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FX Matt Brewing Firm Acquires Flying Canine Brewery


New York’s FX Matt Brewing Firm (Saranac) has acquired Maryland’s Flying Canine Brewery.

A Massive Brewery Shift

Yesterday round midday, an enormous brewery shift was introduced. F.X. Matt Brewing Firm (Saranac) from New York has acquired Flying Canine Brewery (from Maryland). New York’s FX Matt Brewing Firm has struck a deal to accumulate Flying Canine Brewery in Frederick, Maryland,each firms introduced at present by way of press releases, social media, and different codecs.

As of this writing, no monetary phrases have been mentioned, disclosed, or introduced as far as the deal pertains. Flying Canine’s manufacturing will start shifting to FX Matt Brewing Firm’s Utica New York manufacturing facility over the summer season; sadly which means Flying Canine’s manufacturing in Maryland will stop and cease someday mid August.

They wish to preserve a presence of Flying Canine Brewery in Maryland, selecting to not absolutely abandon the world that gave start to Flying Canine Brewery and that supported them.

Flying Canine will keep a presence in Maryland as FX Matt is searching for a location for an innovation brewery and taproom in Frederick.

FX Matt is a logical match for Flying Canine as the corporate has contract brewed lots of Flying Canine’s choices through the years as a consequence of capability constraints on the Maryland brewery.

FX Matt to Purchase Flying Canine, Creating High-10 BA-Outlined Craft Brewery – Brewbound Information

F.X. Matt Brewing Firm Acquires Flying Canine Brewery

…an awesome alternative to develop within the Mid-Atlantic area.

FX Matt CEO Fred Matt (in speaking about buying Flying Canine Brewery)

CEO Fred Matt was very enthusiastic within the announcement of their buying Flying Canine Brewery. Discussing the way it’ll assist them distribute their very own, in addition to Flying Canine’s model of beers extra, in addition to rising their footprint and space scope.

Whenever you consider craft beer in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic, Flying Canine is the primary model that pops into your head. We’re excited to affix forces with such an awesome model and look ahead to serving to Flying Canine attain new heights.

FX Matt Brewing Firm CEO Fred Matt

Flying Canine Brewery’s CEO – Jim Caruso was additionally very enthusiastic over the deal. Saying how he believes that FX Matt Brewing Firm, and CEO Fred Matt, will do an exquisite job of dealing with the Flying Canine Brewery model.

I couldn’t think about a greater steward for the Flying Canine model going ahead than FX Matt.

Flying Canine Brewery CEO Jim Caruso

Jim Caruso continued:

We’ve got labored with them for a few years, they’re a prestigious family-owned brewery with greater than 135 years of historical past, they’re dedicated to constructing on the deep roots Flying Canine has established in Maryland, and their capabilities will take Flying Canine to a brand new degree. “It is very important me that FX Matt Brewing is providing employment alternatives to as many staff as attainable and we are going to present job placement help to group members. Frederick is a good place to dwell and do enterprise, sadly although we have now invested tens of millions of {dollars} within the brewery, it has too many limitations and places Flying Canine at too nice a aggressive drawback.

Flying Canine Brewery CEO Jim Caruso

In 2021, FX Matt Brewing Firm accomplished an almost $35 million brewery improve, (as proven within the Brewbound Information article linked there) with the investments made attainable by the sale of a 20% stake within the enterprise to the Brooklyn Brewery, which has contract produced its beer at F.X. Matt Brewing’s Utica manufacturing based mostly facility, for round 30 years.

The deal between FX Matt and Flying Canine will deliver collectively the 14th and thirty fourth largest Brewers Affiliation – outlined craft breweries by quantity in 2022, respectively, as proven on the Brewer’s Affiliation checklist right here – High 50 Craft Breweries. It will immediately catapult them by quantity into the High 10 of that checklist.

Flying Canine Brewery’s CMO – Ben Savage will change into head of the Flying Canine Brewing Division after the FX Matt take over.

This acquisition offers our model speedy capabilities and suppleness to adapt to the altering shopper preferences. There’ll all the time be a marketplace for nice beer, however the strains between beer, cocktails, spirits, and wine proceed to blur. FX Matt Brewing Firm offers Flying Canine vital sources to not solely optimize our present product portfolio, but in addition rapidly develop merchandise in new, rising classes.

Present Flying Canine CMO – Ben Savage

The merge between these two will definitely be shifting issues within the total brewing panorama, so far as quantity, distribution, gross sales, and shelf house are involved.

In 2021 (the most recent 12 months that manufacturing information is obtainable), FX Matt produced 183,200 barrels of beer (-4%), whereas Flying Canine’s output reached 81,231 barrels (+4%). The 2 breweries’ mixed output of greater than 264,400 barrels of beer would rank them as a top-10 BA-defined craft brewery that 12 months.

