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Project S&S Taproom:  transforming our old dairy barn into a space  to support our growing farm brewery.
Project S&S Taproom: transforming our old dairy barn into a space to support our growing farm brewery.
203 backers pledged $28,689 to help bring this project to life.

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S&S Farm Brewery: Building our Farm Taproom

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S&S Farm Brewery's mission: "to produce high quality, genuine farm-brewed beer. We strive to provide our customers with quality products that are grown locally using ethical and sustainable agricultural methods. At S&S Brewery, we work to create a sense of community in our operations by treating our customers like part of the S&S “family,” never forgetting who blesses us in this endeavor".

S&S Brewery Family
S&S Brewery Family

Who are we and why is our brewery so special?

S&S Farm Brewery is a small family owned brewery located in Nassau, NY. We opened our doors in the winter of 2013, with the goal of making delicious, genuine farm-brewed beer. We have been achieving this goal by utilizing environmentally sound methods to grow our hops and barley, and sourcing most of what we are not able to grow from within New York State. S&S Brewery has a rich farming history, as the Sanford’s have owned and farmed the land the brewery is located on since the 1800s.  The farm has evolved from a multi-faceted production farm to a dairy, and now, to a farm brewery utilizing the old milk house as the brew house. You read correctly, our brewery and current pouring space has been converted out of the same space our milk from the dairy used to be collected and stored in.  Pretty cool, right? It is a unique space and has served us well allowing our customers to truly integrate themselves into a little piece of our farm. 

Matt & Carol serving beer in our current brewery space
Matt & Carol serving beer in our current brewery space

Why a taproom?  

We love our little brewery, but it is time to grow our space to provide our customers with all the comforts that come along with a taproom: a bar and stools for seating, tables and chairs, heat, and a place where people aren't tripping over our brewing equipment.  We think we owe it to everyone to grow this space with their basic interests in mind, while also continuing to mold our brewery into one that expresses the unique character of the Sanford farm and family.

S&S TAPROOM (PHASE 1)

Our kickstarter campaign is going to help us raise the necessary funds to convert a part of the historical barn that was once used for dairy into a space for our growing brewery.  Our current brew space was built into the old milk house, our future taproom will be built into the cow barn.  This is the space where Holstein cows used to be milked.  As you can imagine, not very taproom friendly at the moment but it will be once we are done with it! Keeping the integrity of the cowbarn in mind, we want to create a space that will keep the historical qualities preserved while also expanding upon the rustic overall feel of the space.  So, for phase 1, your gracious donations will help S&S with the following:

Flooring: Currently the barn floor is old, uneven concrete which was structured for dairy use with sloped floors, gutters and curbs, making it slightly impractical for our current needs! We are going to be filling in the gaps, evening out and raising the floor, with the hope to incorporate solar powered radiant heat.

Ceiling,Walls, Door and Windows: Let there be light! Let there be a way to access our space! Let us shelter you with rustic wooden walls and ceilings that will incorporate new and restored materials!

Bathroom: Unlike our brewery, this space will come with indoor plumbing. Fancy, we know.  

HVAC: We promise to keep you warm or cool depending on the season.

Bar, Tables and Chairs:  Here is where we can get creative. Our community is rich with local artisans and craftsmen that we will reach out to for ideas and custom work that will make our space unique and interesting.

Additional time for YOU: Our current need to utilize our brewing space for both brewing and serving our beer limits our available time to be open to serve our community. Having a separate space for a taproom will hopefully allow us to add additional brewery hours and opportunities for our dedicated S&S patrons.

*Additional funds will help us with Phase 2, which will incorporate more of the fun and artistic elements that will go into this space.*

LET US AWARD YOU WITH MORE THAN JUST PRAISE...As a token of our appreciation, we hope you will allow us to shower you with gifts.  There is something here for everyone, we think.

S&S BREWERY SWAG FOR ALL OCCASIONS:

  • Stickers
  • Tote Bag
  • Growler (image below) 
  • Beer and Growler Koozies
  • Footed Pint Glass (image below)
  • Short Sleeve (image below) and Long Sleeve Tee
  • Knit Beanie (image below)
  • Trucker Hat (image below)
  • Hoodie (image below)
Footed glass for your drinking pleasure.  Support your local brewery in style!
Footed glass for your drinking pleasure. Support your local brewery in style!
 
