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This month, the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative (LABC) signed its 100th member, passing a milestone in the campaign to bring craft beer to the Los Alamos community.
As of mid-May, just two months shy of the organization’s first anniversary, the LABC is 118 members strong, and ready to kick off a summer season of fundraising and fun — all in the name of bringing locally-brewed beer to the Atomic City.
Governed by the cooperative principal of “one member, one vote,” LABC members are actually part owners in the organization. As such, each member plays a role in setting the long-term goals and policies of the co-op, and will eventually have a say in the operations of the brewery and taproom. Though member-owned, the LABC plans to hire a professional brew master to help craft a repertoire of beers unique to Los Alamos that reflect the spirit of the high desert landscape and the character of the community.
This cooperative structure allows for the development of the brewery and taproom as a collective entrepreneurial investment by community members and investors, as opposed to a single entity. LABC members are investing, not only in a business that will serve as a gathering place for the community of Los Alamos, but also in a resource that will lead to better recruitment and retention for the laboratory and more tourist traffic for the town.
“Having been involved with co-ops and co-op start-ups for the past 12 years, I understand the importance of attaining (and surpassing) certain milestones,” said Steve Watts, LABC Vice President.
In support of these efforts, the LABC has a full calendar of events “on tap” for this summer.
“We’re building momentum and hope to continue growing interest and membership at our summer events,” said Micheline Devaurs, LABC President. “We’re sponsoring an upcoming contest for local home brewers, and will host a first anniversary bash at Pajarito Mountain on July 20”
The LABC will be at Chamberfest June 8 and Summerfest at Pajarito Mountain on June 15.