By: Harpoon Brewery Published:
We’re always testing recipes and tapping unique beers that were brewed on our 10 barrel pilot system for you to enjoy in the Harpoon Beer Hall. We call them pilot beers. Some of these beers are tests when we’re considering introducing a new beer in our year-round or seasonal line-up. Others are simply creative experiments. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate them than inviting you to the brewery once a month to try them first!
That’s what Harpoon X-Night is all about – enjoying a limited batch pilot beer with 300 other beer loving folks! Here’s the deal - we don't give away the beer of night ahead of time, so you come ready for anything. You'll get a special mug etched with your name and all of the dates you attend in 2016, you’ll meet the brewer(s) who created the pilot beer, and then we collect your honest feedback about the beer. For the 2016 schedule, including when tickets go on sale each month, visit the Harpoon X-Night page.
Thank you to all who joined us for one or all Harpoon X-Nights of 2015. Our brewers love experimenting with recipes and beer styles and they enjoyed sharing their creations with you. Here’s a look back at some of the awesome beers of Harpoon X-Night 2015:
January - Ethan’s Vanilla Bean Stout
February - Catamount 8.6
March - Decoction Helles
April - Midnight Soiree
May - Salvia Thymus
June - Rusty’s Red Rye
July - So Fresh and So Cream
August - Mango Pale Ale
September - Maple Coffee Breakfast Stout
October - Nitro Pub Ale
November - Cocoa Ancho Porter
December - Honey Maybach
By: Mark Fields, Harpoon Forklift Driver Published:
Last October, our friends at Web Industries, a fellow ESOP company, invited a group of Harpooners to come to their facility in Dayville, CT to attend their annual Ownership Month celebration and activities. Their “Ideas System,” a program for harnessing ideas for improving company performance from each and every employee, made a huge impact on us. The reason behind the Ideas System made a lot of sense: every employee naturally has ideas every day about how to make his or her job easier, better, more efficient.
When we saw the Ideas system in action, we saw employees who were engaged, excited, and enthusiastic. It was obvious from these meetings just how much power there is in having every employee in the company striving for its improvement. And we knew then that this program was something we had to do at Harpoon.
At Harpoon, work teams have always met frequently and shared ideas for improving performance and making employees’ jobs easier, better, more streamlined. Since becoming employee-owned, we formalized this system to make the most of those ideas and celebrate the contributions of our fellow owners. Ideas that get put into practice are showcased on the Ideas Wall in the brewery. This month's employee owner feature comes from our brewery in Windsor, VT where Forklift Driver, Mark Fields, made a small suggestion with huge benefits…
Name: Mark Fields
Title and Department: Forklift Driver, Bottling Warehouse, Windsor, VT
Idea: Pallets we use for packaging beer are 40”x48” but some of the pallets we get from our bottling supplier have a 4” extension (so they are 40”x52”). Because the fork lift is sized for the standard pallet size of 40”x48, they are not re-useable because of the extra 4” extension. So I decided to cut the extension off with a electric sawsall so we can use them back on the bottling packaging line. It doesn’t cost much to do and we end up saving anywhere from 40 to 50 pallets a month.
Benefit: To help understand the cost savings, we get charged $5.148 for pallets from our supplier. So by cutting off the 4” extension and making the pallets re-usable, we now save approx. $200 To $250 a month or $2400 to $3000 a year. The 4” extensions that are cut off are also put to great use. Our next door neighbors, Great River Outfitters, uses the scraps for firewood!
Favorite Beer: UFO White