Jeff Young, head brewer at Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery ever since it transformed from crazy idea to brick-and-mortar reality, will be stepping down. And if you've had his beer, you know his departure certainly is not due to failure to create a quality product — he does fantastic work, and Black Star's Recalcitrant Dockhand (and its many variations, such as Cantankerous Dockhand) is absolutely one of my favorite beers, local or otherwise.
Indeed, in his farewell letter to the membership of America's only cooperatively run brewpub (I think that's still true), he says he'll be moving on to start a new brewery.
I'm gonna trust him when he says his successors will do a great job. They have big shoes to fill. The day Black Star announced it was setting up shop in my neighborhood was one of the better days of my life. It's been a fantastic asset to my part of town, and I've really enjoyed having such fine food and drink walking ... er, stumbling distance from my house.