Go get a growler!

Today marks the launch of Temperance Brewing Co-op growler fills! Our friends at Paddock Wood have kindly lent us a tap and are pouring growlers for members and non-members alike. TBC members can get a fill for just $12, and non-members can get one for the still-very-reasonable price of $15. Go pay Paddock Wood a visit and take home some of our West Coast IPA to share with family and friends. Click here to check out the tap map for directions.

Let's raise a glass

Public Launch Party

We're extremely pleased to announce that this Friday, September 30th, we'll be launching Temperance Brewing Co-op's very first beer to the public. We rolled out the beer at a members-only launch party a couple of weeks ago and everyone was very excited about how the beer came out. Paddock Wood did a fantastic job with our recipe, and we can't wait to share it with everyone.

 

About The Beer

The beer came out slightly differently than planned. Since this is the first time the recipe has been brewed on a large scale like this, it's not altogether surprising. Long story short, we ended up with a beer that's closer to an IPA than a West Coast Pale Ale. The two styles are extremely similar, so we're not far off. This first batch was just a little more intense than anticipated. Next time we brew the recipe we'll be able to adjust and get on-point with style. It's all part of the process.

Some words on the beer itself: It's exactly as hoppy as you would expect a West Coast IPA to be, bringing together ample measures of Centennial and Cascade hops that impart a pleasant, citrusy bitterness to your palate. What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is the malt profile. This thing has malts for days. The caramel and molasses flavours form a formidable backbone that cannot be ignored. Our West Coast IPA is a beautifully balanced yet assertive beer that will satisfy all who demand beer with a robust character

 

Our Next Brew

We had so much fun putting together this first brew, we decided we'd do it again. We've opened it up to our membership to vote on what our next beer is going to be. They'll be choosing between a Brown Ale, a Blonde Ale, an Irish Red Ale, and a Stout. The poll will stay open for a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for out outcome of the vote. Remember, if you're not a member but want to get involved, you can head over to the membership page, sign up, and get involved in our growing co-op!

Members can click here to cast their vote. Polls close on Friday, October 14th, 2016.

That's all for now, we hope to see you all at the public launch party this Friday at Winston's Pub! Members of the board will be there starting around 6pm.

Cheers,

The TBC Board

And the winner is...

After an incredibly close vote that required votes to be counted, recounted, and counted again, we're very pleased to announce that the very first Temperance Brewing Co-op beer will be a West Coast Pale Ale! 

If you didn't vote for the West Coast Pale Ale, don't despair. There will be more opportunities in the coming months to make your voice heard, and the TBC Board is committed to making a variety of different beers available to make sure there's something for everyone.

A huge thank you to the membership for voting and to Paddock Wood for partnering up with us on this adventure. Good things are on the horizon for the Co-op, and we're happy to be in this together with all of you.

Cheers for now, 

The TBC Board

We're brewing our first beer.

It's been a long time coming, and we're very happy to announce that we'll be brewing the very first Temperance Brewing Co-operative beer this summer!

Saskatoon's very own Paddock Wood has agreed to team up with us on the project and we couldn't be happier. Working with Paddock Wood means working with a partner that has a ton of knowledge and experience brewing beer, and a reputation for putting out great products on the regular. We're very excited to be working with them on our first brew.

Now that we've got a partner on board, we need your help. We're asking our membership to decide what our first beer will be. We'll be deciding from four different styles: Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Wheat Ale, and West Coast Pale Ale. Eventually we'll get to brewing all of these and other styles of beer, but we need to know what the membership wants to see first.

Already a Member?

Click here to cast your vote. The poll will stay open for two weeks to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say. On Monday, June 13th the poll will close, and shortly after that we'll announce the results.

Not a Member Yet?

Only card-carrying Temperance Brewing Co-op members get to vote on what we brew. The good news is, everyone is welcome to join the co-op and have a say! Visit our Membership Page today to learn more about what you get as a TBC member and to purchase your membership. All new members who sign up and vote prior to June 13th when the poll closes will have their voices heard.

Cheers for now,

The TBC Board

Contract Brew Ahead!

Hello, stranger!

It's been a little while since our last update so we thought it would be prudent to loop everyone in on what's been happening. Below you will find an update on what's been going on with the co-op and where we plan to go over the coming months. Read on and be thrilled!


Contract Brew Ahead!

If you're anything like us, you're getting antsy waiting for this brewing co-op to brew a freakin' beer, already! The fact of the matter is we know this is what the membership wants. At our last member meet-up we conducted a survey asking what everyone's thoughts were on what TBC's short-term priorities should be. The overwhelming response we got was that a contract brew needs to happen. There was some interest in putting together a home-brew competition and in simply saving our pennies, but in general the people want to see beer. 

