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To Chef Bryan Voltaggio, food is more than just a sustenance. It’s part of an experience shared between family and friends that can be exciting, entertaining, and innovative.
In this second spot in our series of Support Local videos, we take a personal look at what food means to Voltaggio.
Through this eight-week Support Local initiative, we’re examining a range of artists — from the culinary arts to alternative sports — to expose you, the People’s Republic of Flying Dog, to the breadth of talent right in our backyard.
Breaking news from the Flying Dog Breaking News Desk:
At 15:37 EST on July 27, Flying Dog Brewery issued direct orders for its Brewmaster and 23-Star General Matt Lovefreedom Brophy to head to Scotland. His operative objective? Brew Dog domination.
Captaining his own destroyer, equipped with ballistic missile submarines and PCs pre-loaded with Minesweeper, Brophy will set sail for Nessie’s homeland Tuesday and arrive on the white sand beaches August 23.
Closely guarded in the ship’s hull will be International Arms Race, the Zero IBU IPA and cause of this all-out war between the two breweries.
At the end of March, Flying Dog and BrewDog decided on the terms of their combative collaboration. Hops were banned from the battlefield, but after 84 hours of negotiation, a host of other weapons to impart bitterness – spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower – were agreed on. Then, it was decided that each brewery would craft it’s own version of the beer, which highlights the human element of the brewing process and does not require the Flying Dog staff to socialize with any Scots.
“Collaboration was never an option,” Brophy said. “It’s a long word that takes entirely too long to type. So, we challenged BrewDog to a battle of the brewing arts and they accepted. Now, it’s time to face off.”
On August 23, Brophy and BrewDog Captain James Watt will begin a tour of BrewDog pubs in both Scotland and England. Civilians can seek refuge from war and try each brewery’s International Arms Race at the following:
- Thursday, August 23 at Aberdeen, 7 pm
- Friday, August 24 at Glasgow, 7 pm
- Saturday, August 25 at Newcastle, 4 pm
- Sunday, August 26 at Manchester, 2 pm
- Monday, August 27 at Camden, 7 pm
Brophy held a private preview of the Flying Dog Zero IBU IPA with Ewan McGregor, Craig Ferguson, Gerard Butler, and Brian Cox. Their overwhelming response to the beer and support for American liberty provided further validation for Brophy, but also furthered Watts’ doubt, self-loathing, and hatred for Bald Eagles.
“We keep hearing from James that it will be bloody,” Brophy said. “Consider that a warning.”
If left standing, Watt and skirt-wearing cohorts will join Brophy on his home turf in September to premiere each brewery’s version International Arms Race in the United States.
The truth is, we can all be artists. You can find art in anything you do.
“What if you were an artist” is the first spot in a series of videos for our Support Local initiative. Through each of these videos, we will examine a range of artists – from the culinary arts to alternative sports – and showcase the breadth of talent right in our backyard.
Our Support Local initiative will culminate September 9 through 15 with Support Local Week where we encourage and provide the tools for our fans to shop, eat, and (of course) drink local for the entire week.
“What if you were an artist” features aerial sculptor Tim Scofield and the vocal talents of Pete Sedon, Flying Dog warehouse manager.
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.