The Flying Squirrel is located at 55 Johnson St. (Photo: Contributed)

Five years ago last month The Flying Squirrel opened on the Southside, and owners are celebrating the milestone this week.

“Five years really snuck up on us and we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone out there since we know we wouldn’t still be here today without you,” co-owner Max Poppel said via email.

To celebrate, the business is giving away free beer on Wednesday. As supplies last, patrons can get one free 8-ounce pour of Rivertown’s Ojos Negros, which is a sour ale that’s been aging for more than three years.

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The Flying Squirrel is the brainchild of Poppel and his business partner Dan Rose, who opened the local hostel, The Crash Pad, in May 2011.

The rock climbers turned entrepreneurs opened the Flying Squirrel, which is adjacent to The Crash Pad, in May 2013.

Looking ahead, Poppel said he hopes that people continue to enjoy the establishment.

“To us, being open this long is a testament to not just our community, but all the wonderful people who have and continue to work for us over the years,” he also said. “We’re grateful to everyone who has been a part of our journey, and we hope to be here to continue to support them for years to come.”

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