Announcing the High Five Co-op Riverside Mixer and Kickstarter Launch Party!

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Sunday, August 24th from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at Riverside Park along the Grand River just north of downtown Grand Rapids.

Join us for our second official sixer mixer and Kickstarter launch party at the Island Pavilion inside Riverside Park as we bring together our amazing community of passionate beer enthusiasts in support of building our very own co-op brewery! We’ll be providing some member donated home brew in kegs for those attending and encourage you to contribute to the community coolers with your own labeled home brew, cellar treasure, or other favorite brew you just have to share!

Our last mixer filled four coolers full of some of the most interesting beer we’ve ever seen! This time we’re shooting to double our attendance and create a truly unique selection of professional and home brewed beers for our community of supporters to enjoy free of charge! The power of collaboration, right?!

We’ll also be doing a drawing for everyone in attendance to give away some cool new High Five swag and give back to everyone supporting our effort!

You don’t have to be a member of the co-op to attend the event, we actually highly encourage non-members to come out and share in the fun! So, members bring a friend!

This event is 21+ and we will be checking ID’s.

Please RSVP HERE and help us promote the event by sharing the page. Besides, this is YOUR co-op, help spread the word and grow our community of supporters so we can build our actual brewery sooner!

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Board Election Results!

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The High Five Co-op Brewery board election results are in! We were very pleased with the quality of all of the candidates that ran, and we’re sorry that not everyone can have a board seat. We hope those individuals who did not get elected will still lend their valuable insight and experience in advising the board. Our members elected the following directors:

Nick LaVelle
Barry Johnson
Eric Pell
Gregg Hampshire
Jorel Van Os
Brooks Twist
Laura Barbrick
Joshua Smith
Jim Jones

We had a 63% voter turnout rate. The four individuals with the most votes shall serve two year terms, and the next three individuals with the most votes will serve one year terms. The new board will meet in the coming weeks to elect officers among themselves.

We want to thank everyone who ran and everyone who participated. Thank you also to all past High Five directors for serving your co-op. Democracy is a huge part of what make co-ops so great!

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First Annual Members’ Assembly!

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Sunday, May 18th 2:00pm at The Factory, downtown Grand Rapids.

The Annual Members’ Assembly is where the democracy happens! This event is designed to let the voice of the High Five Co-op’s membership be heard. Come out and chat with your Board of Directors, get updates, enjoy some donated High Five Member’ home brew, and celebrate our co-op’s progress.

We’ll be holding elections for our Board of Directors at this year’s Members’ Assembly, and if you’re a member of the co-op you’re eligible to run for a position. Just e-mail us at to request an application for Board Nomination. There will also be an online referendum vote lasting 14 days after the actual Members’ Assembly for members unable to attend the assembly.

The Members’ Assembly is not a members only event! In fact, we encourage public attendance and guest home brew! However, you must be a member of the co-op to participate in any voting, including board elections.


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Collabrewation Tour stop #5 at Gravel Bottom Brewery and Supply

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Tuesday April 29th, 6:00pm


Join us as well unveil our hopiest collaboration beer yet! Created in cahoots with the Gravel Bottom boys, the El Dorado Double IPA is sure to turn tastebuds gold.

High Five board directors will be hanging out with merchandise and membership certificates just waiting to have your name imprinted on them!

Remember, memberships to the High Five Co-op are just $150 one time and guarantee you lifetime benefits!

Member benefits include:

One equal part ownership of High Five Co-op Brewery!
Invitations to membership events (including soft opening)
One equal vote at membership events
Opportunities to run for the High Five Board of Directors
Employment Opportunities at the future High Five Brewpub
Membership discount at future brewpub
Brewing education opportunities
Investment opportunities
A bunch of new compadres

…plus the opportunity to tell us (your board) your ideas for other sweet membership benefits!

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First Official Membership Meet Up and Sixer Mixer!

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At The Factory, Saturday, February 8th, 6:00pm

The time has come! Since September, High Five Co-op Brewery has officially welcomed over 80 members!

It’s been an incredible experience collaborating with local breweries, Harmony Brewing Company, The Mitten Brewing Co., Grand Rapids Brewing Company, and Rockford Brewing. Thank you to all the nice people at each of these great local breweries, and to everyone that made it to any of these celebrations, tried the beer, and copped an early membership!

Ladies and gents, it’s time we bring everyone together. It’s time to collaborate. It’s time for some prototype beer tasting, home brew swaps, updates from the board, and suggestions from YOU!

Come out to The Factory on the 4th floor above San Chez Bistro on Fulton St., downtown Grand Rapids to meet your kin, try some great home brew, learn about the co-op, and join the team!

High Five Co-op members are highly encouraged to attend membership meet ups. A co-op’s membership is like the yeast in our beer (It’s real important). We believe in you guys and this community, and we’re excited to give you all the opportunity to collaborate, share brew, and grow this idea of cooperative beer.

This IS an open event, not just members! BYOB, samples will be provided. 21+ Must be current Michigan resident to become a member of the High Five Co-op.


Check out Work The Factory for a peek at coworking space, The Factory. This place is super cool and we’re stoked to be able to invite you guys up there for a gathering with us!

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