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The San Jose Cooperative Brewery Information Session and beer tasting

The San Jose Cooperative Brewery & Pub “Coop Brewpub”, California’s first cooperative brewery and pub, will hold its first information session and beer tasting on February 2, 2013 at the Drying Shed from 2:00- 5:00 PM at 402 Toyon Ave, San Jose, California to kick off its membership drive. In addition to learning about how to become a member of the Brewpub Coop, attendees will enjoy a beer tasting with craft beers from local breweries and live music.

The Coop Brewpub is currently made up of a small group of individuals who have spent the last five months laying the ground work for the Coop Brewpub and are kicking off the membership drive with a beer tasting. The Coop Brewpub is looking for more members to help build the coop from the group up. Members will help make major decisions in building the coop such as what beers to brew, what foods to serve, where to locate it, and what the culture of the coop will be.

The Coop Brewpub will follow the values and principles of the International Cooperative Alliance and will be owned and democratically controlled by its members—the people who buy their goods or use their services—not by investors. It will operate on the principle of “one member, one vote.” That is, unlike investor owned businesses where voting rights are based on ownership share, each member of a cooperative has the same voting power. In addition, it will return profits to their members proportionate to their use of the cooperative.

The goal is to increase membership to 2 – 3,000 members in approximately 18 months, to open soon after, and have a lot of fun until then.

Admission to the event is a nominal $20 to cover event expenses and will feature craft beers from local breweries and live music.

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  • Patrick S

    good beer, but hard to find other meetup ppl

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Julia

    Great turn out!

    February 2, 2013

  • Julia

    We were trying to get clear numbers on eventbrite, but yes, if you have to, you can buy a ticket at the event. Hope to see you there tomorrow! : )

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So is it ok to pay for your ticket at the event

    February 1, 2013

  • JB

    I am not 100% sure how it works still. Are you a member for life? Are there dues? Will costs be covered even if there aren't enough members...

    January 22, 2013

    • Julia

      JB, very good questions! There are no ongoing dues just a one time "buy in" of $150 (or more if you wish), and then you're a card carrying, equal voting member for life (no matter how much you put in). Members elect a board to take care of the day to day details. You can become as involved as you wish. We need to gain enough members to purchase a location and get things started. It may take a while, but we'll get there! We're modeling ours on BlackStar Co-op in Austin, Texas. Check it out: http://www.blackstar....­

      2 · January 22, 2013

  • Julia

    Here's the eventbrite link to buy your tickets. I hope to see you all there. Very excited to work on bringing a co-op brewpub to the south bay!

    1 · January 21, 2013

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