About Flying Lion Brewing

Flying Lion is a family operation in Columbia City, Seattle, conceived by four beer-loving brothers and our parents. It all started with root beer batches in the basement and dinner-table discussions about beer flavors and hop utilization. Years, beers, and many late nights later, we built the brewery we’d always dreamed of right here in south Seattle.

After opening in 2014, we’ve welcomed a few more craft-beer-loving people to the team, grown out of some of our old 3 bbl fermentors, added a bunch of taps, and started shipping our kegs around the city. We hope you’ll join us soon on this adventure we call Flying Lion Brewing!

The Williams Family

Flying Lion Brewing's Staff

Griffin
Griffin

Favorite Beer? Rye Stout
One of the brothers? Yes

Griffin grew up in Michigan watching thunderstorms and shoveling driveways, found a Geology degree, and found that it wasn't all peaches and cream. Then he moved to Seattle and started a brewery with his brothers! When not scheming new beers for Flying Lion, Griffin spends time in the woodshop, cycling, or napping on the roof.

Sara
Sara

Favorite Beer? Larry, Curly, Mosaic Pale Ale
One of the brothers? No

Sara grew up in Minnesota camping with her family, swimming in lakes, and learning her grandmother’s Hungarian recipes. At fourteen she starting slinging coffee and toast to the local regulars and has been devoted to hospitality ever since. After years of working in Seattle restaurants, she is excited to expand her skills and share her love of beer at Flying Lion. She often obsesses over campfire cooking, recycling and antiques.

Andy
Andy

Favorite Beer? Rye Stout
One of the brothers? No

Andy grew up in Washington slinging hay bales and falling into ditches outside of Bellingham. After living several years in Alaska, he has returned to Washington and is excited to be selling & slinging kegs for his favorite brewery. Andy is pretty handy and is often found working on his 66' Chevy, building the perfect campfire or creating clever electronics.

Blake
Blake

Favorite Beer? Blood Orange Red IPA
One of the brothers? No

Blake was born somewhere else, but has lived in the south Seattle area 99.9% of his life. He loves the PNW with its diversity of landscapes and peoplescapes and is a giant fan of hitting mountains, trails, jogging paths and bike paths, but if it gets above 80 degrees he's too hot. He was formally a 24/7 Mainframe Systems Administrator with a beeper (think pre-cloud & pre-cellphone), then moved on to 24/7 kid raising. He's always loved beer and has wanted to become part of a place that lets him grow that love. He found FLB a few years ago during a Poker Beer Run and is so glad we both finally connected!

Rachel
Rachel

Favorite Beer? Belgian Strong
One of the brothers? No

Rachel grew up in the heart of Chicago and has been in the Columbia City neighborhood since before it became cool! During that time she fell in love with real estate and made a career of buying and selling houses. She also fell in love with Flying Lion and the diversity of its patrons. When not working, Rachel can be found holding either a pickleball paddle, a fishing pole or a kitchen utensil all with House music playing in the background.

Dean
Dean

Favorite Beer? Call it a Day Pale w/ Mosaic hops, served from a cask.
One of the brothers? No

Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Dean made his way to Seattle by way of Atlanta. Before beer, Dean worked in creative, marketing and events, but found his way back to the PNW through his love of coffee and other brews. Outside of work, Dean is likely working on his car (a Mini named Ringo), hanging with pups, or taking an impromptu road trip.

Tyler
Tyler

Favorite Beer? Sweet Potato Porter
One of the brothers? Yes

Tyler grew up in Michigan and mostly just did math for his first 34 years on Earth. After a PhD in Economics and 5 years coding at a certain large Seattle tech company, Tyler is now working on a number of personal projects, including helping Griffin with technology at Flying Lion. Along with the brewery, he and his wife Julie keep busy with their three brewers-in-training - Augie, Jasper, and Silas!