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Switchback Now First Employee-Owned Brewery in VT

Discussion in 'New England' started by duchessedubourg, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (237) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Bill Cherry sold his brewery to his 30 employees today. Much happiness in interviews with staff tonight. What a forward-thinking businessman - cheers to Switchback!
  2. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (524) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    So unlike a certain other businessman we are hearing a lot about lately...
  3. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (529) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    Nice - can always enjoy a Switchback Ale apr├Ęs-ski. Hope they can stay true to their roots & have continued success amongst all the newcomers in VT.
  4. sosbombs

    sosbombs Initiate (171) Jan 12, 2016 Vermont

    The guy sells his brewery, I hope for a profit- and he is a saint?
  5. duchessedubourg

    duchessedubourg Aspirant (237) Nov 2, 2007 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Sold it to his employees, and now works alongside them as a partner. Wouldn't call it saint - like. More like a really great former boss who has treated his staff well since he started and wants to reward them for the success they helped create. That's laudable, imo.
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  6. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (524) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Well, a pretty cool sinner at worst:-)
  7. IGaveYouPower

    IGaveYouPower Initiate (154) Dec 2, 2010 New York

    Well, guy who doesn't know what's going on, considering he made this move through a stock ownership plan -- meaning the employees didn't have to spend a dime of their own -- I'd say he does qualify for sainthood.
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  8. sosbombs

    sosbombs Initiate (171) Jan 12, 2016 Vermont

    If true, that is awesome. I know that they sell a ton Switchback in these parts. But as far as working alongside it seems Mr. Cherry is retaining his position as President and brewmaster and their is an unsecured note to pay off in 15 years. But great for them.
  9. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Champion (875) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    This is incredible and I'm happy for a buddy of mine who is a brewer there.
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