Founded by a small band of misfits, VILLAIN stands on the threshold between microbrewery and art gallery.
WHAT IS VILLAIN BREWING COMPANY?
One night while drinking together, Chris Hahn and Danny Quinonez - two students at CalArts - joked around about starting their own brewery in the secrecy of their studio. It would be an elaborate hoax: they would design custom beer bottles, build a bar, and try to pass it off to their professors as a conceptual art piece. After a while (and few drinks later) they realized that this idea was very much achievable: they had found a way to perfectly combine their passion for craft beer with their own artistic talents. They soon recruited designers and close friends Matthew King and Arnulfo Reyes to help make this vision a reality. Together they founded Villain Brewing Company.
WHAT SETS VILLAIN APART FROM THE OTHER BREWERIES?
Founded by a small band of misfits, VILLAIN stands on the threshold between microbrewery and art gallery. As working artists ourselves, our creative skills and mentalities are reflected in the beer we make. We provide the same level of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and experimentation to our brew that we would in our photographs or graphic designs. Our goal is to stay nano and brew in small batches, allowing us to try out unique ingredients and create new recipes inspired by customer suggestions.
In addition to being a craft brewery, the location will also operate as an alternative artist-run gallery. We’ve seen many talented individuals graduate from art school, struggle to establish themselves, and often give up on their passion. The creative world is cutthroat and it’s nearly impossible to find a gallery or venue willing to take a risk on a newcomer. Our goal is to provide that opportunity - to help young artists, musicians, and writers kickstart their own careers.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is an innovative new way to help fund creative projects through an unique all-or-nothing method: we only receive your money if we reach our goal of $20,000 by our due date. Every cent of the donations will be used to help us get the licensing, permits, and equipment required to open up our brewery. In return for your generosity you will receive special edition merchandise. These will be hand-made and exclusive to Kickstarter funders.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
- First press the green "Back This Project" button on the upper right corner.
- Start a Kickstarter account. Either enter your e-mail and create a password or sign in through a Facebook account. We promise you that there won’t be any spam.
- Sign-in to Amazon.com. If you already have an account you are good to go!
- Pledge $1 or more via the list on the right. Done. Your card will only get charged if we reach our goal.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Opening up a brewery isn’t easy and with almost a year-long review we are bound to hit some obstacles along the way. Besides all the necessary licensing and fees, we'll need to work the city and health department to make sure the brewery meets all the necessary guidelines to operate legally.
Also all the rewards are hand-made. Nothing is mass-produced. As a result, they will require much time and scrutiny to make sure each item is acceptable. Our team will work around the clock to make sure you receive everything by our estimated delivery date. If there are any unforeseen setbacks, we will do our best to correct them to make sure you are satisfied.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 2.
Jan 1, 2013 - Mar 2, 2013 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Every little bit helps! To show our appreciation, your name will forever be on the VBC website's "Thank You" page.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $5 or more
Want to show off your support? For a fiver, you will get a sweet Villain Brewing pin and your name on the site! Plus we will give you a shout out on our official Twitter.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $15 or more
You will receive the laser engraved metal bottle opener ONLY! We have made this reward option available due to popular demand.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $25 or more
A vinyl sticker plus a collection of hand-made silkscreened postcards. Not to mention, you get the previous level rewards too.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or more
Our popular laser engraved metal bottle opener, hand-made matchbox, and everything above.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $75 or more
The complete Villain Crew collection: a custom pint glass, hand-made wooden coaster, and everything above.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or more
The Villain Crew collection plus an exclusive t-shirt, designed and printed by our very own Matt King.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $175 or more
An silkscreened poster and darkroom photo prints. These will be autographed and specific to the Kickstarter.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $250 or more
The VBC Membership Package: a growler, silkscreened flag, t-shirt, bottle opener, first dibs, and much more!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or more
In addition to the membership package, you get a custom six-pack carrier, your name engraved into our bar, plus everything above. But wait, there's more...you are invited to a private pre-opening party!Estimated delivery: Dec 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (14 of 15 left)
Everything above plus an exclusive hand-stitched VBC artist book and your name printed on every bottle. You and a guest are also invited to a private hands on tour of the brewery.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Our top donators will get showered with rewards! In addition to everything above, we will collaborate together on a brew, design, and name. We will also host a private tasting party for you and your friends.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013Ships within the US only