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Bearded Bird Brewing, a co-op inspired brewery, looking to bring homebrewers out of the garage and beer lovers to the taps.
Bearded Bird Brewing, a co-op inspired brewery, looking to bring homebrewers out of the garage and beer lovers to the taps.
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Bearded Bird Brewing

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Taster, Growler, and Pint glass
Taster, Growler, and Pint glass

Bearded Bird Brewing

We will be a 5bbl microbrewery set in Downtown Norfolk,VA. We plan on serving a multitude of different beers alongside four flagships. We will have an open tasting room that includes a spacious back patio, and hope to also make our beers available for purchase in local restaurants. We hope to start something special by offering home-brewers the chance to brew their beers in house by holding quarterly home brew competitions and letting the public vote for them through our brewery membership program.

Where the magic happens!
Where the magic happens!

Who We Are 

Bearded Bird Brewing is the brainchild of Joe Cloonan, Kathleen Ruehlmann, Brittany Jones, Matthew Hartl, Scott Moran, and Zachary Phillips. Yes we know, that's a decent size group, but hey it takes a village to make great beer. Which is the true foundation of Bearded Bird Brewing. Most of us started making beers in our garages and kitchens with friends and family, and now we want to brew with you. Between us we have 10+ years of brewing experience, alongside 15+ years of business management and customer service experience. A rag tag group brought together by our love of craft beer, our different backgrounds have turned us into a brewing dream team. From Kat’s hefeweizen obsession to Joe’s motto of trying anything once, our wide array of taste paired with our brewing capabilities will set up the brewery’s roller coaster of brews. 

An early view.
An early view.

What Do We Want 

Our real goal in all of this is to see your beers, or your neighbors beers on tap. No matter where we brew we will always be home brewers at heart,we remember the days of creating that perfect beer, that sat in our closets fermenting, or the first one that exploded in that same closet. Our goals is to hold quarterly tasting competitions between home brewers and let the public put them on our taps. We want to give brewers and enthusiast the chance to try some truly one of a kind brews, YOURS! 

The soon to be bar.
The soon to be bar.

How Will We Do It

We have been in the build out phase since June, and should be completed by the beginning of August. We've been working tirelessly and dealing with the ups and downs of taking on such a task, and nothing will slow us down. However, with this Kickstarter we hope to spread the word about who are and what's to come, but most importantly raise funds to help guarantee a successful launch. By funding this project, you can help us achieve our goal while also  receiving some awesome rewards, from free tastings, to swag, to deciding what we serve for your drinking pleasure. Together we can take this growing community of craft beer to the next level. Before we open we will hold our first home brewers competition and the top four beers selected by public/ and member votes will be on tap when we open our doors. We plan to do this every quarter to keep a constant rotation of home brewed recipes on tap.

Nothing worth doing is ever easy
Nothing worth doing is ever easy

The Deal With The Memberships

Brew Members are what keeps the community involved in all things Bearded Bird. Brew Members receive countless perks such as free merchandise, member discount days, access to members only tastings and events, discounted facility rentals, tasting sessions to help decide the best beers for us to create plus the final vote in which home-brewers end up on tap!  As a member of Bearded Bird your contribution and involvement will be paramount to our success!! Everything we do is to create beer that you want and we can't do that with out you!

What This Will Fund

This Kickstarter is going to help start our beer making and tasting process.  It will go to our intial set of ingredients, and funding our first tasting batches.  Additionally, it will start our memebrship program, and cover our start up operational cost.  

Risks and challenges

Starting a business will always be risky, from financing to making a great product. With your help, we may be able to avoid some of the challenges, however if any occur we will keep everyone informed.

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    Ultimate Swag Grab

    Swag grab #2: 1 yr. brewery membership, sticker, bottle opener key chain, founding member t-shirt, growler, etched pilsner, 2 tickets to our pre-open tasting session.

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    Lunch and tasting for four with the brewers, 2 yr. Membership for purchaser, founding member t-shirts and etched pilsners for all, and 2 tickets to pre-opening party for purchaser.

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    1 on 1 crafting session with head brewer, private tasting for 15, everything from Swag grab #2, 2 tickets to pre-opening party.

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