By: Jessica Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps & Sponsorships Published:
Jessie Cox, is the Activities Sub-Committee Chair on the ESOP Communications Committee.
When Harpoon became Employee Owned in July, 2014, we dove right into educating ourselves and building our (already strong) culture to wave the employee ownership flag. Part of being an employee owned company means belonging to a special business community that is incredibly supportive. We joined various employee ownership groups both regionally and nationally, one of them being the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).
The NCEO held their annual conference in Minneapolis on April 12-14th where, on the first day, they distribute The Innovations in Employee Ownership Award. It was a proud day, because Harpoon was one of the recipients! This award recognizes employee owned companies that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting employee ownership and innovative practices.
We are just in our 2nd year as an ESOP, and we are honored to be recognized for our work so far! Some of our highlights from last year include:
- The 100 Barrel Series EHOP Collaboration that we made with Deschutes Brewery, a fellow employee owned brewery.
- Our “Ideas System,” where employees contribute ideas on how to improve efficiency to make their work space/process better, with the concept that employees at every level are best equipped to make changes where needed, since they’re the ones actually doing the day to day work.
- The Harpoon Owners Club, where each month a different department at Harpoon plans a themed social so all employee owners can get together and have a beer .
We have an opportunity as a brewery, to spread the word about employee ownership in ways that other companies may not have. We don’t always turn it off, as we live our lives as Harpooners inside and outside of the workplace. We are always telling our story and look forward to the next chapters!
Thank you to the NCEO for the beautiful award (it’s really heavy!) and congratulations to our fellow employee owners. And thanks to all of you, who help us love beer love life every day!
The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is a self-sustaining nonprofit membership organization that provides practical resources and objective, reliable information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans and ownership culture. They are the main publisher and research source in the field, holds dozens of Webinars and in –person meetings annually and provides services for thousands of members and others.
By: Harpoon Promotions Team Published:
As you know, we love running here at Harpoon. That’s why we’ve partnered with our good friends at New Balance again this year to celebrate all things running in Boston this month! In case you missed it, last year we brewed a limited edition small batch beer with running in mind. It was called Harpoon 1906 (the year New Balance was founded) and was a thirst quenching Saison. Well, we are back at it again!
New Balance’s “Nobody Runs #likeboston” campaign was the inspiration behind this year’s collaboration beer. Our brewers landed on an easy-drinking and approachable Session IPA with runners in mind – because to us, no run is complete without a celebratory beer post-run! We’re excited to introduce Harpoon After Boylston! This beer features wheat malt and flaked barley to give the beer a slight haze, a smooth mouthfeel, and a nice frothy head. A generous dose of orange peel was added to the boil to help bring out some of the citrus fruit characters in the hops. Harpoon After Boylston comes in at 4.8% ABV and is perfect to enjoy after you cross the finish-line and are ready to relax (or if you’re just watching the finish line)!
Harpoon After Boylston is available in limited quantities at the Harpoon Beer Hall in Boston starting Wednesday, April 13th! Can’t make it to the brewery? It will also be on tap at Solas at the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street from Friday, April 15th until Race Day, April 18th.
Need another reason to stop by and enjoy it? In true Harpoon Helps fashion, we are donating $1 per pint sold to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, which funds innovative research and clinical programs in trauma healing and limb reconstruction at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Stepping Strong was established by the family of the very inspiring Gillian Reny—a young, pre-professional dancer who was critically injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Harpoon After Boylston won’t be around long so make sure you grab a pint while you can. And remember the wise words of New Balance: “Nobody Runs #likeBoston!”