Own your beer.
The Full Barrel Cooperative’s aim is to establish a community-owned brewery in Burlington, Vermont. We aim to create a hub where diverse community members and groups can meet, share ideas, and organize to continuously improve our collective lives. Inspired in part by the success of Black Star in Austin, TX, we legally incorporated as a co-op in February, 2015, and since then have almost doubled our membership. Our growing community is currently in the process of recruiting members and volunteers, compiling ideas, securing Real Estate, holding informational meetings and parties, and of course, brewing and drinking excellent beer!
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Matt Cropp, President
Matt is an all around co-op geek who loves good beer. His day-job is as Associate Director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, which educates and supports business owners considering exiting their business to employee-ownership, and is also involved with a variety of freelance and volunteer projects in the co-op movement, including as Chair of the Vermont Solidarity Investing Club and co-founder of social.coop. His interest in co-ops was sparked by learning about the credit union model during the financial crisis of 2008, and, in 2011, he received his MA in history from UVM, for which he wrote his thesis on the founding and first 25 years of the VSECU. Matt lives in the New North End of Burlington with his partner Allison and rabbits Coady and Anabel.
Andrew GansenBerg, V.P.
Andrew is originally from Massachusetts and has found reasons to come to Vermont his whole life. After moving around the states, he returned to Vermont to finish his undergrad at Green Mt. College. He felt that using business and social enterprise was the most effective way he could be an activist, which quickly led him to the co-operative model. He now works at Vermont State Employees’ Credit Union and is studying for a Masters of Management in Co-operatives and Credit Unions. In his “free” time, he loves to go on adventures with his Australian Shepherd; whether biking, hiking, or swimming. When inside, he loves playing board games, card games, puzzles, or cooking with friends.
Kiersten Hallquist, Secretary
Kiersten was born and raised in Vermont. She received her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in environmental studies at Dartmouth College and her Master’s in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) at the University of Vermont. She has served as the minutes-taker for the City Market Board from August 2015 to present, which provides her with extensive observation of cooperative board process, form, and function. She lives with her partner, Mike, and their mutty-pup, Murphy, in the New North End, Burlington, Vermont, where they purchased their first home in the summer of 2017. View her online professional LinkedIn portfolio...
David Smith, Treasurer
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John lives in South Burlington, and is married with 2 teenage daughters. He's a big beer fan and has been home brewing for about 25 years (although he's strictly an extract brewer). He's a veterinarian and have bought and sold one veterinary clinic in Colorado. After moving to Vermont in 2005, he opened and still operates Orchard Veterinary Hospital in South Burlington. As a board member, he brings experience in starting and operating a small business, managing people, and navigating all the other hurdles and everyday hassles that every business owner faces, as well as knowledge of how to excel in customer service, which has been critical to the success of his hospital.
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When Owen realized that he could make good beer for the same price as the cheapest macrobrew his whole life was transformed. Spending all day putting together and brewing a recipe was just another Saturday. His homebrew was decent, but when the conversation about opening his own brewery happened at the Other Place, he knew that he had to improve. Enrolling in the Craft Brewer's Apprenticeship Program at the American Brewer's Guild gave him the expertise to join the craft brew revolution. A stint with Otter Creek Brewing during their rebranding was instrumental in adding to his knowledge bank and desire to always keep pushing the envelope. Now a brewer at the expanding Zero Gravity brewery he is getting the start up experience with the benefit of working with some of the best brewers around. Having worked at a number of different workplaces has given him a desire for the co-op business model. Fostering the feeling of having a stake in the company is nothing compared to actually owning and being responsible for that company. As a board member he strives to bring the knowledge of the brewing industry to the table along with the desire to integrate the co-op way of life into the brewery. As a brewer he'll make delicious beers for members to drink. As a member he'll drink delicious beers made by talented brewers.
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Peter moved to Burlington in 2003 to pursue concurrent Master’s degrees in English and Education and feeling that he found home, he hasn’t left. Since joining the faculty at Burlington High School in 2005, he has actively pursued issues related to sustainability both in and out of the classroom. He is currently enrolled in the inaugural year-long Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy at Shelburne Farms focusing on economic, environmental, and educational systems change.
Peter’s interests in beer really took off when he realized that, unlike wine, he actually understood the complexities of the beer world, and in the end, nuances aside, that they aren’t all that complex. He loves teaching people about the brewing process and pairing good beer with good food. He lives in Burlington’s New North End with his wife, two children, a dog, and some chickens.
We post meeting notes from the three most recent meetings. Full paid-in FBC members have access to our full meeting minutes archives, via the meeting minutes thread, within our FBC Member Loomio space.