Switchback Brewery


Year Founded: 2002
Year(s) of Employee Ownership Implementation: 2017
Headquartered in: Burlington, VT
Number of Employees: just over 30
Revenue: check
Line of Business: Brewery
Profile last updated: January 4th, 2020

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The Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 with one goal in mind – to brew unexpected, relatable, great tasting beer. Today, the Switchback lineup has grown to include over 20 beers as year-round offerings, rotating specials and limited releases.

Founder, brewmaster and president Bill Cherry took another bold step in 2017 when he turned ownership of the brewery over to the employees. Switchback is now 100% employee owned via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and will remain locally-owned and -operated forever. Switchback is the first Vermont brewery to operate under this structure.

In addition to Cherry, the brewery is operated by a management team with an off-site board of directors providing occasional support. It's a collaborative management style and environment of ingenuity that assures Switchback will always be made locally by real brewers and not high-production operations.

They say, “The best news? Beer fans can count on the brewery to provide a great beer experience every time they choose Switchback beer.”