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Commitment to Change

We are committed to cultivating a collaborative workplace that is safe, healthy, and fulfilling for all of us. One where employees are positively empowered in their roles and take pride in working here each day. In addition to fostering these values within the brewery, it's our goal to promote diversity and inclusion in our community as well as within the craft beer industry.

We know this work will take time. But we are dedicated to seeing it through. Actions speak louder than words and this page highlights our ongoing commitment to being better and doing better. We encourage you to check back often for updates.

Ideas? Questions? We want to hear from you, because this isn't just about us; it's about our community. Shoot us a note at progress@boulevard.com.

For all media and press inquiries, please contact media@boulevard.com.


 

Tip Your Cap

November 18th, 2021

In honor of the Negro Leagues Centennial Celebration in 2020, Boulevard Brewing Company teamed up with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum this past April to launch a beer together. Tip Your Cap, which was available from May through August, celebrated the Negro League's 100th anniversary and brought more recognition to the museum's mission of preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its role in the social advancement of our nation.

 

This week, Boulevard will present the Negro Leagues Museum with a check for $10,000. Thanks to the customers who supported the project and bought the beer in cans and on draft. We are grateful for the partnership and look forward to finding other ways to continue to work with the museum in the future.

Learn more about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Tip Your Cap

KC Pils Partners with Veterans Community Project

November 9th, 2021

In 2020, Boulevard launched KC Pils Partners to shine a light on our favorite parts of Kansas City, raising awareness and giving back to the community. We are pleased to announce this entry in the series shines a light on Veterans Community Project and their ongoing mission to prevent veteran homelessness and to provide support for everyone who took the oath to serve our country. The packaging for KC Pils features images created specifically to highlight the Veterans Community Project and bring attention to the organization.

As a part of this new partnership, Boulevard will make a donation for every package of KC Pils bottles, cans and pints on draft sold beginning in November and continuing into early spring.

Learn more about KC Pils Partners
KC Pils Partners with Veterans Community Project

Giving Back to Mother Nature

November 4th, 2021

Today we partnered with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department to plant 27 trees at Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park. This is a part of Boulevard’s sustainability commitment and Space Camper’s mission, “Save the Earth! It’s the only planet with beer!” About a dozen brewery employees spent their afternoon digging holes and placing the trees in their new home. We look forward to visiting the park and seeing the trees grow for years to come.

 

More information about Space Camper’s mission.

Giving Back to Mother Nature

Supporting Kansas City Current

November 1st, 2021

 

To celebrate Kansas City’s National Women’s Soccer League team, The Kansas City Current, Boulevard Brewing Co. is pleased to announce it has brewed Teal Rising, a 4% ABV Proud Pilsner. The beer was part of the team unveiling its new name and crest, and its plans to build the first women’s soccer stadium in the country in Downtown Kansas City.

 

KC Current is committed to investing 10 percent of sponsorship revenues in community programs to support education, equality, and endeavors to keep kids playing supports. In alignment with this mission, Boulevard will donate 10 percent of all Teal Rising proceeds to The Women's Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), whose mission is to empower the lives of girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development.

Learn about Teal RisingMeet the Kansas City Current
Supporting Kansas City Current

Safe Training

October 26th, 2021

 

Today the leadership team of our Tours & Rec department, which runs our Tours & Recreation Center and guest experiences, sat down with MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault organization in Kansas City. The goal was to ensure we provide our guests with the support they might need should they find themselves in a situation they need assistance with while visiting Boulevard Brewing Co. MOCSA guided our team on how to best stay alert with guest interactions and how to be an active bystander should a customer need help.  

 

MOCSA is an organization we’ve supported and leaned on for training at various times since we’ve opened our doors to guests seven days a week, and we are grateful for their sessions with our employees.

 

Additional training opportunities for all employees who interact with guests at the visitor center and hospitality events will be available as schedules permit in the coming months.

Learn more about MOCSA

Safe Training

Boulevard Joins Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

September 27, 2021

Right in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month, Boulevard Brewing Company joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City this week. It is an organization that the brewery has supported in the past; however, we felt it was time to become an official member.

 

What most intrigued us about the joining is the number of resources and events they have for their members, including consistently providing educational sessions. It is also an excellent outlet for us to post job openings to reach members of the Hispanic community in Kansas City differently. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes across eight counties in both Kansas and Missouri. 

 

A little-known fact (at least to us) that was intriguing is that the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is the birthplace of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. How cool is that? 

 

We look forward to this membership, how we can support their initiatives, and utilizing the educational opportunities for our employees as well. 

 

Learn more about HCCGKC
Boulevard Joins Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for supporting Pride

JULY 6, 2021

Last week Boulevard wrapped up Pride month festivities at the Tours & Rec Building. Click below to read an email sent out to employees from colleague Jon Larance, who was a great leader in our efforts and events throughout the month, noting some of the important accomplishments and highlights from the month. Thank you, Jon, for the dedication you gave to ensure Boulevard celebrated the month in a variety of ways!

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Thank you for supporting Pride

New Leadership is Named

JUNE 8, 2021

Duvel USA, Boulevard Brewing Company, and Brewery Ommegang today announced Seraf De Smedt will take over as president of the U.S. organization effective immediately. De Smedt has served as the chief finance and administration officer for Duvel Moortgat since December 2013. With the transition to his new role, he will work closely with the U.S.-based leadership team while continuing to oversee the global finance team for Duvel Moortgat. John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Company, who stepped in as interim president for Duvel USA late January, will return to retirement with this transition.

