I’ve been wondering when the craft beer market would begin consolidating. A few years ago, shockwaves went through the Cascadia craft beer community when 10 Barrels sold to Anheuser-Busch Inv Bev and worse, Full Sail sold to an investment company. Around the same time, another ESOP brewery in Oregon sold as well; it was notable […]Continue Reading
Last Call: A forum on the end of employee ownership at New Belgium
Hazel Corcoran: What If We Had an Antidote to Worker Co-ops Selling Out?
Indivisble reserves are one way for worker cooperatives to prevent demutualization.Continue Reading
Christopher Mackin: New Belgium Brewing and the Future of American ESOPs
There is movement afoot in the ESOP marketplace to create scaled capital institutions that can drive the conversion of privately held businesses into employee owned companies and compete with conventional financing sources.Continue Reading
Michael Palmieri and Chris Cooper Respond: What Are We Asking of Employee Ownership?
How one interprets the sale of New Belgium depends on how one answers the ends vs. means question.Continue Reading
Camille Kerr Responds: Don’t lose sight—the point is systems change
What should we be doing today to lay the foundation for future generations to have a democratic, equitable economic system?Continue Reading
Karen Kahn: Is Your Beer Funding Human Rights Abuses?
Kirin, it appears, has blood on its hands. Whether New Belgium can bring its ethical and moral leadership to bear on its new corporate parent remains to be seen.Continue Reading
Christopher Michael: Could the Employee Ownership Trust Better Sustain Perpetual Employee Ownership?
The next step in broadening access to this simpler, less expensive, and perpetual form of employee ownership is public policy.Continue Reading
Last call: A forum on the end of employee ownership at New Belgium
What does it say about the viability of market-based strategies that even the most integral moral commitment to worker equity ultimately could not stand up to economic and market pressures?Continue Reading
Nathan Schneider: Discarded Mutualisms
We should resist the temptation to mistake what is for what could or should be.Continue Reading
Martin Staubus: New Belgium—A Success by Any Measure
Rumors of the death of employee ownership are greatly exaggerated.Continue Reading