Aug

3

beer march 002

The “Beer Summit” was last Thursday at the White House. Really it was a gathering of the President, a Harvard Professor and an Officer of the Peace to talk about an incident from last week. Hopefully the meaning of the pow-wow wasn’t overshadowed by something that millions of people worldwide do every day – have a beer after work. But we’re not here to discuss the tensions surrounding race and profiling. We make beer and that’s what we’re here to talk about.

In our newletter last week, we talked about how we wished President Obama would pick craft beer to be at the Beer Summit. To better make our point, about 20 brewery employees piled into our Winnebago and we drove the 42 miles down to the White House on Thursday afternoon to try to get our point across a little better.

Chanting things like “Support your local brewery” and “What do we want? Craft Beer! When do we want it? Now!”, we brought signs down to 1600 Pennsylvania and held a Gonzo March on Washington. Here are more photos from the event, with some videos to come soon.

Jul

24

Denver Tweetup Headline

We’re working with some of the coolest dogs on the block to bring you the next installment of the #denvertweetup! Join @thebigklosowski, @redheadwriting and @flyingdog for an August 13 tweetup (6-8PM) at our warehouse (2401 Blake Street, two blocks north of the baseball stadium). So come drink free beer for a few hours and then come out on a LoDo pub crawl with a few hundred of your new closest friends.

We’ll also be accepting a suggested $5 donation for the Rocky Mountain Food Bank. We won’t be mad if you don’t donate, but don’t come crying to us when a piano falls on your head because of the negative Karma for not helping the hungry.

Get more info & your free ticket here. See you in a couple weeks!

Jul

17

We have a special treat for you folks living in Denver. Matt Brophy, our Senior VP of Brewery Operations, is coming out to his old stomping grounds of Denver next week. With that in mind, we’ve set up a Meet The Brewers event next week.

On Wednesday, July 22, we’ll be converging on downtown Denver’s Paramount Cafe to sample a variety of beers, including our brand-spanking-new Belgian IPA. Come be one of the lucky few to try our newest member of the Flying Dog litter.

5-7PM is Happy Hour and we’ll have 1/2 off Flying Dog brews. Plus the first 50 people who show up get a free pint glass! We’ll have four taps for the evening, so we’ll be sure to have something that tickles your fancy.

We’ll be in the back lounge area, so come on down after work and hang out with us and drink some great craft beer.

Jul

15

We had a great event at the Blind Tiger last week! With over 15 Flying Dog beers on tap and some of Flying Dog’s biggest fans it was sure to be a great night. Not only did we have our newest Wild Dog which is a Belgian IPA on tap, we also had a firken of Double Dog and Snake Dog, but it didn’t stop there. We had most of the “Pack” line up as well as our Dog Schwartz on tap too. The Blind Tiger is surely one of the better beer bars in NYC, so if you have never been, stop by for some unique craft beer offerings.

Blind Tiger

To find out about more events going on in NY, follow our New York sales representative, Catinca, on Twitter here. To see all the photos from the event check out our Flickr photoset. Thanks to all that came out!

Jul

14

It’s been a few months since we’ve had a Denver Tweetup, so we’ve decided we’re going to be having a Tweetup at the Blake Street Tavern on Thursday, July 23rd. So come between 6-8PM, and everyone who shows up (and is 21+), we’ll give you a free beer and free pint glass.

Flying Dog Denver Tweetup
Thursday, July 23rd
Blake Street Tavern
24th & Blake Street, Denver
6-8PM

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Scared? Don’t be. A Tweetup is basically a bunch of people hanging out and drinking beer, especially when Flying Dog is involved. Whether you’re a seasoned tweeter or someone looking to learn more about what this newfangled fad is that’s sweeping the universe, this event is for you. We’ll talk beer, Twitter, tech, whatever you want. We just want to meet tweeters who love our beer and have a good time.

