About Us

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is a democratically run, member-owned and operated cooperative. We strive to make Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery membership and activities welcoming and accessible to all members of our diverse community.

OWN IT!

The Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is member-owned!  That means you, yes you, can own your own brewery.  All members of the co-op have an equal share in the brewery and its success.

CRAFT IT!

A portion of the beer brewed by Flying Bike is chosen by the membership. Contribute your homebrew recipes or your taste buds to help the co-op decide what beers we brew and serve in our brewery!

DRINK IT!

Now that the brewery is open for business everyone is invited to come on down and enjoy a pint or two (or more)!  Revel in the success that you, the membership, helped us build!  Enjoy YOUR space and YOUR beers!

Our Values

Collaboration – FBCB will be the birthplace for great beer. Our members will be an integral part in designing and voting on what we brew. The beer will not simply be the brewery’s beers, but will truly belong to our members.

Education – We believe that beer education will foster a deeper appreciation for beer. On-site member classes on ingredients, styles, tasting notes, food pairings and the brewing process will ensure our members and staff are the smartest craft beer drinkers around.

Community – FBCB plans to be a visible part of our community. We look forward to building relationships with craft brewers, coops and local businesses. Additionally, we plan to give back to our community through charity events and education.

Innovation – We have a great beer community in the Seattle area. Our member-judged brewing competitions will ensure we brew wonderfully diverse, world-class beers.

Sustainability – Our vision is to be an environmentally conscious brewery with a focus on sustainability. Good for the beer, good for the planet.

Board of Directors

  • Austin Rood
    Austin Rood Board President and Treasurer

    Austin has been a resident of the Seattle area for over 30 years and is a CPA by day. He joined FBCB in 2016, and is a fervent supporter of Washington breweries and the independent craft beer industry as a whole. An avid homebrewer, he won the spring 2017 homebrew competition with his Banana Seat Hefeweizen. He currently serves on the Finance and Member Driven Beer (MDB) teams, as well as heads our Nominating Committee for 2018. When he's not working, brewing, or serving FBCB, he loves spending time with his wife Sarah, and his son Jamey.

    Term expires: 2019

  • Chad Evans
    Chad Evans Board Vice President

    Chad joined Flying Bike in July of 2014 shortly after we found our home in Greenwood, and humbly took his seat on the Board in October of 2016. Aside from being a craft beer lover, coop champion, and local business supporter, he has a personal mission of making FBCB a sustainable business through and through. Chad currently helps out with the Marketing Team and is slowly (but surely) helping craft FBCB's sustainable initiatives. He loves the outdoors, craft beer, and traveling; but most of all his wife and partner, Lindsay.

    Term Expires: 2019

  • David Wiegand
    David Wiegand Board Secretary

    David is a native Seattleite who works by day in IT Project Management, and by night is perfecting his own homebrew recipes on a 1/2 bbl all-grain system (he’s also an avid cyclist).  From December 2014 to Aug 2015 David successfully led the FBCB Build team in designing and building out the Brewery & Tasting Room (with a lot of help from some very passionate Flying Bike Member-Owners!)   Currently David is working on supporting new Build opportunities, and the outside sales Bottle Program.

    Term Expires: 2020
  • Chris Hapka
    Chris Hapka Director

    Chris is a homebrewer, gardener, runner, retired lawyer and full-time parent. He and his family moved to Maple Leaf in 2015 from Philadelphia, where he was involved in community and nonprofit groups including the Sons of Ben and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He is excited to combine his passion for beer and his professional expertise in attending board meetings and reviewing bylaws.

    Term Expires: 2021

  • Andrew Bieber
    Andrew Bieber

    Andrew is the Cycling Certified Cicerone, a real beer and bikes are life kind of guy. Being a Certified Cicerone is like being a sommelier for beer, and he cycles while he does it because there really is no better way. He writes about the best brewery bike routes in and around Washington and produces the podcast Washington Beer Talk. If he's not talking to a brewer about how they run their breweries, it's only because he has beer in his mouth.

