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Why all of us should support employee-owned businesses

The Switchback crew here, freshly back from the Vermont Employee Ownership Center Conference! To recap, on February 6th 2017, Switchback officially became the first 100% employee-owned brewery in Vermont via an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Since then, there has been a lot of talk within the brewery about what this truly means for both us, and Vermont, our gorgeous state we call home. The conference inspired us to share a few of many reasons why employee-owned companies rule and why you can feel good about supporting them.

Switchback Brewing Company Employee-Owned

In the state of Vermont, there are 35 employee-owned businesses (one of the highest per capita in the U.S.) and this is definitely something to celebrate!  Here, employee-owned is synonymous with Vermont-owned,  meaning now that our brewery is employee-owned, it will be locally-owned and operated forever.  The same can be applied to any state in which employee-owned businesses are supported.  Employee-owned companies keep profits in their state, which keeps the money flowing throughout the local economy. This can also help protect and stabilize the local economy from the national economy’s unpredictable ups and downs. Whatever state you’re in, supporting employee-owned businesses affects you and the local community.

We have always had pride in our products here at Switchback, but since going employee-owned, it has been brought to a whole new level.  And this is not specific to us. In fact, this tends to be the norm at employee-owned businesses. Employee-owners understand that there is a certain level of participation and influence that we may not have had before. We know that every barrel of beer that is produced is a direct reflection on us. Employee-owners also understand that there is a certain level of face-to-face accountability within our communities (especially in a small city like Burlington!). All of this pushes us to strive to ensure nothing leaves this brewery that we don’t fully stand behind. When you buy a Switchback brew, or a bag of King Arthur Flour or new tools from Gardner's Supply, or anything from any employee-owned business, you’ll know that it will be a consistent and quality product that each and every employee-owner stands behind.

Spread the word and #shopESOP.

Switchback Now Available in all New England States

Switchback Brewing Company, Vermont’s first 100% employee-owned brewery, is excited to announce their beers are now available in all New England States. This came to fruition by completing distribution throughout the state of Massachusetts and starting distribution in the state of Connecticut.

Switchback Brewing Company New England

On May 1st Switchback Ale became available in Boston and Cape Cod through a distribution partnership with Horizon Beverage. In addition, Switchback expanded into western and northern Massachusetts with Girardi Distributors of Pittsfield and Athol, completing coverage in the full footprint of Massachusetts. On May 8th Switchback Brewing Co added distribution throughout the western part of Connecticut, in Litchfield, New Haven, and Fairfield counties via partnerships with Star Distributors and A. Gallo & Company. The rollout into the new markets will begin with the flagship Switchback Ale, available on draught as well as the unique 12 oz stubby bottles in package stores.

Additions to the fermentation cellar at Switchback Brewing Co. enable the brewery to keep up with the demand in New England and upstate New York. Switchback Ale is brewed using an original 1964 copper brewhouse from the Brauerei Schmucker in Germany. Like all Switchback beers, Switchback Ale is left unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated.

Many people in Massachusetts and Connecticut have been insisting for years that Switchback be distributed throughout their states. The brewery is delighted to achieve the goal of becoming readily available in all New England states.