Cooperative craft breweries: a new approach to revitalizing small towns

The Ronan Cooperative Brewery arose out of ideas to jumpstart a deserted main street. Community members can buy a share of stock, which gets them one vote per person. This setup allows a sense of local ownership as well as more money being invested into the business and the community. Though the brewery still has work to do, it has 125 members and is modeling its planning off the success of another cooperative brewery in New Mexico.

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