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High Five Co-op Brewery

High Five proves we have the skills but we also need to pay the bills.

High Five Co-op Brewery

High Five proves we have the skills but we also need to pay the bills.

$4,213
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 23 2014 4:25 PM UTC +00:00

About

Who is High Five Co-Op Brewery?

We are a group of individuals working together democratically to start the first cooperative brewery in Michigan.  We firmly believe every member owner deserves to have a voice in the direction of our community brewery.  Our current board of directors, elected by the member-owners, want to see a West Michigan brewpub which will will also act as an education center for the next generation of brewers coming up in the industry.  We are passionate about craft beer and have the desire to spread the word and knowledge we have about our craft while creating a world class product.  

But West Michigan has a bunch of great breweries.  What makes you different? 

You're right!  We are quite spoiled in West Michigan with the brewery options.  We actually aren't looking at competing directly with these great craft breweries and have actually done collaboration beers with several breweries in the greater Grand Rapids area.  We feel the beer scene in West Michigan is a very unique situation where everyone enjoys working together and can enjoy a fine crafted product with other local breweries.  We respect and thank the breweries in the area for the excellent products they craft as well as the enthusiasm and assistance they have shown us.  We want to offer people an opportunity to not only be a customer of a great craft brewery, but to be a part of it.  The co-op model allows every member-owner to have an equal say through the true democratic process.  One voice, one vote.  Member-owners will shape the future of the brewery by electing board members and voting on special elections to help determine the destination of our brewery.

So you don't have an actual brewery yet?

No, we don't have a location yet. This is where we need your help.  We have a lot of talented brewers who are part of our 100+ member-owners today and we are looking to secure funds which will allow us to put a down payment on a location and a brewing system.  We are looking at anywhere from a 3 to 10 barrel brewhouse and a physical space to support 200+ people.  Starting a co-op brewery in Michigan is a new endeavor and we've already spent a good deal of cash on the legal side of establishing us a legal entity in Michigan.  With your support we know we can take the next step to making the dream of a member owned brewery come true in this great beer state.  

We are High Five!
We are High Five!

Risks and challenges

Starting a brewery is a difficult endeavor. There are still state and federal government regulations which need to be addressed before the brewery can be started. We've been very grateful for our friends at Black Star Co-op Brewery in Austin, Texas who have trail blazed the way at the federal level but there are hurdles at the state level which still need to be addressed. We have kept in touch with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and believe we will have to go through the normal legalities to start a brewpub in Michigan, but we also understand it may take some time for them to process all the paperwork for a brewery with several hundred owners.

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    "Buy the pub a beer" - Thank you for supporting us! You'll receive a personalized thank you note along with a high five!

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    Sticker - You'll receive a "I support co-op beer" sticker and a thank you note.

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    Limited Edition Glasses - Our first run of shaker glasses had the logo screwed up. With your contribution you can own one of these rare limited edition glasses. We'll also throw in one of the stickers listed above.

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    "I helped build the co-op brewery" T-Shirt. This will be a single run, Kickstarter campaign only t-shirt. Also included is a sticker and personal thank you note.

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    1 Year Mug Club Membership - Our mug club memberships are unique as your mug club membership can also be upgraded into a full member-ownership. Every year you purchase earns a credit towards becoming a member-owner of the co-op. Mug clubbers (and member-owners) will have imperial pint glasses (19.2 oz vs the standard 16 oz) as well as access to special member parties. This one year membership will begin starting the day we open our doors.

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    Special Kickstarter limited edition hoodie. This will have the same limited edition "I helped build the co-op brewery" design as the t-shirt.

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    High Five logo stainless steel growler. - Dual walled stainless steel, vacuum sealed growlers. These things can keep a liquid hot or cold and only lose/gain a few degrees after several hours. You'll also get the t-shirt, sticker, and thank you note.

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    That's my chair! - You will have a chair at the brewery with your name on it. It will be custom engraved, perhaps have a bit of a saying. Just remember, even though your name is on it anyone can sit there. You'll also receive the t-shirt, sticker, and thank you note listed above.

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    Your own brew day and private backers party invite. - You and one guest get to help brew a batch of beer. You'll spend the day with the head brewer and have a private brewery tour once the brew is complete with the High Five team plus all the items listed in the "hoodie" reward level.

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    Beer God! - Be honored as High Five Beer God! Collaborate with our head brewer to design any style of beer you like. You can also help with the brewing process, name the beer, and have a release party thrown in your honor for supporting the brewery! Add a High Five Co-op Brewery work shirt, invite to private backers party, special "beer god" engraved chair, sticker, and thank you note!

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    Buy the co-op a fermentation tank. - All of the Beer God Title rewards, plus your name on one of our fermenters with rights to show friends whenever we're open and ready to escort, and your picture on our wall as a Founding Beer God Donator!

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Funding period

- (60 days)