We’ve seen our share of ‘buyouts’ in the craft beer World. You know the feeling – that heartbreaking moment when you realize that one of your favorite craft breweries has ‘sold out’ to the big boys: InBev or SABMiller. This is NOT one of those moments.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with French, farmer-run cooperative Agrial. They’ve struck a great deal that allows for additional expansion of both Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider, without giving up any control. Both brands will continue to operate completely independently, right here in Seattle.
I remember when I first heard about Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery. It was April of 2011 and, at the time, there were only 9 members (the original founding members/owners). I was excited about the idea and became member number 12. By August of 2011, Flying Bike had rapidly grown to over 400 members and, by September of 2011, I was elected to the Flying Bike Coop Board of Directors.
For the year I was on the Board of Directors, our primary focus was on building the membership and, more specifically for me, organizing member homebrew competitions so that Flying Bike could start coming up with our first beers. Also during my time on the Board, I led a few sensory tasting classes. These classes were a member-only benefit, designed to educate cooperative members who were interested in learning how to better articulate the different sights, aromas and flavors they experience when tasting different craft beers.
Now, four years later, it’s finally happened. As many of you may know, Flying Bike secured a space in early 2015, right next door to Naked City Brewery And Taphouse. Since then, they have been busy building out the space, hiring their head brewer, Kevin Forhan, and obtaining all the necessary permits and licenses to get things up and running.