Help us secure space in Oklahoma's brewing cooperative. We'll make sure your adventures are properly celebrated.
Black Mesa Brewing Company is the vision of two guys from Oklahoma City who are having fun seeing the character of Oklahoma's craft beer movement take shape. Chris Sanders is a long-time homebrewer (10+ years) who decided to return to school to earn a brewing certificate with endorsements from industry heavyweights such as the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Institute for Brewing and Distilling, and the University of Wisconsin. Brad Stumph is a long-time beer enthusiast who is almost certain that at least one of your unalienable rights (mainly the pursuit of happiness) would be violated if Chris did not offer his craft for all Oklahomans to enjoy.
Black Mesa Brewing Company will use backer funding to secure the time and space needed to brew at OKCity Brewing Co. (a brewing cooperative) for 8 months. OKCity Brewing Co. is a essentially a microbrewery incubator that allows start-ups to begin brewing industrial-sized batches before they have the industrial-sized investments needed to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. Your donations will support not only Black Mesa Brewing Co., but a cooperative model of brewing that could introduce even more brewers into our increasingly beer-savvy state.
The inspiration for our brewery's name comes from an area of Oklahoma where mesas rise out of the high plains. Black Mesa is Oklahoma's highest point at 4,793 feet above sea level. You're not likely to wander that far west in Oklahoma unless you find adventure in the blank spaces on maps. We say, all who wander are not lost.
Here is a sampling of rewards ready to go at this time. Some are still being created by our partners. We will post pictures of finished products as we get them.
We are planning on having a rewards pick-up day at the brewery on a weekend in early March. More details will follow. Please try to make it if you can. By coming to the reward pick-up day, you will get a chance to see the equipment and space your pledge helped secure. This will also help to ensure that a maximum amount of your support goes directly to the cause by saving shipping costs. Of course we know that our support network reaches far beyond OKC, and we will be happy to ship rewards for anyone that can not make it in March. But the most important reason for the pick-up day is so that we can personally thank each and every one of you who have enjoyed our beers and want to see more!
To anticipate how the limited edition T-shirt and Poster Print will turn out, check out examples of some of Jason Pawley's other work at http://pinesprimitive.storenvy.com
Check out the Luke's 5-Line website, and start making plans for next September! We're hoping to bring a truckload of cyclists out to Black Mesa to help Luke raise money for those living with cancer http://lukes5line.com
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Chris and I knew that we would face many challenges when we launched a new brewery. As a 2-man operation, we could not have done it without having access to a brewing cooperative. Your pledge is partially a vote of support for Black Mesa and partially a vote of support for the cooperative brewing model. Any success we see will surely embolden the other aspiring brewers among us and result in a more vibrant brewing community. The next 8 months will be a critical time in our creative development, but we want our backers to be confident that they will be drinking hand-crafted ales and lagers from Black Mesa Brewing Co. long after they've received their Kickstarter reward.
So, we launched 4 months ago with every intention of one day coming to Kickstarter to ask for your support. But, it was important for us to make at least one beer available to a handful of restaurants and pubs first. Now we don't have to ask craft beer enthusiasts to support our approach before getting at least a pint of our vision. Now that we've earned the right to ask for your support, go try a Black Mesa Blonde or ESB and ask yourself if you want to go on this journey with us. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter if you need help finding locations where it's available.
