By: Josh Scott, Area Sales Manager - Greater NYC and Long Island Published:
We are the proud sponsor of 11 Rugged Maniac races this year! To celebrate, we’re giving away a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for 4 to a 2016 Harpoon-sponsored Rugged Maniac of your choice (11 cities to choose from!). You enter a team of four, and the team with the most votes by April 15th wins!
To help make your decision a little easier for which Rugged to go to, we want to highlight the Rugged host cities to callout our favorite hangout spots - from bars, to restaurants, to local activities.
Rugged Maniac is headed to Brooklyn, New York on 6/25. To find out a little more about all the awesomeness that the city that never sleeps has to offer, we asked our New York City Senior Brewery Representative, Josh Scott, for tips on where to drink Harpoon, where to eat, and what to do…
“There are countless fun times to be had in NYC, but where should you start?! Let me help point you in the right direction!”
Bars and Restaurants:
Tavern on Jane – One of the longest Harpoon IPA draft lines in the city and one of my favorite lunch spots in Greenwich Village.
Spritzenhaus – Built in the style of a German beer hall, Spritzenhaus offers a variety of American craft in addition to some great import beers. Don’t forget to try their pretzels!
The Garret – Hidden speakeasy located in the heart of the West Village. Awesome craft beer and equally as awesome cocktails!
Pony Bar – Whether you find yourself on the East or West side of Manhattan, check out one of these two awesome bars. Rotating drafts and growlers to go!
Wahlburger – Wahlburger has expanded to NYC and lucky for you, it’s not too far from the Rugged Maniac race! Swing by their Coney Island location for one amazing burger.
Beer Authority – 90 taps, 100 bottles, one roof deck AND located just a few minutes from the heart of Times Square. No brainer…
The Commodore – A local favorite in Williamsburg. Cold Harpoon and some of the best fried chicken in all of Brooklyn… Need I say more?
Best of NYC Activities:
The Highline – The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn Bridge Park is a waterfront park along the East River in NYC. Check out the park and then walk across the bridge for some beautiful views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Central Park – If you’ve never been… GO! Check out the link for endless activities. Central Park comes alive in the summer and is somewhere you won’t regret checking out.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden - Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.
Coney Island - Coney Island is a New York City neighborhood that features an amusement area that includes 50 or more separate rides and attractions.
Staten Island Ferry - The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining vestiges of an entire ferry system in New York City that transported people between Manhattan and its future boroughs long before any bridges were built. It’s also free and provides great views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty!
Music Hall of Williamsburg– An awesome spot to catch a show and enjoy some cans of UFO White!
Mercury Lounge – Venturing into Manhattan and looking for some UFO and live music? This is your spot.
Knitting Factory - Concert house and bar in Williamsburg. Great music and guaranteed good times. Plus, The Commodore (above mentioned fried chicken heaven) is right across the street. #Fate
Now who’s in for a trip to New York?! Head to ufobeer.com and enter for a chance to win a trip!
By: Deirdre Joyce, Office/ HR Coordinator, HR Department Published:
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 the HR Department where Deirdre Joyce made a small suggestion with huge benefits...
Name: Deirdre Joyce
Title and Department: Office/ HR Coordinator, HR Department
How long she’s been at Harpoon: 6 months
Idea: Office Supply Spread Sheet
Benefit: As the Office/HR Coordinator, I place a lot of orders for the office. In the past, if someone needed something they would go online, find the necessary information, and email it to me so I could place the order- a long, tedious process. I started to notice that there were some items that were frequently ordered from many different departments- bankers boxes are fun and all, but nobody needs 1,000 cases of them. I decided to create a spread sheet that would be widely accessible so any employee could go on to our shared drive, see what had been recently ordered, and add the items that they need. This way, if someone had recently ordered an item you needed, you could check if we had any leftover in the office before placing a new order- after all, sharing is caring. In addition, it allowed me to see who ordered what, so when the items arrived I didn’t have to search through my email to see where they belonged. Not to mention all the office space it saves not over-ordering! Something as simple as streamlining the office supply order process, could save both employee time and money!
Favorite Beer: UFO White