In the world of craft beer, many mergers and buyouts are occurring. New Belgium is the number 4 largest craft brewery according to the Brewers Association 2015 rankings. To gain competitive advantage and maintain their independence, they have chosen a different tactic than most. They are now a 100% employee owned company after CEO and founder Kim Jordan and her family sold their stake to the Employee Stock Ownership Program. They are now also a certified B Corporation. To read more about this innovative company and how it maintains competitive advantage in an industry ripe with mergers and acquisitions see this article.