The Prodigal Brewery, an Award-Winning farm brewery in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, needs 6,324 Pints of Beer on the Wall.
The Prodigal Brewery at Misty Mountain Farm, an Award-Winning farm brewery in the White Mountain of New Hampshire, plans to expand!
After a two year search, we have found our perfect brewhouse on a Vancouver Island hops farm (where else?). This brewhouse completes our brewery and will allow us to brew more lager for thirsty people!
We already own 10hl fermenters, 10hl conditioning tanks, brewery cats, coolers, muddy drive, firkins, kegs, farm goats, bottler, shortrun label printer, organic hopyard and everything else a real farm brewery needs, but we need a commercial size brewhouse.
To acquire this system, we want to put ...
6,324 Pints on the Wall!
Our 10hl horizontal lagering tanks hold over 25bbl of beer, which is about 6,324 pints. If we had a dollar for every potential pint, we'd be well along the path to fill those tanks.
We're not allowed to sell beer that isn't brewed, and even if we were, Kickstarter prohibits beer rewards, so instead we want to put 6,324 Pints of Beer on the Wall (because who has the time to sing Six Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Four bottles of beer on the wall?)
We will create a tapestry with applique "pints" of beer, and each "pint" will have the name a beer lover who wants more of Paul Davis' Prodigal beer.
Our 6,324 Pint of Beer on the Wall tapestry will hang on the wall of our brewery and travel with us to beer festivals and events to let everyone know that YOU helped us make more lager! Our tapestry will debut at the American Craft Beer Fest this June in Boston.
If you've tried our beer at a festival or tasting or the The Pub, or you remember Paul's beers from Castle Springs or Thomas Hooker, or Paul has visited your homebrew club, or you've read about us in The Union Leader or Fosters or Weirs Times or Beer Scribe or Session Beer Project or you just want to support the small independent brewer, please consider pledging for a virtual "Pint of Lager", and we'll let you know as soon as more lager is available everywhere!
Prodigal is not trying to raise all the money to buy the new brewhouse through Kickstarter. We have applied to the usual lenders for equipment financing, but the finance system is rather broken right now, and lenders are very cautious.
Our lenders wonder what would happen if we increased our production ten-fold and then no one bought our beer. One lender even told us they can't just pick up an empty tank for repossession like a car, but they'd be happy to loan us nearly twice as much money for a shiny new truck.
We want to show the lenders that enough beer lovers want more Prodigal beer, and that if our beer lovers are willing to buy a "Pint of Lager" for our "Wall of Beer", our beer lovers will buy the actual pints when more beer from the larger brewhouse is available for sale in June 2012.
We'd rather see more than a thousand people pledge $5 to put their name on our wall than one person pledge $5k, but if you want to spend a night in a yurt on the farm, we'll accommodate!
About the Rewards
We also have rewards with really great Prodigal EuroStickers and posters, and even limited edition 100% Beefy Cotton Prodigal T-shirts hand silk-screened by our friendly local t-shirt company.
For a real farm brewery experience, we have private group farm tour rewards, a Day at the Farm Brewery reward, and all-grain homebrew experience reward (Our Farm is closed to the public and we do not have a hospitality room nor do we have public tour hours).
About The Prodigal Brewery
The Prodigal Brewery specializes in German-inspired lagers, brewed on our 20-plus acre family farm in an outbuilding next our organic hopyard and ancient apple orchard.
We purchased Misty Mountain Farm in May 2009 after almost eighteen months of haggling, wrangling, wishing and waiting. The farmstead was the original home of an eighteenth century farm that was originally over four hundred acres, and had been abandoned for the better part of four years when we purchased the property.
Misty Mountain Farm has over five acres of arable well drained sandy loam, perfect for organic hops, and an artesian well with crystal clear water from the Ossipee Aquifer, the largest stratified drift aquifer in New Hampshire.
We are committed to bringing the whole fifteen acres of overgrown farmland back to arable condition with sustainable and organic practices. Our brewery is an integral part of our organic farm plan, providing spent grain for our goats (and our neighbors' goats) and compost, brewers yeast for bee cakes, and clean runoff for the windrows.
In return, the farm provides the brewery with organic noble hops, honey and crystal clear water from our artesian well.
We love our farm life!
