No matter how you look at it, Valentine’s Day is a bitch…except when there’s a deep-rooted mutual love, admiration and respect of craft beer.
Whether you’re buying for family, friends, fuck buddies or foes, we’re taking the guesswork out of your V-Day with our first ever gift guide.
A. For the consciously coupled couple who find pants restricting.
B. For the consciously coupled couple who don’t have legs.
A. For someone who loves learning about and subsequently explaining European beer laws.
B. For your Tinder-obsessed friend who is starting to worry you.
A. Because your feet are always cold and you rubbing them on me makes me cold.
B. Because watching the latest episode of NCIS on the couch > sex.
A. For the four-legged friend who loves you unconditionally.
B. To show your significant other that you’re into that kind of thing.
A. So your significant other can pledge their allegiance to the People’s Republic of Flying Dog.
B. To prevent grass stains when you get down and dirty behind that big oak tree in the park.
You took the day off, found a sitter and have all of the necessary witch doctor potions to nurse that post-Super Bowl hangover. Now, you’re ready for some Gonzo.
So we’re here to answer any and all questions to get you more excited than this puppy:
How much does each bottle cost?
750-ml bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter cost $18 each. Rum-Barrel Aged Gonzo bottles are $20 each. We accept cash and credit cards.
I want to be the first in line. How early can I arrive?
You can get in line as early as 9 am. By doing so, you waive Flying Dog Brewery of any responsibility for frostbite, loss of circulation to key limbs, loss of battery life on phone, and overall cold-weather bitterness. We will not let anyone in the building until the clock strikes noon, so you should probably dress like the younger brother in A Christmas Story.
Mother Nature is being a bitch again. Will the release go on if there’s inclement weather?
At this point, we have no plans to reschedule the release due to the weather. If this guy isn’t panicking, then we don’t feel the need to either. If that changes, we’ll announce it on our website and via social media, so follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Can I call ahead and reserve bottles?
No. You can only purchase bottles on-site from noon to 8 pm, even if you try to sweet talk us or offer to off Nicholas Cage. Once and for all.
Can I call during the sale hours, buy the beer, and have it shipped to me?
Again, no. It’s illegal in Maryland for a brewery to ship beer directly to consumers. It’s also illegal in Maryland to grow thistles in your yard, throw bales of hay out of second-story windows, and give or receive oral sex.
Is there a limit on how many bottles I can purchase?
Yes sir/ma’am. There will be a strictly-enforced two bottle per style, per person limit. If you want more than that, bribe and bring your friends to buy for you. (But if you need to bribe your friends to come to a brewery, you may have some issues to sort out before you start worrying about buying more than two bottles of beer.)
Once I buy my beer, what can I do?
While we cannot serve beer by the glass quite yet, we are able to serve beer samples. Also, from noon to 8 pm, The Green Bowl food truck will be serving up their famous fare and PUTTING A FRIED EGG ON TOP OF EVERYTHING.
Are growler fills and other packaged beer to-go available during the release?
You bet your ass they are. However, by law, we can only sell a total of 288 oz. of beer to each person. We’ll let you do the math from there.
Will bottles of Barrel-Aged Gonzo be available at my local bottle shop after the release?
Nope. And while you’re in reading mode, you might want to check out what the word “exclusive” means.
Pictured: Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy, Flying Dog Brewers Brian Greenwood and Keith Long, Crazy Mountain Head Brewer John Allshouse
“A warrior from the land of the midnight sun” and a collaboration between two veteran brewers and longtime friends.
Our Brewmaster Matt Brophy and John Allshouse, head brewer at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Colorado’s Vail Valley, worked together in the ’90s at Great Divide. After their shift, they would drive up to the mountains and brew together at a brewpub in Keystone. So when the two of them reunited years later at hop selection in the Pacific Northwest, the old times came a’ calling.
They decided to explore using the same ingredients, but with different proportions, to craft two different beers with different grist percentages, hop volumes and final ABV. John came out to our Frederick brewery in mid-November to brew an Imperial Brown Ale and a few weeks later, Matt went to Crazy Mountain to brew an India Brown Ale.
The beers were (aptly and respectively) named Roland and Roland Jr., an homage to the Warren Zevon song “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.” Zevon focused on the obscure and weird, whether alone or collaborating, and he always said that lyrics — specifically the manipulation of words — made the song, just like the manipulation of ingredients made these two different beers. (He also co-wrote Roland with an ex-mercenary bar owner “over many jars,” which seemed all too appropriate.)
Both Roland Imperial Brown Ale and Roland Jr. India Brown Ale premiere tomorrow at the 15th annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail, CO. For a limited time and while supply lasts, Roland Imperial Brown Ale will be available in our tasting room for growler fills.
Heading to Vail? 99.9% of the craft beer-drinking population is insanely jealous. Coming to get your growler fill? Here are some details from Matt on Roland:
- 8.9% ABV
- 63 IBU
- 44 SRM
- Tasting notes: Roland pours a deep ruby-brown with a head of tan lace. The nose is greeted by biscuit and dark toast aromas and a generous addition of English brown malt reveals roasted nutty flavors that are perfectly balanced with a hearty hop bitterness.