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Our Independence, MO brewery and taproom will be a place to come together in pursuit of a common goal: Good friends and great beer!
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Who Likes drinking great  beer with friends in an incredible taproom?

We do, and we're kind of hoping that you do too! This kickstarter kind of depends on it.

Apex Aleworks and Taproom is opening this September, and we want you to be involved. We're building a place to come together in pursuit of a common goal: Making good friends and great beer. 

With your help, funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to upgrade our existing plans for our 1500 square foot taproom allowing us more creativity and flexibility. 

Our main goal is to create a community and destination based brewery and taproom with a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where we can all come together for the love of beer.

A Unique Experieance

Have you ever wanted to buy your friend a beer, but they couldn't join you? One of the features in our taproom will be our "beer board" where you will be able to buy a friend, a veteran, a first responder, or a complete stranger for that matter, a beer that will be waiting for her/him the next time s/he comes in -- or claim one sent to you! This is only one of the cool features we'll have waiting for you.

Community Involvement

We are committed to 10 special release beers per year. A Local charity will be chosen and $1 of each pint sold of that beer will be donated to them.  We want to give back to the community that gives us so much. 

Who Are We?

Jeremy Parratt fell in love with home brewing roughly thirteen years ago. Deciding there needed to be a better way to find a large selection of quality ingredients, and have them on hand for brew day, he opened Apex Brew Wares in his basement seven years ago. Business boomed and after two years it quickly became apparent he need a bigger commercial space and moved into a brick and mortar storefront in Independence, Missouri. Jeremy's vision is to build a homebrew and bbq supply, brewery and taproom under one roof.

 In order to make this vision a reality, he has recruited Tony DiPlacito and Josh Sartin to achieve this goal. 

Tony DiPlacito, a wildly passionate home brewer of eight years, joined Apex Brew Wares as a part time employee after his wife, not wanting to hear one more word about beer, asked Jeremy to please employ him in the summer of 2015. Doing what he loves, Tony currently spends Saturday discussing brewing techniques with customers. With over 230 brew sessions and over 40 proven recipes, Tony will be filling the role of Head Brewer. 

Josh Sartin, a life long KC native, grew to enjoy craft beer in the early 2000s. Enjoying the time spent at many craft beer breweries and working at a local taproom, Josh decided he wanted to get to know the beer world even more and see what it takes to open and be a part of the local growing Kansas City beer community. Josh will be joining Apex Aleworks as all things taproom. That is, if he grows his beard back...

What Can I Expect on Tap?  

So glad you asked. Tony and Jeremy are both classic style brewers. What does that mean? We like to think we brew good, solid, classic American and Continental style ales and lagers. We think there's a space for session strength beers. We would like you to be able to come in, hang out and spend some time with us while enjoying a few beers. 

Don't panic! We'll have a selection of special release and barrel aged beers on tap as well!

About Apex Aleworks

  • Apex Aleworks will be a 3000 sq/ft. brewery and taproom located on the east side of Kansas City, in Independence, MO. with Apex Brew & BBQ Supplies occupying an additional 3000 sq/ft. next door. 
  • Apex Aleworks will brew fresh local craft beer: year round, seasonal, and special release beers... 
  • Our team are experts in brewing and home brewing with over 20 years of brewing experience.

The Plan and Timeline:  

We are planning on having the taproom and brewery open to the public around September 1st. We have filed for city, county, state and federal brewing permits, have building permits in hand, and have started build-out. The brew system has been paid for and ordered. We are looking to have our brew system in place around July 20th.

Who We'd Like to Thank.

You of course, for even considering to be a part of this. You're going to make a big difference in our taproom buildout. 

We need to thank our families, who we are seeing a lot less of lately, for their support. Without it, we couldn't make this happen.

Mac Lamken for his time doing our engineering drawings and getting them to the city. 

The Rockstars over at Reactor Design Studios for their time to get to know us and designing a kick ass logo in time for this Kickstarter to go live!

John Sproules, Jimmy Gai, Ernie Cockrum, and Jeff Witte for helping us with demo, plumbing and the build out yet to come.

Nigel Woodberry for the awesome video you've hopefully watched.

Pete Dulin with Flatland KC for helping us break the news to the beer community.

Alana Broyles with Eleven Three  KC for the continued social media updates on our progress.

And all the members of Kansas City Bier Meisters, ZZ Hops, and Missouri Mashers homebrewing clubs, whose exchange of ideas and shared brew days helped us become the brewers we have become. We'll never stop learning or sharing.

Risks and challenges

Look, any new business has risks involved. We are mitigating that risk by self-investment in the project, handling all of the buildout we can, and assembling a crack team.

Fortunately, for Apex Aleworks, we will be the first brewery open in Independence, meeting untapped demand in the surrounding communities.

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    I Have No Bucks and I Cannot Lie!

    No worries, we'll give it back. Stop in at the taproom opening week and we'll give you a buck off for each dollar you invest at this level.

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    Here Here!

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    Here......Hold My Beer......

    Buy your (3) friends a pour and they don’t even have to be there. One of the features in our taproom will be our "pay it forward board" where you will be able to buy a friend a pour that will be waiting for her/him the next time s/he come in -- or claim one sent to you!

