The Fifth Street Brewpub -- a co-op brewery starting up in Dayton -- signed up 830 charter member-owners by its July 31 deadline, far exceeding its goal of 500. The membership drive started June 26.
"Based on available information, this marks the fastest-growing co-op by membership number in Ohio’s history," the brewpub said in a news release.
David Mezera, a local small business owner and Bellbrook resident, purchased shares for his 15 employees at Donet, a Dayton-based IT services company. “This is a story of Daytonians picking themselves up and trying to make something good happen for themselves and their community,” Mezera said in the release.
Charter packages were available for $100 each, and offered member-owners exclusive benefits such as patronage refunds, discounted beer and their names displayed on the brewpub wall.
A new membership package will be announced in the coming weeks, the brewpub said, and the Fifth Street board of directors has set a new target of 2,000 member-owners by Jan. 1, 2013. The brewpub hopes to be open to the public in time for the holiday season.