Drew Gillespie, who started his hospitality career as a line cook at Pike Pub 20 years ago to the day, has been named president of Seattle’s iconic Pike Brewing Company. He didn’t stay a cook for long. working his way up to vice president of operations in 2011 and becoming co-owner alongside founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Patti Baker, and Gary Marx in 2015.
“Pike is an independent family business and Drew is part of the family. He is a caring, ethical individual of integrity,” says Rose Ann. The Finkels call Drew’s promotion a natural development, and the clear next step in the plan for Pike to become a 100-year-old independent craft brewery. “We have seen first-hand Drew’s enthusiasm and devotion to Pike, its success, and its adherence to a philosophy of quality and sustainability. This includes a passion for giving back to the community. He is a superb business person, illustrated by his almost seven years as vice president of operations, and a key part of Pike’s plan for longevity entering year 30. Rose Ann and I are thrilled to have Drew help guide Pike into the future and are pleased to present him with the title to match his contributions.”
Charles and Rose Ann, for their part, will continue to be active members of Pike’s management team as board co-chairs. Was just two weeks ago we ran an excerpt from FORKING SEATTLE about the Finkels.