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    Parkville Pioneers Gold Star Shirt

    You deserve a Gold Star!! You are the first to invest, so you will be the first to get the swag!! Swing by our tent at Parkville Microbrew Festival and show us that you donated for this particular reward, and we will hand you a limited edition single run T- shirt right on the spot!! If we don't have your size available don't fret, we will get you one ASAP! Be one of only 25 people wearing the coolest shirt at the fest! We will only ever run this shirt, in this color scheme, one time. You will literally be one of 25 people to ever own that color.

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    Grow a Pair

    Want to look stylish while sitting in the taproom you helped build, then you're going to want these brewery socks! Support this level on May 9th, and we'll give you a shout out for National Lost Sock Day,

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    You'll get a Tee from a special run of shirts we are having made for our backers, as well as a logo'd tulip and sticker, and of course, a shout out on social media!

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    Pub Club

    Admit one into our Pub Club for 2 years. Our Pub Club will get you the opportunity to get a pour of special releases the day before anyone else! You will also get to drink from a special glass in the taproom and a hook up cost on swag.

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    Don't T's Me!!

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    American Graffiti

    Live in infamy on the walls of our hallowed taproom. Pledge $100 and we will make a placard with your name on it to adorn the walls of Taproom at Apex. Each time you come in for a pour, you can see your name on the wall and know you are a founder of something amazing!

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    Keg - Starter!

    Here's how it works: you invest in this reward, we buy a keg and put your name on it for the whole world to see. Whenever we tap that keg, we'll shout it out to the world, ya know, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc so you can come join us for a pour! Oh and every time we fill that keg, your first pour is on the house. How can this get any better? Well, we will also hook you up with a sweeeeeet Apex Aleworks Tee Shirt.

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    Brewery Event For 2

    Let us celebrate YOU AND A FRIEND with TWO tickets to an exclusive Kickstarter "Sneak Peak" thank you event at the brewery!

    Also includes one of our T's (you pick the size!), glass, and sticker.

    Social media shout always included!

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    What's This Brewing Stuff all About??

    Join us for a day of brewing. We'll show you how to work recipes in Beersmith, talk to you about adjusting water and yeast health, answer all of your brewing questions and to top it all off, you can hang out and lend a hand on a batch! Lunch and refreshments are on us too. Brewing is hungry business!

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    Insert "Catchy Name" Club Here

    You will get a personalized Teku glass that we will keep for you at the bar, as well as one to take home with you. Every day you come in, for the first 2 years we are open, your first pour will only cost you $1!

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    I Wanna Brew With You, and at Home

    Gets you everything in "What's This Brewing Stuff All About" and, we will send you home with a sweet brewing equipment kit and an ingredient kit. Think of it as a brewery starter kit!

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    Tony is Lonely and Needs Friends

    Who doesn't want more friends? Tony is wildly passionate about brewing with other people. So, you and Tony will design your very own recipe, we will brew it up, and when it's ready, we will throw it all over social media, invite you to the launch party of your creation, and give you a 6th barrel keg of it of you to take home and enjoy!(we'll need the keg back. Come on now, we obviously aren't made of money!) Don't have a kegerator at home? No worries, you can have 40 full pours of it, or any other if it runs out on us.

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    Say My Name!!!!

    So a name is everything right? Right. You get to name one of the 3 barrel fermenters. Yep, we will get a plaque with your name, the fermenter's name, and hang it on the fermenter for as long as that fermenter is in service in the brewery!

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    For the Love of Beer

    Love taproom perks? Well how about this? With your one year membership to our kickstarter growler & tap club, you will receive a growler, (2) free glasees (2) free growler fills a month, (2) free pours in the taproom a month, an Apex Aleworks shirt, logo'd coasters and a sticker pack!

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    Say My Name Louder!!

    You get to name the one of our 6 barrel fermenters that we open the doors with. As long as that fermenter is in service, your plaque with the fermenter name and your name will hang on it for everyone to see!

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    Taproom Takeover

    Tap Room Takeover for 25 friends with catered food and refreshments. Includes:

    TWO T-Shirts for you
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    Official "Kickstarter Founder" designation in the brew pub - your name on a custom sign, membership to "In the know", along with a lifetime of special perks.

    TWO tickets for you and a friend to an exclusive Kickstarter "sneak peak" thank you event at the brewery.

    More social media high 5's then imaginable!

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    In the Know!

    Join us 4 times a year for pilot batch tastings, special releases, and barrel tastings (year 2) before they make it to the taproom. Talk with the brewer's and taproom staff and find out about up coming releases and projects.

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    Feeling Restless?

    You'll spend an afternoon brewing with Tony to fill our first Restless Spirits Whiskey barrel. You'll grab some swag and be involved filling the barrel after fermentation and later return for packaging. There'll be a special release party where you'll be the guest of honor. You'll also get free pours while it's on tap.

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    Brew and QUE

    Since we are in Kansas City, and will share a space with a BBQ supply place, we thought it would be fitting to offer up some BBQ! Tyler Harp with Harp BBQ , is gonna cook you a mouth watering brisket, low and slow on his pit all night long. He's also gonna whip up some mind blowing desserts and sides and bring them all over to us here in the taproom. We'll shut down the taproom for 3 hours on a day we can make happen for you and 10 friends and serve you up a heck of a time! You will get a private tour of the facility, free pours, likely the best brisket you've ever eaten, and our undivided attention to ask as many questions as you want. Here's a link to Tyler's Instagram account. Try not to drool on your keyboard!

    https://www.instagram.com/harpbarbecue/

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