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Our Story

It’s time to introduce the owners of Hook Point Brewing Company, Mike and Cindy Sadler. 


Did you know Mike, aka “Blaze”, was a naval aviator flying F/A-18s? Impressive, right?!

After his active duty commitment in the US Navy, Mike transferred to the Naval Reserves where he continued to fly the F/A-18 and later moved on to Federal Express, where he is currently a Captain, Instructor and Line Check Airman on the MD-11.


Cindy is an avid health and fitness enthusiast with a passion for life. She has a creative style almost as big as her personality and is the Director of Interior Design for a large architectural firm located in the Memphis area with projects all over the country. 


For the Sadlers, it’s all about living boldly. In  2014, Mike’s quest for new adventures led the two of them to create the original

Flat Hat brand.  Flat Hat is the Navy’s term for "unauthorized low altitude flying" and was the inspiration for the active,

adventurous spirit represented by the Flat Hat brand that has grown into Hook Point Brewing Company. 

Mike Sadler

The man behind the brand.

Our founder Mike Sadler walks the talk.

Growing up watching auto races at Road Atlanta ignited a lifelong passion for precision and speed. Not one to languish behind a desk, during college he not only spent his spare time (well, maybe a little more than just ‘spare’ time) at typical sporting activities, he attended the British School of Motor Racing, learned to fly and earned his private pilots license. These pursuits led to a career in the United States Navy, gaining a commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School and eventually earning his Naval Aviator “Wings of Gold” in 1987. His first fleet assignment was as a Strike Fighter Pilot flying the F/A-18C, where he deployed onboard the USS Saratoga flying missions in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Mike left active duty to pursue an airline career in 1992 but continued to fly and serve in the Naval Reserves and Air Force Reserves until 2004 and never lost his desire for thrill and excitement.

His unwavering quest for adventure and desire to connect those who share his passion is the inspiration behind our exceptional products and vibrant online community.

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