Flying Dog brewpub was founded by astrophysicist George Stranahan in 1990, and they started brewing in 1994. It just so happened that ‘gonzo’ journalist Hunter S. Thompson lived just down the road and the two became friends - when Thompson committed suicide in 2005, Gonzo Imperial Porter was brewed as a tribute. To this day, Flying Dog’s labels are created by Ralph Steadman - the subversive British artist who illustrated Thompson’s work. No stranger to controversy, Flying Dog have found themselves in hot water over their beer names, with ’Raging Bitch’ being refused a license in Michigan. Whatever you think of the names, you’ve got to admit that Flying Dog make great beer.
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