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Authentically Reviving an 1857 Lager Beer Saloon in St. Paul, Minnesota - Legend, Lore, and Definitely Lager!
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    Digital Sticker

    We value your contribution, at whatever level you can give. Receive our email thanks and digital backer sticker featuring our distinctive “double-wick” logo—and the pride of knowing you helped revive Waldmann!

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    Wagon Sticker

    Receive our durable, custom-designed Waldmann bumper sticker proudly bearing our “Lore, Legends and Definitely Lager” slogan. Suitable for sticking on your wagon, ice-box or water bucket.

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    Time Traveling Nail

    One day in the fall of 1857 a carpenter in Territorial Minnesota picked up a square nail cut from a plate of soft iron at a St. Louis foundry and—probably without much thought—hammered it into a virgin pine plank in Waldmann’s saloon. 160 years later, after Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg, the sinking of the Titannic, World War I, the discovery of penicillin, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, the Beatles’ arrival in New York, Apollo 11 and the invention of the Internet, we pried that nail from its plank and mailed it to you, for your donation of $25. The nail? Priceless. Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and a brief history of nails in America. Isn’t history fun?

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    Waldmann T-shirt

    So you like history but would frankly rather have a cool T-shirt? It’s your lucky day! Both history and t-shirt are yours, because the “double-wick” logo on the front of our 100% cotton high quality T is actually a subtle allusion to the double-wick oil lamps commonly used prior to the invention of kerosene in …. Ok, I get it, you just want the T-shirt!

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    Waldmann Baseball Cap

    In January of 1857 the National Association of Baseball Players was founded in New York, and by March of that year it was decided that 9 innings should make an official game, not 9 runs. Waldmann opened his doors six months later. Coincidence? Maybe not. Anyway, this thoroughly modern, quality navy-blue baseball cap bears our snappy white and gold embroidered logo and will keep you from scratching your head wondering.

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    Waldmann Glasses

    The glasses used in Civil War era saloons were small, thin and broke easily. So let’s not take authenticity too seriously. Our glasses are generously-sized, elegantly footed and strong—not to mention fashionably branded with our allusive double-wick logo. A set of 2 are yours for your generous gift of $45 or more.

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    Replica Civil War Playing Cards

    The standard deck of cards has hardly changed at all since its design by French cartiers in the 16th century, but during the Civil War German immigrant-soldiers introduced one innovation that has lasted to this day: the joker. The trickster’s name likely comes from the German word for euchre, “juker,” a game as engrossing in Waldmann’s time as it will be when you deal these cards at Waldmann, over a couple of lagers, in front of one of our wood-burning stoves. This replica Civil War deck includes the joker and is yours for a $40 bid. (Like the real Civil War playing cards, these are printed on uncoated paper.)

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    Waldmann T-shirt & cap

    How’s this for lager beer saloon spirit-wear? A perfectly matched Waldmann T-shirt and baseball cap, described as above, except we’ll substitute our diamond-shaped secondary logo on the cap to add a tasteful touch of variety to your swag—and save you $10 off of the separate T-shirt/cap-level donations!

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    Name on Wall of Supporters

    Swag not your thing, but just want to leave your mark on history? Let us publicly recognize your generous support of $100 or more by prominently inscribing your name or the name of a loved one--or maybe even a Waldmann-era ancestor--on our brilliant blue-painted Wall of Supporters. (All gifts of $100 or more are eligible for this reward.)

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    Waldmann’s Americana Poster

    This gorgeous, full-color, professionally-photographed 24”x36”poster shows the series 1850 American flag bearing 31 stars that flew at the time of presidents Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan—and Anton Waldmann—hung against one of Waldmann’s pre-restoration, bare limestone interior walls, framed by a rustic steamboat chair, wood barrel, tall weissbier and one of the double-wick whale oil lamps that inspired Waldmann’s logo. All of which will be found inside when we open. Unframed. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

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    Blacksmithing at Waldmann

    Parts of Waldmann’s construction employed hand-blacksmithed metalwork—so not coincidentally our restoration included several blacksmithed pieces made by area artists. Attend a small-group blacksmithing demonstration and lesson by metalsmith designer and Minnesota Guild member John Yust, held around hand-cranked coal-fired forges right in Waldmann’s own side yard. You’ll walk away feeling like a smithy—and with a timeless twisted clothes-hook forged by your own hands. Maximum 4 persons per group; approx. 2 ½ hours duration; beverages served AFTER the fire is out! This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Subject to mutual scheduling; weekends only.

