FAQ 2020

  1.  Are you open?  Yes!  We have a large, properly-spaced outdoor seating area.
  2. Are you still accepting members?  Yes!  Our members literally own this business and you are welcome to be one of them as long as you are 21+ years of age, not in law enforcement, and not involved in another business that serves or distributes alcohol (although other microbrewery owners are actually ok to become members due to the licenses being in the same “tier”).
  3. Is the mug club still available?  Yes!  But the mug club is currently limited to the glass logo mug only.  Stop in to sign up or for more information.
  4. Are you still selling preferred shares?  Although the offering is not closed, we are not currently selling them although we may again in the future.  You never know what plans or dreams the Marquette Brewing Cooperative is cooking up.  Stay tuned!
  5. Do you allow carry-in food?  We encourage it!
  6. Are children welcome?  Yes, we are a child-friendly business and we have a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for kids.  We do expect all guests to observe the safety rules: wear a mask when inside or when away from your own table, observe 6 ft spacing, use sanitizer, etc.
  7. Can we sit inside?  Current state law does not allow us to have inside seating.  We will let you know when that changes.
  8. Are you open to the public?  Of course!  We are a public business, owned by our members but open to everyone!

Micro Brewer License Received

Time to celebrate!  Drífa Brewing has received our micro brewer and small wine maker licenses, in just under three months!  We are brewing beer and preparing for an opening, which is anticipated for October 1st.  Stay tuned for further info.

Preferred Shares FAQ

In the cooperative world, common wisdom says that fundraising goes very slowly.  We have not found that to be the case! We started offering Preferred Shares in March of 2018 with a minimum goal of 150 Preferred Shares, or $75,000, which we felt was a bare minimum amount in order to let us borrow the rest and complete our build-out.  We hoped to do this within a year.
Fast-forward to one year later, and we have sold over 230 Preferred Shares for a total of over $115,000 capital raised from our members!  This outpouring of support from our membership allows us to start our build-out in a much better financial situation than we expected.  But we’re not done yet!  We still dream of upgrading our fermenters from plastic to stainless steel, installing a solid hardwood bartop, adding a color to the floor, and installing a 12′ picture window facing the lake.  So keep those Preferred Shares coming!  It’s a great way to invest in your local community, local jobs, local products, and to make a nice return on your investment in the process.  Read on!
WHAT IS A PREFERRED SHARE?  A preferred share is a way for us, the cooperative, to borrow capital from you, the member, and pay you back with interest.  Each share costs $500, and you can buy as few as one(1) or as many as twenty(20) shares.  We pay you back with interest depending on the terms you choose.  If you elect a 3-year term, we pay 4% annual interest.  If you elect a 6-year term, we pay you 4.5% annually.  If you elect a 9-year term, we pay you a generous 5% at the end of your term.
HOW MUCH INTEREST DO I EARN?  That depends on the term you select.  Let’s say you invest $1000 and select the 9-year term.  $1000 compounded annually for 9 years returns $1551.33 at the end of the term.  That’s what we pay you at the end of your preferred share agreement.
IS THIS INVESTMENT GUARANTEED?  All investments have some risk, and this is no exception.  So the short answer is no.  However, we are 100% committed to making this cooperative successful and fulfilling all of our financial investments.
WHY SHOULD I INVEST?  Marquette Brewing Cooperative is a local, community-owned business, so your money will stay local.  We are one of a handful of cooperative breweries throughout the nation, so we are truly creating something special for our Marquette community.  We are dedicated to brewing beer that meets our three criteria: Creativity, Quality, and Variety.  But we are also dedicated to using local ingredients, paying a fair wage, and being a good neighbor every way we can.  Your investment in Marquette Brewing Cooperative is a local, socially responsible investment that earns you a generous return.  We need capital.  Wherever we get that capital, we’ll have to pay interest.  We would rather give the benefit of that interest to you, our members, than to a bank or other lending organization.
 