De Smedt will split his time between Belgium and the United States. The U.S. leadership team will oversee daily operations for the U.S. breweries and national sales team. Leading those duties are company veterans Bobby Dykstra, executive vice president of sales and marketing; Rick DeBar, general manager of Brewery Ommegang; Steven Pauwels, brewmaster of Boulevard; Dali Grabar, director of engineering for Boulevard; Julie Weeks, vice president of communications and culture; and newcomer Stephanie Walker, director of human resources.

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New Leadership is Named

It's a Matter of Pride

JUNE 1, 2021

For the first time at Boulevard, many of our employees created an entire program surrounding Pride Month. From merchandise to unique crowler labels and events, we are taking the opportunity to support a few local charities. It is another opportunity for us to engage with the community at large.

After the month, we look forward to providing checks to  Kansas City Center for Inclusion (KCCI) and SAVE, Inc. after the month concludes based on our revenue generated throughout June. Both organizations are creating a more cohesive LGBTQIA+ community in the community.

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It's a Matter of Pride

Harassment Prevention Training Completed

MAY 11, 2021

As of yesterday, all employees at Boulevard Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, and Duvel USA have now had the opportunity to participate in the mandatory harassment prevention training. The company hosted seven different sessions, ensuring employees based geographic areas that require specific training guidelines to meet state requirements. The interactive training allowed employees to participate in asking questions as well as providing opinions on real-life examples. FineLine HR Consulting, the third-party firm engaged in the HR investigation, executed all training sessions with the support of company leadership.

Moving forward, harassment prevention training will be part of the onboarding process for all new employees, and additional training will occur on an annual basis for all company employees.

We appreciate all of the time, personalization, and energy FineLine HR Consulting put behind this effort. They've been a valued partner throughout the past several months.

Harassment Prevention Training Completed

NEW HR DIRECTOR HIRED

APRIL 23, 2021

This past Wednesday, Stephanie Walker joined the leadership team as the company’s new HR Director. She will spend her first few weeks getting to know employees in Kansas City, where she will office, and at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. She will also meet the sales team who reside across the country virtually.

Stephanie brings more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field to Duvel USA. For the past three years, Stephanie led HR efforts at the University of Saint Mary. She served as the senior human resources leader to the organization, implementing HR programs influencing the university’s overall mission, vision, and strategic goals. Her many responsibilities included training plans; implementation of programs consistent with diversity and inclusion initiatives; health, wellness, and leave plan administrations; and overseeing the organization’s compensation plan. Before that role, she spent nine years as a Human Resources Manager for FUJIFILM. In addition, Stephanie spent the first eight years of her career as an Area Manager of Human Resources for Apria Healthcare, Inc., leading the department for the Central Division, which included 3000 employees and 180 offices, call centers, pharmacies, and distribution centers.

Stephanie has already brought great energy and expertise to the brewery in her first few days. We welcome her to our team.

NEW HR DIRECTOR HIRED

TRAINING BEGINS, FORWARD MOMENTUM

MARCH 29, 2021

Today FineLine HR Consulting began the rollout of harassment prevention training for company employees. A variety of managers across the company attended the two-hour session. A wide range of topics were covered including types of discrimination and harassment, examples of prohibited behaviors, and real-life scenarios in the workplace. In the coming weeks, FineLine HR will hold additional trainings to ensure all employees have the same educational experience.

Also, the company's top candidate for the Director of Human Resources role accepted the position today. She starts in mid-April and brings more than 20 years of expertise in the human resources field and is ready to get started. We look forward to introducing her on this page once she has settled in.

TRAINING BEGINS, FORWARD MOMENTUM

INVESTIGATION FINDINGS SHARED

MARCH 10, 2021

Earlier today FineLine HR Consulting shared their non-confidential insights with company employees. Brewery leaders also shared their immediate next steps as the company commits to ensuring a safe, healthy, and fulfilling work environment for all.

As an immediate next step, the company has parted ways with three additional employees. An outside HR consultant is currently working with Boulevard leadership to hire a new HR Director for the brewery. Additionally, trainings and new standards will be implemented in the near future to establish clear definitions of proper conduct and re-establish company culture.

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INVESTIGATION FINDINGS SHARED

THIRD PARTY INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES

MARCH 5, 2021

This week, FineLine HR Consulting held additional, final interviews and communicated their insights to brewery leadership based on their findings as a result of the investigation that has taken place over the past few weeks. Broad, non-confidential learnings and immediate next steps the brewery will take to begin employee education, training, and an improved company work environment will be shared with all employees next week. We will also communicate key information here.

THIRD PARTY INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES

THIRD PARTY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

FEBRUARY 15, 2021

The brewery is in its third week of a month-long independent external investigation with FineLine HR Consulting. This week they are wrapping up confidential interviews with dozens of current and past employees. After these are complete, a detailed assessment and recommended next steps will be provided to our management team. John McDonald, founder and president of the company, has informed employees they will have insight into those results in the coming weeks.

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THIRD PARTY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN MCDONALD

FEBRUARY 3, 2021

Boulevard Brewing Company founder John McDonald has returned to the brewery in a leadership role to help implement and oversee the actions outlined in our prior statement, and ensure the return to a brewery culture where all employees feel happy, safe, healthy and heard.

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A MESSAGE FROM JOHN MCDONALD

THE JOURNEY FORWARD

JANUARY 26, 2021

Boulevard has issued a statement reflecting on the past, acknowledging mistakes, and noting immediate steps that will be taken on our journey forward. Those initial actions include hiring an independent third party human resources firm to undertake an independent investigation of all issues that have been raised, instituting new procedures for reporting workplace concerns, and instituting enhanced and mandatory harassment, bias and discrimination training.

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THE JOURNEY FORWARD