Just wanted to point out a nice write up in the Frederick News Post about Flying dog Brewery’s new CEO. I think it’s particularly poignant story because it involves entrepreneurial spirit, cultivating business, Frederick County Biotech (remember, fermentation is really biotech) and Beer (of course).
I was also sad to see that the original Colorado BioBeers chapter, where I was inspired to start the East Coast chapter and who kindly allowed me to borrow their logo and charter, appears to be ending until a new organizer can be found. Maybe it’s just the blog behind the Chapter that’s moving on, but change nonetheless.
This makes me look back and reflect on the purpose of BioBeers:
A fundamental component to accelerate the region towards achieving a top-tier bio-cluster ranking as a thriving and nurturing bio-entrepreneurial community. BioBeers is designed to function as an accelerant, where like minded bio-preneurs gather once a month to share ideas, cultivate business relationships and build life long friendships.
We invite you to join us..
Courtesy Frederick News-Post, Ed Waters, Jr.
But back to the Flying dog story. I found this quote interesting and explains alot about why they moved to Frederick (aside from being the best town on earth):
“Seventy percent of Flying Dog sales are east of Ohio, hence the move to Frederick. Flying Dog purchased the struggling Frederick Brewing Co. in 2006 for $1.4 million, changed the name to Wild Goose Brewery, named for one of the products, then to Flying Dog Brewery. The outside of the building now has the Flying Dog logos and the tasting room is decorated in Flying Dog artwork, inspired by Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and created by British artist and Thompson affiliate, Ralph Steadman.
The move did increase the cost of transporting beer to the West Coast. Hauling it to the Pacific Northwest adds $2 per six pack to cover costs.”
And also interesting on how they approached packaging operations:
“Locally outsourced packing
Besides the 50 employees at the brewery, the company outsources hand-packing for its variety six packs. Employees at the Jeanne Bussard Center pack about 450 cases a day.
“We don’t have the room or people to do it here,” Caruso said. “So we haul the beer there, they pack it and then we bring it back here.”
Actually, we did the same thing at Life tech in the 90′s. We had a group of guys from Jeanne Bussard Center come in a couple times a week to fold our product sheets and to help package & label things.
More news upcoming about BioBeers 4 East this week, including a new speaker and acknowledgment of all our sponsors.