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Get this: the Austin Grill in Rockville, MD had FIVE (yes, FIVE) styles of Flying Dog on tap. And then a few others available in the bottle for good measure. We felt like this was enough reason for Winnie Tour ’09 to make a stop and see what what’s shakin’. What we found were some awesome guys that absolutely love Flying Dog and sure as shit know how to throw a party. If you’re looking for some good fun, good beer, good music and great food, go to the Austin Grill in Rockville, MD. Now.
Big thanks to the whole crew at Austin Grill and to our friends at Premium (Montgomery County) for
There’s a Flying Dog Tapping Party at the Austin Grill Rockville tomorrow (Thursday).
· 8 Styles of local Flying Dog beer
· Meet people from Flying Dog Brewery @ 8:30pm
· Live Bands starting @ 9pm
· FD schwag giveaways
This event precedes the Austin Grille Charity Event, which is on April 3rd & 4th, which raises money for Wednesday’s Child. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.
Flying Dog announced today the release of a new and unique series of beers to be added to the brewery’s already extensive portfolio. The new “Canis Minor Series” will feature three new low-alcohol craft beers.
The four new styles include:
- Hot Dog Habanero Ginger Ale – 0.9% ABV, 2 IBU
- Unicorn Dog Sparkling Barley Wine-style Ale – 1.9% ABV, 4 IBU
- Herberos Belgian-style Root Beer Lager- 1.59% ABV, 7 IBU
“Our new Canis Minor series allows us to open some new distribution channels like the State of Utah and the Food (grocery) channel in Colorado that we previously didn’t have access to since we only brewed ales and lagers over 4% ABV,” said Neal Stewart, Flying Dog’s prime minister of marketing. “We also conducted a lot of research and found that consumers all over the country are looking for unique and great tasting craft beers that are lower in alcohol than mainstream craft beers.”
Flying Dog’s VP of Brewing Operations, Matt Brophy said that the pilot and brewing process was a challenge due to the the peculiar nature of the brews. “When the Marketing Department originally presented this idea to the production team, we thought they were nuts. But the more we piloted the product and test marketed it, the more we became convinced that low gravity might be the next big thing in craft beer,” said Brophy.
All four styles will roll out nationally in June. To celebrate their release, Flying Dog will be hosting a variety of Canis Minor Beer Dinners in major markets around the country.
OK, if you’ve gotten this far and didn’t know it yet, this is an April Fool’s joke. But based on comments, we might be brewing a Habanero Ginger Beer in the near future. Maybe.
Our friends at The Gate in Brooklyn threw a great promotion last week. The had the normal cast of Flying Dog characters on draft including Tire Bite and In-Heat Wheat – but these guys went the extra mile and had some Double Dog, Gonzo and Horn Dog that they had been cellared for a couple years. PLUS, they had a special cask of Snake Dog with Amarillo hops.
The Gate was a wonderful host, had a fabulous selection of Flying Dog and a great staff. For more photos from this event click here or on the image below.
Next up in the Beer Radness bracket, we have the big dogs – the Canis Major Series. Vote for your faves here:
Our next battles in our Beer Radness bracket are in the Seasonal Section:
It Winter vs. Summer with K9 Cruiser Winter Ale taking on Woody Creek White Belgian-style Wit.
In out other match-up, we have the kid on the block, Garde Dog Biere de Garde vs. perennial favorite Dogtoberfest Marzen.
Vote Here. NOW. Do it.
Here is our updated bracket as Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter eeked out a victory over Barrel-aged Horn Dog and Dog Schwarz triumphed over the Open Source Doppelbock.
Thanks to all 16,000 of you that came out to the Atlantic Beer Festival last weekend. As you can see below, the festival served as a Lutz Family Reunion of sorts as VP of Sales, Jim Lutz (left) brought his brother and nephew along for the festivities. The name of the young lady on in the photo is unknown as of press time.
We’ve posted some photos on our Flickr page.
We received word yesterday from “Down Under” that Flying Dog Brewery won THREE Australian International Beer Awards! Just another step toward world domination.
Here’s what we won:
Gonzo Imperial Porter GOLD Stout Packaged – Imperial
Old Scratch Amber Lager SILVER Other eg Amber, Bock, Marzen, Vienna
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale BRONZE American Style Pale Ale