Beer and bikes, you can have one without the other... but its just not as much fun!
We've been open as Crank Arm Rickshaw for about 2 years now with the intention and dream of opening Crank Arm Brewing company for even longer. Each of the founders, Mike Morris, Adam Eckhardt, and Dylan Selinger are truly passionate about beer, cycling, and our community here in Raleigh NC. Crank Arm Brewing Company is our vision to be a strong contributor to the place and the idea we each call home. We sure could use your help and we hope you will join us as we humbly progress toward our opening and invite you to be a part of the project!
The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to help supplement the equipment we need to be able to produce and deliver the best beer to you AND to produce some original and extremely cool art inside our tasting room for you to enjoy! These items include a keg washing/cleaning machine, kegs, grain mill, wheel wall and bicycle frame sculpture, bar top renovation, and a specially designed rickshaw delivery bike to bring the goods to your door :) We plan to open in the next 2 to 3 months and these funds will provide for a GRAND opening, not just an opening. Its hard to express exactly how much we appreciate all the support we have received so far and we cant wait to start brewing and returning the favor! Join us
Some background on Crank Arm:
Crank Arm Brewing Company is an expansion of the Downtown Raleigh based rickshaw company, Crank Arm Rickshaw. Our brewery will utilize a 7-barrel system and will be opening Spring 2013 in the Warehouse District at 319 West Davie Street, Raleigh, NC. The brewery’s mission is to provide fresh artisan beer in a laid-back place for people to meet, enjoy life, and taste one-of-a-kind brews. Founders Adam Eckhardt, a veteran salesman, has 6 years home brewing experience, and is the Founder of Crank Arm Rickshaw Company. Michael Morris, 4-time Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winner and veteran brewmaster, has been brewing scrumptious beer for 14 years at several well-known breweries in the Raleigh area, including Capitol Brewing Company, Big Boss Brewing Company, and Natty Greene’s. Dylan Selinger is Manager/Rickshaw Driver for Crank Arm Rickshaw, and has been driving rickshaws in downtown Raleigh for over 5 years.
We chose the Warehouse District because of it’s central location, and because it is the fastest growing district in downtown. Our brewery is going to be a destination hub, amidst restaurants, galleries, and shops, for people to come together over exciting new hand-crafted brews. The brewery’s mission is to provide extremely fresh artisan beer while incorporating green transportation methods via rickshaw or waste veggie-oil powered truck in order to minimize the company’s impact on the planet.
Crank Arm will house a bar, for beer enthusiasts who want to sit down and enjoy their beer on-site. The brewery will also have a rolling street team of rickshaws to take people on tours of the City, as well as deliver beer to individuals, restaurants, and bars in downtown Raleigh. We're dedicated to cycling as a lifestyle and will have bike racks, pumps, and tools on-hand. Local deliveries will be made with rickshaws and a “greasel” F-350, which runs off waste vegetable oil. There will be two flagship beers on tap at all times, Rickshaw Rye, a Rye India Pale Ale; and White Wall Wit, an American Wit. There will be 4 seasonal brews rotating at all times in order to provide a new and delicious experience for beer enthusiasts. We brew what tastes good, we’re not held down by specific beer styles.
Risks and challenges
Is the brewery going to happen? Well, yes. YOU BET YOUR CRANK IT IS
This is a very complicated project, it involves permitting, construction, purchase and testing of equipment, and a myriad of other factors. We are confident that we not only have the skills and knowledge to overcome these and any other obstacles we face, but we have also done the research to know how to handle these issues. We are fortunate to be working with a team of professionals on the project who will ensure we smoothly navigate these and any other issues. We will be open this spring. See you there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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