A New Way to Get Your Brew: Start (or Join!) a Brewpub Co-op

A New Way to Get Your Brew: Start (or Join!) a Brewpub Co-op

Emma Christensen
Feb 14, 2013

Have you yearned for the kind of neighborhood bar that has an entire line-up of terrific craft brews, but can't quite see yourself quitting your day job to open one yourself? I'll raise my hand here, for sure. Here's an idea: start a brewpub co-op. This is a real thing and it's picking up popularity in many major cities.

The idea here is the same behind any co-op: it's a collectively-owned business and members get a say in how the brewpub is run — and perhaps more importantly, what it serves. Most of the brewpub co-ops already in operation, like Black Star in Austin, TX, and Fifth Street in Dayton, OH, use membership primarily as a means to acquire financial backing and support for the pub. Members aren't required to work in the brewpub, but are involved its governance.

A co-operative brewpub might not work in every neighborhood, but it's certainly an interesting idea to explore! Read more about it:

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