They say all good things must come to an end and sometimes that goes for partnerships as well. Last year, Matt and I decided to part ways romantically. When we started Accomplice, 5 years ago we agreed that we were such good friends that it didn’t matter what happen, we would make our business partnership work and we would always be the Accomplices.
Sadly after our romantic relationship soured, we couldn’t keep that end of the bargain up. Matt said that he couldn’t work with me and that he would find a way to buy my shares of our company. Four months have now gone by, no agreement has been reached, promises from Matt have been made and broken, and I have been locked out of all the financials of the company despite being VP of Accomplice Beverage Company, Inc. Matt has been giving me silent treatment via email when I ask about the current state of our business, why are we in Pennsylvania entertaining distribution when we can’t supply the state of Florida?, where are our K-1s, paperwork etc etc. He wants to control it all and ignore that I am still a majority owner with him.
I also have not been paid for my design services through my other company including this website, social media, logos and t-shirt designs and have been asked for that to be settled up as well. I have been trying to find a way to come to some kind of properly drawn up legal agreement including paying for a lawyer out of my own pocket but I am only met with stonewalling from the other side when my lawyer has requested paperwork I am legally entitled to. At this point, I am not going to invest any more money into what could be a costly litigation process.
I have given Matt the option either buy me out or learn to work with me as the VP of the company and treat me fairly, legally and properly. It’s been a tumultuous few months to say the least. It reached an apex when Matt messaged me via Instagram last week saying that I am “just f*cked there is no buyout” and well he is right.
It breaks my heart as everyone knows I have put my blood, sweat and tears into this company and have worked side by side with Matt to create and build this company on a shoe string budget. We weren’t a well financed brewery project we did this mainly ourselves with some help of our friends to build it. Personally, I have spent the past 5 years fully supporting Matt and putting a roof over our family’s head including taking care of him and his child and of course my two little ones as well. I have worked tirelessly 7 days a week for weeks at a time with no day off – running TWO companies, traveling for events and sales all over the state, kegging cider, running events, bartending, hiring, social media, and more. I didn’t do just one job at Accomplice I did many yet I was paid for none for almost 4 years and neither was Matt. Accomplice would not exist if it is wasn’t for my hard work and support to start this project literally from the ground up.
So with that said the chapter of Matt and Fel at Accomplice is closed. I am still technically and legally 40% owner of the company but I am locked out of what I started and built with my partner in crime. I no longer feel welcome in the warehouse park I called home for 5 years. It is time to move on and so I walk away empty handed with some meaningless ownership of an LLC that maybe one day will pan out… who knows…
I can promise that this isn’t the end of me. Just like a phoenix, I will be reborn again. You can follow me on my original instagram account @accomplicebrewery to see what my next project will be. I am still out and about in the brewery community (which by the way, THANK YOU! THANK YOU for your outpouring of love and support during this time). I just won’t be behind the bar at Accomplice anymore. So until the next chapter is written… cheers!