 
You must be a mug club member to drink from this mug.
You must be a mug club member to drink from this mug.
 
Stoic S&S Growler
Stoic S&S Growler
 
S&S T-shirts
S&S T-shirts
Jason modeling our oh so stylish sweatshirt with built in koozie...and a S&S t-shirt
Jason modeling our oh so stylish sweatshirt with built in koozie...and a S&S t-shirt
S&S Trucker Hat
S&S Trucker Hat
Fleece-lined beanie cap
Fleece-lined beanie cap

Other highlighted awards:

Limited Edition Design by Samantha Prag

Some of our items will be offered with limited edition art, special to you for donating to our kickstarter. Samantha's style is whimsical to say the least, and she has taken our logo and run with it. Incorporating all the ingredients that go into your beer, Sam has hand drawn a rendition of our logo utilizing her stippling style and elements of fun! You will have the option to choose between one of these two fabulous designs:

To learn more about Samantha and her style of work, check out her website: https://instagram.com/samanthapragart/

Brewery Apprentice

Grab 3 of your most worthy peeps and come spend a day brewing with one of our brewers. You will get to be part of the magic as you assist in a brew from start to finish. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals who have always wanted to learn to brew but have never known where to start, or for more experienced brewers who want to give it a go on a glorified homebrew system. I mean come on, look at those faces? Who wouldn't want to brew with one of these guys? Lunch and refreshments will also be provided.

You can choose to brew with any of these angelic faces, minus Mama Sanford.
You can choose to brew with any of these angelic faces, minus Mama Sanford.

Tent with a View: Rent our S&S Brewery 20' x 30' Tent on our Picturesque Sanford Farm

S&S Brewery and the Sanford family, have been blessed with over 150 acres of picturesque farmland with stunning views of the Berkshires and Catskill Mountains,a perfect backdrop for a private party. It gives them great pleasure to share this beautiful setting with family and friends, you can also share this experience with up to 50 of your friends at a family friendly private party held under the S & S brand new 20'x30' party tent. We will provide the setting and the tent--the rest is up to your imagination!

Sanford Farm view next to S&S Brewery
Sanford Farm view next to S&S Brewery

Thank you S&S Farm Brewery Community!

Our brewery is small, but our ambitions are colossal as we strive to create an establishment that people can claim with utmost certainty is unique in its field. We are passionate about creating an establishment with community in mind and treating our customers as part of the S&S family. With the addition of our taproom, we can better meet this goal. We thank you for your contribution and look forward to being a neighborhood brewery you can be proud of!

Risks and challenges

The challenges that come along with this project are typical with any building project, especially one where renovation needs to take place. We are working with a crew of professional contractors who have assessed the space and pointed out that there are always unforeseen problems when you tackle any renovation project. While we can't predict a seamless transition, we can say with confidence that we have enlisted a extremely competent crew. They also happen to love our beer!

Another challenge comes with the time of year we have embarked on this project. Winter is fast approaching and we are working hard to get our taproom in before the big freeze. This will enable us to continue to provide YOU with our delicious beer inside a warm, welcoming taproom instead of a snow covered frozen hay bale!

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    As a Kickstarter backer AT ANY LEVEL you and a guest will be invited to an exclusive soft opening celebration at our taproom.

    S&S STICKER
    At the $10 level you will receive a sweet S&S Brewery Sticker to slap-on wherever your heart desires.

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    TOTE & STICKER
    S&S branded tote bag will compliment most any outfit, and you can put things in it as well. We will also add a sticker, just for good measure.

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    FOOTED GLASS
    Fancy footed S&S 16oz pint glass for your drinking pleasure. Glasswear will come with S&S logo on front side and special donor recognition on the back.

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    FOOTED GLASS & KOOZIE
    Fancy footed 16 oz glasswear with donor recognition and additionally, a beer koozie. Quality beer is important, so is it's temperature.

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    GROWLER & GROWLER KOOZIE
    S&S 64 oz Growler to carry your brew home with you. Again, let us help you keep it cold with an S&S koozie fit for a growler.

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    S&S T-SHIRT & FOOTED GLASS
    An authentic S&S T-Shirt (available in assorted colors, sizes for men and women). Also, the fancy footed glass.

