Buffalo's smallest brewery will be open in the next few months: but first, we need to convert our space into a brewery!
What is this?
Community Beer Works is a small brewery in the process of opening in Buffalo, NY. We should be open by early 2012, and it has come to our attention that in order to be a functional brewery one needs money. That's where you come in: you can help support a local cause, be personally responsible for great beer hitting the market and get some cool stuff in the process.
If you mean "what is Kickstarter?" then I'd suggest you read a blog post we wrote on the subject, or look at Kickstarter's own FAQ. Essentially, we're asking you to give us money. In exchange, you get cool stuff. Your credit card isn't charged until our project ends and we reach our goal. If we don't get our target of $15,000 then we don't get any money and you don't get your stuff: so please, help us get there!
Who are you?
CBW is seven guys: Ethan, Dave, Rudy, Greg, Dan, Matt and Chris. Some of us have been friends for decades and some only a few years, but we've coalesced into a Borg-like hive mind focused on making great beer and having fun while doing it.
When we said our brewery was small, we mean really small. Our batches will be 1.5 barrels (bbl), which is 45 US gallons. Let's look at the Boston Beer Company, brewers of Sam Adams: if you compare the amount of beer they sold in 2010 to the amount we're projecting to sell in our first year, we would be an ant (5 millimeters) and they would be two giant squids stacked end to end (26.14 meters).
We're what's called a nanobrewery: a brewery that's much smaller than a microbrewery (we know the orders of magnitude are all wrong but it's what we're called so there). By starting small and expanding organically we hope to be able to provide fresh, exciting beer to Buffalo. Our flagship beer will be a pale ale: you'll consistently be able to find it at our brewery and at a number of good beer bars in the city. Beyond that, our small size will let us be flexible with seasonal and single batch beers: maybe we want to make a porter. Okay! Or maybe we'd like to try a mild. Sure! We'll be nimble enough to follow our whimsy.
I'm still confused
I'm sorry about that. Maybe reading more about us would help: our website has been updated weekly for a year and a half, with every Thursday bringing a new blog entry about our progress, beer news in general and, occasionally, videos of drunk squirrels. We also, like everyone else on earth, have a Facebook page and have been known to tweet as @communitybeer.
If you'd still like more clarification, or just want to say hi, you can drop us a line at email@example.com.
Ah yes, that. We'll need to work out the shipping costs on that and get back to you. Shipping is included in domestic orders, and of course Buffalo residents will be able to stop by the brewery and pick things up in person.
Sadly, no. Giving away alcohol is against Kickstarter's policies, and so it will come filled only with air. Our apologies.
Sorry, no. You won't be getting any equity in the company for your pledge. It is a little more than a pure donation, at least, in that you get some cool rewards in exchange for helping us out!
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You get a Kickstarter exclusive CBW sticker, the right to sign your name on the wall of our customer service area, a tour of the brewery and free high fives from the CBW owners (high fives usually priced at $0.23 each)Estimated delivery:
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A Kickstarter exclusive pint glass, a coaster hand-printed by us using the WNY Book Arts Collaborative's press, plus the $10 level's rewards.Estimated delivery:
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A Kickstarter exclusive, super awesome t shirt printed by our neighbors at Abaca Press. Plus the $25 and $10 rewards.Estimated delivery:
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A CBW branded growler (useful for getting our beer home once we're open), plus a matching growler koozie to keep the cold in and UV light out. Plus all the lower levels!Estimated delivery:
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You're invited to a Kickstarter-only brewmaster's class and discussion: learn how we make beer! You also get a CBW hoodie, plus all the lower levels.Estimated delivery:
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Get your name engraved on our bar! Plus double up on the lower levels: two of everything! Two stickers, two pint glasses, two coasters, two t shirts, two growlers, two growler kozies, two hoodies and two spots in the brewmaster's class.Estimated delivery:
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This level gets you an invite to a Kickstarter-only brewmaster's dinner. Enjoy great food and awesome beer while beering and dining with the CBW owners. This will be a night to remember, we promise (for additional tickets, add $100 each to your pledge). You also get a share in the Community Supported Agriculture program from the Massachusetts Avenue Project: we're donating our spent grain to their urban farm, and in turn you can reap the benefits! Plus all the lower levels. Note: This is the ONLY level at which you get the MAP subscription.Estimated delivery:
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We'll throw you a private party for you and nine of your closest friends! If you thought the brewmaster's dinner was going to be awesome -- and it will be! -- then just imagine the sort of shindig you'll get when we're focusing solely on you. Plus, of course, all the lower levels (besides the MAP subscription).Estimated delivery:
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Design a beer! There are limits, of course, most of them out of our hands, but we'll work with you to plan and name one of our beers. Its fate will be in your hands. You get this honor plus every other level we offer! (MAP subscription excluded)Estimated delivery:
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