We're very happy to report that Temperance Brewing Co-operative is now in a financial position where a contract brew is possible. Given that the money is now available and that the membership has spoken on what our priorities need to be, it is our intention to brew and launch TBC's inaugural beer in the near future.

The Board has been hard at work reaching out to potential partners and hammering out the logistics of turning barley into booze for you all to fill your glasses with. As the details get firmed up we will be passing them along to all of you. We'll also be looking for input from the membership in making some decisions about the brew, so stay tuned for that!


Strategic Planning

As we all know, the worst thing about beer is that it runs out. A savvy person like yourself, recognizing this unfortunate characteristic of our beloved beverage, might be led to ask an important question: "What happens when the first batch of TBC beer is gone?" We're glad you asked! We mentioned above that we're in the process of securing a partner to help us brew the first TBC beer. It is our intention, once that partner is in place, to brew a number of beers over the coming year. Our priority is to make sure that once the beer starts flowing, it doesn't stop.

To help make sure we're able to consistently produce beer for you to enjoy, the Board is currently in the process of developing a short-to-medium term strategic plan. This plan will solidify a strategy that will enable us to sustain production of beer through contract brewing for the foreseeable future and, ideally, turn a profit that we can put toward our own brew pub.

There you have it - progress and intrigue! A big thanks from your Board for sticking with us as we work toward our first brew. We hope you're as excited as we are and that you'll stay tuned and get involved when the time comes. 

Cheers for now,

The TBC Board

Sign Up for the Temperance Movement!

By Jason Foster March 5th, 2015

http://www.onbeer.org/2015/03/sign-up-for-the-temperance-movement/

 

Want to own part of a brewery? Now you can for as little as $150.

Better yet, want to be a part of the Temperance movement? No, the two aren’t contradictions, at least not in Saskatoon these days.

You see, a group of aspiring brewers have launched Temperance Brewing Co-operative Ltd. which hopes to be rolling out craft beer in Saskatoon sometime in 2016. In many ways it is an ordinary brewery start-up, trying to round up capital at the same time as they sample test batches and finalize plans for the future brewery.

Except that Temperance is structured as a co-op, an unfamiliar legal entity and particularly rare in the beer world. Most breweries adopt a standard corporate structure, with ownership shares and a for-profit purpose, meaning both the control of and the benefits from the brewery accrue to the owners. We all get to share their beer, of course, but the profits only go in one direction.

The co-op model turns that on its head. “We won’t make a profit in a strict sense”, says Adam Worobec, one of the founding members of the Co-op. “We can’t do dividends. Profits of the company will be folded back into the company”. This may sound odd to many, but it is a standard procedure for co-ops.

Co-ops are a form of democratic, collective ownership that spreads both the risk and the decision-making authority. Without getting too technical, Temperance in the parlance is a consumer co-op, much like MEC or Co-op grocery stores. $150 buys you a share in the co-op and gives you a slice of the organization’s ownership. With membership comes some key rights. “Members get a vote, priority access to beer and events, brewery discounts and a say in what beer we brew” says Worobec.

Temperance’s plan is to build a base of a few hundred members who are invested, both financially and psychologically, in the brewery. They hope to leverage the capital raised from members into additional financing for a 10 to 20 hectolitre brewery with a full-service tap room to serve the region. As an initial step, they hope later this year to contract brew a beer to get the name out and start generating some revenue.

“This year is about the membership drive and a funding drive. Hopefully by next year we will be putting the wheels in motion on our own stuff”, says Worobec.

The project started, not surprisingly, over some beer. About 10 homebrewers talked about starting up a co-op beer operation. “Opening a U-Brew was the first idea, where members have access to the equipment. But once we started digging into the legalities of that, it eliminated itself from consideration due to needing a large enough system.” Rather than quit, they decided to go all in and Temperance Brewing Co-op was born.

“We still hope to have a smaller-scale system in the brewery for members to access, but we are focusing on building a full-scale brewery”.

The name comes from Saskatoon’s history. “Saskatoon was originally a temperance colony” observes Worobec. “There is a long history of the temperance movement around here. A lot of the SLGA rules can be traced back to that movement. The name is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek.”

Connection to the community is a strong ethos in Temperance. “We hope to name our beer after Saskatoon neighbourhoods and parts of Saskatchewan”. However, Worobec adds, names will likely be subject to member vote – another right of membership. The brewery name was selected by rank ballot of the original members and future members will be polled on things like styles to brew, beer names and other aspects of the brewery operations. Final decisions on beer will rest with the brewmaster, for obvious reasons, but members will be encouraged to submit ideas. “We will have events where members can bring beer and recipes. We will have competitions of homebrewed suggestions”.

At this stage in their development, Worobec couldn’t offer insights into the styles of beer or their names. The process for deciding such has not yet happened.

