Johnny Depp has played more than his share of colorful characters, including a pirate, a mad hatter, a murderous barber, and an infanticidal chocolatier. But those pale in comparison to his lively caricature of the late writer Hunter S. Thompson, an unlikely icon whose taste for danger and unbridled nature captivated just as much as his non-fiction prose. Given his friendship with Flying Dog Brewery founder, George Stranahan – the two were neighbors in Colorado – it only makes sense that Thompson’s influence would also spread to beer. Many of Flying Dog’s creations bear labels designed by Thompson’s longtime collaborator, Ralph Steadman, and one beer in particular, the Gonzo Imperial Porter, was named in honor of his groundbreaking journalistic style. On August 6th, Flying Dog and film come together at Row House Cinema for a special screening event.
Row House, along with their sister shop, Atlas Bottle Works, will host a Flying Dog tap takeover and screening of the 1998 cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Director Terry Gilliam‘s supremely trippy, hedonistic adaptation of the eponymous novel follows Thompson’s alter-ego, Raoul Duke (Depp), and his lunatic sidekick, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro), as they embark on a drug and alcohol-fueled excursion to Sin City. Set in the early 1970s, the film reflects Thompson’s frustrations with the failed counter-culture movement and the defunct American Dream.
The Flying Dog tasting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the screening at 9:45 p.m. The tasting is free to attend. Tickets for the screening are $9. Guests who arrive dressed as a character from the film will receive a discounted ticket. The event is presented as part of the theater’s Terry Gilliam Festival, which runs from August 1st through August 7th.