This week, our Cellar Queen Lisa Adams, CEO Jim Caruso, VP of Brewing Operations Matt Brophy, VP of Marketing Ben Savage, and Head Brewer Bob Malone visited Stillpoint Farm, a sustainable farm that has acres of hop fields in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
Owner Tom Barse showed them around the farm, which grows a number of varieties, including Cascade, Golding, Nugget, Chinook, and Fuggle hops. Tom explained that Cascade hops grow the best in Maryland’s hot and humid summer climate.
We’ll be getting some fresh hops from Tom’s next harvest in about 3 to 4 weeks for our firkins.
Yesterday, we got some pretty awesome news.
A panel, put together by The New York Times’ Eric Asimov, reviewed the nation’s best American Pale Ales. Our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale was rated No. 1, beating out the likes of Samuel Adams, Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, and Sierra Nevada.
“Our consensus favorite, the Doggie Style Classic from Flying Dog, was one of the hoppier beers in the tasting, with a clean, crisp, almost bracing bitterness, like a pilsner,” Asimov said. “For a beer that calls itself ‘classic,’ it pushes the boundaries of the pale ale style. Nonetheless, it was fresh, balanced and a pleasure to drink.”
In addition to our individual accolade, Asimov touched on the kinds of things that get us out of bed in the morning.
“Nowadays, American brewers are among the most creative in the world, in the vanguard of pushing and transforming established styles of beer.”
He continued, “all of us were impressed by the consistently high quality of these beers. American brewers seem to have this style down cold, although we found more than a few variations on the theme…What all these beers had in common, however, was balance and harmony. You could drink them over a long afternoon in the sun, whether at a ballgame, a barbecue or the beach, and still feel refreshed and energetic.”
Read the full New York Times article. Obviously, we recommend perusing it with a cold Doggie Style in hand.
Chances are you have wasted hours of your life trying to find your car keys. You know the drill: Anger, cursing, and irritation of the highest order (especially when you discover them in the most obvious place).
The misplaced cell phone is another beast: Anxiety and fear quickly followed by panic. (That’s right. You didn’t need insurance on that fancy new smart phone.)
Similar emotions can be felt when you can’t find Flying Dog beer. But not anymore:
Introducing the new “Find Our Beer” feature on our website*.
Now, whether you are in Plano, Texas or Peabody, Massachusetts, it will only take seconds to locate your favorite Flying Dog brews at the location nearest you. All you need is your zip code.
* Flying Dog Brewery apologizes in advance if making it easier to find our beer results in more lost keys and misplaced cell phones.
In Fear and Loathing in America, Hunter S. Thompson described his “homebase fortress” in Woody Creek, Colorado as “a very important psychic anchor for me, a crucial grounding point where I always knew I had love, friends & good neighbors….When I made that hairpin turn up the hill onto Woody Creek Road, I knew I was safe.”
No matter where our road takes us, we will always remain loyal to our own Colorado roots – from Woody Creek to Aspen to Denver.
This Thursday, June 24, we’re opening up a new Denver tap room to feed our frenzy of Rocky Mountain fans, friends, and neighbors.
From 4 to 6 pm, we’ll be giving out free samples of our 20th anniversary Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA and summer seasonal Woody Creek White Belgian Wit. Additional pints and bottles can be purchased for $4 to $5, along with Flying Dog merchandise.
The tap room is tucked away on the corner of Broadway, Arapahoe, and Park Avenue West. Admittedly, it’s a little tough to find (even when we aren’t a few pints into the night). The address is 2330 Broadway, Suite 104, but a map’s a a bit more helpful:
The tap room will be open throughout the summer on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 pm.
Bobby Lee Rodgers
His website says…
Rock and roll…it’s rarely had a more exuberant, beautifully crafted infusion than Bobby Lee Rodgers. His music exhibits a passionate commitment to fundamentals that makes every note solid and sweet, constantly reminding the listener of rock’s bedrock pleasures.
