The chief executive of a popular brewery in Brooklyn, who attracted wide criticism last month when he called coronavirus vaccine mandates a “crime against humanity” and drew comparisons to the Jim Crow South and Nazi Germany, is leaving his post, the company announced on Tuesday.
In a statement posted on its social media accounts, the company, Threes Brewing, said the executive — Josh Stylman, one of the brewery’s founders — had decided to resign.
“This decision was not made lightly, and comes after careful consideration,” Threes Brewing said. “He believes that his fiduciary responsibilities as C.E.O. of Threes Brewing are in conflict with his duties as a parent and a citizen.”
Jared Cohen, the brewery’s chief operating officer, will take over as chief executive, the company said.
In a post on Substack titled “New York, I Love You (But You’re Bringing Me Down),” Mr. Stylman said he wanted to be free to speak his mind “without fearing that my place of employment — and most importantly, the team of people who work there — will be held responsible for my personal views.”
Mr. Stylman’s comments last month led to a wave of criticism, with some patrons threatening to withhold their business. Lincoln Restler, a City Council member from Brooklyn, said he changed his mind about plans to host an event at Threes when he learned of Mr. Stylman’s remarks about vaccine mandates.
In an interview with The Times Mr. Stylman stated he was vaccinated. The brewery has also complied to a city mandate requiring patrons to present proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants and bars.
On Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams indicated that he will let that policy expire next Monday if there are still no reports of coronavirus infections.
Mr. Stylman said in the interview that when he angrily compared the city proof-of-vaccination policy to the Holocaust and segregation in the Jim Crow South, “I guess I acted out, and wanted to share a point of view publicly to try to preserve any level of personal integrity or humanity.”
Employees of Threes Brewing condemned Mr. Stylman’s remarks in a statement on Feb. 17. “We do not stand by our C.E.O. Joshua Stylman’s comparisons of the mandate to historic atrocities based on religion or race,” they said. “We think the comparisons are inappropriate and inaccurate.”
Threes Brewing has locations on Governors Island, in Huntington, N.Y., and in the Gowanus, Greenpoint, Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Source: NY Times