We want to open a brewery in Denton, TX called Armadillo Ale Works. Our goal is to provide our community with quality handcrafted ales.
ANOTHER UPDATE!!!! (6/20/11)
We've got the T-shirt design in for the $50 incentive. It was designed by our friends, Lunch Buddies. Check it out:
Anyone who pledges as little as $1 will get their name on our "Wall of Fame" in the brewery. One wall in the brewery tour area will be dedicated all the people who had a hand in opening Armadillo Ale Works. The more you pledge, the bigger your name will be printed on the wall.
HELP DENTON GET A BREWERY:
We need additional funding so we can start brewing and distributing, allowing you to get your hands on some locally brewed beer!
Kickstarter is a great way for supporters like you to send donations to projects like this one. In return, we’ll send you a gift (check out the list to the left >>>). Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you had a part in opening Denton’s first brewery!
Your card will only be charged if we reach our goal by June 30, 2011.
If we hit our goal, it will allow us to actually brew and distribute our beer to your favorite watering hole.
Here’s whatcha gotta do:
- Start a Kickstarter account. All you have to do it enter your e-mail and create a password. Easy, huh?
- Sign into Amazon. If you already have an account you're good to go!
- Pledge $1 or more (your card will only get charged if we reach $30,000 by June 30!)
We want to open a small artisan brewery in Denton, TX called Armadillo Ale Works. We currently brew beer in ten-gallon batches using an old keg, two Igloo coolers, a couple of old tables, and turkey fryer. Oh, and we do all of this in Bobby’s parents’ garage. We’ve also taken over their lovely garden patio with fridges and freezers for our fermenting and cellaring space.
We would love to distribute our beer and hopefully have it spread like wildfire throughout Dallas/Fort Worth area. Unfortunately, the government says it’s illegal to distribute our beer right now- something about health codes and how you can’t sell food that’s made in a garage and on a patio. Go figure!
Sooooo, our goal is to get out of Bobby’s parents’ garage and into our own space, buy some brewing equipment that’s just a little bigger, and get approved to distribute our beer.
We understand it’s one thing to have a dream and another to actually have the skills to make that dream come true. Bobby has homebrewed for 6 years and 3 years professionally at Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, TX. Yianni has earned his bachelors in Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas and will complete his masters in Strategic Management this summer. We’ve been hard at work for over a year now developing Armadillo Ale Works and we are confident that, with our skills combined, we will be able to make our dream a reality.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The money that we raise here on Kickstarter will be used to purchase some new, bigger equipment and help us get a lease on a warehouse space here in Denton.
~ $500 will get us a grain mill
~ $5,000 will get us some kegs
~ $17,000 will get us a brewhouse
A BREWERY / VENUE / ART GALLERY / SUPER-FUN-TIME CENTRAL:
Once we move into our own space, we’d like to utilize it not just as a brewery, but as an outlet for local artists and musicians to showcase their talent. We plan to have art openings and concerts within the brewery and serve beer at those events.
We believe that bigger is not necessarily better, and good things come in small packages: like babies, puppies, and kittens. We believe beer should be no different. By staying small, we’ll be able to devote the time, care, and love to each beer, allowing us to take an artistic approach to our craft. Being small will also give us the opportunity to experiment and come up with some crazy special releases and seasonals too.
OUR STARTING LINE-UP:
Don’t be a chicken, this golden ale is light in color but not in flavor. The light malty-ness combined with a moderate amount of hops creates a very accessible and tasty brew.
Hefeweizen may be hard to say, but this one is easy to drink. Hefe-What?! is a crisp and refreshing hefeweizen. Traditional clove and banana notes created by the yeast blend nicely with the unique citrus flavors from the addition of grapefruit peel and coriander. If you’d like to garnish it with fruit, forget about a lemon wedge or orange slice; you deserve better! We recommend a huge slice of a Texas grown Ruby Red Grapefruit.
FUIPA Imperial IPA
It’s not what you think, this is no ordinary pale ale. It’s a Freaking Unreal India Pale Ale! It’s got a gigantic malt profile and a fatty dose of hops. This big ol’ beer will swallow your face with every sip.
WARNING: The FUIPA is a lot to handle. If you don’t think you can do it, you probably can’t.
This full bodied stout is loaded with flavors of coffee and chocolate with a hint of nuttiness. Named for the displaced Quakertown settlement (1875-1922) in Denton.
Denton is a great town that we deeply love. We intend to be extremely involved with local organizations and projects. Through donations, volunteering, and sponsorships, we hope to support and enrich our community.
So, pledge today and tell everyone you know to do the same! With your help, we can bring Denton it's first brewery.
Thanks & Cheers!
Bobby & Yianni
In short, as soon as possible.
There are many factors that are going to determine when we open (raising additional capital, waiting on equipment to be manufactured and shipped, waiting on licenses and permits, construction, etc.). If you really want an estimate (and a very rough one at that) we'd have to say 1-1 1/2 years.
Yes, but not in the traditional sense. We will have a small tasting area that will be open for tours and events where you can come try our beer for free.
No. While we did start out with the intent to open a brewpub, we quickly realized that running a restaurant would take our attention away from the beer.
We are looking into a location right now. Most likely we will be in the warehouse area along Shady Oaks here in Denton.
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May 12, 2011 - Jun 30, 2011
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Gets you an awesome Armadillo Ale Works sticker and a shout out on our Facebook and Twitter. Instant celeb status!
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Above + a handy-dandy Armadillo Ale Works bottle opener keychain.
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Above + a pint glass with our logo printed on it.
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Above + you’ll get to rock an Armadillo Ale Works T-shirt. You’ll earn 10 cool points with your friends every time you wear it.
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Above + an invite to our VIP Kickstarter Grand Opening Party at our brewery.
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Above + an invite (you and one guest) to a private beer tasting with us.
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Above + you get to spend a day brewing with us at our brewery. You’ll see how the magic happens, where the magic happens.
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Above + a homebrewing session with us. We’ll get you a homebrew starter kit, come to your house, and walk you through the process. Fresh, tasty beer, made by YOU!
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Above + we’ll throw you and 3 guests a beer dinner. 4 delicious courses, each specially designed to be paired with one of our beers. We'll also send you and your friends home with some awesome pint glasses.
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Above + you’ll get a private party at the brewery for you and 25 of your closest friends (you could invite strangers, but that would be awkward). We'll handle everything from drinks to getting food catered & even send everyone home with a shiny new pint glass too!
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Above + you’ll get to name one of our tanks (It’ll be printed on it for the whole world to see).
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Above + you’ll get to work one on one with us to create a beer. Best of all, the beer will be named by you! You could name it after yourself, your Mom, your dog, or whatever you like. How cool is that?