Run for the Board of Directors

BoardThe Riverwest Public House isn’t just a bar. You know this when you get that feeling. The one that comes when you bump into friends and neighbors over a pint. The feeling after an incredible show, or a Night School, or the Educators’ Happy Hour or LGBTuesdays. It is that feeling that we aren’t just hoping for community but that we’re actually building it. We know our neighborhood, our city, our world is a better place every time we raise a glass.

This is why many of us have joined as members. We get sick of politicos dictating what is good “for the people” and disillusioned with the idealists who never get around to doing something. We aren’t waiting for someone else to act, but we are seizing control of our economic and communal destiny. As they say around the block, “You’re doing it!”

But maybe that overwhelming good vibe comes with a little tugging. Maybe you walk out of the pub and think, “It is awesome, but it could be so much better.” Maybe you’re checking the calendar for this weekend shows and say “I want to do more with the Public House.”

Maybe you’re ready to move from the barstool to the boardroom.

OK, so we don’t really have a boardroom, just the long table in front. But still. We’re taking nominations for the upcoming Board of Director elections. We need organizers and activists, dreamers and realists, folks that are good with nuts and bolts and folks that see the big picture. We need finance folks and HR people. We need neighbors and friends. We need the community to lift up leaders and leaders to direct the co-op.

Our board has a few practical functions. We govern by policy and decide by consensus. That means we will look at what are the best practices for this cocktail community we’re creating. We give structural support to our workers collective. We carry the banner of co-ops and tell the story of the Public House locally and nationally.  We’re a working board, with each director serving on a committee.  The board currently meets monthly and the schedule will be restructured with the new Board. There are four open seats.

So, if you love building community one drink at a time, come help design the blueprints for that building. Join the board. Email for more information. Our Annual General Meeting, where board elections take place, will occur on Sunday, May 18th at 5 pm. You can pick up an application from any bartender. If you prefer an electronic copy or would like to check out the RWPW 2014 Board of Directors candidates, please see the AGM section of this site.

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Product spotlight: New Belgium Brewing Company

If you’ve followed this blog or this bar for any period of time, you already know we’re huge proponents of decentralized ownership. The people who work and/or shop at a business ought to have a say in how it runs. Further, they ought to own the business. That’s how we operate (you, the consumer, own the Public House), and we’re proud to flaunt our model. Likewise, we’re proud to feature brews from New Belgium Brewing Company. They’re 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). And they make damn good beer.

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Snapshot : Snap! You just captured an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a flash of tart at the finish. Smile-inducing aromas of citrus hops jump from the nose, accompanied by the sweetness of coriander and grains of paradise. Brewed with wheat and pale malt, Snapshot pours a hazy, lemon-yellow with bright-white lacing. But the real enticement is the snap of tart. New Belgium’s affinity for sour beers led to the in-process blending of lactobacillus to pucker up Snapshot’s base. An extra step to acidify and beautify and get this beer ready for its close up.

Abbey : Winner of four World Beer Cup medals and eight medals at the Great American Beer Fest, Abbey Belgian Ale is the Michael Phelps of New Belgium’s lineup – but it didn’t start out that way. When Jeff and Kim first sampled the beer at the Lyons Folks Fest, reviews were mixed at best. One of founder Jeff’s first two Belgian style homebrews (along with Fat Tire), Abbey is a Belgian dubbel (or double) brewed with five different malts and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. Abbey is bottle-conditioned, weighs in at 7.0% alcohol by volume, and pairs well with chocolate (or boldly served by itself) for dessert.

Rampant : A burly and bitter Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The taste expands these hops with heavy peach tones and a profoundly bitter bite. There is some malt sweetness to stand this beer up, and Rampant’s finish is bone-dry.

1554 : Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe New Belgium’s researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

Fat Tire : Named in honor of New Belgium’s co-founder’s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.

And in a few days, one of our tap lines will play host to

Shift : New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. We’re passing that welcomed occasion onto beer drinkers in this Shift Pale Lager. Think American pale ale meets American lager. It’s easy to drink, crisp and congratulatory. So, clock out and crack open a Nelson Sauvin-hopped Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you’re like us, combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddies.

