Any man who claims he was destined to own a brewery – since his first sip of beer at age 12 – and follows it up by starting a brewery that has grown into a fixture of the craft beer landscape has my respect. A lifelong educator, philanthropist and entrepreneur, George Stranahan built Flying Dog Brewery to reflect a culture and product that match his own ideals. Beer mixed with art, with a little irreverence thrown in. You’ll never see George speaking at industry seminars or writing books about food and beer pairings. He chooses to sit and enjoy our world class ales on his Woody Creek, Colorado ranch in peace and lets the beer do the talking for him. Check out the video below to get to know George a bit better and learn the origins of Flying Dog Brewery.
Cheers to you George!
[tags]George Stranahan, beer, craft beer, flying dog, The Session, beer people[/tags]
Despite all our shenanigans here at Flying Dog we our proud to boast what we think is one of the most experienced and decorated brew teams in the craft beer industry. We wanted to give a little well deserved credit to the guys who keep us making Good Beer, No Shit. With CEO Eric Warner, Executive Brewer Matt Brophy and Head Brewer Bob Malone in charge of our operations there is little doubt we will continue to reign supreme for years to come. Below is a modest list of only a few of their accomplishments.
- Combined over 40 years of brewing experience, over a dozen Great American Beer Festival medals and 5 World Beer Cup medals.
Eric Warner – Lead Dog
- Graduated from the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan in 1990 and today is still one of only a handful of Americans to complete the program.
- Authored a book on German-style wheat beer that was published in 1992.
- In 1993, he co-founded Tabernash Brewing Company in Denver, known for its award-winning German-style beers.
- Joined the Flying Dog team in 1997 starting as the VP of Operations and was quickly promoted to Lead Dog (CEO) in 1999.
Matt Brophy – Executive Brewer
- Started brewing at 17 in high school after hearing Charlie Papazian on “Radio Times” an NPR radio show including winning 2nd place in a homebrew competition (for a Pilsner) before being old enough to drink beer.
- 1997 graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago, IL
- Head Brewer for Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
- Head Brewer for Great Northern Tavern in Keystone, CO
- Currently Flying Dog’s Executive Brewer
Bob Malone – Head Brewer
- 1995 graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago, IL
- 2000 Associate Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling
- Head Brewer for Star Brewing Company
- Head Brewer for Echigo Brewing Company
- Head Brewer for Back Country Brewing Company
- Head Brewer for Big Buck Brewing Company
- Head Brewery for Copper Canyon Brewing Company
- Head Brewer for Flying Dog Brewery
Our new Spring Seasonal, Garde Dog is getting some great reviews from our fellow beer bloggers. Here are some of our favorites so far:
One of the comments we’re hearing a lot is that this is a great beer for beer drinkers new to craft beer – not too malty, not too hoppy. So, if you have someone you’re trying to “show the light” of drinking better beer, Garde Dog might be your answer.
[tags]garde dog, beer, craft beer, flying dog, reviews, beer[/tags]
We’re taking this bitch international. To help us do that, we’re advertising in some beer magazines this year. We’re talking hot shot craft beer publications like DRAFT Magazine, BeerAdvocate and All About Beer.
Here’s a look at our ads you’ll be seeing in 2008.
[tags]flying dog, beer, brewery, canis major, craft beer, advertising, beer advocate[/tags]
This past weekend, Flying Dog Brewery helped Mod Livin’ (a very cool mid-century furniture shop on Colfax in Denver) raise almost $8000 for the Downtown Animal Care Foundation at their 2nd Annual Best in Show event.
This is a really cool event where local businesses and artists create works of art out of blank, dog-shaped molds. Good karma for you if you bought a dog, and the best part, it’s a tax write off.
Pegasus News reviews the new Hunter S. Thompson Bio Pic, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
So far, the movie seems to be making the rounds of the independent film festivals, debuting earlier at Sundance earlier this year. No mass release information is available as of yet, but since the Executive Producer was Mark Cuban/HDNet, we expect it to be on airing on the channel in the near future.
Click here, for an inside look at the movie via YouTube.
The fine folks from Hunterdon Distributing took a little road trip down to Frederick, MD last week to see our new, state-of-the-art brewery, sample some of our new brews and take a run through “The Gauntlet” (Market Street Pub Crawl).
Our very own Chris Rippe was looking forward to entertaining the Hunterdon Crew for a night and was talking a pretty big game before they got there. He kept spouting off about how he was going “show them how it’s done.” But it might have been Hunterdon who got the best of Rippe. As it turns out, it was RIPPE who was passed out at the bar at the end of the night.
We thank everyone from Hunterdon who came down for a visit and we hope you can come back soon. We promise Rippe will be put down for a nap before the festivities next time.
[tags]Flying Dog, Hunterdon, Distributing, beer, craft, frederick, maryland[/tags]
Flying Dog’s Old Scratch Amber Lager has moved on to the quarterfinals of the Washington Post’s Beer Madness tournament. After dispatching Brooklyn Lager we now take on Raven Lager to move to the Semis. To follow all the madness check out Washington Post’s Sunday Source.
Below is a recent Press Release from our European import partners, Bier and Company. Gonzo Imperial Porter was voted the best imported beer in Finland for 2007. We are taking this bitch international.
FLYING DOG’S GONZO ELECTED BEST IMPORTBEER IN NORWAY! 14/3/2008
‘Why give Ceasar what Ceasar’s is’: okay, but still recognition and appreciation are very welcome! It is with great pride we learned of Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter being elected as ‘best importbeer in Norway – 2007′.
This goes to prove it: we may be convinced that we have some winners on our hands, and proudly offer a little gem to the market, but receiving honors like these from the independant ‘Norske Oelvenners Landsforbund’ or ‘The Norwegian National League of Beerlovers’, is the biggest slap on the back you could hope for – thanks!
Funnily enough the jury did not have an easy task, as the majority of special beer in Norway is still being sold through the State Monopoly, who didn’t launch the beer until January 2008. However, the Norwegian distributor managed to convince a couple of specialized and dedicated beer bars in Norway to list this brilliant brew before the shops did and so Gonzo took top-honors in 2007. Had he not, we would have had to wait a year for this medal. Again, thanks!
It’s not the first time, and won’t be the last either, for Gonzo to be awarded a prestigeous prize. And do stay alert, you people out there, for there are many, many more great beers coming your way from the States and who knows what they will win – well, we’d hope they will win your heart for them! Cheers!
[tags]Norway, Export, Best Import, Gonzo Imperial Porter, Flying Dog[/tags]