Tag: Beer

Beer can in man’s waistband mistaken for gun

Palm Beach Post

West Palm Beach Police

Theft: A man walked into a store in the 4600 block of Broadway. He filled a bag with cleaning supplies and hygiene products, then left without paying for them. The store manager told police that the man steals from the store frequently. She estimated the value of stolen items from his recent visit to be $100.

Theft: A man stole $694 worth of merchandise from a store in the 1700 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. He ran out of the store and into a waiting vehicle. A customer provided police with the tag number of the getaway vehicle. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

Vehicle burglary: An officer on patrol at 2:45 a.m. spotted a green bicycle lying on its side on the driveway of a residence in the 3100 block of South Olive Avenue. A vehicle parked nearby had its

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Before Selling Her Craft Beer Business to a Beverage Giant, She Sold It to Employees

a woman smiling for the camera: Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing.

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Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing.

In 2019, Kim Jordan sold New Belgium Brewing–after spending years distributing equity to every member of her staff.

Editor’s note: The story of New Belgium Brewing’s sale is part of a series on Inc. 5000 companies making a big exit. The other articles in the series describe the exit strategies of two other companies: Home Chef and Nutanix.

  • Humble Beginnings: Jordan co-founded New Belgium Brewing in 1991 with her then-husband, Jeff Lebesch, who ran a homebrew operation out of their Fort Collins, Colorado, kitchen.

  • A Business Role Model: New Belgium, an Inc. 5000 honoree in 2010 (No. 3,482) and 2013 (No. 4,804), began sharing equity with staff in 1996; it became 100 percent employee-owned in 2012 and a certified B Corp in 2013.

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Hispanic business owner breaking barriers in Denver’s bustling beer scene

DENVER (KDVR) —The beer at Raices Brewing Company in Denver is just part of the experience owner Jose Beteta hoped to create.  

“The beer becomes a vehicle to accomplish the other things,” said Beteta.  

He opened Raices in September 2019 along with Tamil Maldonado Vega and Martin Vargas. Together, they opened the doors to one of the first Hispanic-owned breweries in the city.  

The idea to open Raices sparked when Beteta was researching possible business opportunities. He was struck by an intriguing statistic.  

“Out of 8,000 breweries in the U.S., less than half of a percent of them are owned by Latinos yet consumption is closer to 18%,” said Beteta.  

Together, his team sought to open a space that would honor and share their culture.  

But the idea of running a million-dollar business in America was once only a far-fetched dream. Beteta was raised in Costa Rica. His family moved

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Home Brew: South Florida Condo Covered in Beer Cans Receives Multiple Offers

When listing agent Kristen Kearney walked through the front door, she was shocked to discover the walls were covered in beer cans.


When Kristen Kearney received a call about listing a condo in Lake Worth, FL, she said it wasn’t quite like other listing calls.

“They warned me that the home was wallpapered in beer cans,” she says. “And I thought to myself, ‘Well, I wonder where in the world they found beer-can wallpaper.’”

When she first walked through the unassuming front door, she remembers the shock of seeing the walls of the 815-square-foot abode covered in actual beer cans. In every room.

Kearney learned that the owner, who is now deceased, was a lifelong fan of Anheuser-Busch’s flagship beer, Budweiser.

“It was his life’s

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Small Business Survivors: Beer brewing is bubbling at Bitter & Esters as shop shifts to online sales

The COVID-19 pandemic has been n0thing short of a financial disaster for most mom-and-pop establishments in the city — with many forced to close for months at a time, or face severe restrictions on their customers to avoid contamination.

But for partners John LaPolla and Douglas Amport, business has been as brisk as a frosty fresh pint of home-brew beer as Brooklyn’s Bitter and Esters never had to close.

While they had to restrict customers from coming inside their establishment on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights — the only home-brewing shop in New York City — they already had a powerful web-based operation and a strong local following that had customers from all over lining up to brew their own beers at home.

John LaPolla of Bitter & Esters on Washington Avenue
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