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Be a part of our story and help us turn this almost 200-year-old building into a one-of-a-kind watering hole.
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The Brewery:

Little House Brewing is not named by chance. Our building is just that: a small, historic building in Chester, Connecticut (not Deep River. Kickstarter doesn't think we exist, but we assure you, we do). The village center is populated with vibrant shops and fantastic restaurants. From early spring though late fall, tourists flock to see such a perfect example of a quaint, New England town.

The building itself brings with it all the charm, quirks, and challenges of old New England buildings, but we know that the pros this space will provide vastly outweigh any cons.16-Main is a building that has lived many lives: built in 1836, past uses include everything from coffee shops and bakeries to book stores and grocers. From the moment we walked inside, we knew it would be the perfect location for our vision.

What kind of beer will we brew, you ask? There will always be something on tap for everyone at LHBC. While we'll only be a 3bbl brewhouse, our cellar clocks in at 30bbls: this gives us the flexibility to continually experiment, while having ample room to keep fan favorites on tap!

Who We Are:

If you want to hear the story of Little House Brewing Company, it's important that you know a thing or two about Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. You see, Vassar was founded back in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, a man who made his fortune in the brewing world. His brewery was one of the largest and most successful of its time, exporting beer all over the country.

Fast forward to 2010, when Sam and Carlisle met as members of the varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams. They bonded over long hours of running, and longer hours of well-earned beers. It didn't take long for the two underage students to start kicking around the idea of following in Matty's footsteps and opening a brewery one day...

Carlisle Schaeffer, Co-Founder

Carlisle is no stranger to Chester, or to the brewing world. He was born and raised on Liberty Street, just half a mile from Little House Brewing Company.

Carlisle started brewing in early 2011, bootlegging gallon batches on his parent's stove and hiding jugs of fermenting beer in his closet. As his affliction with brewing turned terminal, he began taking over the dorm kitchen of his college digs to churn out a new ideas. Carlisle penned his thesis, titled Brewing Against the Grain, on the rise of craft beer in America: looking at the socio-economic, and political conditions starting with Prohibition, that allowed for the craft beer renaissance.

Additionally, Carlisle was involved in an independent study on brewing, focused on recreating Matthew Vassar's original recipes, with little more than a few old brewery inventory sheets dug out of Vassar's Special Collections.

After graduating in May, 2014 with a degree in STS and a correlate in Studio Art, Carlisle jumped into the brewing industry, boots first. He started an apprenticeship at Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT, studying directly under their head brewer. He quickly worked his way up the ranks, going full time in 2015, and making the leap to Head Brewer in 2016, where he spent his days churning out 40bbl batches.

However, despite all this commercial experience, Carlisle's passion for brewing has not dwindled. He still spends his free time developing recipes for Little House Brewing Co. on the "Pool House Brew Haus" pilot system. Whenever he's able to travel he seeks out new breweries to visit and learn from. And, despite all the beer, Carlisle is still running: although he hasn't raced in a while, he hopes to get his beer-to-mile ratio back on track for the rest of 2018.

Sam Wagner, Co-Founder

Sam graduated from Vassar in 2013, where he proudly introduced Carlisle to both the joys of craft beer and of the study of Science, Technology, & Society.

Sam started working as an inventory and supply chain management analyst at Target, forecasting and purchasing efficient inventory levels. In 2014, Sam left Target to join Analytic Partners, a premier advanced marketing analytics consultancy, as a marketing science analyst. Stationed directly at a major client's headquarters in Minneapolis, his responsibilities ranged from "big data" to core marketing insight development and presentation delivery.

Although he holds five years of combined experience in corporate retail and marketing consulting, Sam is first and foremost an avid home-brewer with a true passion for water chemistry and yeast microbiology.

