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The Brickoven Brewpub is an artisanal brewpub and pizzeria that focuses on small batch, high quality handmade food and drink.

    We have come to Kickstarter to ask for the final piece needed to start The Brickoven Brewpub in Akron, Ohio.  After years of planning and saving we are very close to having all of the funding we need to open our doors.  BUT we still need the last little bit.
    All of the The Brickoven Brewpub's brewing production and aging will be onsite and produced from our exclusive recipes on a daily basis.  In addition, we would like to be able to offer other highly rated local, domestic, and imported ales and lagers and a small selection of highly rated liquors.  With recent Ohio permit changes, the cost of our permits double if we want to offer products other than our own.  Our ales and lagers will be available on tap based on availability.  Our brewpub will offer several in-house produced beers as our base menu to start with the possibility of expanding that menu based on individual beer offerings popularity and/or requests.  In addition we will be rotating seasonal offerings of beer and cider.
    We will also offer handmade artisanal pizzas baked in our custom wood/charcoal burning brick oven.  The oven is of our own design and will be exclusive to the Brickoven Brewpub.  Our pizzas are made from our own dough recipes made daily, in-house made sausages, salamis and cured meats, imported and locally produced cheeses,  locally grown produce when in season, and in-house made sauces from basic tomato to those with southern US and Asian influences.  
    The overall goals for our business are:
    1.  Develop of an atmosphere where all patrons will feel a sense of local pride and community.
    2.  Produce and offer the finest quality beers and pizzas available anywhere.
    3.  Use locally grown and/or raised products and cultivate long-term and lasting relationships with those local producers.
    We are currently filing our LLC and operating agreement with the State of Ohio and once filed we will be obtaining our Summit County Vendor's License and filing our Brewer's Notice with the State of Ohio.  After that, it's signing our lease and submitting our permit applications to the state. Once approved, we hope to be up and running by the end of the year.
    This year all we want for Christmas is to open our doors.
    Below are just a few photos of some of the items that will be available on our menu.  This is just a small sample of what we have to offer.
These are just some
These are just some
of the variety of options
of the variety of options
that will be available
that will be available
on our pizza menu.
on our pizza menu.
All produce will be sourced as close to our brewpub as possible.
All produce will be sourced as close to our brewpub as possible.
And all meat toppings will be made on site from meats locally sourced.
And all meat toppings will be made on site from meats locally sourced.
The ales shown are just
The ales shown are just
a small sample of the variety
a small sample of the variety
of house brewed beverages that will be available.
of house brewed beverages that will be available.
of house brewed beverages that will be available.
of house brewed beverages that will be available.
Here and below are some example images of what the rewards will be / look like.  Our B&W logo is also below.  We will update the reward images as items come in. This is the Sample Blank Standard Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added.
Here and below are some example images of what the rewards will be / look like. Our B&W logo is also below. We will update the reward images as items come in. This is the Sample Blank Standard Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added.
Sample European Style Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Sample European Style Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Sample Blank Flip Top Stainless Steel Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Sample Blank Flip Top Stainless Steel Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Sample Blank Stainless Steel Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Sample Blank Stainless Steel Growler for Reward(s) - Logo will be added
Our Growler Logo - White on Glass / Black on Stainless
Our Growler Logo - White on Glass / Black on Stainless

And FYI, if you have any questions on any of the rewards we are offering, please send us a message on Facebook.  Due to Kickstarter rules, our rewards were revised several times so as not to include certain words.  We don't want to confuse anyone or imply we are not sharing in our rewards all that we have to offer, so if you have any questions please let us know.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Up to now we have been extremely conservative with executing our business plan and we have kept most of our plans as quiet as possible. We have written and completed our business plan, contacted food suppliers, grain suppliers, hop farms, real estate agents, attorneys, and banks under the radar, trying as best as possible to have all of our ducks in a row before proceeding.

Once we are fully funded, 3 things take off similtaneously. We finalize our lease, Josh will place his order for our brewing system and Josh will file our Brewer's Notice in the state of Ohio.

