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Compete to get your beer on tap!
$1 off pints every day from 4pm-7pm
$2 off growler fills on Wednesday and Sunday
Access to member-only events
Flying Bike Membership FAQs
A co-op is a member owned and directed enterprise that operates for the mutual benefit of all members and others in the community. More info on Cooperatives can be found here.
Flying Bike is more than a brewery: it is a community-owned business that produces delicious beer, sourced from the membership, while also providing opportunities for education and community meeting space.
Co-ops are built on member-ownership. Members own and help make decisions about how the business is run. Members also provide the financial foundation of the business.
No. Everyone is welcome to visit the taproom and everyone is welcome to join!
Member-owners provide critical community support for the Co-op. Their ownership share and involvement in the business make the Co-op possible. Also, member-owners receive specific benefits – they vote for the Board of Directors of the Co-op and on other matters brought before the membership; members will receive patronage refunds as the Co-op becomes profitable; they will receive member-only discounts and information. Members also get access to exclusive events. Even better, members may enter their homebrew in beer competitions and help select winning brews to be produced by Flying Bike!
The Board of Directors is responsible for legal and financial decisions that affect the Co-op. The Board is elected by the members around the Co-op annual meeting.
A lifetime membership costs $200. This amount purchases one voting share in the Co-op. This is a one-time purchase, with no recurring fees.
Not yet. At this point, full payment is necessary upon becoming a member-owner.
Flying Bike has members all over the US; you don’t have to live in Seattle, or even Washington, to be a member!
A member’s voting share is returned to the Co-op when membership in the Co-op is terminated under the conditions set forth in the Co-op’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws However, only members in Washington State are eligible to purchase Flying Bike preferred shares. If the Board finds that a member is no longer eligible to own Shares in the Cooperative or who has otherwise become ineligible for membership, then the Board has the right to redeem the Shares at an amount equal to the value of the consideration for which the Shares were issued. Upon such redemption, the ineligible holder ceases to be a member, to have voting rights and to receive a patronage dividend.
Yes! We are very confident of this. Our business plan shows the potential of profit by the second or third year of operation, using very realistic assumptions. The intent is that the Co-op will have the ability to generate profit so that we can provide additional services to the membership and the community. Future decisions will determine how the funds are used. Some of these actions may include enhancement of the services offered in the brewery, expansion of the brewery, reduction of prices, increased dividends for members, increased wages, or investment in community projects. The membership, through the Board of Directors, will make the decisions about these actions.
Yes and No. Flying Bike is incorporated under the Washington State Nonprofit Miscellaneous and Mutual Corporation Act. However, we are not considered a non-profit under federal law, and thus, contributions to Flying Bike are not tax deductible. Flying Bike will not be profit-driven. Some businesses exist to earn a profit for their owners. Cooperatives exist to provide a service to their owners. A well-run Co-op needs to be able to earn a modest profit. This profit allows the Co-op to invest in the growth of the business to better serve its member-owners, to invest in the community, or to take other actions consistent with its mission. Additional profit that results from members’ patronage will be refunded to them. A portion of this refund will be in cash or vouchers. The balance may be in increased equity in the Co-op. The Board of Directors working with all the member-owners determines these actions.
Yes, we have a Head Brewer, Beertenders and a Co-op Coordinator.
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