Flying Bike releasing its first beer this week

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery announced today that it has released its first beer. The release party happens at Pillagers Pub in Seattle on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm. The inaugural beer is an IPA named Fly-PA. Ingredients were sourced by co-op members and the beer was brewed at Three Skulls Brewing in Seattle.

Flying Bike is a unique idea. You can read our previous stories about Flying Bike here. Nearest we can tell, it is the first brewery of its type in Washington or any other state.

The membership drive was met with a great deal of enthusiasm by local beer lovers who wanted a stake in the brewery and at least some kind of input into what kind of beers the brewery produces.

The Fly-PA is the result of a membership brewing competition. That is, members submitted their homebrew to a tasting panel made up of BJCP judges and co-op members. The winning brew received the honor of being Flying Bike’s first beer.


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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery Releases Their First Beer! Announces new Board member

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery has announced the release of their first beer! An IPA (dubbed Fly-PA), was member-sourced, and brewed by Three Skulls Ales.

A release party will be held at Pillagers Pub (8551 Greenwood Avenue N) on Thursday,

October 27. The first kegs will be tapped at 7PM! Growler fills will be available, but please bring your own growler. The party is open to members and non-members alike.

The beer was created as part of a member brewing competition. In July, members voted for ‘IPA’ to be the category for the first Coop beer competition. Thirty-five members entered the competition. In September, BJCP judges and Coop members meticulously tasted the beers, and after several hours a winner was crowned! The winning recipe was created by member Mike Kilpatrick and was brewed by Three Skulls Ales in September. Mike was also on hand at the brewery as his beer was being brewed.

As part of the development of Coop beer, competitions will be an integral part of beer offerings at Flying Bike. Along with our ‘house beers’, members will be invited to compete to have their beer placed on tap at the Coop once it is operational”

Fly-PA will be on tap at Pillagers Pub and several other TBD locations in the Seattle area.

The Board of Flying Bike was also happy to announce the election of their newest Board member: Michael Dieterle. The announcement was made at the FBCB annual meeting on Saturday, October 22 where members were treated to Fly-PA. Two other incumbent Board members were re-elected, Jake Walters and Tim Dery.


About Flying Bike: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is a member-owned cooperative that is working towards opening a brewery in the Seattle area, featuring member beer recipes and input from members on various aspects of the business. The co-op started selling memberships in May of 2011 and currently has over 435 Founding Members.


  1. Two of the TBA locations beyond Pillager’s Pub where you can find Fly-PA will be:
    -Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle
    -Fiddler’s Inn up by Lake City

    Hope to see you on Thursday! 🙂

  2. “Nearest we can tell, it is the first brewery of its type in Washington or any other state.”

    Just FYI – Flying Bike is the SECOND brewery of this type in the nation. The first is Black Star Coop in Austin, TX (

    And just FYI – Beer Monger is ‘Michael Dieterle’ – I am Flying Bike’s newest Board member. 🙂

  3. Alert!!All you Peddlers escaping “Carmageddon”.

    I was just returning home via the Lower West Seattle Bridge at the intersection of West Marginal/ Spokane St. & Delridge-Chelan Cafe. Well illuminated/bright clothes and helmet I crossed one leg of the intersection on a “Cross” light, and since traffic was still stopped took advantage of the second leg “No Walk Sign” and proceeded to cross Spokane St. Waiting for me on the other side, was our friendly Law Enforcement team who stood in front of the path and had me “step off the bike”.

    I received a ticket for “J Riding”-Seattle Violation Code 11.44.120. Ticket Fee was $103.00.

    Beware. . . you are being watched!

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