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We need your help to build Valdosta's first and only craft brewery, bringing fresh and local craft beer to the heart of South Georgia.
We need your help to build Valdosta's first and only craft brewery, bringing fresh and local craft beer to the heart of South Georgia.
178 backers pledged $24,139 to help bring this project to life.

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Georgia Beer Co. "IS IT ON YOUR MIND?"

We believe that every beer lover deserves a local beer!  With the nearest Georgia brewery being over 150 miles away, our mission is to give Valdosta its own local option: A brewery that represents the tastes and aromas and hospitality that is characteristic of South Georgia.  

Georgia Beer Co. is a start-up production Craft Brewery in Valdosta, GA. It is owned by three partners from the Valdosta area, who are committed to producing Valdosta's FIRST and only craft beer, right here in the Azaela City. Currently, Georgia Beer Co. is on a path to a public/private partnership with the City of Valdosta, Valdosta-Lowndes Industrial Authority, and Valdosta Main Street to renovate and revitalize a historic downtown building.

Our mission is to use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible to offer a unique and true taste of the south.  From peaches to pecans to cane syrup, we plan to highlight the flavors that make Georgia famous.  

What are we going to do with your money?

We want to build our fans and guests an amazing tasting room in which to hang out with other beer lovers, kick back with a delicious and local beer, and enjoy a relaxed and entertaining ambience.  This space will need chairs, tables, coat hooks, TV's, corn hole, dart boards, bar top, small stage, and many other amenities and comforts that should make this space feel like a home away from home for our guests.  After we purchase and ship all of the rewards and incentives, the remaining funds will go directly into the brewery!  

If we exceed our goal, we plan to add an outdoor space, a "beer garden" with picnic tables, umbrellas, and fresh air!  

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  • Most importantly, share our story with your friends!  If we do not meet our goal, we do not get a single penny.  Only the combined efforts of the local community will make this dream a reality.

If you don't like beer, but love preserving history, then feel empowered by helping us renovate a nearly 100 year old downtown building, bringing tourism and life to downtown Valdosta.  We hope to capture the character and resilience of the 100 year old brick and showcase it for all to experience on a Georgia Beer Co. brewery tour.  

Historic Downtown Valdosta
Historic Downtown Valdosta

WHO ARE THESE GUYS ANYWAY?   

Owners J. Ryce, Drew, and Chris all met while attending Valdosta State University.   When banking, forensics, and property management careers left them wanting more out of life, they decided to become small business owners and do what they love for a living: brewing delicious beer that puts smiles on the faces of those that drink it!  

J. Ryce Martin is the Director of Brewery Operations. His background in forensic biology and extensive experience at the microbial level makes him taylor fit for quality control and assurance, archiving, and overseeing the chemical process that turns water, grains, hops and yeast into beer.

J. Ryce Martin
J. Ryce Martin

Chris Jones is the Director of Business Development. His background in customer service includes restaurant management, economic development, and 13 years in the US Coast Guard Reserve. He currently works as a property manager while still drilling in the USCG.

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

Drew Young has extensive experience in the financial world, making him an ideal Chief Financial Officer. Currently, Drew lives in Nashville, TN and works as a Risk and Assurance Services Officer at a reputable CPA firm. His background includes compliance, personal banking, and credit management.

Drew Young
Drew Young

Barron has been brewing beer at the commercial level for several years. He has worked in a craft brewery in North Carolina and two breweries here in Georgia. Starting at the bottom, Barron worked his way up to the position of brewer. Upon opening, he will serve as Georgia Beer Company's Head Brewer, responsible for all aspects of the brewing and fermenting process, as well as recipe development.

Barron Sluder
Barron Sluder

REWARDS! 

When designing our logo and choosing a name for our brewery, we decided to keep it simple and classy.  No outlandish imagery here, just solid, stoic, Georgia.  Check out our selection of great gear and decide what fits your personality the best!  

STICKERS

Slap it on your cooler, beer fridge, bumper, or wherever!

Georgia Beer Co. logo sticker
Georgia Beer Co. logo sticker

KOOZIES

In black or orange, perfect for keeping any good beer cold.

Georgia Beer Co. Koozie
Georgia Beer Co. Koozie

SHIRTS

For guys and gals, in a variety of colors! 

BALL CAPS

Keep the sun out of your eyes with this classic mesh hat!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in starting any new business is that of the unknown. Will people like our beer? Will we stay fresh and innovative to keep the fans coming back for more? Will we be able to take advantage of Georgia's new Beer Laws to the extent needed to succeed? These are all questions that we are not only asking ourselves but also strategizing educated approaches to answering.

Specifically pertaining to the beer industry, post-funding issues will include Federal and State licensing, construction, and account acquisition. Set backs are guaranteed to follow and we plan to tackle each with the same core values we instill in our daily lives: Hospitality, hard work, and community.

Another challenge that we face is the macro breweries constantly doing everything they can to ebb the tide of craft beer that threatens their market share.

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    Don't have much cash, but love good beer? Then this package is for you! We will give a digital thank you to anyone who supports local beer and small business.

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    "Stick with it!"
    A Georgia Beer Co. sticker and digital thank you! Find an awesome place to plaster your support for good beer and small business.
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    "Keep 'em cool in the South Georgia Heat"
    Wrap your favorite beverage in a Georgia Beer Co. koozie to keep it at the perfect temperature! We'll throw in the sticker too!
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    "The shirt off our back!"
    Wear your support out and about in a kickstarter exclusive Georgia Beer Co. t-shirt. Choose from men's or women's and one of three colors. Along with the koozie and sticker, this package is an amazing value that supports local small business!
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    "Top it off!"
    Whether you like flat brims or curved, this Georgia Beer Co. hat is classic Georgia style. Wear it out to show your community you support good beer and local small business! (Koozie and sticker included)
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    "The True Southerner"
    Here we have a t-shirt, ball cap, koozie, and sticker, all emblazoned with the Georgia Beer Co. logo. Wear it all to the game, tail gate, grocery store, or just around the house to show your support!
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    His and Hers "True Southerner"
    For our favorite couples! Two shirts (his and hers) two hats, two koozies, and two stickers! We hope you fall in love with our beer just like you did with each other!
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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Take home the "True Southerner" package, plus be invited to an invitation only pre-grand opening celebration! Be one of the first to sample South Georgia craft beer directly from the Georgia Beer Co. brewery. Live music, local eats, and an opportunity to try beers never before released to the public make your pledge well worth it! Bring one guest.
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    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    "Brewer's Choice"
    Give yourself (or a loved one) the opportunity to have a private brew session with our head brewer! Mill the grain, weigh the hops, and pitch the yeast in this one of a kind look inside the life of a brewer. Includes "The True Southerner" package.
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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    "The Craft Enthusiast"
    Get your hat, your shirt, your koozie, your sticker, your invitation to the pre-grand opening party...

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    Exclusive membership in the Georgia Beer Coalition, our private member's only group that enjoys first tastings of every new Georgia Beer Co. release, extended brewery tour hours, a mug with your name on it kept at the brewery, and 15% off all Georgia Beer Co. merchandise. This makes a great gift, just in time for the Holidays!
    And, dont forget the "True Southerner" package that is included.
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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    "The Beer Connoisseur"
    Host an exclusive party for you and up to 40 of your closest friends at the brewery. Enjoy live music and local food. Show your friends how important your local craft brewery is to you!
    Package includes "The True Southerner" package.
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Funding period

- (30 days)