Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Black Star Co-op beer social Saturday

Message from Black Star Co-op below. I won't be there, unfortunately – way too busy this weekend.
Dear Black Star Co-op Community,

We took a break last month, but the Beer Socials are back! Once again we’ll be co-producing the event with DiverseArts at their venue, Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, at 1106 E 11th St.

Over the past year or so the Beer Socials have become a great party, but this month we want to get back to their original purpose: building support and recruiting new member-owners. As such, this month’s Beer Social will look a lot more like those we had back in the early days of our Co-op. We hope you enjoy the changes.

First, we’ll be simplifying things and focusing on creating an environment, much like our future brewpub, where people can enjoy the company of their fellow co-operators over a quality beer. Unfortunately, that means we’ll forgo live music and the Home Brewer’s Corner this month. We want to thank all the bands that have played at our Beer Socials, and all the home brewers who have shared their creations at past events. In the place of these attractions we’ll feature beer from our friends at the North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery and a slide show with information about the Co-op and pictures from our past.

We are also expanding the membership table into an area we’re calling “Your Future Brewpub.” In addition to becoming a member-owner, this is where you can learn more about the vision of our brewpub, meet the Board of Directors, and talk about the house beer recipes with our future brewer.

As we talk about the vision for our future brewpub, we can't neglect one key thing that sets us apart from other brewpubs - the co-operative values and principles. These values and principles date from the first modern co-operative in 1844, are common to all co-operatives worldwide, and are codified by the International Co-operative Alliance as the Statement on the Co-operative Identity. Not only would we like to build awareness of these values, but we'd like to know what they mean to the community that is Black Star Co-op. At this Beer Social we'll have a "Gallery of Values" where you can become familiar with the co-operative values and write/draw your thoughts on a large page for each one.

As usual we’ll have pint glasses available for $5, t-shirts for $15, and the special “Co-op Cultivator” mugs for each member-owners who refers two new Charter Members.

See you on Saturday!

What: November Beer Social
Where: 1106 E 11th St
When: Saturday, November 15th, 7-10PM
What to bring: ID, Chairs, Friends, and Thirst (and ID!)
More information:
Statement on the Co-operative Identity:


Black Star Co-op
(512) 326-1750

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