Ralph Steadman for Flying Dog Beer

Flying Dog Beer Hunter S Thompson Ralph Steadman Gonzo.

Light, crisp, and a bit tingly on your tongue. These are the first tasteful sensations from the first sip of Flying Dog beer. Tis the season for such a delicious ale because tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. Savoring each swig is extra special this weekend considering the occasion of celebrating the Irish, but really and truly, I never really need an excuse to drink.

I came upon Flying Dog’s Lucky SOB Irish Style Red yesterday shopping at Stinky Bklyn. Special St. Paddy’s Day brews and cheese were advertised on the chalk board. I obeyed the sign, picking up the first six pack that caught my eye. It was Ralph Steadman‘s signature anarchic illustraion on the label of Flying Dog that made my tail wag. I envisoned myself salivating at the caption on the label which reads, “While karma’s biting you in the ass, it’s kissing his. A profit of prosperity, he’s the guy you love to hate. And just when you think his fate’s on the brink, that bastard’s life falls right back into place.” All six bottles were intended for me. I’m not sure of the origin of this quote, but it has the biting criticism of Hunter S. Thompson. Steadman who was a dear friend of HST was responsible for sketching a character of Dr. Thompson’s likeness in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He’s known most famously for those illustrations, but his portraits of Thompson, even of Steadman himself (seen on Flying Dog’s label) have stimulated both my conscious and subconscious as if they were induced by demons that can inspire things like this blog post. Later this year, Ralph Steadman’s documentary For No Good Reason will be released and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Johnny Depp will be featured in it, as he explores the life and legacy of Steadman’s art, plus his relationship with Dr. Thompson. You can watch the trailer below. Pour one out for HST.

“A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and Holy Ghost on drums.” – Hunter S. Thompson

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