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Help The Local Public House of Bellingham create Washington's first community oriented Not For Profit Brewery. The Bellingham Beer Lab!
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The Local Annex and Bellingham Beer Lab expansion project is intended as a way to further develop the already established Local Public House as well as bring back to life an idea that has been circulating within the local beer community for a couple of years; The Bellingham Beer Lab. The proposed project will inhabit the space adjacent to the already established taproom/restaurant at 1427 Railroad Avenue and would split floor-space between pub and brewery. 

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 The expanded tasting room (The Annex) would serve two unique purposes. On one hand it would increase the floor-space of The Local Public House by adding additional seating as well as multiple bar games such as pool tables, dart boards and a shuffle board table. In addition, this expansion would house Washington's first non-profit brewery; the newly envisioned Bellingham Beer Lab.
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The idea behind the Bellingham Beer Lab is to serve as a brewery incubator as well as an open creative space for home brewers, professional brewers and all those interested in the craft beer industry. The Beer Lab will operate under the guidance of Menace Brewing but will be its own independent organization.
Bellingham Beer Lab (BBL)
Bellingham Beer Lab (BBL)
 


The Beer Lab will focus primarily on helping home-brewers establish and launch individual beer brands; giving them a space to brew as well as a venue to debut their product. It will be the goal of The Beer Lab to operate as a not-for-profit organization, with proceeds from beer sales going to the benefit of specific local charitable organizations selected by the brewers. (TBD)

Why a non-profit brewery?

Our unique position as an already established brewery and restaurant gives us the ability and experience to undertake a project like this. We also want to do something unique to Bellingham that will give us the ability to give back to a community that supports such a great industry!  

How does one operate a non-profit brewery?

With donations from local malt and hop distributors, as well as volunteer time from B.B.L member-brewers, we feel that we can operate a non-profit brewery with decent level of efficiency.  We will also have an established support system on our side, stemming from both The Local Public House and Menace Brewing to help organize and facilitate day to day operations. 

What else will the Bellingham Beer Lab do?

Additionally, it is the aim of this project to serve as an educational platform from which to organize brewing classes, host beer competitions, judging panels and other beer-centric meetings. It will also generally strive to protect and further the interests of the craft brewing industry locally as well as state-wide and even nationally.

Risks and challenges

As with anything in life worth doing there comes a certain amount of risk and unforeseen obstacles. The great thing about this project is that we have the experience to recognize where these potential pitfalls may arise and are working right now to proactively avoid them. In our eyes the biggest hurdle with this project (besides its funding) is the navigation of uncharted waters. The fact that we will be the first non-profit brewery in Washington State only means we will have to learn some things as we go... Which of course, we welcome the opportunity. Not only for the advancement of the booming Bellingham beer industry, but for the betterment of our community and in particular those charitable organizations that will come to benefit from our model.

We WILL make this project an unprecedented success! Please help us reach our goal! Cheers!

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    $10 Reward Package - Our utmost gratitude to you! Those who pledge $10 to will have their name printed and framed in a collage made out of all the names of the people who supported us through Kickstarter! This will hang permanently in The Local! You'll also be mentioned on Facebook, receive a sweet sticker, as well as high fives for life when you come in for a visit!

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    $25 Reward Package - Not only will you receive the $10 Reward Package you will also receive a custom "B.B.L. supporter" sticker for you to slap on whatever you wish (i.e. car, fridge, friends back, ect...) Additionally you will get a custom B.B.L. keychain bottle-opener!

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    $50 Reward Package - Let's push things a bit further and give you not only the $25 Reward Package but give you a custom pint glass set (2 glasses) featuring one from Menace Brewing and one from The Beer Lab!

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    $100 Reward Package - So you want to pledge $100 towards our Kickstarter?! That's awesome! You will get everything from the $50 Reward Package as well as a custom T-Shirt to represent Washington's first non-profit brewery!

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    $250 Reward Package - This is a big one as far as getting some sweet gear from us as you will receive the $50 Reward Package as well as a custom Zip Hoodie to keep you warm and awesome (not that you need a hoodie to keep you awesome, you already are!).

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    $500 Reward Package - Things get interesting from here as not only will you receive the $100 Reward Package, you will also receive a Life-Long Mug Club Membership to The Local Annex and Local Public House! This is a custom 19.5oz mug with your name on it that will be behind the bar forever! Not only that, we will cover your dinner at The Local Public House on a date of your choosing.

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    $1000 Reward Package - Also known as the Brewer Package because we want you to come design and brew a batch of beer that will be featured on tap at The Local Public House! You will get the $100 Reward Package, plus you will receive a Life-Long Mug Club Membership to the Local Annex and Local Public House. Finally we will cover you and one other for dinner at The Local Public House on a date of your choosing!

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    $2500 Reward Package - The Annual Brewers Package, meaning you can come design and brew a batch of beer with us every year for life. You'll also get the $100 Reward Package plus you will also get a Life-Long Mug Club Membership to the Local Annex and Local Public House and dinner for up to four people on us at The Local Public House. We would also like to put up a custom portrait of you drawn up by our friend/artist Katie Johnson to honor your amazing pledge to us and hang it up at The Local Annex for life!

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    $7500 Reward Package - The master of all pledges because you will not only receive all of the items in the $2500 package but Tom Raden, our master welder, will build you a custom 1/2 barrel home brew system of your own! Complete with electric HLT, direct fire boil kettle, insulated mash tun, pump, chiller, all hoses and clamps needed. A system similar to what Menace Brewing started on, and you can have one shipped right to you!

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