We are opening a brewery in the heart of Pinellas County Florida specializing in small batch, hand crafted, artisanal Ales and Lagers.
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Welcome to the Rapp Brewing Company Kickstarter project page!
The goal of this project is to fund the brewery's tasting room. We want to create the perfect environment for beer enthusiasts to come and sample the latest brewmaster's creations. We love to share our beers and get feedback as we continuously strive to improve and create new beers.
Greg Rapp, our brewmaster, started making wine over 30 years ago. He later added sake and mead making. Eight years ago he received a beer making kit for Christmas and soon found himself with a hobby that was outgrowing his house! Two years ago he founded the Pinellas Urban Brewers Guild - a home brewing club, which quickly grew to over 100 members! The club attended many craft beer events in the area where Greg was able to get feedback on his beers from thousands of craft beer aficionados. The overwhelming response was "Wow! Where can I buy this beer?". So, after over 200 batches and many awards he decided to follow his passion and open a brewery...
We are opening a nano sized brewery in the heart of Pinellas County Florida. We specialize in small batch, hand crafted, artisanal Ales and Lagers. We focus on creativity - exploring beer styles and variations on them. We also brew styles that have long been thought lost and artfully create brews reminiscent of ages long ago. We plan on limited distribution and instead desire to focus on direct interaction with craft beer enthusiasts. In that effort we are including a 650 sq. ft. tasting room in our brewery build out and will be using the funds generated by this Kickstarter project to develop the perfect atmosphere for craft beer lovers to meet, sample our creations, and discuss their thoughts about our beers with us and their peers. This will be a great place to meet friends and explore all the interesting beers we will have on tap. We also plan on hosting periodic events - maybe monthly, which will include special release beers, food, and entertainment.
What do You get?
Everyone who donates will be listed on our wall of fame in the tasting room. Impress all your friends when you bring them to the brewery and show them that you helped make this possible! Also notice that all award levels accumulate - for each level you get that level and all prior levels! We hope that each of you can stop by the brewery to personally pick up your awards - we would love to meet you, but we realize that is not always possible so we will be happy to ship them to you. Also don't worry if you can't make an award event at the brewery - we will try and schedule several over a period of time. If you are out of town we also have you covered - just let us know when you will be in the area and we will arrange something special just for you!
What do We get?
We will use these funds for the build out of our tasting room. The plans call for approximately 650 square feet including a twelve foot bar, ADA compliant bathroom, and table seating for up to 32 beer lovers. We will also have a large overhead door opening into the unused brewery area which can be opened to allow access during special events.
The Tampa Bay area (We) gets another brewery to add to its quickly growing list of breweries - adding to its reputation as a destination for craft beer lovers. The tasting room will be an added draw for tourists and local beer lovers!
All funds from this project will be used exclusively for the tasting room and/or brewery. We do not draw a salary and do not plan on paying ourselves for at least the first 2 years. All profits (if any) will be reinvested in the brewery to allow for continuous improvement and growth.
How do I Donate?
CREATE a Kickstarter account... all it takes is an email and a password.
SIGN IN at Amazon.com - if you don't have an account it is simple to set it up.
PLEDGE - choose a level that you feel comfortable with. Note that your credit card will only be charged when we reach our full goal.
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Some details about us...
We are located in a 3,200 sq. ft. warehouse. Kind of empty looking - isn't it? Note the location of the tasting room up front on the left side...
The Brewery construction has begun - the brew house is nearing completion. We will be able to produce multiple 50 gallon batches on our direct fired custom built automated brewing system. That will be enough volume to supply the tasting room as well as limited local distribution of several of our brands. Using direct fire will allow us to create those great flavors through kettle caramelization which are a key signature of many styles.
We also have nearly 20 barrels of fermentation capacity spread over 12 fermentation vessels. This allows us to create a great variety of beers - we plan to have 20 on tap. We will also maintain an extensive yeast bank which contributes to the uniqueness of our beers since easily 1/3 of a beer's flavor is created by the yeast!
