WE ARE FULLY FUNDED! THANK YOU CIDER FANS!
GREAT REWARDS ARE STILL TO BE HAD, SO KEEP THOSE PLEDGES COMING!
We are opening a Public Taproom in our new Cidery and need your support.
For those of you who don't know me, let me take a moment to introduce myself.
I am Reverend Nat West and I make hard cider in Portland Oregon. I have been making hard cider for the last 6 years or so and about a year and a half ago, I turned my hobby into a business. I've been supplying hard cider, all made in the garage and basement of my home, to thirsty customers throughout Oregon and (recently) Washington.
I started the business with one thousand gallons of hard cider in inventory, which I thought would last me a year or so, but I sold out in about three months. So I made about fifteen hundred gallons more, thinking that would tide me over a little longer, but that sold out in another few months. I've been on a rapid curve since then, and expect to produce about 15,000 gallons of hard cider in 2013. In order to make enough hard cider to meet demand, I have hired some helpers and am smack-dead in the process of moving out of the basement and garage and into a 3500 square foot cidery. So I guess I should stop saying "I" and start saying "we".
In the last few months, we've moved production into a big new cidery.
The new cidery is almost ready for us to move in, and we've spent a lot of money to get this far. In the last few months, we've purchased a large new apple juice press, some very large fermentation tanks (over 5000 gallons worth), a nice industrial-sized system of apple handling conveyors and dumpers and stuff, a huge walk-in cooler and a forklift. Not to mention stocking up on apples for the coming year (10000+ gallons ready to go). And we've spent quite a bit of money providing a livelihood for various and sundry local tradesmen like carpenters, plumbers, electricians and HVAC guys who have helped and are helping us build out the new cidery. Much of the money spent so far came from revenue from our growth and some of it from bank loans, equipment leases and equity investors. We are well-financed for the production side of the cidery.
Now that you know a little about us and the production side of the business, let me take a moment to tell you about this Kickstarter campaign.
The production side of making cider -- putting it in a bottle and getting it onto store shelves -- has been our top priority from day one. But our new cidery has great potential for a public taproom. We've met so many people in the past year and they all seem to want to drink cider straight from the source. So that's what our Kickstarter campaign is all about: raising funds to build out a public taproom in our new cidery. This campaign isn't about raising money to start a business - we already have a successful and growing business. And the campaign isn't about opening the new big production cider - we are already funded for that. The campaign is about wanting to create a place where fans and friends can come enjoy a pint or a taster tray while checking out the process and equipment.
We have architectural and engineering work done, along with a detailed construction budget and timeline so it'll be a slam-dunk to get the public taproom built once we have sufficient funds to do so. We need this funding now since we are in the middle of construction and build-out on the rest of the cidery. So building the bar and the rest of the taproom will just get added onto the rest of the job resulting in greatly reduced costs.
Please check out the rewards and help us help you enjoy Reverend Nat's Hard Cider.
Here is how we're going to spend the money we raise
- Electrical: $1750 (AW Electric)
- 5 keg underbar cooler: $2900 (Rose's Restaurant Equipment Supply)
- Hand sink plumbing: $750 (P Plumbing)
- Bar made from reclaimed wood from the building: $1200 (NW Carpentry)
- Back bar cabinetry & stainless top: $600 (Rebuilding Center & PF Stainless)
- Glassware & racks: $450 (Restaurant Depot)
- Barstools: $500 (OFPNW and Craigslist)
- Seating and picnic tables: $2200 (OFPNW and Craigslist)
- Rug to cover the cold concrete: $400
- Total: $10,750
The remaining $3750 of the Kickstarter goal will go to pay for rewards and the minor Kickstarter fees.
Stay tuned for continuing construction updates!
Risks and challenges
It's important to know that we're not here on Kickstarter trying to fund our dream. We are already living the dream, waking up at 6 am every day and working until midnight or 1 am every night, making cider and running this growing business. We are here on Kickstarter so that we can answer "YES!" to the common question of, "Do you guys have a taproom?" We're about two months into the build-out of the production side of the cidery and overcoming hurdles every day in order to make it happen. With your support, we can add the build-out of the public taproom to the project and git 'er done now!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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