What you really want to know…
- Latest album: Overdrive (featuring Jimmy Herring, lead guitarist from Wide Spread Panic)
- Quintessential track: “Overdrive”
- He’s a soul man: Bobby was a longtime playmate of James Brown’s children
- Call him Doogie: Bobby’s on the books as the youngest professor to teach at Berklee College of Music
- What he’ll be drinking at Bentz St. after the show: Old Scratch Amber Lager
Pamela Parker and the San Francisco Review
Her website says…
Pamela Parker is a multi-faceted artist with the musicality and passion of Teena Marie, the grit of Janis Joplin, and the songwriting and melodic ear of Bonnie Raitt. She fuses the elements of rock, opera, funk, and hip hop to form an inspirational live music experience.
What you really want to know…
- Latest album: Beautiful Day
- Quintessential track: “Beautiful Day”
- Back to Market: Pamela used to live in Frederick, MD
- She wants the funk: Pamela’s shared the stage with members of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
- What she’ll be drinking at Bentz St. after the show: Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
Justin Kalk Orchestra
Their website says…
With his Nashville-based orchestra, Justin Kalk pens and performs a fresh brand of rock & roll, hip hop, bluegrass, and jazz-influenced pop sounds. The songs are monsters packed with catchy vocals, Olympic solos, swampy organ, and a radical evolution of bass and beat madness.
What you really want to know…
- Latest album: Blue Sky Traffic
- Quintessential song: “I’ve Changed Too”
- Stomach of steel: Justin’s favorite food is marshmallow and anchovy pizza
- Gonzo connection: Blue Sky Traffic‘s album art legendary Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman designed their debut album’s cover
- What they’ll be drinking at Bentz St. after the show: Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
Saturday, June 19. Baker Park in downtown Frederick, Maryland. 3 to 8 pm.
Jam with Flying Dog at a free concert Saturday, June 19 at the Baker Park band shell in downtown Frederick, MD.
From 3 to 8 pm, Justin Kalk Orchestra, Pamela Parker and the San Francisco Review, and Bobby Lee Rodgers will perform.
Since Baker Park is a (ahem) dry venue, we’re having an after-party at Bentz Street Sports Bar. More details on that to come…
Until then, we’ll let our Winnie do the talking around town.
Sail off into the sunset with Flying Dog. Every Tuesday in June, Schooner Woodwind Annapolis Sailing Cruises is holding a Flying Dog beer tasting during their Sunset Sail.
Our Woody Creek White Belgian Wit, Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale, and Road Dog Porter will be featured on the Woodwind, a 74-foot schooner custom designed for the Chesapeake Bay. A different Flying Dog mutt will be on deck each week to talk about the different brews and explain the brewing process.
The cruise begins at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel and takes passengers past the United States Naval Academy and under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, as the sun sets along the Annapolis skyline.
For tickets, call Schooner Woodwind at 410-263-7837.
The Dog will be all over town celebrating American Craft Beer Week from Sunday 5/17 through Sunday 5/23. Care to join?
The following events have been scheduled in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia:
Sunday, May 16
Mahaffey’s Pub “Pints and Pancakes” in Baltimore, MD
- 10 am
- Featuring a firkin of our limited-edition Coffee Stout and our Summer seasonal Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
Monday, May 17
Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD
- 6 pm
- Featuring 9 (nine!) Flying Dog beers
Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA
- 5 pm
- Featuring our limited-edition Coffee Stout and Old Ale, Double Dog Double Pale Ale, Woody Creek White Belgian Wit, and Old Scratch Amber Lager on draft, along with Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Gonzo Imperial Porter, and Road Dog Porter in bottles
Tuesday, May 18
Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, VA
- 7 pm
- The official launch of our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale at Crystal City Sports Pub
- Featuring Flying Dog raffle prizes
Wednesday, May 19
Frisco Grille and Cantina in Columbia, MD
- 7 pm
- Featuring 5 Flying Dog beers in tap, including the limited edition Old Ale and barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial Porter
Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown (Washington, DC)
- 6 pm
- Featuring a signing of the Brewer’s Association’s Declaration of Independence in the name of Flying Dog, the DC beer community, and Birreria Paradiso
Whole Foods tasting in Richmond, VA
- 5 pm
- Featuring Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA on draft
Thursday, May 20
Max’s on Broadway in Baltimore, MD
- 5 pm
- Five Flying Dog beers on tap including Horn Dog Barleywine on nitro
Capital Ale House Beer Dinner in downtown Richmond, VA