Our roots are in the home brewing community. Here is the PUBGuild at the 2011 Wazoo event in Tampa which was attended by over 5,000 craft beer fans. We had 17 beers on tap and were totally swamped for nearly 5 hours! We plan on maintaining our close ties to the home brewing community by hosting home brew events at the brewery. Exceptional home brewers will be provided the opportunity to brew their beers on our system and make them available in our tasting room.
Thank you everyone for your support!
We hope you chose to support this project, in any case, we appreciate everyone who has offered to help us and provided encouragement to pursue our dreams!
Greg and Dawn Rapp
Check Out the Rewards:
- Wooden Nickels - how they are made
- Logo Pint Glass
- Home Brewing Class
- Donor Appreciation Event
- Polo Shirt
- Tap Handle
- Donor Appreciation Dinner
- VIP Status
- Beer and Food Pairing Event
- Name a Fermenter
- Design and Brew Your Own Beer
- Release party for your beer
Void where prohibited by Law.
Must be age 21 or over.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 2, 2012.
Mar 3, 2012 - May 2, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
you will receive our undying gratitude and your name will be proudly displayed on the wall of donors in the tasting room you helped fund! Impress your friends when you bring them to the brewery and show them your name on the wall of donors!!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $5 or more
the above...plus a cool brewery logo sticker! I put stickers on my laptop to make it stand out so no-one "accidentally" picks it up!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $15 or more
all of the above...plus a commemorative wooden nickel - worth more than a nickel (wink wink)!! Hey...we will even throw in an exclusive brewery tour!!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
all of the above...plus an official brewery logo pint glass. Your glass will be waiting for you at the brewery. You may have to empty the glass before you can take it along with you - we'll rinse and dry it for you for free!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
all of the above...plus a custom brewery high quality t-shirt. One of my favorite t-shirts - really comfortable and in really cool colors. The front has our brewery logo and the back exhorts you to drink responsibly...by supporting your local breweries!! Aww heck...we'll even throw in another wooden nickel for you!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $75 or more
all of the above, of course...plus a home brewing class at the brewery. We would like nothing more than to turn you on to making your own beer. Our goal is to make you an expert home brewer. After attending this class you will be eligible to assist at the brewery on brew days and help us create awesome and unique brews!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
all of the above...plus an invitation to a donor appreciation event at the brewery. Oh yeah...plenty of food...lots of beer lovers to mingle with, and plenty of refreshments to wet your whistle...Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $150 or more
all of the above...plus a high quality brewery logo polo shirt...show your support for our brewery!! Why not throw in another wooden nickel - can't have too many of them!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $200 or more
all of the above...plus a hand made brewery tap handle! Hand made by the brewmaster himself - bet you thought my only talent was making awesome beers!!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $250 or more
all of the above...plus an invitation for you and a guest to attend a donor appreciation dinner at the brewery. Sit down dinner - room permitting...hey if we run out of room we'll go ahead and schedule another one of these events! There will be lots of fellow beer lovers to mingle with and some entertainment - if we can find some that will work for beer!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $350 or more
all of the above...plus VIP access to all public events and special releases - no waiting in lines! Come right on in for our special events...call ahead and reserve your special releases...we got you covered!!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
all of the above...plus an invitation to a beer and food pairing event at the brewery for you and 5 guests. This should be a really fun one - show off YOUR brewery to your friends...dinner, entertainment, and refreshments...show them what you helped make possible!!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $750 or more
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all of the above...plus you get to name one of our fermentation vessels. We only have 12 vessels right now so this is a very exclusive reward. We will refer to the vessel using the name you assign to it...and will reference that vessel's name in all the beers that are fermented in it!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
all of the above (whew!)...plus you get to jointly design, brew, and name (within legal limits!) a batch of your very own custom brew! Lets sit down and design your perfect beer - might take a trial batch or two - but that's OK! Once we nailed it...we'll brew a full sized batch and put it on tap in the tasting room for others to critique (be nice folks!!) Hey...if it flies we might make it a regular offering and we will credit you as the creator!!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
all of the above...plus we will host a private release party for you and up to 25 of your friends to commemorate the beer you created at the previous reward level!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012