    Term Expires: 2021

  • Kent Davis
    Kent Davis Director

    Kent is a retired aerospace engineer and FBCB founding member #567, joining in 2013.  His wife Heidi and daughters Andria and Erika are also founding members.  Best known as the "guy who made the tables" as well as the beer shelf,  mug shelf etc..  He is sort of the house woodsmith.  Kent has been a member of the build committee since 2015.  When not making woodchips and sawdust, he is an avid cyclist .  Kent's mission as a  board member is to help put FBCB on a sustainable business track to ensure and spread the long term viability of the enterprise.

    Term Expires: 2021

  • Tony Ridgeway
    Tony Ridgeway Director
    Tony is a native of Seattle.  During the day he is an analyst for a local hospital.  He recently was the first to complete the Business Of Craft Beer certification at the University of Washington Tacoma.  He looks forward to bringing this knowledge as well as his passion for increasing volunteer opportunities at Flying Bike.
    Term Expires: 2020
  • Mia McCurdy
    Mia McCurdy Director

    Mia came home to Seattle three years ago after stints in Denver, New York, and Minneapolis--where she first fell for craft beer. Upon moving home, she found herself in Greenwood and quickly fell in love with the neighborhood, and hopes to grow Flying Bike as the neighborhood brewery.  She will pet every dog in the brewery before ordering her beer, which will most likely be whatever is on nitro.

    Term Expires: 2019

Brewery & Tasting Room Staff

  • Kevin Forhan
    Kevin Forhan Head Brewer

    Kevin Forhan is a Seattle native who grew up in the Wedgewood neighborhood. He has been a craft brewer in Seattle since 1990, beginning at Pike Place (now Pike) Brewery, and moving on to serve as head brewer of the Big Time Brewery in the University District from 1997 to 2004. After a two-year adventure living in Spain, he returned to join Elysian Brewing Company as the original head brewer of their Elysian Fields location, and has most recently held the position of Regional Brewer for RAM International, after beginning as head brewer of their Northgate location. He is a multiple Great American Beer Festival award winner and has taken a special interest in cask-conditioned beer, Belgian styles, and the creative use of hops.

  • Jesse Young
    Jesse Young Assistant to the Brewer

    As a founding Flying Bike member (#929), Jesse has been involved in our cooperative brewing movement for years.  He originally started brewing when his wife Megan bought him a homebrew kit and, lucky for us, that hobby stuck and became a major passion in his life. When he's not helping in the brewery or teaching home brew and history of beer classes, he is a stay-at-home dad to his daughter Clara and exploring the pacific northwest hiking and biking trails. Welcome, Jesse!

  • Jenna
    Jenna Beertender

    An early regular of Flying Bike, Jenna fell in love with our Co-op and our beer and decided to translate her enthusiasm into a position on our staff.

  • Agustin
    Agustin Beertender

    Hailing from Cleveland where he grew up with his 9 siblings, Agustin brings a vitality and to the brewery that is unmatched.  With his 7+ years of experience in the food service industry, he is able to take care of business while also making every customer and member feel like (and usually become) a regular. In addition to serving up beers behind the bar, he also lends a hand in the brewery to make our great beers happen.  Ever wonder how many grapefruits get zested and juiced for our Zest-A-Peel?  Ask him!

  • Lindsay
    Lindsay Beertender

    When Flying Bike had just opened, Lindsay couldn't get enough of watching our Mariners and Seahawks WIN while drinking our great beer.  When we started looking for more staff, she was eager to join the team and get more involved.  She's a great addition to the team and will always greet you with a warm smile and a great beer recommendation!

  • Tessa
    Tessa Beertender
    Tessa is a true food service industry professional, serving coffee by morning and beer by evening. Essentially, we don't know what we would do without her. When she isn't making sure you have a delicious beverage in your hand, she likes to play the piano and sketch beautiful artwork.

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