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A local, gluten-free brewery dedicated to high quality, small handcrafted batches, and delicious taste.

Welcome to Moonshrimp Brewing's Kickstarter page.

Moonshrimp Brewing LLC is a small brewery in Portland, Oregon that is dedicated to producing quality small batch craft gluten free and vegan beer that is held to the highest standards of taste, quality ingredients, and dedicated allergen control. The brewery just needs a little help to get off the ground, which is what this page is all about.

Hang on, Moonshrimp?? What's a Moonshrimp?

On the next clear night, take a look at the moon and think about what you see. His whole life Brewer Dan heard people talk about the man on the moon but he could never see it. Instead, to this day, he sees a large shrimp laying flat on a cracker ready to be devoured. This ability to see things differently than others do is what makes Dan's approach to gluten-free brewing so effective (and tasty!). Hopefully the name Moonshrimp will help you always remember to look at things from another perspective...especially while enjoying one of our delicious beers!

Thus Moonshrimp Brewing and the idea of always seeing things differently was born. 

Moonshrimp highlighted for clarity, original photo from NASA
Moonshrimp highlighted for clarity, original photo from NASA

Ok, now that that's cleared up, why Gluten Free?

A growing number of people cannot consume gluten (a protein found in barley and wheat, among others) and have been horribly missing out on the craft beer movement. Moonshrimp Brewing intends to change that by producing a great tasting, good quality beer that is affordably priced compared to regular, barley based beer. This beer will not only be gluten free but will also be vegan and produced in an allergen controlled area to prevent contamination from other common allergens as well.

A glass of Moonshrimp Brewing's Wit Ale
A glass of Moonshrimp Brewing's Wit Ale

Who is Moonshrimp Brewing?

Moonshrimp Brewing LLC is a new Limited Liability Company formed in Portland, OR that, for the moment, consists of head brewer/owner Dan McIntosh-Tolle, the invaluable assistance and support of his wife Lindsay, and Jaques, the giant purple octopus that sits on top of Moonshrimp's premises. Dan, a biochemist by education, was diagnosed with Celiac's disease over 6 years ago and has been home brewing gluten free beer for about 3 years. His beers have been given the stamp of approval from a wide range of experienced beer tasters and brewers, most of whom are not gluten free themselves. 

Brewer Dan and a test batch of Dark Pale Ale.
Brewer Dan and a test batch of Dark Pale Ale.

What is the plan?

To make delicious beer that everyone can enjoy! Moonshrimp Brewing is a nano-brewery, meaning the totally capacity of the brewery will be only 2 barrels (62 gallons) per batch, with 4 fermenters running at a time on a two week cycle. The brewery will not have a tasting room or taps and is not really open to the public though we will sell sealed, conditioned, bottles to be drunk at home. Due to our small size our brewery will be able to self distribute our 22oz bottles, allowing Moonshrimp Brewing to place and market our beer ourselves at choice locations in the PDX area. Moonshrimp Brewing will open with a product line of three year round beers, a Wit, a Dark Pale Ale, and an IPA, and will add special and seasonal releases such as a fresh hopped IPA and a high gravity oak aged special once the brewery is a little more established.

We will be purchasing all new equipment for any piece that comes into contact with the beer to prevent contamination from barley malt. Also, no gluten in any form will be allowed onto the brewery property while no food of any kind will be allowed in the brewing or bottling area. When we say gluten-free, we mean it! 

What We Need to Launch!

Moonshrimp has a home with the lease all signed and payments down, but we need hardware, plumbing, equipment, licenses and supplies. The biggest expense is the brewing hardware itself. Though Brewer Dan can and has built some of the equipment himself, 70 gallon stainless steel fermenters are a bit beyond his construction abilities and come with a bit of a price tag at $1400 each.

What will the money go towards?

Your donations will be used directly to build the brewery! Boil kettle, mash tun, and fermenters all need to be purchased, sewer, water and gas lines need to be built, walls painted, doors hung, and supplies such as grain, hops, yeast, sugar and sterilizer need to be ordered.  None of the money goes into Dan's pocket or his personal bills. Along with more money from other sources (including Dan's pocket), all funds from Kickstarter will all be spent directly on the brewery, though of course a little bit will go into rewards and shipping.

Environmental and Economical Responsibility:

Where we spend our money and how we conduct our lives has an impact on the world and Moonshrimp Brewing aims to make this impact a positive one. Whenever possible, all supplies are being bought from local growers and manufactures who treat both the environment and their workers with respect while keeping money closer to home. The brewing hardware and the beer bottles are manufactured locally, the hops are grown in Oregon and Washington and the fermentation grain and sugar base to make the beer itself comes from Colorado and Idaho.  Even the business cards are printed right here in town from Nitroprint on recycled card stock.