Our tap locations by city:
Red Dirt Brewhouse
Two Sisters Bar and Grill
McNellie's Abner Ale House
The College Bar
Back Alley Blues and BBQ
The Dust Bowl
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Dec 26, 2012 - Jan 27, 2013
Pledge $5 or more
Sticker - This is going to look great on your VW Vanagon as you head out to the Mesa for a weekend of car-camping.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $15 or more
Embroidered Logo Patch - Sew this to your pack so the wanderers you meet on the trail know what you drink when you're exploring Oklahoma's fine public houses.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $25 or more
Set of 2 Wristbands with Logo - Perfect for all your adventure sport exploits (trail-running, paddling, mountain biking) or just ensuring that sweat doesn't impair your grip on a cold pint after mowing the lawn.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $30 or more
Logo T-Shirt - Logo on front, "All who wander are not lost" on back.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $40 or more
Limited edition T-shirt. Jason Pawley (the OKC artist who crafted our logo) is working on a T that will only be available to our Kickstarter backers. He has a bit of a rock-climbing habit, so we haven't seen a design yet. Check out http://pinesprimitive.storenvy.com for examples of his work.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $60 or more
Black Mesa Poster Print- Jason Pawley is our favorite artist/craft beer enthusiast/outdoor junkie. So, when he offered to do a limited edition, Black Mesa-inspired print for our Kickstarter backers, we took him up on it.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $90 or more
24 oz. Black Mesa Aluminum Water Bottle / Logo T-shirt combo - Until we figure out how to package our brew in Capri Sun pouches, this is the lightest way to haul Black Mesa into the backcountry, and look good doing it.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or more
Black Mesa Tap Handle - If you're willing to donate a Benjamin to a craft beer start-up, we're pretty sure you have a kegerator at home.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $150 or more
Wooden six-pack carrier. You drink classy beer, you need a classy carrier. This one is hand-made and constructed from 2 different kinds of wood. Black Mesa will be burned into one end so that your friends know that you're sharing the good stuff, not just cleaning out the fridge.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $175 or more
Black Mesa Grab Bag. The Sticker, Patch, Limited Edition T-Shirt, Poster Print, and Water Bottle as described above.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $200 or more
Pint Night- Be the next sponsor of a Black Mesa pint night. Bring the Blonde to your favorite Oklahoma hangout! That's right, you decide where. We'll work with pub management to make it happen. That shouldn't be an issue when we tell them that 48 Kolsch-style glasses with the Black Mesa logo have been donated in your honor. Of course we'll also be inviting our Facebook and Twitter friends to the "(Insert your name here) Pint Night". According to Oklahoma state law and Kickstarter rules, we can not give beer away. It will have to be purchased at the event. We apologize, but promise that you will have hero-status among pub-goers that night. "Estimated delivery" should be seen as earliest possible date for the event and subject to your favorite hangout's availability.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $200 or more
Pint Night- Be the next sponsor of a Black Mesa pint night. Bring the ESB to your favourite Oklahoma hangout! That's right, you decide where. We'll work with pub management to make it happen. That shouldn't be an issue when we tell them that 48 English dimpled pint glasses with the Black Mesa logo have been donated in your honour. Of course we'll also be inviting our Facebook and Twitter friends to the "(Insert your name here) Pint Night". According to Oklahoma state law and Kickstarter rules, we can not give beer away. It will have to be purchased at the event. We apologize, but promise that you will have hero-status among pub-goers that night. "Estimated delivery" should be seen as earliest possible date for the event and subject to your favourite hangout's availability.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $275 or more
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1st-ever Black Mesa Blonde Pint Night. The hardware for this reward is identical to Reward #11, but the glory is greater. You have become the patriarch/matriarch of Black Mesa Blonde Pint Nights. The real value of this reward is the countless times afterward you will remind your friends that Blonde pint glasses probably wouldn't exist if not for your valor and exquisite palate.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $275 or more
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1st-ever Black Mesa ESB Pint Night. The hardware for this reward is identical to Reward #12, but the glory is greater. You have become the patriarch/matriarch of Black Mesa ESB Pint Nights. The real value of this reward is the countless times afterward you will remind your friends that ESB pint glasses probably wouldn't exist if not for your valor and exquisite palate.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $350 or more
Assistant Brewer. Be our guest in the brewery as we brew either the Blonde or ESB. Chris will explain the brewing process so that you can see how we turn grain into beer. We usually brew during normal business hours, so chances are good you also get to skip out on work for the day.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $500 or more
A Brewing Lesson. You get a brewing lesson on the pilot system that we use to test and tweak new recipes. You get to be part of the Black Mesa R&D team for the day. You will work with Chris to develop a recipe for your favorite beer style. We will have all the ingredients ready on the day of your lesson. Be prepared to spend most of the day in the brewery. Our small test batches take almost as long to brew as our larger ones.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
Black Mesa Guest of Honor at the 2013 Luke's 5-Line ride. This bicycle tour benefits the LiveStrong Foundation and starts in the shadow of Black Mesa. Choose from several distances with the longest ride spanning 120 miles and crossing through 5 states. It is truly one of the most spectacular rides in the Southwest. We will cover your entry fee (which includes 2 nights lodging and meals at Camp Billy Joe) and outfit you with a Black Mesa cycling jersey. If at least 4 people pledge at this level, we will also provide transportation to and from Oklahoma City. Check out www.lukes5line.com to learn more about the race and the inspirational young man raising money for those living with cancer.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013