Co-operatives are businesses owned by the people who use its services or who work at it. You don’t have to be a member-owner to come to the brewpub, but supporting Black Star Co-op means supporting livable wages, democratic workplaces, local farms, and quality products from community brewpubs.
TriplePundit: What’s your name and the name of your brewery?
Jeff Young, Beer Team Leader, Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery
3p: How long have you been in the business?
JY: Co-Op: 6 years; Brewpub: 1.5 years
3p:Where are you located?
JY: Austin, Texas
3p:What volume of beer do you produce and where do you distribute?
JY: On-site only; 500bbls/yr
3p:What are your plans for growth, if any?
JY: Second location in South or East Austin in a few years
3p:What makes your brewery sustainable?
JY: The brewpub is on the verge of Gold Star LEED Certification, our grain goes to local rancher, almost all water is dual-usage (cooling/cleaning), kitchen produces less than one bag of garbage per day (the rest is recycled or composted)
3p:Forget finances- what’s your brewery pipe dream?
JY: Having a second location and making almost all the Austin Member-Owners within 10 minutes of a Black Star Co-op Pub!
3p:What is the one thing you want Triple Pundit readers to know about your brewery?
JY: We are the first Co-operatively owned and worker self-managed brewpub!
3p:What’s your favorite brew?
JY: Our own Vulcan–assertively hopped rye ale