our story

 
Purchasing the brewery building on a contract for deed.

Purchasing the brewery building on a contract for deed.

News coverage of our brewery's offering of patron memberships.

News coverage of our brewery's offering of patron memberships.

 

It all started when...

A group of active citizens gathered in August of 2013 to meet and discuss the possibility of opening a brewery in Granite Falls, MN, using the cooperative business model. On October, 17, 2013, Bluenose Gopher Brewery incorporated as a Cooperative Association under Chapter 308B of the Minnesota Statutes.

The Board of Directors developed bylaws, a mission statement, website and purchased a building on a contract for deed.  In June of 2014, the first patron memberships were offered at $150.21, and membership grew to over 150 within a few months. In late 2015, the membership amended the Articles of Organization to allow the sale of nonpatron membership.

In 2016, member-owners launched a campaign to raise $200,000 through Investor Class Membership. Unfortunately, members only raised $42,000 after 5 months in to the campaign, falling short of milestones. The Board of Directors had to make the hard decision to suspend the campaign in June of 2017 and pivot the direction of the cooperative.         

Bluenose Gopher Public House is governed by a seven ­member Board of Directors (elected to two ­year terms) and broader member ­led committees.

 
 
Members of our Board of Directors working on our cooperative bylaws.

Members of our Board of Directors working on our cooperative bylaws.

Members getting ready for a local parade.

Members getting ready for a local parade.