HOW DO I INVEST?  This has to be done in person due to the necessity for signatures from the investor(s) and board members.  The easiest way to invest is to attend our weekly office hour at the brewery at 501 Lake Street each Tuesday from 7-8pm.  Investment documents can be reviewed and printed here. We also have the documents available at the cooperative at our weekly office hour.  We will also gladly make an appointment to meet with you at another time of your convenience. To set up an appointment, you can email Board President David Gill at dgill1108@gmail.com
CAN I INVEST IF I DON’T LIVE IN MICHIGAN?  Unfortunately, Michigan State Law does not allow investors from out of state.  We would love to accept investments from residents of other states, and we do have members from many others, but this is beyond our control at this point.  We still value your membership!
Again, we are at the brewery every Tuesday from 7-8PM or we will meet with you by appointment to process the paperwork if Tuesday does not work for you.
Thank you for being a member, and we look forward to pouring you beer.  With your help, we’ll be pouring by the end of this year!

Preferred Shares

Preferred Shares are here. Come out on May 12th from 12-3 at the Lake Street location to purchase some and help fund YOUR BREWERY.

The Brewery Co-op is, as all co-ops are, 100% owned by its members. As an owner, your financial investment will help Marquette’s next microbrewery achieve its goal of pouring awesome craft beer by December, 2018, while earning interest in the process!  By purchasing Preferred Shares, you are investing in your business, and later we pay you back with interest (please see our disclosure document for more information HERE).

The brewery is already on its way, but the time has come to fund it. Your money goes to support construction, equipment installation and all the rest that goes along with building the business. The only missing piece is YOU!

Spread the Word

We have welcomed our first 100 members (and more) into the Marquette Brewing Cooperative family, and it’s time to push it to 200! Become an “Inner Circle” member and get in on the ground floor. Members number 101-200 will receive this stainless steel “Inner Circle” growler as our special appreciation gift for being willing to take the plunge. Click on JOIN US, to, well, join us!

We have a lease!

We have a lease! The Coop Board of Directors approved and signed a lease for the 501 S. Lake Street building today, which means we can actually start working to build your brewery! Coming soon: our Preferred Membership offering (essentially preferred stock, but we are a coop, so it’s called memberships, not shares of stock) so we can raise the money to actually start working to build your brewery!

SmartPrize!

Your brewing cooperative is an exhibitor in the Marquette SmartPrize competition.   We can win a substantial grant to help us build your brewery.  There is a Crowd Favorite category that’s based on public votes.  You can register to vote at the SmartPrize website from April 1 through April 8.

New Board Members!

Thanks to everyone who came to the first membership meeting.  About 1/3 of the membership were in attendance.  It was great to meet you all.  Some good questions were asked and answered, we shared some tasty beer, and we have three new board members to help guide us on our journey to producing great craft beer professionally for our community. The voting results are:

Paul Wright – 30 votes
Chris Holm – 29 votes
Jim Suksi – 29 votes

Welcome Paul, Chris, and Jim to the board, and thank you for serving!

First Annual Membership Meeting!

 

Our First Annual Membership Meeting is on the Spring Solstice, Monday, March 20th at 6:30pm at the Masonic Building in the Ballroom.

Anyone who has purchased a membership prior to the meeting is invited.   Meet the board, meet one another, get your questions answered, and voice your opinions.  This is YOUR brewery!

Imagine

Imagine walking into your very own micro-brewery and always having something exciting on tap that suits your taste.  Whether you like ales or lagers, dark beers, light beers, fruit beers, or hoppy beers, the cooperative structure ensures that the preferences of member-owners like you will be met. A profound difference of the cooperative business model is that there is no “us” (the consumers) and “them” (the owners).  There is only “us,” the cooperative owner/members, and “we” decide how the cooperative can best meet “our” needs.  Once our taproom doors are open, you can walk into YOUR taproom and enjoy beer brewed by YOUR very own business.

Ready to find out more?