Q: Do I have to be a member to buy the beer?
A: Nope. Anyone can buy the beer, but those who aren’t members will not receive any discounts.
Q: Why do I have to pay to be a member?
A: Your contribution will help fund the brewery as well as the charitable causes the organizations support. Instead of having a few people invest a large amount, we have a large amount of people invest a small amount. And due to the philanthropic nature of Barley Grail, $120 of your membership is tax deductible!
Q: What is a cooperative?
A: A cooperative is a business or organization that is owned by its members, who use its products or services. In the case of the Barley Grail Cooperative, being a member means you own one share, and you drink the beer it produces!
Q: What does it mean to be a slot owner?
A: Owning a slot means you’re committed to brewing 500 barrels of beer every year. You sell that beer to members of your group, people who support your group’s mission, or people who simply like craft beer. The branding, type of beer, what avenues you choose distribute it, and everything else you do with your beer is up to you as a slot owner.
Q: Where does the beer come from? A: From the members! If you’re a home-brewer and wish to share your best recipes with the world, submit it to your slot. If you’re not a home-brewer, vote on whatever beer you want to see get produced in your organizations slot.
Q: My group likes the idea, but no one knows how to brew beer.
A: That’s ok! Barley Grail will employ a consulting head brewmaster to oversee beer production. If nobody has a good beer recipe in your group, you can have a recipe made up for you by the brewmaster with your groups specifications.
Q: Can my organization share a slot with other groups? A: Absolutely! Sharing a slot reduces the costs of owning and operating a slot, albeit at the cost of sharing in the fruits. But if your organization supports a wide spread cause, such as cancer research, teaming up with other organizations that support cancer research in the end, will go towards raising funds for cancer research.
Q: Can a member own more than one voting share?
A: No- This is a democracy! Members who do wish to contribute more than the cost of membership may do so of course.
Q: When will the brewery open?
A: The Barley Grail Cooperative is a grassroots effort that is gaining momentum as we speak. In order expedite the process so we can start having fun while fundraising, we need to get other organizations and their members on board with the idea.
Q: How soon will I be able to take advantage of any member benefits?
A: Even before the brewery opens members will have benefits. As soon as we have our homebrew library together members can come check out equipment for free. We also plan on having some tasting competitions and other exclusive member events while we work to open the brewery.
Q: If for some reason the brewery doesn’t open, will I get my money back?
A: Whether you are simply becoming a member owner or contributing financially, it should be seen as an investment. Albeit, a relatively low risk one. Funds raised will be held in an escrow account and will be returned if we don’t open. Some expenses may occur on our way to opening like licensing, legal fees, etc… But we would do our best to return all funds. We are confident in the Barley Grail concept and that it will prove to be a successful brewery.
Q: How will this brewery be funded?
A: Our members and their groups, through a number of membership drives, will primarily, if not completely, fund the brewery. We are also planning on holding fundraising events to help generate awareness.
Q: How much of a time commitment do I have to make?
A: As much or as little as you want. Looking at successful co-ops around the country, many member are very involved and happy to participate ensure the brewery is the coolest it can be. Other people just like to drink craft beer.
Q: Where will I be able to purchase beer produced?
A: Once the beer is produced, it can be purchased from the brewery directly. (not a good answer when the permanent location is not established) And depending how each slot distributes their beer, you may be able to purchase it in your local stores and restaurants.
Q: Do I have to be a member of a slot? If I am, can I drink beer produced from other slots?
A: You don’t have to be affiliated with a specific slot and you absolutely can drink other slots’ beer. You might even be in the minority of your group, in that, the beer they agreed to produce doesn’t suit your pallet. Nobody has to buy/ drink beer they don’t want.
Q: I don’t drink beer or alcohol, how can I still help? A: You can make a donation to the Barley Grail Cooperative or to one of the slot owners directly. The whole purpose behind BG is to fundraise for good causes- one can still help even if they don’t drink!