P.S.: If you’re planning on getting tanked, please have a designated driver. Or take a cab. Or walk. Or take public transit. We know you all are capable of making adult decisions, and this will be one of those times. Idiocy will not be tolerated.

Jul

8

SimplyBeer.com has been conducting a series of “Beer Brawls”, where a group of guys buy a group of similar beers from a group of great American craft breweries. They drink these brews and talk about them in a lengthy podcast.

Episode 15 featured a variety of Hefeweizens from the US and Europe. Our In-Heat Wheat was among the sampled beers and was received quite warmly.

Episode 17 was all about American Porters, and people really loved drinking our Gonzo Imperial Porter, and we can’t say that we blame them! Honestly, though, it wasn’t really fair, as Gonzo destroys the competition pretty much everywhere it’s sampled.

So take a listen to the podcasts over at Simply Beer while you’re working this week. Because if you can’t have beer at work, thinking about beer comes in a close 2nd.

Jun

30

Our favorite artist Ralph Steadman is anything but predictable (just take a look at the awesome drawings on our beer labels). You can’t be predictable when you’re a Gonzo co-conspirator along with Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. We were delighted to see this YouTube video of Ralph giving a talk at the Promax BDA conference in NYC. There’s no better way to captivate an audience than by smashing the shit out of their favorite phone.

Having seen Ralph give a presentation (on his book tour for “The Joke’s Over” in 2006), I can tell you that Ralph is one of the most unique public speakers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Ralph’s trademark wit shines through the whole time, and he always seems to give his unique perspective on the world. If you get the chance to see Ralph speak, make it a priority to go.

Jun

18

Flying Dog Brewery is a member of the Maryland Brewers Association, a coalition of craft brewers dedicated to helping promote local Maryland beers. A few weeks ago, we all converged in Frederick, Maryland for a massive party called Springfest. The event took place in the baseball stadium where our beloved Frederick Keys play, and three thousand folks came out to drink a little beer, meet some brewery employees, and have a fun time in the Spring sun.

Here is a link to a bunch of Flickr photos from Kelly Fowler. To see more photos from Springfest, click the left thumbnail.

And there’s a mysterious masked man working at our booth. I can’t divulge his identity due to the harm it might bring to his family and loved ones. OK, he’s not really a super hero, he’s Mike Dixon, our smiling, giggling, bottling line expert.

Jun

4

Max's - American Craft Beer Week

Capital Division Sales Manager Matt Crow was all over Maryland and Virginia during American Craft Beer Week. These are photos of his travels, and the cool Flying Dog fans he met along the way. Keep it up, Matt! We threw a bunch of his photos in a flickr photoset from his stops at Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point, VA, Max’s & Coburn’s Tavern in Baltimore.

Coburn's Tavern - American Craft Beer Week

Matt will be all over the region this summer, we’ll be updating his travels from time to time. Looking for more events we’ll be at? Check out our events calendar at our homepage, and watch for promotions on the Flying Dog Twitter page.

May

26

We were in Raleigh, North Carolina in April for the World Beer Festival. It’s one of the best beer fests in the country, and we were inundated by fans the whole weekend – which was awesome. A few in particular stood out to us. Here’s what our Event Coordinator Extraordinaire Steph had to say:

These guys came to our booth first, as they love Flying Dog. They wanted to know if we would take a picture with them in front of our booth (which of course we love to do!). We were all ready to take a picture together when they realized that their camera was out of batteries, which was literally 5 minutes into the festival. The festival was nearing its end and [Flying Dog Brewery salesman] Jim L and I were wondering whether they were going to make it back to our booth for a Flying Dog shot. Well, five minutes before the festival ended the group of 8 comes running through the tent, waving their camera in their hand. This time they had batteries (they went and charged it in their car!). We finally all took a picture together. True Flying Dog fans! :)

World Beer Festivarians

Do you have any Flying Dog photos to share with the world? Email them to joshm {at} flying dog ales {dot} com and we’ll get some of ‘em posted!

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