The brewery will use good practices to reduce the impact on the environment such as skylights to minimize electrical lightling,  recirculating cleaners to avoid large wastewater volumes, on site bioremediation of brewery waste and possibly even using rainwater to flush the toilet (that one is still under investigation but sounds like a great idea).

How to pledge:

Pledging to a Kickstarter project is very easy but there are a couple of things that you need, the first is a Kickstarter account. It takes about 20 seconds to sign up, is free, and all you need is an e-mail account. 

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The only thing you need is an e-mail address and a credit or debit card to use with amazon.com, which handles the financial processing side. You only get charged if the funding campaign reaches its goal, if it doesn't no money is collected and Moonshrimp Brewing gets nothing. You will only receive e-mails related to projects you support (including details about receiving your rewards for supporting this project once its funded).  Click the green button on the top to get started and become a backer!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Just like any new business, there is a lot that goes into starting a brewery.

Starting a brewery is a difficult process and must be licensed by the federal government, the state and the local city/county government. All of these licenses are required and if they deny our application we will have big problems but as our location was licensed to be a wine bar in the past I don't think that is likely.

The only other big problem we will face is raising enough money to start and making enough beer to keep our customers happy and the bills paid. The Kickstarter rewards have been fully sourced so there should be little problem getting our rewards to the backers as soon as possible.

FAQ

  • Moonshrimp Brewing beers will be made from water, millet, vegan beet sugar, hops and yeast. Some of the beers such as the wit pictured above also contain spices such as whole coriander. The full ingredients list of each beer is available on the beers sub- page on the website, www.moonshrimpbrewing.com/beers.

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    A postcard that tells the story of Moonshrimp Brewing and gives you our sincere thanks.

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    A thank you postcard and a shiny full-bragging-rights "Supporter of Moonshrimp Brewing" bumper sticker. All supporters at higher levels also receive this reward.

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    Learn to make your own gluten free beer! At this and all higher pledge levels you will receive a digital copy of our informational video where Brewer Dan will teach you to make a basic gluten free beer that is only as complex as you want it to be. Moonshrimp Brewing will also be available via email and website to answer any gluten free homebrew questions that will arise.

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    2oz of organic, home grown hops, dried and vacuum packed just for you. This amount will make a five gallon batch of homebrew just fine, though the beer will not be very hoppy.

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    A beautiful Moonshrimp Brewing fully logo-ized t-shirt to show off your pride. These shirts are printed locally right here in Portland by a small local company.

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    A live hop rhizome for you to start growing your own hop plants. You will also receive a hand written planting and care card, as well as a description of what you can expect from your new hop plant. For customs reasons available to the US only. Not recommended for Alaska or places best described as a desert. Hop rhizomes are of either Mt. Hood or Cascade variety and are grown and picked by Brewer Dan.

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    A matching set of two Moonshrimp Brewing pint glasses and the Moonshrimp Brewing t-shirt with the logo and name, perfect for wearing while drinking your first glass of Moonshrimp Brewing gluten free ale. While shipping these glasses to you is fine, it would be even better if you could come pick them up (if you are local) in order to save money on shipping.

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    Come brew with us! For this award level you get to come brew a batch with us at some point after we open. We will teach you the ways of brewing and you get to see the brewery in action. Transportation is not provided but directions, parking, your own pint glass (empty, no alcohol for Kickstarter rewards), t-shirt, and lots of fun will be. Brew days will be arranged in small groups around your schedule and Moonshrimp's brew days.

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    For this level of donation your name will be permanently stenciled on the brew kettle with the most permanent paint I can find. You will also receive a limited edition Moonshrimp Brewery supporter's t-shirt, brewery pint glass and your name will be added to the supporters list on the website.

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    For you we offer this one time only reward of having your name permanently added, in sculpted metal wire, to our mash-tun, where the gluten free grain meets the hot water and the whole beer making process starts. This reward also comes with the Moonshrimp Brewery founder's t-shirt, set of 2 pint glasses and a permanent place on the supporters page of our website along with a link to your website or blog.

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    For this generous pledge your name will be forever placed in metal on the front of one of our fermenters where the beer becomes beer! We will do our best to always refer to that fermenter by your name. This is in addition to the Moonshrimp Brewing t-shirt, set of two pint glasses and permanent website thank you and outbound link to your page.

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    For this level of support you will have creative input on a special or season ale and we will even name the special release in your honor. (Some restrictions apply to the name, not our call on that front.) You also get the founder's t-shirt, set of four pint glasses, and a top billing on our supporters list on the website.

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    THE FOUNDER: For this incredible level of support your name will be added to the first 10,000 bottles of beer (on one of our three styles) to leave the brewery with the line "Thank you to [Your Name Here] for your support" written on the label. You will also receive the founder's t-shirt, set of four pint glasses, bumper sticker, your name as the banner on the top of our supports page on the website and a hand written very sincere thank you card as well as a standing invitation to visit the brewery and participate in a brew session.

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