- 7 pm
- Featuring a five-course meal paired with our limited-edition Coffee Stout, Double Dog Double Pale Ale (on nitro), Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Woody Creek White Belgian Wit, and limited-edition barrel-aged Gonzo Imperial Porter
- Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso will be a guest speaker and following dinner will be a screening of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
- Call Capital Ale House Downtown for reservations: 804-780-ALES
Stetson’s in Washington, DC
- 6 pm
- Featuring the launch of our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA on tap
- Join us for a signing of the Brewer’s Association’s Declaration of Independence in the name of Flying Dog, the DC beer community, and Stetson’s
Friday, May 21
Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air, MD
- 5 pm
- Featuring three Flying Dog beers on tap, including our limited-edition Coffee Stout
Metropolitan Coffee and Wine Bar in Federal Hill (Baltimore, MD)
- 5 pm
- Featuring our limited-edition Old Ale and Woody Creek White Belgian Wit
Saturday, May 22
Westover Market in Arlington, VA
- 5 pm
- Featuring Flying Dog brews (including a firkin) in the Bier Garden all day
Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits in Annapolis, MD
- 12 pm
Sunday, May 23
Finnegan’s Beer Brunch in Ashburn, VA
- 3 pm
- Featuring a Woody Creek White “Beermosa” greeter and a five-course brunch paired with Flying Dog beer
- Our Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale and Gonzo Imperial Porter will be on the beer engine all day, along with Old Scratch Amber Lager on tap
A moving collection of black and white photography, accompanied by raw, authentic essays, Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament, is Flying Dog founder George Stranahan’s latest book with co-author Nicole Beinstein Strait. It was recently the winner of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Coffee Table Book/Photography category and the second place winner in the Non-Fiction Book category.
This Wednesday, George will be at Flying Dog’s new Denver tasting room from 5 to 7 pm signing copies of Phlogs. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be giving away a few signed copies of Phlogs, along with free Flying Dog beer and munchies.
From there, George will be heading over to The Tattered Cover in LoDo for a signing at 7:30 pm.
Not in the Denver area? Order a copy of Phlogs. Consuming copious amounts of Flying Dog beer while reading is optional.
I had a vision of some nerve-rattling geek all covered with matted hair and string-warts showing up in the press office and demanding Scanlan’s press packet. Well…what the hell? We could always load up on acid and spend the day roaming around the clubhouse grounds with big sketch pads, laughing hysterically at the natives and swilling mint juleps so the cops wouldn’t think we’re abnormal. Perhaps even make the act pay: set up an easel with a big sign saying, “Let a Foreign Artist Paint Your Portrait, $10 Each. Do It NOW!
– Hunter S. Thompson on meeting Ralph Steadman for the first time, from “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”
That first encounter between Hunter and Ralph wasn’t far off from Hunter’s prediction, although we don’t think they made any money that weekend off of Ralph’s drawings. If anything (as Hunter wrote), Ralph “was regarded with fear and loathing by nearly anyone who’d seen or even heard about his work.”
The significance of that first meeting 40 years ago goes beyond the now infamous resulting article, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.” It represents the birth of Gonzo – a term coined by Boston Globe magazine editor Bill Cardoso, which he claimed is South Boston slang for the last man standing after an all-night drinking marathon. Ralph once said:
“Nobody I have read knows what GONZO is, was, or ever could be, not even Hunter, an if he doesn’t know what it is, I do. I am the only one who does. Gonzo makes you feel GOod rather than BAd, which is BANZO. Pursue BANZO if you must but don’t blame me or even credit me or you will make me sick. GOnzo is GOod. BAnzo is BAd. It is a simple equation.”
From those mace and whiskey-filled days during the Running of the Roses on, Gonzo became the lifestyle of Hunter and Ralph, which have been beautifully illustrated through both sketches and words.
From riding motorcycles to blowing shit up to getting drunk (sometimes simultaneously), Hunter was a long-time co-conspirator of Flying Dog owner George Stranahan and had a profound impact on George’s life. Hunter’s greatest contribution to Flying Dog was introducing George to Ralph, who now illustrates all of our labels.
This past week, we filled oak Stranahans whiskey barrels with our Gonzo Imperial Porter in Hunter and Ralph’s honor. It made us feel good.
For “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” and more from Hunter S. Thompson, purchase The Great Shark Hunt: Gonzo Papers, Volume 1 on Amazon.