Flying Dog’s Tribute to Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson once said, “There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it,” and he couldn’t have been more right.

Flying Dog Brewery often uses the art of Ralph Steadman, longtime friend of Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator of his various works. According to Wikipedia, “In 2005, the brewery created a new beer in Thompson’s honor, Gonzo Imperial Porter. Initially in limited-release in 750mL bottles, the Gonzo Imperial Porter is now one of the regular offerings of the brewery.”

The backstory? Flying Dog Brewery attributes the collaboration to a friendship between owner, George Stranahan and Thompson:

Long time friend, neighbor and co-conspirator of Flying Dog owner George Stranahan, Hunter was a large influence on George’s life and subsequently on the creation of the Flying Dog brand; whether it was riding motorcycles, blowing shit up, or just getting a good, old-fashioned drunk on at the Woody Creek Tavern. These two were fast friends long before Flying Dog Brewery was even a glimmer in George’s eye. When George opened up shop in Aspen, Hunter would have been one of his best customers, that is if he had ever paid his tab.

Now that Flying Dog’s Classic Pale Ale has been widely released, look for it in stores as well as pint glasses with the Hunter S. Thompson’s epic “good people drink good beer” quote as well. Or buy one here!

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2 responses to “Flying Dog’s Tribute to Hunter S. Thompson

  1. I love Hunter S. and must have this glass! Thanks for the tip.

  2. I was an obsessive Thompson fan for the better portion of college and post college, and was given a case of the Imperial Porter for Christmas one year. It is good and really strong (I would expect nothing less). Will have to check out the Pale Ale. Is it weird for a dude to be commenting on a beer blog for girls? Oh well.

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