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New tap room on Boones Ferrry a boon for beer lovers

by: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Mark and Kristi Becker have brought Flyboy Brewery to Lake Grove, and everyone who tries it likes it.

When a brew master is really good, beer becomes art.

So Mark Becker’s new Flyboy Brewery, his new growler station in the heart of Lake Grove, may also be considered an art gallery. Becker and his wife, Kristi, have filled the tap room with all kinds of beer and several brands of wine and cider and even a tea. But what they really think will make Flyboy Brewery fly are Mark’s own beers, like Pilot’s Peach and White Cloud IPA. Becker is a case of brew ambition.

“Mark is so passionate about making his beer, and he is so good at it,” Kristi said. “Everyone who tries it likes it. All of our friends are giving it a welcoming response.”

“It’s smooth,” said Mark in describing his tasty brews. “It doesn’t leave an aftertaste like some beers. I’ve been making blackberry beer for years and some hoppy IPAs. I combine tastes and flavors and create different things. My beer is not traditional.”

Until opening Flyboy Brewery a few weeks ago, however, Becker kept his bountiful beer under a bushel basket. He worked for tire companies for nearly 20 years, but in his off time he was brewing beers that inspired his friends to beg him to become a professional brew master.

When a choice spot opened up in Lake Oswego, Becker was ready to plunge into the beer world.

“This area didn’t have a growler station,” Becker said. “We thought there would be a really good market on Boones Ferry for a place like this. This has a nice central location.”

“A lot of people walk here or ride their bikes here,” Kristi said. “They say they’ve been wanting for something like this. They’re glad we’re here.”

While Mark made the beer, Kristi was responsible for coming up with the beer shop’s name.

“At first we wanted to have a name associated with airport hangars, because our friend had offered us a small hangar to make our beer,” Kristi said. “But there were already a lot of beers with the name hangar. We had a friend who came up with the name Flyboy.”

Actually, that name seems so much better.

“We always wanted our own beer and tap room,” Mark said. “It has been fun to do this together.”

Flyboy Brewery is located at 15360 SW Boones Ferry Road in Suite No. 1A. It is open from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The taproom has already attracted lots of attention on Facebook, and the Beckers are planning to soon have their own Flyboy Brewery website.

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