“A New Year for Fish Brewing Company Brings New Ownership and a Renewed Vision”
“In the summer of 2019, before [Josh] Carrigan and [Kate] Craig took ownership of Fish Brewing, the business entered into receivership, a financial situation where a guardian is assigned to oversee the business’ assets to improve profitability. With ties to Thurston County, husband and wife duo, Carrigan and Craig first heard about Fish Brewing’s receivership and subsequent availability while speaking with members of Craig’s family, who live in Olympia and Yelm.
“‘I grew up in Yelm so there’s a lot of constant discussion of what’s going on in the community,’ says Craig. ‘When my dad brought up the fact that the business was in receivership, we were both really surprised because we both had been to the pub and had been through the Olympia area for a long time. It seemed like such a staple in the downtown area, so we were kind of curious about why was it in receivership.’
“With no initial intent to purchase Fish Brewing, Carrigan and Craig contacted the business’s receiver to get a full understanding of the brewery’s circumstances. After this conversation, both Craig and Carrigan first entertained the possibility of ownership because they both feel strongly about Fish Brewing’s role in the community and they want it to continue to be an asset to the Olympia area. Carrigan currently owns a bar in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle, Still Liquor, which has provided him experience in the bar and restaurant industry.”
“After taking ownership of Fish Brewing in December 2019, Carrigan and Craig are already immersing themselves in the brewery’s operations. As new owners, the couple are first acquainting themselves with how the business currently runs, which will help inform them on how to carry out future plans,” by Molly Walsh for Thurston Talk. Read more