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    KNIT BEANIE/ TRUCKER CAP & FOOTED GLASS
    Keep your head covered with either a warm knit beanie or trucker cap. (available in a variety of colors) Also, fancy footed glass.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT & FOOTED GLASS
    Items will come with a hand-drawn S&S Brewery logo by the very talented, Samantha Prag. Find out more info on our story page. (Once again, available in assorted colors, sizes for men and women). Collectors items for sure!

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    WINTER WARMERS: KNIT BEANIE & LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT

    Cozy winter gear just in time for cool weather (Again, available in assorted colors and sizes).

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    MUG CLUB (STANDARD MEMBERSHIP)
    Your annual membership will award you with a 20 ounce stein glass instead of a pint glass (bigger glass, same price on fill). Your personalized glass will remain in the taproom and will only be used by you. You will additionally receive an invite to an exclusive S&S Brewery Mug Club Party during your membership. Other fun perks will apply!

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    S&S HOODIE AND GROWLER
    Sweet pullover hoodie that comes equipped with a secret koozie pocket for holding your beer and bottle opener. Total crowd pleaser! Will also throw in an S&S growler to boot.

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    THE HAY EXPERIENCE
    Ever dreamed of walking in a farmer's shoes for a day? Well, we can make that dream come true. Come and help the S&S crew and family for an afternoon's work on the farm making hay and stacking bales into the barn. This afternoon will include a visit with our Angus/Hereford cows as well. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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    LIMITED EDITION HOODIE, GROWLER, GROWLER KOOZIE
    All items will come with a hand-drawn S&S Brewery logo by the very talented, Samantha Prag. Again, look to our story page for more info. (Available in assorted colors, sizes for men and women). Collectors items for sure!

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    MUG CLUB (EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER MEMBERSHIP)
    Like our standard mug club membership, you will also receive a personalized 20 ounce stein glass that will remain in the taproom. However, with this membership, you will receive your first beverage on the house every time you come to the brewery! We kid you not. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Additionally, you will be invited to an exclusive mug club membership party. This along with other perks makes this the motherload of mug club memberships!

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    TAPROOM RAISER

    Donations at the $200 level or more will be recognized on plaques on our taproom's wooden support beams. Your donation is helping to support our taproom...literally. Allow us to also give you an S&S T-shirt. You get to choose our original or limited edition design. (Once again, available in assorted colors, sizes for men and women).

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    S&S TENT WITH A VIEW
    S&S Brewery has picturesque views as it is nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires and the Catskills on the Sanford Farm. We invite you to delight in those views first-hand. Come and enjoy a family friendly party for you and up to 50 guests under S&S's 20' x 30' party tent in our farm field for a maximum of 4 hrs. This is a venue space only, as food and beer will not be included. Dates are contingent upon S&S Brewery's availability.

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    DESIGN & BREW YOUR OWN
    With the guidance and support of our S&S brew crew, we invite you and up to 3 friends to design a beer with us and then brew it together. Once it has been fermented to perfection, give it a name and allow us to serve it as a seasonal in our taproom. Again, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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    S&S GROUPIE
    You will be rolling in S&S Swag. Maybe you
    aren't really interested in coming up with your own beer recipe, but you believe in our mission and you want our business to be successful. As a groupie, we will provide you with all sorts of S&S Gear: 2 growlers, 2 footed glasses, growler koozie, T-shirt, knitted beanie or trucker hat, long sleeve tee and sweatshirt. (Available in different colors and sizes) You will also receive 2 exclusive mug club memberships.

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    TAPROOM TAKEOVER
    Private taproom takeover party for you and up to 25 friends. We will cater your party with food,"refreshments" and provide music to your liking. All guests will go home with a S&S can glass and you, dear donor, will go home as an exclusive mug club member. Dates are contingent upon S&S Brewery's availability.

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    TAPROOM TAKEOVER
    (WITH BRAGGING RIGHTS)

    Once again, we will cater a party for you for up to 25 friends with the same perks as above. Only, this time, the party will include a specialty brew you crafted with our brewers. Please give it a name and allow us to additionally serve it as a seasonal at our brewery. All guests will go home with an S&S T-shirt and you, dear donor, will go home with 2 exclusive mug club memberships. One for yourself and one for a very special somebody. Dates are contingent upon S&S Brewery's availability.

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    BREWERY APPRENTICE
    Grab 3 of your friends and come spend a day brewing with one of our brewers. You will get to be part of the magic as you assist in a brew from start to finish. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Funding period

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