About the Beer
Our lagers are small batch, naturally cold-conditioned using our crisp, cool mountain water, naturally carbonated and unfiltered in the tradition of German kellerbier. We use only the best malts and finest hops with our clear nearly mineral-free artesian well water, and each batch is tested to our quality standards before release for sale.
Our current styles are:
- Sacopee Pils
- Prodigal Oktoberfest
- Reverend Potter's Baltic Porter
- Chocorua Kolsch
- Die Zeige Uberfahrt Maibock
- Misty Mountain Bock
- Prognosticator Doppelbock
- Drake's Dunkel
- The Necromancer (A Dark, Foreboding Lager)
- Brother Mutt's Smoked Marzen
Who is Paul Davis?
Paul Davis, Prodigal's Founder and Brewer, has gained a reputation for producing traditional German lagers with a distinctively American bent. Davis has been brewing professionally in New England for over fifteen years, and his beers have garnered over two dozen medals in national and international beer competitions.
Armed with a PoliSci degree from Villanova, Paul initially embarked on a career in DC, but soon found it unsuitable to his creative nature. During a stint in New Orleans as the bar manager at a Bourbon Street hotspot, Paul received a homebrew kit as a gift, and was hooked. A few years and one American Brewers Guild degree later, Paul joined Castle Springs Brewing Company at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire as the new venture's Assistant Brewer.
Why New Hampshire?
We knew Carroll County would be the perfect location to open a lager brewery, because Paul had already brewed with this water while he was first Assistant Brewer and then Head Brewer for Castle Springs Brewing. The brewery's Lucknow beers were brewed with water fresh from a mountain spring, the same water that was bottled and sold on the property.
Ye Olde Chucklhead Barleywine makes an unexpected appearance
While at Castle Springs Brewing Company, Paul's Lucknow beers won six medals at the GABF and WBC combined during his two years as head brewer
There and Back Again
Within six months of joining Thomas Hooker in 2002, Paul's Oktoberfest won the GABF Silver Medal in the German Style Marzen/Oktoberfest Category, a feat immortalized in a Food Network special. Over the next five years Paul's beers continued to win medals at competitions.
Septemberfest in Simsbury, September 2006
RateBeer listed Thomas Hooker as one of the Top 100 Brewers in the World during 2005, 2006 and 2007
Paul's Liberator Doppelbock was so highly rated by Beer Advocate members that is was ranked as one of the Top 50 American Craft Beers in 2005. In fact, in 2004 Liberator was ranked the Number One beer in the World for over a month!
With Paul as Brewmaster, Thomas Hooker was rated in the Top 25 Craft Breweries in the USA by Beer Advocate Magazine in 2007.
Paul and Thomas Hooker parted ways in the summer of 2007 when the brewery was sold to an investment group, and within a week the Davis family was in New Hampshire shopping for a farm for our hopsyard and brewery.
A Brief History of Prodigal
We started the New Hampshire Prodigal Brewing Company LLC on February 1, 2008 and immediately began recipe development.
Over the next few years ...
Zebudah was born April 2009 (with godfather Brother Mutt, August 2009)
Closed on our old abandoned Farm (May 2009)
Bocks arrive for landclearing (June 2009)
Planted German Noble Hops (June 2009)
Repaired the outbuilding destined to become the brewery (July 2009)
Started renovating the Ancient Farmhouse (September 2009)
Lagering Tanks arrive at Misty Mountain Farm, October 2009
Helped out some friends (Moat Mountain, January 2010)
Carried around plenty of Stainless (Great Neighbors, March 2010)
Received our Federal Brewers Notice while planting Perle (13 May 2010)
Licensed by the New Hampshire SLC and first kid (24 June 2010)
Won the 2010 GABF Bronze Medal in Baltic Porter ... (September 2010)
... then went to Disneyworld (what else do you do?)
The future is wide open
And more Hops, Goats, Apples Trees and honeybees!
And more styles of beer for our thirsty friends
Thank you for your support!
Paul & Kate Davis
No, we are staying in New Hampshire, but we are purchasing a brewing system from Vancouver Island, and have to move to it New Hampshire. Interestingly, the brewing system belongs to a BC Hop Farmer!
Since September 2009, when we first applied for our TTB Brewers Notice, we have been brewing on a 12 gallon pilot system using 6 gallon glass carboy fermenters for recipe development.
No, we cannot have beer as a reward, but we wanted to show the value of the pledge in lager units.