In 2016, the people of Ronan, Montana came together to assess the state of their community. Creating a vibrant, thriving downtown emerged as one of the major priorities of this assessment. The idea to start a brewery and taproom on Main Street Ronan as a place for the community to gather and enjoy great beer emerged. Breweries can play a significant role in downtown revitalization, especially in small towns like ours.
In April 2017, over 50 people attended the first community interest meeting introducing the cooperative brewery model. In cooperative breweries, the community members come together to finance, plan, and start-up the business. It was the perfect strategy for making our vision of a brewery in downtown Ronan a reality.
Our brewery incorporated as a cooperative association in October 2017. Our 7-9 member board of directors, which is elected by the co-op members, directed the process of feasibility studies, site assessments, business planning, and membership drives and fundraisers.
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