Flycaster Brewing Co. is Melding Two Passions – Beer and Flyfishing
Trying not to date myself but the last time I saw Jeremy Eubanks was probably just after we both graduated from Kamiakin High School in 1996. 16 years later Jeremy is in the process of opening up Flycaster Brewing Co. in Bothell, WA. As excited as I was to hear this news, I had to know how he got started, so I sent Jeremy a couple questions regarding his new adventure into the brewmaster lifestyle.
First off give us a quick back-history of Flycaster Brewing Co.?
Jeremy Eubanks: When I moved to Seattle after graduating from Eastern Washington University, I quickly fell into love with all the micro-breweries in the Seattle area, and not just for the beer. Each brewery has great beer, but each is unique in its own way in terms of history, food and atmosphere. When I decided to go back to graduate school I focused everything around opening a micro-brewery back in the Tri-Cities because our family goal was to move back home, but things didn’t pan out quite that way. So after a couple more years of working the corporate world I decided it was time to give it a shot before I never got the chance to do it. So in July we started doing all the business planning for Seattle and the wife let me spend some money on real expensive brew equipment.
How did you come up with the Flycaster name?
JE: I have fly fished most of my life and its my one true personal hobby. Over the years as I have traveled to go fly fishing (Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana) micro-brews have always been a part of that experience. There is something about fishing all day long and then going to have a good beer that makes it perfect.
How many years have you been working on the perfect beer?
JE: I have been home brewing for about 12 years now. Learning how to brew a good beer takes time, but getting to know what a good beer really tastes like takes more time. I finally am producing beer that I really like and want to share with people.
How would you describe your Bonefish Blonde? Rocky Ford IPA? Hopper Pale Ale?
- Bonefish Blonde – it’s a clear, crisp, and light bodied pale ale. Its something that you can drink on hot summer days and not feel full like you do with some other micro brews.
- Rocky Ford IPA – this is named after one of the streams where I learned how to fly fish in central Washington. It’s a clear, crisp, and a very hoppy India Pale Ale. If you like hops, this is the one for you.
- Hopper Pale Ale – living in Seattle you have a lot of grey rainy days, this is the standard beer for those days and is kind of the “go to” beer when you can’t decide. Its an America Style Pale ale.
How do you come up with the names for your different types of beers?
JE: Each name is based off a Fly Fishing location or experience. My hope is that other fly fisherman or even regular fisherman will be able to relate to the beers for one of their own fishing experiences.
If someone like me(hint, hint) wanted to start brewing beer what's the most important thing I should know?
JE: Get started! It actually doesn’t take much to start brewing. It does take time and some cash to get a batch of beer going. Also, there are a lot of classes you can go to where you can watch someone else do the whole process before you begin. You would be amazed on how many books, classes, and magazines are out there for a rookie home brewer.
What's your ultimate goal for Flycaster Brewing Co.?
JE: The ultimate goal for Flycaster Brewing Co. is to have a brewpub where we serve food and offer a relaxing lodgy environment that is family friendly. We want a place where you can come to and enjoy a cold glass of beer, a bite to eat and some good conversation about "the one that got away".