In fact, his journey with beer began far earlier than it legally should have, learning the basics of home-brewing from his father at the age of 15. Sam's obsessive pursuit for the perfect pint truly began after graduating college: After transforming his parent's basement into the ultimate brewhouse-laboratory, he regularly spent his free time learning advanced brewing techniques and developing his own recipes. Sam has brewed countless batches to this day, honing in on precision, consistency, and quality, with the goal to make each beer taste better than the last.

Outside of work, Sam gained commercial brewing and yeast handling experience at Sisyphus Brewing back in Minneapolis. Sam is always on the lookout for new breweries to visit and learn from. While he doesn't work full time in the brewing industry himself (yet), his passion for great beer, coupled with his strong business management and marketing experience, are invaluable for LHBC.

The Loot:  

Obviously, the most important part of any Kickstarter is the swag. You've probably already taken a peek at the goodies we're offering, but we'd like to show you some mock-ups of what will soon be yours (Sorry, no previews of the risqué calendar...)!

The same T-shirt from the video! (We promise to send you a brand new one!)
The same T-shirt from the video! (We promise to send you a brand new one!)
Hands down the most desired LHBC loot so far. The final product may slightly differ, but will be at least this cool - trust us!
Hands down the most desired LHBC loot so far. The final product may slightly differ, but will be at least this cool - trust us!
LHBC custom flannel: so in right now.
LHBC custom flannel: so in right now.
The Holy Grail of all growlers! Full-color custom paint job and insulated stainless steel - as cool as your beer is cold!
The Holy Grail of all growlers! Full-color custom paint job and insulated stainless steel - as cool as your beer is cold!
Dress like you own the place! This custom LHBC brewer's work shirt is embroidered with LHBC branding on the left shoulder and above the front-left pocket.
Dress like you own the place! This custom LHBC brewer's work shirt is embroidered with LHBC branding on the left shoulder and above the front-left pocket.
LHBC's first brew dog and faithful mascot, Kirby the brewpug. (Disclaimer: Kirby is not a piece of loot, but one of our reward tiers does unlock unlimited pets and cuddles.)
LHBC's first brew dog and faithful mascot, Kirby the brewpug. (Disclaimer: Kirby is not a piece of loot, but one of our reward tiers does unlock unlimited pets and cuddles.)

Risks and challenges

Chester is ready for us to get the beer flowing! While starting a small business, especially one as complicated as a brewery, always has unforeseen hurdles, we're happy to report that we believe most of ours to be behind us.

We've already locked down our location, our contractor is hard at work, the TTB has given us our Brewer's Notice, and we've submitted our CT State application. Furthermore, we've had help and support from local officials and citizens throughout this entire process. There's not much left to do after you sign up, other than joining us when the beer starts flowing!

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    We've got some sweet stickers, and we just know how much you like stickers. We'll send you a couple, along with a hand-written "Thank You" note!

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    Protect your coffee table!

    Nobody likes rings on their coffee table. We'll send you a sweet pack of coasters to keep those precious surfaces moisture-free! And, we'll throw in those stickers and loving letter that we promised to everyone else, while we're at it!

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    Dress Up: Part I

    Let's face it...your favorite tee shirt is getting pretty threadbare. Don't you think it's time to upgrade your wardrobe? Get a limited-edition LHBC shirt: Sun's out, gun's out!

    *Disclaimer: Shirt will have sleeves, so if you wanna rock your biceps loud and proud, contact us to get access to an exclusive reward tier: LHBC branded scissors.

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    Dress Up: Part III

    The flannel to end all flannels. You guessed it: it's a sweet LHBC-branded flannel. You can pick the size, but no matter what, you know it will go well with anything.

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    The Holy Grail

    Ok, fine. This growler isn't really the Holy Grail. But it's arguably better because...
    1. It's made out of high-grade stainless steel.
    2. It can keep your beer cold for 24 hours.
    3. It's fully LHBC branded from top to bottom.
    4. The Holy Grail didn't come with a T-shirt, did it?

