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Community based cycling theme brewery in the Warehouse District of Downtown Raleigh NC. Hand crafted ales delivered via rickshaw.

Beer and bikes, you can have one without the other... but its just not as much fun!

Adam, Mike, and Dylan
Adam, Mike, and Dylan

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! 

Founders Club Mug
Founders Club Mug

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

Mike Morris : Moving our brewing system
Mike Morris : Moving our brewing system

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. 

The Brewery - Pre Renovations
The Brewery - Pre Renovations

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. 

Vegetable Oil Powered F350
Vegetable Oil Powered F350

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. 

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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!

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    Transport your goods while you're Crankin it up! You'll be getting a double walled, fully insulated, Crank Arm Brewing Co engraved stainless steel growler. This thing is REALLY sweet! It keeps liquids cold or hot for hours on end! The best part is you cant break it while riding your bike :) You'll also be featured on our website, get the bottle opener, the sticker, limited edition Crankstarter pint glass, AND the limited press Crank Arm T-shirt!

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    Get your brew on! You are invited for a personalized brewery tour one on one with our Brewmaster, Michael Morris, for you and up to 3 friends. The tour will include a tasting and a T-shirt for each person in attendance. In addition, you will be featured on our website, you're getting the bottle opener, the sticker, and the limited edition Crankstarter pint glass!

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    Lets ride! You are invited for a personalized Rickshaw tour of Downtown Raleigh for you and a guest! This tour will start and end at the brewery taking you all over the city including the most historic sites, the best views, and the low down on the culture of our city! The tour will end with a tasting at the brewery. You'll also be featured on our website, get the bottle opener, the limited edition Crankstarter pint glass, two stickers, AND two Crank Arm T-shirts!

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    - FOUNDERS CLUB LEVEL - (PRICELE$$) You'll be a founding member of the Crank Arm Brewing Mug Club! You will have your own ultra-limited edition personalized hop shaped mug (picture featured) which can be found no where else. Your name will be displayed on a plaque below your mugs home on our bar. This mug is 20oz as opposed to our 16oz pint glasses so you'll have founders benefit every time you drink a regularly priced pint. You will be invited to special events including our mug club night, and a soft opening just for founders and a guest! You'll be getting the double walled, fully insulated, Crank Arm Brewing Co engraved stainless steel growler mentioned above, you'll be featured on our website, get the bottle opener, the sticker, limited edition Crankstarter pint glass, AND the limited press Crank Arm T-shirt!

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    - FOUNDERS CLUB LEVEL - (PRICELE$$) You will be invited to a home brew lesson from one of the brewers at Crank Arm Brewing Co. Plus you'll be a founding member of the Crank Arm Brewing Mug Club! You will have your own ultra-limited edition personalized hop shaped mug (picture featured) which can be found no where else mentioned above. Your name will be displayed on a plaque below your mugs home on our bar. This mug is 20oz as opposed to our 16oz pint glasses so you'll have founders benefit every time you drink a regularly priced pint. You will be invited to special events including our mug club night, and a soft opening just for founders and a guest! You'll be getting the double walled, fully insulated, Crank Arm Brewing Co engraved stainless steel growler mentioned above, you'll be featured on our website, get the bottle opener, the sticker, limited edition Crankstarter pint glass, the trucker hat, AND the limited press Crank Arm T-shirt!

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    - FOUNDERS CLUB LEVEL - (PRICELE$$) You are invited for a personalized Rickshaw tour of Downtown Raleigh for you and a guest! This tour will start and end at the brewery taking you all over the city including the most historic sites, the best views, and the low down on the culture of our city! The tour will start and end at the brewery including a special tasting just for you. PLUS you'll be a founding member of the Crank Arm Brewing Mug Club! You will have your own ultra-limited edition personalized hop shaped mug (picture featured) which can be found no where else mentioned above. Your name will be displayed on a plaque below your mugs home on our bar. This mug is 20oz as opposed to our 16oz pint glasses so you'll have founders benefit every time you drink a regularly priced pint. You will be invited to special events including our mug club night, and a soft opening just for founders and a guest! You'll be getting the double walled, fully insulated, Crank Arm Brewing Co engraved stainless steel growler mentioned above, you'll be featured on our website, get the bottle opener, two stickers, limited edition Crankstarter pint glass, the trucker hat, AND two Crank Arm T-shirts!

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    - FOUNDERS CLUB LEVEL - (PRICELE$$) Ride your heart out! But dont forget to come by and hang YOUR bike in YOUR spot inside the bar with YOUR name on it! That's right, you will have your own parking spot INSIDE the bar that only you can use! Not only that, you will get the ultra-limited personalized founders club mug mentioned above, the soft opening invitation, the limited press T-shirt, website mention, wicked sweet Stainless Growler, the pint glass, sticker, rickshaw tour for you and a guest mentioned above, bottle opener, and trucker hat!

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    -FOUNDERS CLUB LEVEL - (PRICELE$$) Brew with the Brewer! You're invited to brew a seasonal one on one with our brewmaster, Michael Morris, for an entire day on site. You will also get an extended brewery tour for you and up to 3 friends including the T-shirts and an extended "sampling". You will be invited to be the first to tap the keg made on your brew day. You will be entitled to the top shelf on our mug club wall for your ultra-limited personalized founders club mug mentioned above. You will receive the personalized indoor bike parking spot, the soft opening invitation, the limited press T-shirt, website mention, wicked sweet Stainless Growler, the pint glass, sticker, rickshaw tour for you and a guest mentioned above, bottle opener, and trucker hat!

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    Be a chain crankin' god! You will get EVERYTHING mentioned above, but instead of brewing with Michael, you will get to design, formulate, test, brew, and name 1 of our seasonals! You'll be an integral part of the entire process for this brew from start to finish. This will be your style and there will be privileges! Contact us for more information if you have questions.

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