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Old 06-24-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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I recently went to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery located in Richmond, VA, and found out they use a lot of volunteers to help them can and bottle their beers. I signed up on their list and just got an email, so I'll be canning and bottling for them on Friday. I'm super excited to see the process they use, and to help out a local brewery. Everyone wins. They have some pretty damn good beer, hopefully they'll let us have a bottle, although I doubt it. How many of you guys get to help out a local brewery like this?
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #2
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i've heard about local breweries using volunteers and frankly i think it is wrong
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:27 PM   #3
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^^^ i guess you won't be signing up then...


I feel like it's just a way to let the public in and get a taste of the process. Ultimately you don't have to sign up to do it

 
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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^^^ i guess you won't be signing up then...


I feel like it's just a way to let the public in and get a taste of the process. Ultimately you don't have to sign up to do it
i was put off by a local brewery doing something similar and have had the thought rattling in my brain since. not only for canning lines but also working the bar at the tasting room, etc. this is perhaps not the thread for that discussion though.

i'm glad jarov is excited and i'm sure it will be interesting.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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i'm surprised their insurance lets something like that go on.. i would assume there are some waivers involved
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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A lot of smaller breweries depend on volunteer labor in the early stages, to stretch their dollars and available labor hours. The local micros in Houston don't use volunteers in production or packaging, but definitely use them for serving duties at the tasting bar during tours and private events. The only requirement is to have a TABC server license, which costs about $15 for two years and about two hours taking the online class and test. It's a fun way to help out, and you may get a sixer of short fills or a growler fill as compensation along with having a few pints after the tour during cleanup.
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A lot of smaller breweries depend on volunteer labor in the early stages, to stretch their dollars and available labor hours. The local micros in Houston don't use volunteers in production or packaging, but definitely use them for serving duties at the tasting bar during tours and private events. The only requirement is to have a TABC server license, which costs about $15 for two years and about two hours taking the online class and test. It's a fun way to help out, and you may get a sixer of short fills or a growler fill as compensation along with having a few pints after the tour during cleanup.
It is an interesting reflection of our society how small breweries have become part of a larger cause worthy of our volunteer efforts. Much in the same way that we pile sandbags when flood water approaches, we now help our communities by volunteering at breweries.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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i've heard about local breweries using volunteers and frankly i think it is wrong
Why? If they are upfront about the arrangement, and the volunteer enters the situation with full awareness, what's the problem? Sure, it's a company getting free labor, but again, no one is being forced, coerced, or lied to.

Brewing is probably one of the very few industries that can attract this type of volunteer... because it's interesting.

 
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It is an interesting reflection of our society how small breweries have become part of a larger cause worthy of our volunteer efforts. Much in the same way that we pile sandbags when flood water approaches, we now help our communities by volunteering at breweries.
Nicely setup false dilemma. There is an overwhelming culture of volunteering in America for things that really matter. This does nothing to diminish that. Volunteering for one thing does not preclude the other. I'm sure if there was an emergency, the bottling line would be shut down.

Interesting read on that topic: Community volunteering after Sandy

 
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #10
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Nicely setup false dilemma. There is an overwhelming culture of volunteering in America for things that really matter.
It would only be a false dilemma if I said that people were volunteering at a brewery instead of sandbagging. Instead I'm pointing out that people think local breweries are of societal value and worth supporting any way they can.

You're welcome for that wicked pun by the way
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