Nov 19, 2013

Flying Dog Brewery Releases Barrel-Aged Gonzo Magnums Signed by Artist Ralph Steadman

Press Release

Frederick, MD – When Hunter S. Thompson, the prolific Gonzo journalist and longtime friend of Flying Dog founder George Stranahan, died in 2005, the brewery paid tribute the only way it knew how: A beer.

Gonzo is a deep, dark, and rich Imperial Porter with notes of chocolate, roast, and a swift kick of hop bitterness at the end – the latter something Flying Dog knew the Good Doctor would appreciate.

And Ralph Steadman, Hunter’s partner in crime and pursuit of the American Dream, followed suit with a now-iconic illustration of a cigarette-smoking skeleton proclaiming “OK, let’s party,” which adorns each bottle of Gonzo Imperial Porter to this day.

Now, Flying Dog and Steadman, the brewery’s iconic label artist who is 77 years old, teamed up on limited-edition magnums (3-liter bottles) of Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter signed by Steadman himself.

Typically released once a year in 750-ml bottles in extremely limited supply, Barrel-Aged Gonzo is six months in the making, with the beer being aged for a minimum of three months in oak whiskey barrels.

“The result is an even more complex flavor profile with vanilla notes from the oak and subtle and soothing whiskey warmth,” Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy, said.

Only 100 magnums were produced and signed by Steadman. Each bottle is sealed in wax and comes in a custom-fitted wooden display box branded with the Flying Dog logo, originally created by Steadman in 1995. A numbered certificate of authenticity and pair of Flying Dog goblets are also included with each magnum.

These collector’s items are $500 each and on sale now exclusively at the Flying Dog Brewery gift shop. All of the proceeds benefit The Gonzo Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to promote literature, journalism, and political activism through the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. It was established by Hunter’s wife, Anita Thompson, and is based at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado.