Flying Dog Brewery (Original)

Location Closed. Moved to Maryland
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Location Moved to Maryland
2401 Blake St., Denver,
Colorado 80205


(301) 694-7899

First Visited

September 16, 2007

A physicist with degrees from the California Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Institute of Technology who had previously co-founded the Aspen Center for Physics in 1962, George Stranahan left an associate professorship at Michigan State University in 1972 to assume ownership of the Flying Dog Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado.

Eight years later, he made his first foray into the restaurant business, opening the Woody Creek Tavern in nearby Woody Creek, Colorado. It became notable for its association with journalist and Woody Creek resident, Hunter S. Thompson, who frequented the establishment on a near-nightly basis for late lunches when in town. Thompson and Stranahan (who previously served as Thompson’s landlord) had enjoyed a close friendship since the late 1960s.  At his urging, Stranahan hired the famed British artist and illustrator — the one, the only and the inimitable Ralph Steadman — to design the labels.

GOOD BEER, NO SHIT. Live on the BBC, Ralph scrawled those four simple words across his canvas and our mantra was born. We embrace the weird and view craft beer as an art form unlike any other. 

Demand for Flying Dog beers quickly grew beyond the brewpub’s capacity. In 1994, the company opened a 30-barrel brewery (Broadway Brewing Company) in Denver, Colorado, which was a joint venture with the brewpub Wynkoop Brewing Company. In 2000, Flying Dog purchased Wynkoop’s interest in the brewery and opened a second location in Denver at 2401 Blake Street.

Looking to expand again in 2006, Flying Dog purchased Frederick Brewing Company in Frederick, Maryland in May and began producing beer in both Maryland and Colorado. Flying Dog also acquired the Wild Goose brand and produced those beers until December 2010, when the brand was sold to Logan Shaw Brewing Company.

Today with distribution in 40 states and 24 countries, Flying Dog is now ranked 28th among craft brewers, according to the Brewers Association. While growth has been strong in much of the last decade—the brand has quadrupled its volume in the last ten years. Flying Dog employs about 100 workers and has partnerships with 75 beer distributors.

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