It’s coming to a head because of recent Me Too style movements in the brewing industry, social media accounts in the US and the UK began collating anonymous stories of harassment and abuse, often naming various employers, of which BrewDog is one of the most frequently named.
I hope the senior management at Brewdog are experiencing at least a fraction of the discomfort and pressure in their roles today that they inflicted on a huge number of their staff over years.
I also hope they genuinely take stock and make significant changes to the way they operate, and ideally remove from their positions those most culpable for cultivating that toxic environment in the first place. I won’t hold my breath though.
I’m proud to have put my name to the letter, but I’m sad that I had to. And I’m furious on behalf of the many, many others who were too intimidated to do so even now.
Does anyone have a quick rule of thumb for which ‘supermarket’ beers are a more ethical purchase?
I found this looking at the environmental aspect:
Best: Carlsberg, Diageo (Guinness), Hepworth, Kirin, Stroud, Toast.
Middle: BrewDog, Black Isle, AB InBev, Mahou.
Worst: Little Valley, Samuel Smith, Marston’s, Fuller Smith & Turner, Molson Coors, Heineken, Asahi, Greene King, Freedom, Copper Tun (Nirvana), Brooklyn, Empress Ale (distributes CELIA).
Sadly it’s never a surprise when a company known to ruthlessly expand as fast as possible is revealed as having a culture that’s unpleasant or abusive
See also: amazon
I mean it was always obvious that the venture capitalists weren’t chucking money at boodog because they thought craft beer was cool, they did it because they wanted large financial returns as fast as possible and they really didn’t give a shit about how that was achieved