Feb

2

Our CFO, Kelly McElroy is awesome.  In fact, she’s so awesome, that we made a tribute to her on the chalkboard in the Marketing Dept.

Kelly, YOU ARE A BIG FUCKING DEAL!

Feb

2

WKTV in Utica, NY recently did a piece on how Craft Beer Sales are still strong in a down economy.  No surprise to us here at Flying Dog.  Really, when you start drinking good beer, can you go back?

Click on the image below to see the full news story.

Flying Dog on the shelf

Jan

30

One of our favorite beer blogs, The Full Pint is taking votes on the “Best East Coast Brewery.” If you have a sec, log on and vote…for us preferably.

The Full Pint

Jan

28

17 syllables.

5.

7.

5.

That’s Haiku.  And we’re having a Twitter Haiku contest.  Here’s how to participate:

  1. Write a Flying Dog Haiku. “What’s a Flying Dog Haiku,” you ask? That’s for you to decide and us to judge.
  2. Post it on twitter with “@flyingdog” at the beginning. the @flyingdog is not part of your haiku.
  3. Do it before Noon on Feb 18, 2009.
  4. The top 5 haikus will be chosen by our esteemed panel of Neal Stewart (Prime Minister of Marketing/@nealstewart), Josh Mishell (Visual Viceroy/@joshmishell),  Jim Caruso (Flying Dog CEO), Stephanie Kerchner (PR and Events Ninja/@stephkerchner) and maybe a few more people.
  5. Yes, it should be creative.
  6. Yes, we like to see our name in lights, so including something about Flying Dog earns brownie points with the judges.  Maybe something about Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman – you get the point.  Go to our website for some creative motivation.
  7. The top 5 Twitter Haikus will receive $50 gift certificate to our online store.
  8. Must be 21 to enter and/or win.
  9. All entries must be posted to Twitter.com by NOON, Feb 18.
  10. The judges decision is final.  Believe us, they’re not screwing around.

And yes, this contest was inspired by Beer Haiku Daily.

Jan

27

Our CEO and General Partner, Jim Caruso loves the beer business.  It’s not uncommon to see Jim filling his day by working on the bottling line, helping fix the case erector, talking numbers with our CFO and then going out to make some sales calls in the afternoon.  Jim’s life IS a craft beer adventure.

A couple weeks back, Jim decided that he’s going to start documenting his adventures via photography.  Everyday, Jim takes at least one photo to document what’s going on his world.  Take this photo below as an example.  Last week, Jim and our VP of Sales, Rich Graham were down in Houston.  After a long day of distributor meetings, they wanted to belly up to the bar and have a cold Flying Dog, so they busted out the GPS and looked for the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.  Needless to say, the GPS did them wrong and they ended up at the Flying Saucer Pie Company.  All in a days work in the beer biz.  Luckily, they DID find the Flying Saucer that sells beer (not pies) and got their cold Flying Dog.

GPS direction to Flying Saucer Draught Emporium...nice eh?

Click here to see the rest of Jim’s daily Flying Dog adventures.

Jan

26

We’re not sure how “official” this list really is, but when we get a compliment, we know what to do.  We say “thanks” and broadcast it to the world.

The Culinary School Guide recently listed their “100 Best Beer and Wine Blogs” and Flying Dog was lucky enough to grab 2 of the 100!

BeerDinners.com came in at #44, FlyingDogNews.com (this blog) came in at #83 and OpenSourceBeerProject.com came in at #92.

If you’re in to beer, wine, or beer and food pairings, check out the rest of the list here to find the rest of our esteemed colleagues of beer blogging.

Jan

23

The economy is down, taxes are coming up and Flying Dog is here to help! We call this our Beer Drinkers Bailout! We know everyone is feeling the pinch these days but we don’t want that to stop you from buying some new Flying Dog gear! We have discounted almost all of our merchandise at our online store! You can find hoodies that were once $36 are now $28. Our beer label T-shirts are on sale for $12, when they were originally $15.95. All of the sale merchandise can be found here.

The Beer Drinkers Bailout will go until Feb. 9th!

Jan

21

This is why we love our Flying Dog drinkers: you’re always the first to compliment the good, but also the first to point it out when we screw up.

We posted on Twitter today that we are going to award a prize to our 2000th Twitter follower.  Immediately, the lighthearted backlash began:

  • Sigafoos @flyingdog What are you, Apple, with your punishing early adopters? I keed, I keed. But give me cool stuff too :D
  • deege @flyingdog So you’re saying I followed too early?
  • naomimimi @flyingdog so can i unfollow then follow you again? ;)

So, here is the new contest:

  1. Yes, we are still going to award a prize to our 2000th follower.
  2. BUT, we are also going to draw 10 names from our first 2000 followers and give out even cooler prizes.  So, don’t unfollow us and try to be the 2000th follower because you might get locked out of the whole thing altogether.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback.  That’s why we do this whole Twitter thing.  We love talking to everyone.  And, we need someone to straighten our ass out everyonce in a while.

Jan

20

Hey, New York chapter of the People’s Republic of Flying Dog!

4th avenue pub

There’s an awesome craft beer bar in Brooklyn called the Fourth Avenue Pub. We were checking out our RSS feeds today and saw that this month they’ve got out extra rare Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter on tap. Sp take the D, M, N, or R train down and score some barrel-aged beer!

Looking for more info? Check out the Brooklyn Beer Examiner’s blog or beermenus.com.

Cheers!

Jan

19

Flying Dog is super excited to sponsor the CD release party for Colorado’s premier funk band, U.S. Pipe at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, on Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m.  We’ll have some tasty Flying Dog Ales on hand and will be passing out Flying Dog schwag.

The album, released through their own label, Pipe Circle Music, Inc.,  was produced by Bill Thomas, recorded and mixed by Christopher “C3″ Cardone at Area Five Point One Studio in Evergreen, Colo., and was mastered by multi-Grammy winning David Glasser of Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colo. United Sound Pipe features cover art by famous artist, Scrojo (scrojo.com) and very special guest, Rick Gardner, on trumpet (rubberhorn.com). An original member of Bootsy’s Rubber Band and longtime member of the P-Funk family, U.S. Pipe is honored to collaborate with him.

Support acts on the bill for the release party are Foma*, a quintet with a sonic palette that combines rock-alternative, funk, and blues, all lightly peppered with a pinch of country twang, Future Jazz Project, who set a new level of artistry with jazz roots combined with hip hop, R&B, and soul, and up-and-coming DJs The Illionaires.

The evening will also feature some giveaways and other fun surprises. The first 50 fans in the door will receive a collectible poster with Scrojo’s amazing album art signed by U.S. Pipe. In addition, everyone who brings a non-perishable food item and/or clothing to donate to local area charities will receive freebies courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery, a longtime supporter of U.S. Pipe.

“We know these are tough times for everyone,” says U.S. Pipe leader, Citrus, “so we really wanted to make this party an opportunity to give back to those who need it the most. We hope everyone will come out and not only have a great time, but bring a donation so we can spread the positivity within the community.”

Tickets for the release party are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. For tickets, go here.

About U.S. Pipe:
U.S. Pipe’s music and live performance has garnered both mainstream and critical acclaim. Their most recent exploits include opening once again for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on January 10, playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 8, 2008, before the screening of “Purple Rain” as part of the popular annual Film on the Rocks series, garnering a second-year-in-a-row nomination by Westword as Denver’s Best Funk Band in 2008, and playing parties and events during the Democratic National Convention, including the Green Frontier Fest and the Sustainable Living Roadshow. United Sound Pipe is their debut full length release.

Friends of Flying Dog - US Pipe

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