Flying Basset Brewing coming to Gilbert this fall

BY Jess Harter Monday, May 22, 2017

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Looks like OHSO won’t be Gilbert’s second craft brewery after all.

Don’t panic – OHSO hasn’t changed its plans to open its fifth location in downtown Gilbert next year. By then, though, another brewery will have jumped ahead of it in line.

That newcomer is Flying Basset Brewing, which is moving into the former Famous Sam’s on the northeast corner of Cooper and Ray.

The 5,000-square-foot brewpub will feature a 10-barrel brewing system, 25 to 30 taps, and a full kitchen.

The owners are Rob Gagnon and Sara Cotton. He’s an airline pilot, she’s an ICU nurse. And, yes, they have a couple of basset hounds –Lieutenant Dan and Angela Basset.


Rob Gagnon began brewing in 2012, winning multiple medals as an amateur before spending a couple of years at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Chandler.

The Gagnons tried to find a spot for their brewery in downtown Chandler, where they live, before settling on the former home of the Valley’s last remaining Famous Sam’s, which closed in early 2015.

The couple signed the lease last week. They are hoping to open in October.

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