Oct

5

GABF is to beer, what SXSW is to music or what Mardi Gras is to frat boys.

Needless to say, we’ll have a lot of stuff going on all week.  And even if you’re not able to make the pilgrimage to Denver for the festival, you can keep track of us from the comfort of your computer screen.

But, if you happen to be in Denver:

#1 Come by and do it up FBAG style: We have a feeling this will become an annual tradition.  FBAG (stands for Flying Dog, Brats and Gonzo and just happens to be GABF spelled backwards) is our GABF Weekend kickoff.  It will be your first shot at trying our new Wild Dog Series release, a smoked Double Schwarz (aptly called Dog Schwarz and we’ll also be sampling our new Canis Major Mixed 8-Pack of 7oz bottles!

Since this will be the first stop of the day for most people as they head over to GABF after the party, we’ll also have plenty of food on hand. We’ll be grilling Jim Lutz’s famous Gonzo Brats and pairing some of our other award-winning beers with food from our neighbors at Blake Street Tavern.

Jason and Todd Alstrom from Beer Advocate will be on hand as will the guys from Beer Utopia.  Brant and Eric from Beer Utopia will actually be streaming all of the action on the internet (more details to come) and interviewing anyone who wants to get on camera and wax poetic on beer.

The party will be in our Denver Warehouse at 24th and Blake, just a couple blocks from Coors Field.  The best part: the whole thing is FREE!

#2 We’re also co-hosting a Beer Dinner with DRAFT Magazine at Braun’s on Saturday Night.  The event is sold out, but maybe you can bribe someone into hooking you up with a ticket.

#3 Most importantly, make sure you come by our booth and say hello!

If you’re not in Denver:

Check out our Flying Dog Twitter Feed.  Visual Viceroy, Josh Mishell and Prime Minister of Marketing, Neal Stewart will be posting updates all week.

Log on to our Flickr page.  Josh will also be roaming around Denver and the GABF itself taking photos to share with the world and make you wish you were here.

Log on to this blog! Who knows what we’ll be posting on here!

And if you want even more, check out Josh’s Twitter feed, Neal’s Twitter feed and Neal’s personal blog.

Oct

2

In life, there are winners and losers. The same goes for Flying Dog’s recent poetry contest. Chuck Snowdon may be our new Poet Laureate, but that doesn’t mean that the other entries were bollocks. Read Anthony Zak’s entry here, including what Ralph Steadman said about his poem. Even though he says it doesn’t feel quite finished, I certainly liked it. Plus there are some great morsels of wisdom contained here, like “Don’t ever pass on a free beer” and “only beer can tell you the truth.” Take a read for yourself.

Oct

1

So his boss Ken gave his a new paint job.

[tags]Jeff, Forklift, Flying Dog, Employees[/tags]

Oct

1

 Dogtoberfest has received rave reviews in the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times. Listen to what the experts have to say about Flying Dog Dogtoberfest as they compare it to some of the world’s best Marzen beers. Click on the image below for the complete story.

[tags]Dogtoberfest, New York Times, Review, Flying Dog, Dining & Wine[/tags]

Sep

23

Every time we give a tour and talk about quality control there is never a shortage of people volunteering to be Flying Dog beer tasters. What everyone fails to realize is we would never want to give such a sweet job away. This is a live action photo of the world’s best job as Flying Dog Head Brewer Bob Malone and Quality Assurance Manager Gwen Conley get serious about Gonzo Imperial Porter.

[tags]Flying Dog, Bob Malone, Gwen Conley, Taste Testing, Quality Control, Gonzo[/tags]

Sep

17

We’re still coming off the high having more than 2000 of our closest friends come out to GonzoFest last weekend.  Based on the response, it looks like GonzoFest is going to become a yearly, end of summer tradition.

Gonzofest: A view from the roof

Here are some of the vital stats:

  • More than 2000 people came out to enjoy the festivities
  • 24 Red Chili entries
  • 18 Green Chili entries
  • 18 Salsa entries
  • And with your help, we raised over $5000 for Heartly House

It’ s never too early to get ready for GonzoFest ’09 – but also expect to see some new events at the brewery between now and the end of next Summer.

Big thanks goes out to entire Flying Dog Family for helping put on this monster event and to the People’s Republic of Flying Dog for coming out and supporting the cause.

[tags]gonzofest, flying dog, frederick, maryland, event, festival, brewery, craft beer[/tags]

Sep

12

The tent for Gonzofest is up

Gonzofest, Flying Dog Brewery’s Annual Throwdown and Hard Times Cafe Chili Cook-Off (for the Maryland State Championship) is tomorrow. We’ll be having Flying Dog and Wild Goose beer available, and you can come sample the chili competition samples, listen to great music and meet a ton of other Flying Dog fans.

For those of you who aren’t able to attend our throwdown in Maryland tomorrow from 3-9PM, check out Flying Dog’s flickr page for live updates from Gonzofest. We’ll also be posting more photos and video from the event in the coming weeks. Also don’t forget to check out our twitter page for text-based updates throughout the day, too.

If you’re around during the party, look for the guy with a camera and videocamera and say hi. I’ll even interview you if you want.

Sep

9

The guys from Brouha House stopped by our booth at the Dayton AleFest a couple weeks back.  They run a blog called “The Brouha Blog” and are also in the process of starting a BrewPub in Louisville, KY.

They also brought their mascot, “Bud” to the event and took his picture at our booth.  Apparently, Bud gets around…especially if he’s hanging out with Lutz.

Bud and Jim

[tags[brouha, blog, flying dog, dayton, alefest, jim lutz[/tags]

Sep

9

Whether it is Yahtzee, pen twirling, drinking, or paper airplane making, cup stacking, or fast forwarding through TV commercials on TiVo (my specialty) – everyone is #1 at something.  We just happen to be #1 in a category that people actually care about- Top Breweries!

Beer Quest 2008 recently took a tour around the country and ranked their favorite beers and breweries.  Per the list below, we came out on top.  Click here or on the image below to take in our #1 ranking in all of its glory.

Top Breweries

[tags]brewery, ranking, beer quest, 2008, craft, brew, flying dog, tour[/tags]

Sep

4

There’s a beer dinner at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint in scenic Jackson, Mississippi in a few weeks. Here’s the info we’ve been provided:

Join us for our 1st full-blown, sit down, drink up, beer dinner!

MONDAY, SEPT. 22nd 6 p.m.

Sign up now for a 5-course meal matched to compliment a full array of Flying Dog beers! Rich Graham of Flying Dog Brewery will be in attendance to help host the event.

Flying Dog Beers:
Old Scratch Amber Lager
Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale
Road Dog Porter
Tire Bite Golden Ale
In-Heat Wheat
Snake Dog India Pale Ale
Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter – a special beer aged for one year in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels.

Courses
Field greens salad with diced apples, toasted pumpkin seeds and a cider vinaigrette
New Orleans “Central Grocery-style” pizza
Potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce
Beer-braised beef short ribs with roasted garlic mashed potatoes garnished with beer-battered onion rings
Chocolate-hazelnut tiramisu

RESERVATIONS A MUST * $55 per person

Call: 601.368.1919
or email: andrewr@salandmookies.com

[tags]beer dinner, sal and mookies, flying dog, brewery, beer, craft beer, food, pairing, jackson, ms[/tags]

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