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    Six Packs of 2019

    We said we'd do anything to get this brewery started, and we meant it.

    Who doesn't love a good pin-up calendar, especially when it's full of risqué pictures of brewers? Feast your eyes on the bearded glory of Sam, or the sinewy and pale figure that is Carlisle.

    And, as if that isn't enough, you'll also get a t-shirt!

    *Must be 18 or older to purchase. Also must have bad taste.

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    Keg Hero

    We're having a keg party for the ages. We figure we need 50 of these bad boys to have a good time, and we're hoping you'll join!

    Here's how it works: you buy us a keg and we'll put your name on it for the whole world to see. Whenever we tap that shiny stainless, we'll let you know so you can come join us for a beer! And we'll throw a t-shirt your way!

    But wait, there's more...we'll also take a picture of you and your ~160lb baby to put up on our Family Portrait Wall!

    *Disclaimer: Family Portrait Wall may or may not be located in a bathroom.

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    Play time's over: show them your final form!
    Corner the market on limited edition LHBC merch and claim all the swag listed above: stickers, coasters, t-shirt, hat, flannel, and growler!

    That's not all... You will also receive a one-of-a-kind brewer's work shirt - the very same one worn by Sam and Carlisle. Don't miss your chance to tell friends, family, and innocent bystanders in our taproom that you actually brew all the beer!

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    Brewer for a Day

    The title says it all.

    No it doesn't! Here's what you get: a day of hands-on brewing experience for you and a friend. Don't just learn all about brewing at LHBC - actually brew a batch at LHBC. We'll take you through the entire process from start to finish, and get as detailed as you want to go. Want to talk malt and hop profiles, water chemistry, or count some yeast cells? Let's do it! Talk about the ultimate brewery tour.

    Of course, this reward includes awesome swag: stickers, coasters, hat, and a brewer's shirt.

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    Driveway Buddies

    This is a big ticket item. Anyone who's ever been to Chester knows that street-side parking is hard to come by. But fear not! Our "spacious" parking lot is yours for the taking.

    Whether you're coming to LHBC, or just want a place to park for a night out in Chester, you just let us know! We'll make sure that you always have a parking spot!

    We'll even let you brew with us one of the times you visit (aka Brewer For A Day)! Jeepers, what a deal!

    Hell, we might even valet for you, if it's quiet enough. And if that's not a sweet enough deal, then buckle up: you'll get a bunch of swag, too. But not a sticker: you'll have to shell out another fiver for that.

    (Ok...maybe we'll send you a sticker or two, but just because we're feeling extra-generous.)

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    Tank Royalty

    We've already named almost every piece of brewing equipment in the place: when you visit you'll get to meet such mystical creatures as "Hughie the Hot Liquor Tank", "Bertram the Bathroom Light Fixture", and "Tanky McTankface"...but what if one of the fermenters was yours (and yours alone) to name?

    Sure, you'll get a bundle of merch to go along with it...but wouldn't the joy of seeing your name in big letters be almost priceless?

    *Obviously, we've seen what the internet is capable of: your chosen name will be subject to our approval, but we won't sleep until we're all happy with the final decision!

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    Welcome Home!

    Little House is your home for one day and one night. Make it to the brewery and we'll take it from there. VIP activities include, but are not limited to:

    1. Designing and brewing a beer with us. We'll tell you *almost* anything you want to know. You're in control, we're just along for the ride! We'll even throw you behind the bar the day we release your brew!

    2. Spend the night right above the brewery in the Little Clubhouse: we own the whole building, and the front room is the ultimate brewery hangout and guest room. Carlisle will even cook you breakfast, but you better like your eggs scrambled (he can't do them any other way)!

    3. All meals covered by us at any of Chester's fantastic local eateries.

    4. Direct access to LHBC's adorable first brew dog, Kirby the pug!

    5. All merch included...even those elusive stickers!

    6. SPENT GRAIN FOR LIFE!!!

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