raging Bitch nationwide in 6-packs of 12 ounce bottles.

Oct

28

We aren’t really sure what Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite holiday was, but Halloween had to be pretty high on the list. With a huge number of people dressing up, getting rowdy, and generally being debaucherous, Halloween is a pretty tough holiday not to love. Plus women always find a way to sexy up their outfits (which is pretty nice in itself). And if you have a spare hard-shelled suitcase, Hawaiian shirt, yellow-tinted glasses, fishing hat, typewriter, and short-pants handy, you can impersonate Dr. Gonzo himself (much to the delight of all your friends).

We’re celebrating Halloween in a few ways. Since it falls on a Saturday this year, we’ve got a special tour for you. Our tour schedule will be the same on Halloween, but if you wear a costume, you’ll get an extra beer sample, an extra raffle ticket, and you’ll also be eligible to win a fabulous prize in our costume contest!

We’ll also be celebrating Halloween at Canal Bar in Frederick, Maryland this coming Friday and Saturday nights. Snake Dog IPA and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale on tap will be $2.50 from 4pm until close, a DJ starts at 9pm, and the costume contest judging will take place at midnight. The contest winner gets a $25 gift card and a $25 Flying Dog Gift Certificate to be used at Brewery.

Brad dresses up as Dr. Gonzo for Halloween

Oct

8

Baltimore Beer Week kicks off today and runs for 10 days through October 18th. Being right in our back yard, we’re pulling out all the stops and are going to be hosting a ton of events in the Baltimore area. We’d love it if you came to some of them and said hey, while also meeting our great Flying Dog employees!

There’s a Baltimore Beer Week fan page on facebook, and they’re also on Twitter as @baltbeerweek (we’ve been hearing that #BBW09 is the hashtag to use for Baltimore Beer Week.

10/08/2009 – Baltimore Beer Week Kick-Off @ the Pratt Street Ale House – Baltimore, MD

10/08/2009 – Firkin Thursday @ Metropolitan – Federal Hill, MD

10/09/2009 – Flying Dog Tasting @ The Wine Source – Baltimore, MD

10/09/2009 – Flying Dog Pint Night @ Alonso’s – Baltimore, MD

10/09/2009 – $3 Flying Dog Pint Night @ Duda’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/10/2009 – Maryland Oktoberfest – Timonium, MD

10/10/2009 – Fall Beer Festival @ The Perfect Pour – Elkridge, MD

10/12/2009 – Columbus Day Flying Dog Lunch @ Shuckers – Baltimore, MD

10/12/2009 – Meet the Brewer @ Lures Bar and Grille – Crownsville, MD

10/12/2009 – Flying Dog Club Night @ Victoria Gastropub – Columbia, MD

10/12/2009 – Honeygo Harvest Fest Beer Gala – Perry Hall, MD

10/13/2009 – Flying Dog Bus Trip, starts @ Mahaffey’s Pub – Baltimore, MD

10/13/2009 – Flying Dog Beer Dinner @ Diamondback Tavern – Ellicot City, MD

10/13/2009 – Meet the Brewer @ CC’s Tavern – Essex, MD

10/14/2009 – Flying Dog Brewer’s Brunch @ Pickle’s Pub – Baltimore, MD

10/14/2009 – Meet the Flying Dog Guys and Gals @ Max’s – Baltimore, MD

10/14/2009 – Show Us Your Beer Tees @ Frisco Grille – Columbia, MD

10/14/2009 – Kick the Keg Party @ Alexander’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Meet the Brewer Luncheon @ Kooper’s Tavern – Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Flying Dog & Charm City Roller Girls Guest Bartending @ Bad
Decisions
– Baltimore, MD

10/15/2009 – Flying Dog Scavenger Hunt – Baltimore, MD

10/16/2009 – Meet the Brewer Happy Hour @ Racers Café – Baltimore, MD

10/16/2009 – Beer and Loathing Night @ Ale Mary’s – Baltimore, MD

10/17/2009 – Chesapeake Real Ale Festival @ Pratt Street Ale House -
Baltimore, MD

Oct

5

Every dog has its day. But on September 26th, 2009 at The Great American Beer Festival, Flying Dog Brewery had one of our best days. Ever. With 3,308 beers entered by 495 breweries, Flying Dog took home gold medals for our Dogtoberfest Marzen, Gonzo Imperial Porter, 2007 Vintage Horn Dog Barley Wine and a silver medal for whiskey-barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial Porter.
And now, for the grand finale (get ready with the drum-roll sound effect), we won “2009 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year!” This prestigious award is based on the number of medals won and type of medals during this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The mid-sized brewery category included all breweries that produce between 15,000 and 2,000,000 barrels of beer, which includes 76 breweries.
We’re deeply honored to receive this award, and love getting the recognition for something we and our wonderful fans (that means you) already know: that Flying Dog Brewery is one of the hardest working, hardest playing breweries out there. We’d also like to thank the presenting sponsor, Crosby & Baker Ltd.

So go out and celebrate with us by drinking some award-winning Flying Dog beer! Cheers!

And remember: When you’re the best around, nothing’s gonna ever keep you down.

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