Say Hello to the Newest Brewpub Co-op!
I’m very happy to be able to introduce you to the newest brewpub co-op on the block: the Flying Bike Co-op from Seattle, Washington! Since April of this year, they have already established over 400 members (including fellow director Jake Carter and myself), and they’re creating quite a buzz in the Seattle beer scene. Please check them out here, and if you want to join, please do so here!
I can personally endorse them, since I was lucky enough to meet almost their entire Board of Directors. I was in town for a conference in Seattle and met with them at the Elysian Brewpub on Capitol Hill, and I had a great time talking shop with them over great beer and food. We talked about a number of things, including the ways that we were able to connect to our members, grow the membership, and generally get the job done of opening a brewpub–not an easy task!
They’ve shown that they’re up to it, though. The Board was inundated with memberships as soon as they started selling member-owner shares; they have weekly meetings to keep the project on task (just like us in the old days); and they’re doing a marvelous job on both fronts!
I had the added pleasure of welcoming the Vice President of Flying Bike, Brian Caldwell, to Black Star a little while back. Brian happened to be in town, so we met at Black Star with fellow directors Jake Carter and Jessica Cassidy, and had a great time. We swapped pint glasses and beer, and I managed to remember to get a picture of us together in the brewpub:
Seattle beer, represent! I wish our fellow co-opers the best of luck and reiterate that we’re available to help through the difficult times ahead.