May 15 update:
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on June 14. Details to be distributed to members shortly.
So, what's this all about?
We're building a community with our eyes toward creating Saskatchewan's first co-operative brewery. Why? Because we love beer, and we love sharing it. We're of the opinion that beer brings people together. It's something to have a conversation over. It's worthy of being the topic of its own conversation. It's something to seek out and to share with friends and family. It's our goal to bring beer-lovers of all kinds together and to pool our collective efforts to make great-tasting, worthy beer that we can enjoy together. We believe the best way to accomplish that goal is to start a brewery.
What makes you different than every other brewery?
Our mantra is quality, consistency, and community. To us, that means creating fantastic, flavour-forward beer that people want to drink. It means doing it in a way that respects the process, emphasizing details and precision to achieve products that are as consistent as possible. And it means we want to offer our products in a way that is aligned with our focus on community. The last part requires some more explanation. In particular, we want our beer to be at the centre of our community of members where people can connect with one another over a shared love of beer. We also want our beer to be available to the beer-drinking public because we believe great beer is for everybody, not just the die-hards. Perhaps most importantly, we want to use our beer as a vehicle to give back to the community at large. Once we're operating independently and profitably, the plan is to make meaningful charitable contributions to the communities we have the privilege of operating in.
Sounds like a lofty goal. How's it going so far?
Things are going spectacularly well. Below you'll find a brief outline of where the Co-op has been and where it's going. Our goals are loose and things change, but it will give a sense of the project's trajectory:
- @ 300 Members: Funding Drive begins
- @ 500 Members: Begin hiring
- @ $500,000: Purchase brew system & sign lease
- Contract Brewing with Paddock Wood Brewery in Saskatoon
- Organizational Structuring
- Business Plan Development
- Membership Agreement
- Committee Structures: Beer, Admin & Finance, People & Culture
- Production of Pint Glasses, Growlers, and T-shirts
- First contract brew
I'm convinced, where do I sign up?
We knew you would be. Head over to our membership page to purchase your membership. We'll keep you in the loop with email updates on an ongoing basis so you're up-to-date on the goings on of the Co-op and your opportunities to get involved.