Each Flying Canine and FX Matt are elder breweries inside their respective corners of the trade. FX Matt was based in 1888 and is in its fourth era of household possession. At 135 years previous, it’s the fourth-oldest family-owned brewery within the nation, based on a press launch. FX Matt’s manufacturers embody Saranac, Utica Membership, Flying Bison and past beer choices similar to McKenzie’s Onerous Cider and Jed’s mule RTDs.

Members of the Matt household have lengthy been seen as leaders within the trade, with the BA’s annual F.X. Matt Protection of the Trade Award given to an individual who advocates for beer on the state or federal degree. Earlier this 12 months, Fred Matt was named chairman of the Beer Institute’s inaugural Brewers’ Council.

George Stranahan based Flying Canine in 1990 as a brewpub in Aspen, Colorado. The brewery added extra capability in Colorado all through the Nineteen Nineties, earlier than buying Maryland-based Frederick Brewing Firm in 2006. The Frederick facility grew to become its sole headquarters after the corporate introduced it could shutter its Colorado brewery in December 2007, based on the Baltimore Enterprise Journal.

Stranahan’s friendship with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson coloured a lot of the brewery’s perspective and branding, which was created by artist Ralph Steadman at Thompson’s suggestion, based on the brewery’s web site.

FX Matt to Purchase Flying Canine, Creating High-10 BA-Outlined Craft Brewery – Brewbound Information

Flying Canine Brewery’s Stance on Free Speech and Censorship

Flying Canine Brewery has had a little bit of a historical past of ‘controversy’. They’ve all the time partnered with native (and nationwide) teams, organizations, and fundraisers about free speech, censorship, and anti – guide banning. With beer names like “Raging Bitch” it’s straightforward to see how they drew the ire of various teams through the years.

Flying Canine Brewery has additionally used just a few sexually specific, or sexually suggestive names through the years as nicely. With beer names like Pearl Necklace Chesapeakee Stout, and Doggy Type Pale Ale, amongst just a few others.

They’ve been partnered with Ralph Steadman for art work on their beer cans and beer bottles for fairly some time now. Ralph Steadman additionally did the art work for Hunter S. Thompson’s Worry and Lothing in Las Vegas, in addition to different books (he additionally lately did the art work for a brand new version of Animal Farm by George Orwell).

Flying Canine has lengthy held free speech as an organization worth. In 2009, Flying Canine filed a federal problem after the Michigan Liquor Management Fee rejected a label for Raging Bitch, the brewery’s twentieth anniversary beer, in addition to a number of different labels containing the phrase “bitch.” Flying Canine received its case in 2015 and was awarded a six-figure damages cost, which it used to determine the First Modification Society.

The brewery terminated its Brewers Affiliation (BA) membership in 2017 after the commerce group amended its Promoting and Advertising Code to curtail the usage of “sexually specific, lewd, or demeaning model names, language, textual content, graphics, photographs, video, or different pictures” in craft beer advertising and marketing.

FX Matt to Purchase Flying Canine, Creating High-10 BA-Outlined Craft Brewery – Brewbound Information

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For Extra Info on Flying Canine Brewery

The next data comes from Untappd. Flying Canine Brewery is a regional brewery fro Frederick, Maryland. They’ve 88 distinctive beers, with over 2 million scores, and a world common ranking of three.62 (as of 5.23.23). Their Untappd description reads: We’re craft beer crusaders who stand tall and by no means eat shit.

You will discover them on the next social media pages:

For Extra Info on F.X. Matt Brewing Firm (Saranac)

The next data comes from Untappd. Saranac Brewery (FX Matt Brewing Firm) is a regional brewery from Utica New York. They’ve 412 distinctive beers with over 800,000 scores, and a world common ranking of three.47 (as of 5.23.23). Their Untappd description reads: The FX Matt Brewing Firm is the one brewery in America to have three district excursions in craft beer: – Our founder, FX Matt, was making craft beers pre-Prohibition (together with his West Finish IPA (AKA Legacy) in1914) – The “Utica Membership” model was notably artful for the WWII period, having made a big number of types – Lastly, we got here full circle again to our craft roots once we initiated the Saranac model within the mid-80’s. Why does all of this matter? It Means we’ve bought an entire lot of experience within the craft house.

You will discover them on the next social media pages:

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Thank You For Studying

I actually can’t say the final time I had a Flying Canine beer, or a Saranac beer. I do know each breweries appeared like a a lot greater deal, ten – twelve – fifteen years in the past after I was stepping into craft beer. I liked the Flying Canine beer artwork as a consequence of Ralph Steadman and the Gonzo / Hunter S. Thompson correlation.

Its attention-grabbing and wonderful how occasions change. This could be a giant shift for the brewing trade with two High 35 breweries merging, however I’m undecided it’ll be all that massive. Time will inform.

Cheers All!

-B. Kline

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