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    Brewer’s Assistant for a Day

    Ever dream about brewing on a grand scale, from recipe development to milling, mashing, lautering and casting the yeast? Follow our Head Brewer for a full brew day and participate first-hand in the process as you learn the basics or refine your existing knowledge. Take home two free Waldmann T-shirts signed by our brewer, then return with your friends in about six weeks and let them taste the results! This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Limit of 3 sessions available, 2 people each.

    Delivery: Opening to 1st anniversary thereafter; advance scheduling required; subject to Head Brewer’s schedule.

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    Private Event for 15

    Same as the “Dinner and Beer Pairing for Four,” but we’ll expand the food platters and beverage offerings to serve up to 15 guests in your own private room on Waldmann’s second floor. Perfect for family celebrations, board retreats, Civil War roundtables, corporate dinners or small retirement gatherings. Two beverages per person. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Limit 4 groups for 3 hours each

    Delivery: Opening to 1st anniversary thereafter; advance scheduling required; excluding Fridays and Saturdays after 5:30pm.

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    ZweiStein Klub

    You’ll receive a traditional stoneware stein bearing Waldmann’s classic “double-wick” logo and two free refills per day—for the rest of your life. Leave your stein on our mug-rail for your next visit, or take it home if you prefer. Either way, we’ll always know your name. Limited to 35 members. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Delivery: Membership cards mailed July 2017; steins available at Waldmann following opening.

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    Private Event for 25

    Same as the “Private Event for 15,” but we’ll expand the food platters and beverage offerings to serve up to 25 of your guests and provide you with the exclusive use of our two adjoining rooms with private bar on Waldmann’s second floor. Perfect for large family gatherings, nonprofit fundraisers, client events, private concerts or euchre tournaments. Two beverages per person. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Limit 2 groups for 3 hours each

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    It’s All Yours

    Same as the “Private Event for 25,” but we’ll expand the food platters and beverage offerings to serve up to 50 of your guests, and provide you with the exclusive use of the entire premises, upstairs and downstairs, including both bars. Perfect for class reunions, nonprofit galas, campaign celebrations, historic re-enactor gatherings and just when you want to have the whole darn place by yourself. Two beverages per person. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Limit 1 group for 3 hours

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    Hand-Carved Woodblock Print

    St. Paul artist Andrew Hine’s hand-carved woodblock prints of local Twin Cities landmarks have an authenticity no camera could ever capture. Fortunately for us, in 2014 Andrew noticed Waldmann’s recently restored façade, which he meticulously carved in woodblock and presented to us as a gift. Unfortunately, Andrew then moved to Wales—but not before teaming up with Kent Aldrich of the award-winning Nomadic Press to produce an extremely limited-edition series of this same woodcut on archival art-stock paper made in Germany using spent barley grains from a brewery. Hand-numbered and signed by both artists, only 26 of these prints were ever made, and only 15 remain. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Framed; image size approx. 5” x 6”. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

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    Insider’s History Tour

    Waldmann’s owner, developer and history guide Tom Schroeder will take you and your guest(s) on a one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour of Waldmann, including the building’s unique limestone construction, saloon history, remarkable occurrences, the brewing process, and a presentation of the 160 years of artifacts—some quite curious—discovered beneath, inside and outside Waldmann’s walls. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

    Maximum 6 persons per group; beverages definitely served. Subject to mutual scheduling; during closed hours only.

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    Dinner and Beverage-Pairing for Four

    Waldmann’s journeyman chef and butcher is as passionate about non-clichéd German/American cooking as our Head Brewer is about brewing Old World lagers. Let them perform their combined magic for you and your guests by preparing a generous dinner platter of house-made weisswurst and nurenburger sausages, our signature “limestone potatoes,” local smoked and cured meats, freshly-baked breads, cheeses and vegetables. And definitely lager. Two beverages per person. This reward also includes your name on the Wall of Supporters, described above.

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