By: Harpoon Brewery Published:
Our motto, “Love Beer. Love Life.” embodies our pride in not only brewing great beer but enjoying the experiences that get paired with it. It’s meant to be open to interpretation because we know that “Love Beer. Love Life” possibilities are endless. Here are some things that come to our mind when we hear “Love Beer. Love Life.”:
HARPOON ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL, HARPOONFEST, HARPOON BBQ FEST, HARPOON OCTOBERFEST – BASICALLY ANYTHING WITH THE WORDS HARPOON + FEST IN THE TITLE
Nothing says I love the crap out of beer and life than attending one of our festivals. If you’ve been, you know exactly what we are talking about. If you haven’t, imagine two days filled with tens of thousands of other beer loving people, dancing, singing and doing exactly what you imagine tens of thousands of beer loving people doing at festival – loving life.
POST WORKOUT BEERS AFTER [INSERT YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HERE]
Sometimes beer taste even better after you’ve earned it. Earning it could mean completing your first Rugged Maniac, winning your volleyball game, running a 5K, or walking your dog. Whatever the victory, it’s about enjoying life to its fullest and celebrating with beers and friends.
ENJOYING A HARPOON IPA AT TD GARDEN/GILLETTE STADIUM/FENWAY
I can’t think of anything better than being surrounded by thousands of passionate fans. Maybe we are gathered under the same roof to cheer on our local sports heroes or sing their favorite songs. The camaraderie and fun is only made better by a tall-boy of your favorite Harpoon Beer. Maybe you take a sip because the home team is losing, or maybe you don’t actually no all the lyrics to the song… Whatever the case, you’re surrounded by like-minded people celebrating (hopefully with trophies) the same thing.
ALL OF THOSE “FALL OUT OF YOUR CHAIR FUNNY” MOMENTS
Good times become great times when your friend laughs so hard they pee their pants. It’s these moments you remember long after the party/bonfire/ski weekend. After all, no great story ever started with “so I was eating a salad…”
NEW CROWLERS AT OUR BREWERY IN WINDSOR, VT
Basically draft beer, a growlers, and an aluminum can had a baby thus creating the Crowler. These 32oz vessels hold your favorite harpoon beer, fresh from our taps. If you’re thinking, “Holy crap, this is going to be a game changer for [camping, tailgating, fishing, boating, binge watching [insert Netflix series] with my roommates] we’re waaay ahead of you.
So what does “Love Beer. Love Life” mean to YOU? Starting today, we invite you to share your personal “Love Beer. Love Life.” photos with us for a chance to win a trip for you and three friends to Harpoon Brewery for our annual HarpoonFest in Boston, May 20-21! Entering is simple – Snap a pic of yourself loving Harpoon and loving life with your friends. Share it on Instagram or Twitter using @harpoonbrewery and #lovebeerlovelife or upload it directly at www.lovebeerlovelife.com. The contest ends March 17th so get to it… We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
By: Alex Peyroux, QA/QC Laboratory Technician 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 the Cellar where Alex Peyroux made a small suggestion with huge benefits...
Name: Alex Peyroux
Title and Department: Formally Cellarman, currently QA/QC Laboratory Technician and Barrel Tsar
Idea: Hose Length Audit
Benefit: Speeds up processes and removes a simple hassle we all had
Favorite Beer: Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA
While working in the Cellar, on a slow day near the end of the production week, my manager at the time came to speak with me. He had a goal for me that most people at most jobs can rattle off without prompt: identify 5 things that annoyed me with my day-to-day work.
At first blush, it does sound like an odd request from your manager - to whine and complain to the person who could actually do something about the things you disliked? There is no such thing as a free lunch. There was a catch, he explained to me, that he was implementing an Idea's Program where the goal was for us to create a shared list of problems and solutions for everyday issues we all faced. So, it was still whining and complaining except with a productive result that basically helps everybody.
Immediately, I knew my first major gripe. Our assorted hoses that we use around the brewery for cleaning tanks and transferring beer resembled a never-ending Gordian Knot. Well, maybe comparing our collection of hoses to a legendarily unsolvable knot that only Alexander the Great could solve is a bit of hyperbole, but I was wasting time and energy trying to find the right length of hose. If I needed a short hose for cleaning tanks, I'd inevitably grab the longest hose first, pull the whole hose out, realize that it wasn't the hose I needed, drop that hose, grab a new hose, find out it was second longest hose we had, cry quietly and grab another hose. We desperately needed a solution.
According to legend, it took Alexander the Great the entire winter of 333 B.C. to solve the knot by slicing it with his sword and creating the ends he needed to unravel it. Historians refer to the act as the (unimaginative) "Alexandrian Solution." Well, my solution took about 20 minutes and all I used was a tape measure and a Sharpie. I measured each length of hose, recorded the length on both ends, and basked in the warm glow of accomplishment that Alexander the Great must have felt that spring of 332 B.C. I decided that my solution was to be called the "Better, Smarter, and More Handsome Alexandrian Solution."
Since then, I have contributed more ideas to the program, came up with more solutions with even better names, and have NOT wasted my time tugging on the wrong hoses!