NEWS FLASH (4/15/14: This campaign raised $15K in 5 days, exceeding all our expectations. We are humbled. And emboldened.
If you're reading this and haven't pledged yet--don't worry there's still time. To honor the commitment of our supporters, and to reduce Sketchbook's energy costs even more, we've set a new goal: $25K in 25 days--or May 10!
Read about our Sustainability Goals here.
Sketchbook – draw me one. Our brewery name pays tribute to the energy generated when creative minds play. Sketchbooks are intimate little tools of invention and inspiration. When we open our orange door later this summer, Sketchbook Brewing Company will invite you to stop by and experience the newest recipe being born just feet from where you’re standing. No walls. Full transparency...as envisioned in this sketch by Mark Bowers....
Sketchbook Brewing Company is the brainchild of two home-brew heroes, Shawn Decker & Cesar Marron, who met through Evanston’s Homebrew Club – a mighty throng of beer enthusiasts. Cesar’s brewing skills have earned him a dozen medals, and he is the Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2013 winner: his grätzer was selected from over 1000 entries nationwide and will be distributed nationally later this month. Shawn brings a solid home-brewing practice to the partnership and decades of experience making tricky stuff work right.
Recipe swapping and mutual appreciation accelerated into partnership when Shawn and Cesar realized they shared a passion to open the first Community Supported Nanobrewery to their vital hometown on the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago. Sketchbook Brewing Company's co-founders include Sean Curry, Mike Ensdorf and Kathy Pilat, Matt and Tara Kosloski, and Ted Perez. Sean, Matt and Ted are home brewers in their own right, and their beer has been winning awards locally and nationally.
What will your money support?
- A nanobrewery committed to adventurous production of finely-crafted small-batch beers—opening later this summer
- Two home brewers (Shawn Decker & Cesar Marron) passionate about crafting recipes from many cultures—with a focus on creating fine ‘session’ beers low in alcohol
- An innovative Community Supported Brewery (CSB) business model that guarantees members fresh beer every month
- A DIY focus on sustainability and green practices with walk- and bike-in discounts
- A community & family-friendly small business eager to collaborate with local restaurants, nonprofits, and artists.
Craft beer is right up your alley. Sketchbook has made its home in a great neighborhood just blocks from Lake Michigan. We'll be brewing in the alley behind 825 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL, between Main and Kedzie – you can’t miss the orange door. Chicago friends take notice: we're just steps away from the Main Street El station. Come visit us, watch the process, sample a taste – it’s going to be fun!
Evanston’s first nanobrewery, Sketchbook will produce finely-crafted small-batch beers for local consumption and will focus on a business model that supports two important ideals: community and sustainability. We're even feeding chickens and have arranged to partner with Evanston's Talking Farm to recycle our spent grains! For more about sustainability visit our website.
What difference will the Kickstarter make? We’ve come so far so quickly--renovating the space and building out our new home. So far, we've ordered a 7BBL Steam Brewhouse, a Brite Tank and ONE 7BBL Fermenter Vessel. Two more fermenter vessels will allow Sketchbook to produce a much greater variety of beers for you, allowing us to have up to 6 different beers at one time. With your help, we'll be up and brewing by July -- with our doors opening in July or August.
You mentioned merch? … and a party? Sure, you can be the first kid on your block to have Sketchbook stickers and t-shirts, but if you really want to wow your pals, there’s three different growlers (the basic glass, personalized stainless steel, and limited edition ceramic). And of course we take our parties seriously—the Kickstarter Thank You Party will be memorable.
Risks and challenges
We know our neighbors are crazy about craft beer, and we feel confident our delicious beer is going to make them happy. Some of the other stuff? Equipment deliveries, last-minute space improvement issues, red-tape...we are juggling a host of volatile variables. That's the fun. That's where the wiggle comes in. We hope to create buzz about what's behind our orange door, but we also hope our customer base will be patient as we get it just right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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