Once the lease is finalized (and yes we have a property selected and have spoken with the property owner) we begin the permitting process. Permit applications will be filed with the state

Our biggest challenge, after final fundraising, is permitting. Between the state and federal permitting and inspections, the entire process takes about 4-6 months. The average time for the TTB to process a permit application is 81 days but luckily the state will suspend the issuance of their permit until the TTB issues theirs. The goal being that your state permit is not sitting around expiring while we all wait on the feds.

The upside to all of this downtime we will have is we have plenty of time for the interior renovations we need to make on the space we have selected. This portion of the project plays into Nicole's wheelhouse. She is an interior designer and has worked in the construction industry for the last 7 years. Designing the entire interior (bar, kitchen, and seating), designing the brewing room with Josh and getting the people and materials in place to get up and renovating is extremely exciting. The building permit process in Akron is relatively smooth but until the final plans are produced and reviewed by the city/county you never know how it will go. The health department will also need to approve the plans as part of their permitting process but in speaking with them on what they need to complete plan review and permitting, this should not be a difficult process.

That takes us to the construction of the oven. A working prototype was designed, built and used by Nicole at the beginning of 2012. A few design changes have been made during the beta testing but the overall design works beautifully. Once the demolition in our proposed space is completed and the build out is started, Nicole will begin construction of the oven while overseeing the renovations. Overall construction time for the oven should be about a month. (Hopefully less).

Also while we are waiting on the brewery permit process, we will be completing our website design for The Brickoven Brewpub as well as a Twitter account and Facebook page. The ultimate goals of these platforms are integrated online ordering with realtime requests and reviews of our products.

Again, we have tried very hard to make sure every step is completed before we move onto the next step. And we have also made the inital contacts with all government agencies (federal, state, county, and city) and suppliers of all kinds to kick off our working relationships on a positive note.

Our goal is to have all interior and kitchen renovations complete or near complete in time for the brewery permitting completion. But having worked in construction for some time, it is understood that Murphy's Law reigns supreme. We have set aside contingencies in both budgeting and scheduling in our business plan for what is called in the construction industry as "unforseen conditions".

If all goes according to our plan, we hope to be open by the end of 2013, probably Nov/Dec. We can continue to update our progess on Twitter, Facebook, and on our future website.

Below are links to both the state and federal websites for a little more insight into the permitting process. Really, it's thrilling stuff.

http://www.com.ohio.gov/liqr/PermitClasses.aspx
http://www.ttb.gov/beer/qualify.shtml

Please forward any questions on our plans and progress on The Brickoven Brewpub to Josh's Facebook page. In addition, if you have any questions on any of the rewards we are offering, again please contact us on Facebook.

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    Pizza Dough Stretching Class Come in and learn to hand stretch pizza dough. We'll stretch some dough and make a few pizzas in the brick oven. And of course we will pair some of the student prepared pizzas with other in house offerings. We'll eat and have a good time. Two classes of 10 will be offered. Invitations will be mailed out once we are funded and the final class time(s) will be determined once we are open. Class Date TBD

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    Make your own receipe. Come in we can develop a recipe to your own taste. Then we will make yours on our smaller pilot brewing system. We will fement and condition for you. When ready, we will call you and you to come in and help bottle. Or, because bottling is SOOO fun, we will do it for you. What you do from there is up to you.

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    One Limited Edition Stainless Steel growler with The Brickoven Brewpub logo on one side, your name on other side. Also included is a THE 100 YEAR MEMBERSHIP in THE "1/2" CLUB. This membership entitles you to a lifetime of special offers at The Brickoven Brewpub. Also, you will receive T-shirt with logo and sticker! The growler will be mailed out to you once we are funded and THE 100 YEAR MEMBERSHIP starts on our Grand Opening day. You will be personally given the heads up on what date the Grand Opening will be. MEMBERSHIP IN THE "1/2" CLUB for 100 years, HOW COOL IS THAT?

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    This is the big enchilada! You get to be brewmaster of the day. You will come in on a day TBD and make a batch of brew. We will develop a recipe together and make it on main brewing system. When ready we will sell in house and it will be named after you! Go Legend! Make the brew, be the brew!!

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