By: Harpoon Brewery Staff Published:
Happy National Cat Day! Here’s some furry friends proving that catnip’s nice but beer is better.
- We’re out of beer human. Go get more right meow.
Photo cred: Alex Swensen, Harpoon IT Support Specialist
- Be honest, does this box make me look fat?
Photo cred: @matt_niermeyer on Instagram
- What do you mean that’s the last Pumpkin Cider?!
Photo cred: @tessieknight on Instragram
- You could have at least knocked.
Photo cred: @lleud on Instagram
- No pawparrazzi please
Photo cred: @imyercupcake on Instagram
- This is my last one… before my next one.
Photo cred: @Emily_Sexton26 on Twitter
- Say nothing. They’ll blame the dog!
Photo cred: @drunk_cats_of_ig on Instagram
- I prefer the finer things in life.
Photo cred: David Kushner, Harpoon Cellarman
- Oh, I’m sorry. Did you want some of this?
- Thumbs would be particularly helpful right meow.
Photo cred: Nick Corrado, Brewery Representative
- So, the litter box was full…again.
- Keep your friends close and your beer closer.
Photo cred: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing
- I double cat dare you to take this from me.
Photo cred: @PirateguyEd on Twitter
- I woke up like this.
Photo cred: Brielle d'Estries, Brewery Representative
- Oh, I didn’t expect you home so soon.
Photo cred: Charlie Storey, Harpoon President
- Post Harpoon cat nap? I love the way you think.
Photo cred: Kevin Eibensteiner, Brewery Representative
By: Aaron Moberger, Harpoon Purchasing Manager & Chairman of the ESOP Committee Published:
Happy National Employee Ownership Month! As you may know, in August Harpoon became employee-owned. It’s very exciting, but it can be a bit complicated to understand, so we put together the Harpoon ESOP Communications Committee to help us as we embark on this new adventure at the brewery. As Chair of the Committee, I was asked by our digital marketing team to write a piece about our first few exciting months of employee ownership at Harpoon.
The first question folks generally ask is, “What does ESOP stand for?” ESOP stands for Employee Stock Ownership Program. It is a mechanism by which a company contributes to its employees’ retirement by allocating shares to them which it repurchases at fair market value upon cessation of employment. What a mouthful. I promise that is as dry as this post will get. However, I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about employee ownership to visit the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership for further reading. Ownership culture has been a provocative topic recently and in light of its pertinence I have found much of this information to be compelling.
In general craft brewing and employee ownership naturally go well together because employees in the industry are passionate about their jobs, products, coworkers, and customers. Indeed, one of the great rewards of working at Harpoon is that everyone goes the extra mile for one another and for the satisfaction afforded by a job well done. Employee ownership completes this virtuous cycle by giving back again down the road. Still, it’s not just about the dollars and cents (it takes years to access one-hundred percent of one’s allocations through a process called vesting) and there are reasons for everyone to be excited right now. Employee ownership reinforces our commitment to one another and to our customers. Our friends at Hypertherm (an employee owned company in Hanover, NH) like to say, "Work like an owner; think like a customer." For us this means that for every beer brewed, the brewer asks if it’s a beer she or he would like to drink; for every label designed, the designer asks if she or he would be proud to see it on the table of a friend. In selling company shares to the ESOP, our founders and senior managers ensured that this culture of commitment continues to thrive in the ever-changing craft beer market.
So what did we do to celebrate our first ownership month as employee owners? Brewed a beer, of course! We put our heads together to come up with an idea that depicts this exciting new chapter in our story while recalling fun times past. This had to be a beer we all wanted to drink; it had to be balanced and faithful to our house character; and it had to reflect our positions as employee owners. We started with our classic Golden Lager recipe. 2-row pale malt and carapils impart a brilliant straw color, crisp malt flavor, and medium body, and Cascade hops in the kettle supply most of the 22 IBU target bitterness. This balanced combination sets up an ideal background on which to showcase the earthy nuances of six different varieties of finishing hops--Cascade, Willamette, Fuggles, Chinook, Centennial, and Newport--all grown in our own employee owners' backyards, from Vermont to Pennsylvania! The final product is an extremely quaffable brew which displays another side of our homegrown talent – and is called Harpoon EHOP.
I hope that this post has helped to explain some of the reasons we are so excited about employee ownership. Cheers!