Because of their decision to eschew traditional capital models, co-ops have to work much harder to make things happen. Worobec and his fellow members are in the early stages, but they are encouraged by the response so far. “Membership sales are going much faster than we anticipated”. At this rate, Saskatchewan will be seeing a new, co-operatively-owned brewery sooner rather than later.

And keep in mind, you don’t have to live in Saskatoon to be a member. “Anyone across Canada can join.”

Membership-driven brewery unveiled

By Chris Morin, The Starphoenix January 21, 2015

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Membership+driven+brewery+unveiled/10747256/story.html

If you've ever dreamt of owning a pub, a group of local beer brewers might have you covered.

Temperance Brewing Cooperative Ltd., a collective of suds enthusiasts, is currently selling memberships to its organization via a website for $150 a share.

According to Adam Worobec, one of the partners in the collective, the group hopes to create Saskatchewan's first co-operative microbrewery, and says that a new brew pub could be coming as early as next year.

"We want to sell memberships and build a community of people who are interested in owning a brew pub, which is one of the ultimate goals of doing this," he said.

According to Worobec, the idea of a membership-driven co-operative has been in the works for several years now. Buying into the organization will get members input into beer production and recipes, voting access on committees and other rewards.

The concept is similar to crowdfunding, but Worobec says the main difference is that the group is attempting to create a community as they build the business.

"The co-operative aspect allows us to really focus on the beer. Everyone who joins with a membership is there because they are passionate about the beer. "All profits from sales are folded back into the brewery, said Worobec, who added that dividends will not be paid out to members.

Finding a physical space for the pub and the microbrewery is still in the works, says Worobec, but indicates that the group already has a team in place for when they hit the production phase. He also hopes to see their product on the shelves in the near future, but doesn't yet have a timeline in place.

Worobec also says it is a possibility that the group will look at contracting their beer brewing to another brewery in the province.

"It will depend on how fast the memberships are going, but we are trying to get a product out to our members before we secure a space for the pub," said Worobec.

Due to a recent explosion of the Saskatchewan craft alcohol industry over the past few years, the government recently announced it will enlist a third party to take a "comprehensive" look at craft alcohol policies.

Worobec said that the group has been in contact with SLGA and is looking forward to any changes in the current policies. So far, it's only been word of mouth for the past year and Worobec and his partners feel confident that there is an appetite for a collectively owned pub in the province.

"We have a goal of selling 100 memberships this year," said Worobec, who added that the number sold has jumped since the group unveiled its website. "I think that's pretty conservative and I think we will hit that pretty quickly."

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Beer entrepreneurs unveil membership-driven brewery

By Chris Morin, The StarPhoenix January 20, 2015

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Beer+entrepreneurs+unveil+membership+driven+brewery/10745524/story.html

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a pub, a group of local beer brewers might have you covered.

Temperance Brewing Co-operative Ltd., a collective of suds enthusiasts, is currently selling memberships to their organization via their website for $150 a share.

According to Adam Worobec, one of the partners in the collective, the group hopes to create Saskatchewan’s first co-operative microbrewery, and says that a new brew pub could be coming as early as next year.

“We want to sell memberships and build a community of people who are interested in owning a brew pub, which is one of the ultimate goals of doing this,” he said.

According to Worobec, the idea of a membership driven co-operative has been in the works for several years now. Buying into the organization will get members input into the beer production and recipes, voting access on committees and other rewards.

The concept is similar to crowd funding, but Worobec says the main difference is that the group is attempting to create a community as they build the business.

“The co-operative aspect allows us to really focus on the beer. Everyone who joins with a membership is there because they are passionate about the beer. “

All profits from sales are folded back into the brewery, said Worobec, who added that dividends will not be paid out to members.

Finding a physical space for the pub and the microbrewery is still in the works, says Worobec, but indicates that the group already has a team in place for when they hit the production phase. He also hopes to see their product on the shelves in the near future, but doesn’t yet have a timeline in place.

Worobec also says it is a possibility that the group will look at contracting their beer brewing to another brewery in the province.

“It will depend on how fast the memberships are going, but we are trying to get a product out to our members before we secure a space for the pub,” said Worobec.

Due to a recent explosion of the Saskatchewan craft alcohol industry over the past few years, the government recently announced it will enlist a third party to take a “comprehensive” look at craft alcohol policies.

Worobec said that the group has been in contact with SLGA, and is looking forward to any changes in the current policies. So far it’s only been word of mouth for the past year, and Worobec and his partners feel confident that there is an appetite for a collectively owned pub in the province.

“We have a goal of selling a hundred memberships this year,” said Worobec, who added that the number sold has jumped since the group unveiled their website. “I think that’s pretty conservative and I think we will hit that pretty quickly.”

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