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Rebecca AtkinsonBy Rebecca Atkinson
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Rebecca AtkinsonBy Rebecca Atkinson
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CA$ 1,183
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27
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 14 2018 6:44 PM UTC +00:00

About

Photo Credit: Dan Hatch IG: Dannefrank_
Photo Credit: Dan Hatch IG: Dannefrank_


                      Why Support Us?

As individuals, where would we be without the guidance and support of others? As entrepreneurs, we ask the same question. Since launching our business, we have connected with experienced mentors and had the fortune of incredible support from our local community, and individuals we have met along the way.

Like all small businesses, there are struggles, some of which take us totally by surprise, and we do not have the manpower or financial resources to cope. As consumers, we are often caught off guard when a business shuts down without indication they were struggling. The pride that an entrepreneur feels often doesn’t allow them to reach out and ask for the support needed.

Our goal is to keep moving forward and ask for your support.

This Kickstarter Campaign is to help us add a 473ml can of Beach Stone Bitter to our existing core brand collection. This will enable us to supply more restaurants and retail outlets, making it more accessible to the public. We believe this will also increase awareness of our location on the beautiful Eastern Shore, boosting tourism and, more importantly, help us boost our workforce. We thank you for taking the time to look at our campaign and exercising the power of your decision to support local and help us move forward with growth.

Brand Story

As they explored our coastal waters, legend has it Nova Scotia sailors would toast the discovery of new lands. As you can imagine, navigating the Eastern Shore archipelagos led to more than a few raised glasses.  

By the time they reached our home, supplies were understandably short and only one name seemed appropriate... Sober Island. But today, warm hospitality and craft ale await all those with an adventurous heart.

The Place  

Yes, Sober Island is a real place, situated on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. The Eastern Shore is a relatively untouched area of the province with a pristine rugged coastline. Among acres of rain forest, peninsulas, inlets, and wild lands sits Sober Island. Once used as a seafaring hub for pirating and rum running, the Island later contained a lobster canning plant, a government wharf and was/is home to many fisherman. Currently there are approximately 50 people who inhabit Sober Island. We have a great deal of respect for those living on the Island and their willingness to share the beauty of their surroundings. Maintaining the natural wonder whilst respecting tradition is something close to our hearts as well as those who have been blessed to call this place home.

If you haven't checked out Nova Scotia's 100 Wild Islands, take the time to look it up on YouTube!

The Beer  

 Oyster Stout:   

6.1% ABV, 30 IBU

A smooth medium bodied stout served with a thick and creamy tan colour head. A brininess on the nose with a roast toffee undertone. Dark chocolate bitterness provides a balanced and memorable finish.  

Brewed with fresh, whole, Pristine Bay Oysters.

Beachstone Bitter

5.1% ABV, 37 IBU

A malt ale with a full mouth feel. Layers of caramel sweetness and earthy hop bitterness.

Marigold Blonde Ale 

5% ABV, 14 IBU

This is our everyday easy drinker. Brewed with honey malt with a slight sweetness. It's smooth and medium bodied.

Rye Series

Every season we release a beer brewed with locally malted rye.

Foraged Series

We're known for brewing unique ales using locally foraged ingredients. We have previously brewed: Chanterelle Mild, Juniper IPA, Wintergreen Cocoa Porter and a Fire Red (brewed with fireweed flower and red spruce).

The Vision  

It was originally our intention to launch Sober Island Brewing Company directly on the Island. Realizing the financial restraints and timeline, the team developed a three phase plan:  

Phase One: Brew on a pilot system, launch at Saltscapes in April 2016 and supply local Eastern Shore establishments throughout the summer season. Convert a horse trailer into a mobile craft beer bar in order to present the beer and brand to the public in a unique way.  

On April 22, 2016 Sober Island Brewing company launched to a crowd of over 30,000 people at the Nova Scotia Saltscapes Expo. A one-of-a-kind mobile bar and retail outlet pouring some exceptional English style beer immediately surpassed our vision and expectation.

Using our 1/2bbl Sabco Brew Magic system we maintained a constant stream of craft ale to two seasonal Eastern Shore establishments - Liscombe Lodge and the Henley House Pub & Restaurant. 

Phase 2: After surpassing expectations of our phase one goal we came to the unanimous decision that we need to make more beer! This was accomplished by embarking on an expansion of the previous brewing space within the Henley House pub and restaurant in order to accommodate our DME 7bbl brewing system. A greater capacity allowed us to supply the growing demand throughout Nova Scotia. A greater presence in restaurants throughout the Eastern Shore & HRM, along with farmers markets and growler fill stations throughout the province, has continued our vision of bringing great beer to Nova Scotian's and beyond! 

We had two unplanned expansions during this time- a mobile canning line and the addition of a 15bbl (double size) uni-tank. This was to accommodate our new listing with the local Liquor Commission! This has been very exciting for us at Sober Island Brewing, and new goal is to make our beer more accessible to those who love it- within the province and out!

Phase 3: Our vision. This is our destination brewery on Sober Island itself. We are currently working on getting the road built and surveying the land for the perfect spot! 

The Rewards

Choose between a Logo, Drink Sober or Beer Name shirt.

 Oyster Stout shirt (Beths Black)

 Blonde Ale shirt (Marigold)

 English Bitter shirt (Beach Stone Bitter)

Logo shirt comes in Heather Navy (pictured), Solid Navy and Black.

Risks and challenges

The transition from a committed home brewer into a professional brewing enterprise does not come without some logistical challenges. What may have worked for a single, or even several batches of beer at home does not necessarily translate into a 7bbl brewing system. At Sober Island Brewing Co. we are combining experience with in-depth knowledge of brewing techniques and the industry to ensure a consistently high quality product. What we don't know, we're also willing to learn!

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    The Buoy

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    Enjoy a 3 course meal at The Henley House with pairings for every course, a brewery tour and your favourite product to go!

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    The Shipwright

    The Shipwrights duty is to design and build many types of boats, a job predating recorded history.

    The weight of this voyage is on your shoulders, we need you to create* our next spectacular brew.

    Meet the SIBC crew for a Gam (meeting) and fine feed in a friendly port. There we will discuss your design thoughts, ingredients, and begin the recipe formulation. By nights end we will have designed a bounty fit for a king!

    A date will be set to brew a small test batch to see how your skill stacks up. 3-4 weeks later you, along with the brew crew, will meet with members of the Bar Pilots club to sample, critique, and make any changes we deem fit.

    You'll take the trial batch home, and return it empty when you come back to brew the final adaptation on our full scale brew house.

    Your signature on this beer is the real reward.

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