Wild Goose Brewing was based in Frederick, Maryland. Flying Dog Brewing purchased Wild Goose for $1.4 million in 2006, and inherited their brands. November of 2010, the brand & brewery was completely done.
Flying Dog started hunting for a new buyer early last year. A buyer finally came forward recently – Wild Goose has been purchased by Logan Shaw Brewery in Washington, D.C. From the press release:
[quote]Logan Shaw Brewing Company plans to pair the Wild Goose beers with the craft beers produced by Logan Shaw, under the Logan Shaw brand, beginning in mid 2011. “We felt that Wild Goose was a great brand for us as we get into the local craft beer business. It is a well-established brand known for great quality, taste, and consistency. We thank Flying Dog for their support of the brand and their assistance through this process,” says Jeff Harrison, president of Logan Shaw Brewing.[/quote]
The Wild Goose brands are being contract brewed in the Chesapeake Bay area until a physical brewery is constructed. The fans of the 20+ year old brewery can get excited as these beers get closer to taps & shelves again. Labels include Extra Pale Ale, Brown Lager, IPA, Snow Goose, Oatmeal Stout, Pumpkin Patch Ale, & XPA.
Arrival: Mid 2011. Starting in Maryland then larger distribution over time
Full Press Release – December, 2010
Frederick, MD – December, 23, 2010 – Logan Shaw Brewing Company, an upstart brewery out of Washington DC, has agreed to purchase the Wild Goose brand from Flying Dog Brewery.
Flying Dog Brewery inherited the Wild Goose brand as part of the purchase of the Frederick Brewing Company’s brewing facility from Snyder International in 2006, and has maintained the brand’s presence regionally ever since. As demand for Flying Dog has increased over the past year (sales are up 40% nationally, with triple digit growth regionally in the mid-Atlantic in 2010), the brewery has moved steadily toward a singular focus on the Flying Dog brand.
Flying Dog began looking for viable options to secure the future of the Wild Goose brand in February of 2010, and the brewery was specifically looking for a suitor that was interested in the continued growth and success of Wild Goose. In December 2010, Flying Dog decided that Logan Shaw was the best and most capable option to assume ownership of the Wild Goose brand.
Logan Shaw Brewing Company plans to pair the Wild Goose beers with the craft beers produced by Logan Shaw, under the Logan Shaw brand, beginning in mid 2011. “We felt that Wild Goose was a great brand for us as we get into the local craft beer business. It is a well-established brand known for great quality, taste, and consistency. We thank Flying Dog for their support of the brand and their assistance through this process,” says Jeff Harrison, president of Logan Shaw Brewing.
According to Loren Leroy, Logan Shaw Brewing’s head of production, “As a resident of the Chesapeake Bay area, I jumped at the chance to buy the Wild Goose brand. It has always been one of my favorite beers, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to grow such an iconic craft beer brand.”
Logan Shaw Brewing Company will have Wild Goose contract brewed regionally until its own brewing facility is completed in approximately 18 months.
ABOUT FLYING DOG BREWERY
Located in Frederick, MD, Flying Dog is Maryland’s largest brewery. Their award-winning beers are distributed in 45 states and 20 countries. Flying Dog’s 20th Anniversary brew Raging Bitch is one of the hottest craft beers in the country. Recent accolades also include being recognized as the Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year in 2009, and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale rated as the #1 American Pale Ale by The New York Times. For more information, please visit http://flyingdogales.com
ABOUT LOGAN SHAW BREWING COMPANY
Logan Shaw is an upstart nano-brewery based in the suburbs of Washington DC. Logan Shaw expects to launch their own line of beers in approximately 18 months. The name of Logan Shaw Brewing pays tribute to two historic neighborhoods: Logan Circle and Shaw, located in the heart of our Nation’s Capital. More information will soon be up at: http://loganshawbrewery.com