San Antonio is home to the Alamo, the Spurs, and the 7th largest city in the U.S., but did you know that you can't buy a 6 pack of beer that was brewed here?
In fact, before we started Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling two years ago you couldn't buy any beer actually made in San Antonio at a local bar like the Flying Saucer or a local grocery store like Central Market. We've come a long way since then. We now supply our locally made craft beer to almost 100 accounts in San Antonio. We're still small, but we're proud of the craft beer community we've helped cultivate in a city where we feel like we're making a difference. You can find out more about our philosophy, beers, and news at our website or Facebook page.
Here in San Antonio beer drinkers love 12 oz longneck bottles. The top request we get from our retail partners and consumers is for our OPA in 6 packs (currently draft only). We know we can sell 12 oz bottles, we just need a bottling line. As you can imagine, bottling lines are a big investment for a small brewery, so we need your help. Our kickstarter project will fund about 1/3 of the cost of the line. The remaining 2/3 is on us.
We have located a great used bottling line being sold by another brewery that is upgrading to a bigger one! We have already visited the brewery and discussed the purchase with the owners. Buying a used line helps keep our costs down, and we've seen it in action so we know it's in good working order. It is being sold as a complete system with rinse station, purge station, filler, capper, and labeler. This is the right bottling line at a fair price. It will be available in late mid March (depending on when the brewery's new bottling line comes in). We hope to have it up and running by April or May.
We believe that the community surrounding craft beer is as important as the enjoyment of craft beer, so our pledge categories are focused on making you feel like a part of our community. We think the celebration party at the $100 level will be especially fun. We appreciate all of the support we get from our community and look forward to enjoying Ranger Creek beer in longneck bottles with you very soon!
Risks and challenges
Our timeline could slip based on when the brewery that we're buying the bottling from receives their new bottling line. There is no doubt that they are selling the bottling line that we are buying, but they will not decommission the existing line until the new line comes in.
We intend to get the bottling line up and running as quickly as possible. However, there are many complexities with new product releases, including label approvals, printing six pack carriers, and working out kinks in the equipment. We have experience with adding new equipment and are already planning label approvals, so we feel like this risk is minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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