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Catalyst Radio: High Five Co-op Brewery is growing membership one event at a time

High Five Co-op plans to employ members as brewers. The next opportunity to become a member of the brewery co-op is at its tasting event Nov. 20.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

High Five Co-op Brewery members are brewing at local partner breweries, but hope to have their own site by January.

High Five Co-op Brewery members are brewing at local partner breweries, but hope to have their own site by January. /High Five Co-op Brewery

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio we feature a local nonprofit of a different nature. Newly formed as a membership organization, High Five Co-op Brewery plans to have selected its brewing location by January, where it will create a worker-owner environment as a way of operating. In the time being, High Five Co-op is working to grow its membership through events at partner breweries including this month’s gathering on Nov. 20 at Grand Rapids Brewing Company where they will release their Belgium IPA.

Nicholas Lavelle, president of the eight-member board of directors of High Five Co-op Brewery, joins us in studio to tell of this unique grassroots effort to create the Midwest’s first brewery cooperative.



Local music in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from Michigan band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, with the new disc Translate. The song is “Reality.”

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