National Cooperative month has come to an end but we would like to continue recognition of local co-ops throughout the year. Cooperatives create a community of members and supporters. Bluenose Gopher Brewery of Granite Falls is excited to bring their community even closer together through beer and history. Bluenose Gopher Brewery is a co-operative brewpub currently in the process of creating it’s brews and organization. They predict to open the doors in late 2015 or early 2016 and will open with craft beer, local food and entertainment in a prohibition theme location in downtown Granite Falls, home of Andrew Volstead.
Starting a new business venture as a cooperative has its challenges, but it also can be a more sustainable model, according to Otaibi and her fellow directors. “The solid foundation for us is the community,’’ said fellow board member Rickie Maynard. “If the community is involved and becomes members we feel it will have that solid foundation.’’
Many of us can’t remember the time when our towns were known as dry or wet. Bluenose Gopher Brewery would like us to remember our rural history and Andrew Volstead, hometown author of National Prohibition Act of 1919.
Granite Falls 1879-1979,” after prohibition ended, each county could vote wet or dry. Yellow Medicine County voted dry, but the other part of town in Chippewa County was wet. In 1941, the municipal liquor store was opened on the east side known as the “greenhouse” since it was painted green.
Click on the quotes above to check out the full interview by West Central Tribune. For more information on Bluenose Gopher Brewery, or to become a member, check out their webpage and Facebook. Bluenose Gopher Brewery www.facebook.com/BluenoseGopher