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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Happy Birthday Dr. Gonzo

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity but they've always worked for me" - The late, great, Hunter S. Thompson.

Yesterday was Hunter S. Thompson's birthday, co-founder and co-conspirator of Flying Dog Ales out of Denver, CO. He is widely held as an esteemed political activist, journalist, and author.

In his honor, Flying Dog have produced their Gonzo Imperial Porter, which you can read the review of here

This is the email distributed by Flying Dog yesterday:

Dear Flying Dog Nation,

Today, July 18, 2006 is the birthday of our co-conspirator and fellow instigator, Hunter S. Thompson.

Our package designer, longtime friend and artist of Hunter's books, Ralph Steadman, said this of Dr. Gonzo after his death:

"...He told me 25 years ago that he would feel real trapped if he didn't know that he could commit suicide at any moment. I don't know if that is brave or stupid or what, but it was inevitable. I think that the truth of what rings through all his writing is that he meant what he said. If that is entertainment to you, well, that's OK. If you think that it enlightened you, well, that's even better. If you wonder if he's gone to Heaven or Hell -rest assured he will check out them both, find out which one Richard Milhous Nixon went to -and go there. He could never stand being bored. But there must be Football too -and Peacocks..."

So today, we toast and remember Hunter S. Thompson. Hopefully he is somewhere having a beer and stirring shit up.

We encourage you to learn more about this great American Political Activicst, Journalist and Author. A good place to start is here


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