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Hunter’s blast to be broadcast at Buttermilk for August event

Chad Abraham

Plans continue to evolve for the Dionysian bash in which Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes will be blasted out of a cannon atop a 15-story tower.The August event on the author’s Owl Farm property in Woody Creek will be invitation-only, said Woody Creek resident George Stranahan. There will be a closed-circuit TV feed of the event to Buttermilk, which will house the masses of Gonzo fans that are expected to descend on the upper valley.The designs were presented to the Woody Creek Caucus on Monday night, Stranahan said. The longtime resident and philanthropist said there are a few minor problems with the plans, which the caucus will take up again Thursday. On Friday, the blueprint will be presented to Pitkin County’s community development department, where more details will likely be revealed.”They’ve got a really good event planned,” said Stranahan, one of the planners of the party.Tickets to get into Buttermilk will be sold on the Hunter S. Thompson Foundation website, which, according to a quick Internet search, apparently hasn’t started up yet.Fans coming to drown their sorrows over Thompson’s Feb. 20 death can pound bottles of a new beer dedicated to the Gonzo ethos. Flying Dog Brewery announced Monday that proceeds from sales of Gonzo Imperial Porter will help fund the building of the tower and a memorial fist holding a peyote button that was Thompson’s trademark. The beer label will feature artwork by artist Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s longtime friend and collaborator.”We tried to make everything about this beer Gonzo, which explains why we’ve already had a run-in with the authorities,” said Eric Warner, Flying Dog Brewery president, in a news release. “The Tax and Trade Bureau took issue with a quote from Hunter that we put on the label, which says, ‘I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity, but they’ve always worked for me.’ The Tax and Trade Bureau didn’t think it was funny.”At 9.5 percent, the beer has nearly double the alcohol content of average brews. But how does it taste?Stranahan, founder of the Flying Dog Brewery, said he didn’t know. “I haven’t gotten a beer yet,” he said. “I’d love to taste it.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is

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