Taking apart bombs is difficult, and so is opening a brewery. Army Bomb Squad veterans need help for this explosive venture!
Mad Bomber Brewing Company is a craft brewery on the verge of breaking into the up and coming brewing community in the Idaho Panhandle. Check out a much more professional video put together by Aaron Luna of KXLY 4 in Spokane, WA.
We have spent most of the last decade disarming explosive devices in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Northwestern United States, and in our back yards. We don't have the budget for fancy videos, or big shiny pieces of equipment. If you watched the video above, it was shot with a laptop. If you make it out to the brewery, you'll notice that 90% of everything inside was built, painted, engraved, designed, and probably broken by one of us.
The things we care most about are: making and sharing great beer, and remembering those fantastic individuals who we can no longer share those good times with.
Where we're at- (Coeur d'Alene Press article)
We've signed a lease (and starting paying), and are awaiting city approval to begin remodeling. Our federal and state permits are filed and probably lost in some giant stack of paperwork somewhere. We've ordered/paid for most of our equipment, and are in the process of building the rest. Check out the table built by a retired Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) soldier!
In an attempt to dress up our homemade fermenters, we've even found a bomb squad soldier to do some artwork on our plastic tanks!
Where we got stuck-
It turns out that taking apart explosive devices is much simpler than starting a business, especially one that involves the production and sale of alcohol. We've encountered some budget devastating turns with sewer fees, building permits, mechanical permits, retail licenses, wholesale licenses, and a whole pile of things that we never expected could be so outrageous. The final straw came with the most recent quote for the final piece of the brewery puzzle: $26,000 for a walk-in cooler and draft system!
What we're asking for-
It doesn't matter how good the beer is if it never makes it to your glass. That's why we are asking for $26,000 to help defer the cost of the only thing that will keep us from opening.
Tom Applegate- General Partner / Head Brewer / Bartender / Plumber / and author of this kickstarter description page. After 8 years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician with the United States Army and 1 tour in Afghanistan, I've decided to risk it all and pursue brewing as a profession. Being with my family is the most important thing to me, and brewing with them for the last few years has been amazing. I am all in, and will probably be broke and homeless if the venture fails.
Stephanie Applegate- General Partner / Office Manager / Accountant / Chief of Marketing / and some other stuff. She is my wife of 6 years, and probably the most amazing person I've had the privilege to know. She has suffered through deployments and many long lonely nights while I was out working on dangerous stuff. Most importantly, she has indulged my brewing passion.
Alan Longacre- Partner / Assistant Brewer / Active Duty EOD soldier. Alan has been with the project since the first time the grains met the water in the garage in 2011. Alan has served through two combat deployments to Afghanistan and will be spending the next year fulfilling the rest of his commitment to the United States Army.
John Taylor- Partner / Multi-media designer / Active Duty EOD Team Leader. John has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is an owner of the bomb squad based design company Explosive Ordnance Designs. John is currently serving as an active duty Bomb Squad Team Leader out of Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington.
We have designed the draft system to accommodate 8 taps, allowing for 6 flagships and 2 rotating seasonals:
St. Nicholas Pale Ale- The favorite beer of the original partner in the brewery, SSG Nicholas Reid (KIA December 2012). The St. Nicholas is a burst of citrus hop flavor in a small and drinkable package. Brewed to American Pale Ale standard, it is a light colored, refreshing brew featuring distinct citrus and floral hop overtones with a supporting but not overbearing dynamic malt character.Designed as the perfect session beer, focusing on drinkability that doesn’t compromise flavor integrity, the St. Nicholas will be 5.0% - 5.5% ABV.With a dry, crisp finish, this ale caters to all craft beer enthusiasts as well as those unfamiliar with flavorful beers.
Fatman IPA - Our second flagship will be an American India Pale Ale, showcasing the unique flavor and aromas of the Northwestern hop, Cascade. Bearing the team designation of SSG Kenneth Wade Bennett (KIA November 2012), the Fatman attempts to be as epic as it's namesake. With hop additions generously applied throughout the entirety of the brewing process, the Fatman IPA boasts style bending bitterness and a subtle but supportive malt backbone.Finishing at 6.5%-7% ABV, this Northwestern IPA targets the tried and true West Coast beer drinker
MK 84 Porter - To satisfy those with bolder palates, our third beer comes on as strong as the 2,000lb bomb that shares it's name. Brewed with dark coffee flavored malts, the MK 84 Porter, gives a solid punch of deep flavor while still maintaining the drinkability of a lighter ale.True to style, this porter will finish with a crisp 5.0%-5.5% ABV and allow its robust flavor to shine.
Lonely Walk Brown Ale - The fourth mainstay in our lineup is a dependable, consistent ale fit to embody the resolute first responder making the lonely walk into harms way. It is an American Brown Ale brewed outside of current style guidelines with a strong Northwestern identity.This brown ale showcases a complex grain bill with the hint of west coast hop bitterness and aroma that craft beer drinkers have come to expect.With a finishing ABV of 6%-6.5%, the Lonely Walk will be a favorite for lovers of all beer styles.
Powder Keg Cascadian Dark Ale- Combining the hop forward attitude of an American IPA and the malt complexity of an American Brown is Powder Keg, a Cascadian Dark Ale.True to its origins in the garages of home brewers, this unique beer showcases hops that are unique to the Northwest.The resulting IPA-like bitterness and aroma combines with a diverse grain bill to produce something that is truly inspiring.At 6.8%-7.3% ABV, the Powder Keg will push the limits of guidelines and raise the expectations of all craft beer enthusiasts.
Boobytrap Blonde Ale - Our most recent recipe, for the craft beer newcomer. Brewed with a simple grain bill to showcase hints of wheat and liberty hops, this blonde ale is a true lawnmower beer. Made for the days when you're hard at work and need something cool and refreshing without filling you up. Straying heavily from the standard blonde definition, Boobytrap comes in at almost 6% ABV. Work hard, play hard.
Where we're going-
The Mad Bomber Brewing Company is a living memorial of the brave men and women who selflessly place their lives in the balance to ensure the safety of others. We are grateful for the support we have received from everyone, and are incredibly excited to share our passion with the rest of the country. Our modest 1.5BBL brewing system will support only our taproom. The only way to sample our amazing brew, for now, is for us to pour it for you in Hayden, ID.
How to donate-
1. CREATE a Kickstarter account. It's simple; all it takes is an email and a password.
2. SIGN IN at Amazon.com - if you already have an account, you're all set. If not, no worries, it is easy to set-up as well.
3. PLEDGE at whatever level you like! Your card will only be charged if we reach our full goal.
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Whether or not you choose to pledge, please check out the EOD Memorial website and support those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks for checking in! Cheers!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Like every brewery competing against the gigantic domestic breweries, financing and permitting are our greatest challenges. The permits have been filed, the fees have been paid. Now as the financial dust settles, we must overcome the final hurdle and finish outfitting our taproom to adequately serve our beer.. The risk for us is enormous on a personal level; operating without a backup plan. Professionally, we are surrounded by a welcoming, supportive group of local commercial brewers and a community that loves craft beer. As the most followed brewery within 30 miles (without even opening), as long as the doors open before the money runs out - we'll be in grocery stores within a year.
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