The story of Point Breeze Brewing begins in a small kitchen in South Philadelphia where three friends gathered together once again, attempting to make a random beer on a stovetop. These three friends (Kristen, Kyler and, yours truly, Patrick) began discussing potentially starting a brewery. That conversation would eventually result in Point Breeze Brewing.
But let's back up from there. How did we all get into brewing?
For Kyler, we need to travel across space and time to his tenure at the University of Michigan. In a small, and sometimes uncomfortably warm for brewing apartment in Ann Arbor, Kyler began experimenting with homebrewing. The results were often quite positive, aside from the overly heated apartment causing fermentation issues.
Kristen's introduction to brewing came when her brother, Kyler (did we not mention that? Yes, they are siblings), decided to move to Philadelphia for the most noble of reasons: he followed a girl (which we would tease him about except that he later married her, way to ruin our fun Kyler!) Kristen began brewing with Kyler at his new home in South Philadelphia.
Patrick was introduced to home brewing a few years ago by his brother-in-law, Andy. After a few conversations, Patrick received his first homebrew kit (which is still in use today!) by his sister, Shawn, as a Christmas present. It only snowballed from there.
The owners of Point Breeze Brewing come from a diverse educational background: we are represented by two engineers, and an attorney. Kyler attended the University of Michigan for his Engineering degree, and is currently attending Penn State for his MBA. Kristen attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate, and then the University of Michigan for her Masters, and finally the University of Pennsylvania for her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. And, finally, Patrick attended Drexel University for an undergraduate degree in Music, and returned to Drexel University for law school.
We came into the idea of starting Point Breeze Brewing to provide creative and inspired craft beer to South Philadelphia. With that simple idea in mind, we found a space in Port Richmond that seemed like the perfect spot for a home to our new venture. We began experimenting with recipes, and eventually came up with a unique system for feedback: a play on the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) called the CSB (Community Supported Beer). Friends and family were invited to participate, and we would provide a few bottles of each experimental beer, accompanied by some gifts. All we asked was the participants share with friends, and give their thoughts however positive or harsh.
After a year mired in the red-taped nightmare that is the brewery license process, we were informed that the location would never be able to host a brewery due to an obscure law in the Pennsylvania Liquor Code. This random provision stated that, because the corporation which owned the building they were located in was associated with another corporation that has an interest in a Restaurant Liquor License somewhere in the state of Pennsylvania, we could not operate on any property associated in any manner with that interested corporation. Obscure right?
Despite this major setback, we moved forward, undaunted by the bureaucratic nonsense, and found a new location! A perfect spot adjacent to Point Breeze and much closer to home. And now, we are closer than ever to bringing fine brews to a bar or restaurant near you!
Now, we participate in numerous charity and community events. Feedback on PBB brews has been sensational! We are excited to bring our signature beers to your pint glasses and the local bar scene.
Point Breeze Pale Ale - A smooth, light-bodied wheat pale ale with a decent hop bite. Brewed with Simcoe and Cascade hops for a delicious, citrusy flavor
Reed Street Rye - A spicy IPA brewed with rye malt, Amarillo and Simcoe hops.
Untitled Spiced IPA - Our newest recipe brewed with ginger, cardamom, Azecca and Mosaic hops.
Unnamed (working title: "L Hefe") Lime Hefeweizen - A light, unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lime kefir leaves. Perfect for summer!
West Passyunk Porter - A still-in-development porter we are designing with the advice and consent of the West Passyunk Neighbors ASSOCIATION.
What We Will Do With The Kickstarter Money
Fermentation Expansion! We want to get more 1 barrel fermenters so we can provide everyone more of our awesome beer!
Kegs! We want to purchase many more kegs to distribute our awesome beer to the local bars for you all to enjoy!
Control panel! We are in the process of upgrading our current brew system to a partially-automated 1 Barrel system, and we want to use some of the kickstarter money to fund a new control panel to run the new brewing system. This will allow us to crank out more of our awesome beer for you!
Refrigeration! We want to upgrade our brewery with more refrigeration so we can produce more finished kegs for you all to put some dents in!
Zoning Lawyer! We went through a little tiff with the city of Philadelphia over our zoning and had to hire a zoning attorney to handle our appeal which would let us operate at our current space. Lawyers ain't cheap, but we did not want to move since we are so nicely located at 28th and Oakford, so close to the Point Breeze community.
Dreams! If this kickstarter crushes it like we hope it will, we would like to expand our current brewery space to offer areas for visitors and beer enthusiasts sooner than we normally could hope. Additionally, if this goes well we will be able to produce more beers and one-off recipes. Recipes for which we will happily consider your input! Also, we're all gonna buy expensive cars and cool new computers. (Just Kidding!)
Risks and challenges
We are offering a diverse selection of merchandise and events. When it comes to certain group events, we will have to schedule a date that works best for as many people as possible, while also taking into account the schedule of the host as well. As for the other events , we will do our best to work with your schedules, so the delivery dates may be different than advertised depending on schedule availability.
Additionally, delivery of some merchandise, such as the growlers, will depend on our manufacturers and printers. While they are generally quick, one can never predict when a delay might arise. If there is a delay for any reason, we will reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss options.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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