International Arms Race: Flying Dog v BrewDog

International Arms Race: Flying Dog v BrewDog

When the team at Flying Dog threw down a gauntlet and challenged us to a battle collaboration entitled International Arms Race there was no way we were not going to take them on and show them who is boss when it comes to the brewing dogs!

The International Arms Race is a new type of collaboration: the brewing team from both Flying Dog and BrewDog set the parameters for the beer and the battle kicked off.

Both beers are dubbed 'Zero IBU IPA' and the challenge was to brew an IPA style beer using no hops: the hops are replaced with berries, herbs and roots. And we want you to judge who the winner is: Flying Dog or BrewDog!


With both beers now ready, the Flying Dog beer and brewing team are on their way to the UK for the show-down. 

“Collaboration was never an option,” Brophy said. “It’s a long word that takes entirely too long to type. So, we challenged BrewDog to a battle of the brewing arts and they accepted. Now, it’s time to face off.”

And face off we will Matt Brophy (BrewMaster & COO) and Ben Savage (Vice President) coming over for 5 epic head to head events in BrewDog bars in August.  We assume Ben is Vice President of Flying Dog, not actual America, but you never know with US job titles. 


Each event will see our draft lines split between BrewDog beers and Flying Dog beers (including plenty of Flying Dog rarities never before seen outside the US). Matt and Ben will be at each event to talk more about Flying Dog and their beers and answer all your questions too. Each event will also feature a drinker vote to determine which of the battle beers will be crowned the winner.

  • BrewDog Aberdeen Thursday, 7pm August 23
  • BrewDog Glasgow Friday, 7pm August 24 with live music
  • BrewDog Newcastle Saturday, 4pm August 25 with live music
  • BrewDog Manchester Sunday, 3pm August 26 with an awesome BBQ!
  • BrewDog Camden, August 27 at 7pm Camden 

Both the BrewDog and Flying Dog bottled beers will be available to buy online from our webshop for those who can't make it to one of the events.

And just to add another little edge to the contest, the labels will also be a battle of the illustrators with long time friend of BrewDog Johanna Basford going head to head with the legendary Ralph Steadman to illustrate the labels for the respective beers.

Now, it’s time to see who’s boss. And we’re ready for war.


Oh and we have some pretty cool t-shirts that will be available at the events too.



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BrewDog James 10.08.2012 @ 3:49pm
The beer will still be available in Edinburgh and Nottingham bars too.However the Flying Dog guys are only over for 5 days so we could only do 5 meet the brewer events with them.
Ashleigh 10.08.2012 @ 3:06pm
Aww this sounds awesome but why aren't you coming to Edinburgh?
Eddie Marshall 10.08.2012 @ 2:06pm
I'm really disappointed the beers will not be available at Brewdog Edinburgh. Not all of us can get to Glasgow after work. not even on a Friday!!!
The Beer Brethren 10.08.2012 @ 11:29am
Wish I was in the UK for this one....Might need to get something like this going in Aus.I have good faith that you guys will come out on
jwbris 09.08.2012 @ 4:42pm
Sounds great, you guys need to hurry along getting your Bristol operation up and running and set up some of these down here.
sjeroek 08.08.2012 @ 10:40pm
Got a sneak preview of the Brewdog no-hops IPA this afternoon... Good luck to the Americans, they'll need it!
SashDog 08.08.2012 @ 5:09pm
Why no Edinburgh ??????
mark h 08.08.2012 @ 4:49pm
4pm for the Newcastle event!!! I hope this is lasting all night as I'm at work so can't get down 'till after 7?
MidlandSam 08.08.2012 @ 12:56pm
What about your Nottingham bar? I suppose you should keep it the best kept secret in the city!!
Charlesm 08.08.2012 @ 12:41pm
Nice to see Ralph Steadman's work again - I fondly remember the designs he did for Oddbins many moons ago.
Ewan M 08.08.2012 @ 12:26pm
Ewan M 08.08.2012 @ 12:24pm
This sounds great. Two of my favourite Beretta. It's a shame there's no event in Edinburgh though, since it's the only BrewDog pub I can get to without a two day trip!
Peter C 08.08.2012 @ 11:58am
We are all over the Newcastle event, are we making the head to head competition a blind tasting to remove bias?
Mr T 08.08.2012 @ 11:19am
Love the artwork.the beers sound awesome too.