Freedom and Beer: An Interview With Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso

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R Street's Jarrett Dieterle recently sat down with Flying Dog Brewery's CEO Jim Caruso to talk about cronyism in the beer industry. Flying Dog, the nation's 32nd largest independent craft brewer, is proudly pro-free speech and pro-free market. They're also irreverent and unabashedly edgy:

“'You can say f— in front of the CEO and it’s not a big deal,' says Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso. In fact, as unbelievable as it might seem, profanity helps explain Flying Dog’s meteoric rise to the top of the craft beer world. Crude language is a key part of the brewery’s edgy vibe—it makes Doggie Style Pale Ale and Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, among other tongue-in-cheek brews—and its willingness to have fun.

'We’re making beer, we’re here to have fun. If we’re defiant, it’s humorously defiant and this is who we are,' says Caruso, who suggests that his customer base views such irreverence as a sign of 'genuineness.' Each Flying Dog beer features a label designed by provocative English artist Ralph Steadman, best-known for his illustrations and cover art collaborations with the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Indeed, before his death, Thompson himself penned a toast and essay paying homage to Flying Dog beers, further playing into the brewery’s one-of-a-kind image.

But along with f— and fun, there’s another f-word that Flying Dog frequently invokes: freedom. Describing Flying Dog as a 'libertarian brewery,' Caruso says it operates by the principles of free markets and freedom of expression..."

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Dieterle talks Virginia distilling regs on Freedom and Prosperity Radio

R Street's Jarrett Dieterle was recently interviewed on Virginia's Freedom & Prosperity Radio:

R Street Governance Policy Fellow C. Jarrett Dieterle joined host Joe Thomas on Virginia’s Freedom and Prosperity Radio — sponsored by the Virginia Public Policy Institute — to discuss his recent piece in the American Spectator about Virginia distilling regulations. 

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Brewers Quest for Free Market Policy: Interview with Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso

Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland, recently appeared on the Free to Brew podcast to talk about beer and regulations:

"Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, joins the show to clear things up about the fight in Maryland to raise the limit of on-site taproom sales. Guinness (owned by Diageo) is moving into the state but will the state general assembly create a special carve-out in the law for Diageo or will they enact policy that allows all breweries the same opportunity to grow?

We also have an in-depth discussion about the state of regulations on an industry that has been plagued with archaic laws pushed through by special interest groups....

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So many drinks laws: An interview with food policy expert Baylen Linnekin

R Street's Jarrett Dieterle interviews food policy expert Baylen Linnekin about burdensome alcohol laws:

In his recent book, Biting the Hands That Feed Us (Island Press, 2016), food-policy scholar Baylen Linnekin exposes many of America’s nightmare food laws. From the so-called “cheese board rule” that contemplated forbidding cheesemakers from aging their cheese on wooden boards, to laws that shut down producers of salumi who refused to use nitrates in their meat-aging process, these rules have crushing effects on food producers, while failing to provide any significant health benefits.

I recently talked with Linnekin about whether alcohol producers faced the same level of government-imposed regulations that food producers do. According to him, the answer is a resounding yes....