“Just because your boss doesn’t pay you enough, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great beer.”

Dem 00


A new restaurant in Boston, planned as a worker cooperative, looks promising. Democracy Brewing, [FB, web] is “the first worker owned and democratically run brewhouse in Boston.”

Democracy Brewing

Beer fan James Razsa, and partner and head brewer Jason Taggart, want to “… recreate the ‘public house, …  a place that becomes another general gathering place.”

Democracy Brewing is being “modeled as a worker cooperative, [so] all employees who are hired can get voted in or out as an equal profit sharing employee,” and is on track for a Fall opening in Downtown Crossing.

They’ll open with a Workers Pint golden ale, held at a $5 price point even in the downtown beer scene. “Our tagline is ‘just because your boss doesn’t pay you enough, doesn’t mean you can’t have a great beer,’” he said with a laugh.

“Socialist” humor is throughout their beer list, with the ‘Consummate Rioter IPA,’ and a spicy pale ale called the ‘Fighting 54.’ If I could I’d head to Boston and chat with these folks …


Hacking the American Dream: Progressive Senators Go Big for Worker Ownership (CommonDreams)

“The best-kept business model secret of our age is about to get the spotlight it has long deserved. It’s employee ownership—a proven, common-sense pathway to reduce inequality, anchor jobs at home, and rebuild a strong and stable economy, using a vehicle that’s as American as apple pie: making entrepreneurs out of regular, working folks.

Two progressive champions—Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)—are teaming up to put their weight behind a pair of federal bills to make employee ownership more accessible. …”




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