First of all, where does the name Bluenose Gopher come from and what does it mean?

We credit a local blogger, Sally Jo Sorensen, for coining the phrase "Bluenose Gopher" when referring to Andrew J. Volstead. Bluenose means a person who advocates a rigorous moral code according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. For us, "Bluenose Gopher" refers to Andrew J. Volstead, a conservative Minnesotan. 

What is a public house?

A pub, or public house, is an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic drinks, which traditionally include beer (such as ale) and cider. It is a relaxed, social drinking establishment and a prominent part of British, Irish, Breton, New Zealand, Canadian, South African and Australian cultures. In many places, especially in villages, a pub is the focal point of the community. A complete history of public houses, including fascinating information on “lock-ins” and “snugs” can be found here: Wikipedia Public Houses.

Why start a public house using the cooperative model?

We believe the cooperative model is a long-term, sustainable model for the public house. 

What is a cooperative?

Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members. Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents they have an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits.

The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership

  2. Democratic Member Control

  3. Member Economic Participation

  4. Autonomy and Independence

  5. Education, Training and Information

  6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

  7. Concern for Community

What cooperative chapter is Bluenose Gopher Public House organized under?

Chapter 308B. Learn more about Chapter 308B here