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We Turn 3 Years Old on Monday!

To our beloved member-owners,

Thank you for being a member of the Public House! We appreciate your support, and hope that you have enjoyed the many benefits of membership in the Public House over the past three years. Your support as a member and patron has been invaluable as we work toward establishing the Public House as a thriving community space.

As our three-year anniversary is rapidly approaching, this is a reminder that if you joined as an annual member anytime between our Grand Opening in 2011 and now, the time has likely come to renew your annual membership. Don’t let your membership expire – and your member discounts along with it!

As you know, members enjoy a variety of discounts anytime we are open, including a dollar off most taps, $3 rail drinks, $1 off of wine, $1 off of Great Lakes Distillery products, and $1 off coffee and tea.

You can renew at any time, so beat the rush and renew today! Or become a lifetime member, and you will never need to remember to renew again.

Please join us for our Anniversary Party on March 17. The Squeezettes will be playing and all sorts of other strange things are likely to happen…this is a party not to be missed!

Thanks for your support!
Your Riverwest Public House Cooperative

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Renew or buy a membership during the March Membership Drive!

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Increasing Accessibility

Due to member request, the board of directors has been looking into making our building more wheelchair accessible. Because we do not own the building we are unable to make permanent structural changes to be ADA compliant; however, we will be purchasing a portable ramp that could be set up if people called ahead of time. We are also looking into getting a hand rail for our sit bathroom but, unfortunately, neither the sit or the sit/stand bathrooms are large enough to be wheelchair accessible. At this time we are not able to be fully wheelchair accessible but hope that these small changes will increase accessibility. Once the items have been purchased, the membership will be alerted. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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Changes to the Board of Directors

We would like to inform our members on structural changes that took place this week.  Due to scheduling conflicts Monique Liston, our acting treasurer, has resigned from the Board of Directors.  We are very grateful to her for her service and are sad to see her go. We hope that she continues to be involved in the Public House and wish her the best of luck in future endeavors.

In addition, due to scheduling Gene Gallistel will be resigning from his position four months early. Gene was a founding member and has served on the board since 2010. He will be will remain in the Workers’ Collective and active in the Public House. Thank you for all of your work on the Board, Gene. You will be missed. France!

So now what happens? According to our by-laws:

5:12 Any Board member may resign at any time by written notice to this effect. The acceptance of the resignation–effective at such time as specified in the notice–shall not be necessary to make it effective.
5:13 Any vacancies among the Board shall be filled by appointment at the next scheduled Board meeting, by consensus of the Board members then in office. If consensus is not reached, a 2/3 majority is required. This appointment shall be in effect until the next regularly scheduled election.

We are happy to announce that Pastor Steve Jerbi will be temporarily returning to the Board of Directors to replace Monique. Steve is the pastor at All People’s Church, has served on the Public House Board from 2012-2013, and hosts our monthly event ‘Theology on Tap’. Welcome back, Steve!


We are also pleased report that Lisa Knapp will be joining the Board of Directors to replace Gene. Lisa has been involved with the Public House since the very first planning meeting and has been in the Workers’ Collective since March of 2012. She is a former Chair of the Communications Committee and was on the HR Committee at Riverwest Co-op & Cafe. Welcome to the Board, Lisa!


Steve Jerbi and Lisa Knapp will on the Board of Directors until our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 18th, 2014. Peter Murphy will be taking over as Treasurer. With Monique and Gene’s resignations, there will be four vacant board seats up for election. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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RCA Community Meeting #1 – Sunday 5pm-7pm

Remember when we started the bar? When you became a member before the doors were even open? Before we even had a space! We proclaimed “we’re going to start this bar so it can help operate an umbrella organization to strengthen and grow the cooperative movement in Riverwest.” Well, that organization, the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance has been in development for a looong time. But now it’s finally ready to roll out some ideas and get community involvement. That means you! We’ve come up with a model that is community-accountable and community-guided to meet community needs.  Join us THIS SUNDAY from 5-7pm for the first of many many many community meetings. Together we can build a community-controlled economy.

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