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Founded in 2014, Point Breeze Brewing seeks to provide high quality, small-batch craft beer to South Philadelphia area residents.
Founded in 2014, Point Breeze Brewing seeks to provide high quality, small-batch craft beer to South Philadelphia area residents.
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Point Breeze Brewing

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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.

Signature Beers

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.

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    THANK YOU!

    For this donation, you will get a personalized thank you email from the owners of Point Breeze Brewing! Plus, your name will go up on the Donors section of our website.

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    STICKERS!

    For a mere $10, you will get two stickers, (1) of each of our stickers. One with our new logo, and an all new Point Breeze street bumper sticker! Show your Point Breeze pride by putting a sticker on your bike, or home kegerator!

    These stickers will also come with a thank you letter from Point Breeze Brewing and a place for your name on the Donors section of our website.

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    BOTTLE OPENER!

    For a $25 contribution, you will get a Point Breeze Brewing speed opener just like real bartenders use! This highly durable bottle opener is made with genuine metal and printed right here in the USA!

    Additionally, we will throw in a couple stickers and a thank you letter, plus your name up on our website as an official donor.

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    LOGO PINT GLASS!

    A genuine Point Breeze Brewing Pint glass featuring our awesome new logo!

    And, as always, we will throw in a thank you letter and a couple stickers. Plus your name on our website, of course.

    Note: No shipping charge if local pick up!

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    TASTING GLASS!

    Get an authorized Point Breeze Brewing tasting glass (not plastic!) for this donation, and we will throw in some stickers, a letter, and a shout-out on our website!

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    COMBO PACKAGE #1

    Logo Pint Glass + Bottle Opener + Stickers + Thank You Letter + Name on Website = Awesome Sauce Combo!

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    T-SHIRT!

    A locally printed Point Breeze Brewing t-shirt (made right here in South Philly by Awesome Dudes Printing!) Added Bonus: Support two local businesses with one donation!

    We will also throw in a couple stickers, a thank you letter, and your name on the interwebs!

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    BICYCLE 6-PACK HOLDER!

    Do you bike everywhere like we do? Do you hate Pennsylvania's weird beer laws that make you go to a bar or pizza shop to buy a six pack? Do you also hate biking with that six pack dangling from your handlebars in a flimsy plastic bag? Well, fret no more! For a donation of $60 we will send you a custom printed Point Breeze Brewing Bicycle Six Pack holder that velcros over your top tube and even has insulation and a handle! Such a great idea, and we've never seen it in the city of Philadelphia... until now!

    We will also toss in a few stickers and a thank you letter!

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    HOODIE MADNESS!

    For $75, you you will get a Point Breeze Brewing hoodie! Again, printed right here in South Philly by Awesome Dudes Printing (we heart those guys).

    You will also get a few stickers, a thank you letter, and your name in lights on Broadway. And by Broadway we mean our website. And by "in lights" we mean on the Donors page.

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    GRRRRRRRRR-OWLER!

    Get an official Point Breeze Brewing 64oz Stainless Steel growler. Printed right here in the USA!

    Local Pickup only (unless you are friends or family and would like us to hold it for you until the next time we see you - in which case, no problem!)

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    PHILLIES PIZZA PARTY!

    We would like to invite you and 2 guests to the house where Point Breeze Brewing began (disclaimer: it's located in Point Breeze) to have pizza and beverages while we all watch the Phillies struggle towards mediocrity and discuss the better times of Philadelphia baseball (aka the 2008 season *sigh*). Point Breeze Brewing will provide the beverages and pizza from South Philly's own Kermit's Pizza (vegan options will somehow be made available if necessary). Hang out with us, try some experimental brews, eat some pizza, and watch the Phillies make a .500 season look like a distant memory!

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    COMBO PACKAGE #2

    HOODIE + T-SHIRT + PINT GLASS + BOTTLE OPENER + STICKERS + THANK YOU LETTER + WEBSITE SHOUT-OUT = That's a lot of swag!

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    MEGA COMBO PACKAGE #3

    HOODIE + T-SHIRT + PINT GLASS + TASTING GLASS + BOTTLE OPENER + THANK YOU LETTER + INTERNET FAME = One Large PBB swag shipment!

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    POINT BREEZE BAR-B-Q!

    You and 2 friends will be invited to our humble abode where we will slave over a hot grill and/or smoker to provide you with fine vittles and libations. You may just get to try some of our experimental brews (of which we will demand feedback) while you eat tasty grilled food. We will begrudgingly provide vegan options as well (Patrick can smoke a mean mushroom). If you require your meat well done, we will kindly, but firmly, ask you to leave.

    You can hang outside, critique our cooking, and have a drink while discussing why we should make the brew you want, and we will actually listen!

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    SUPER MEGA COMBO PACKAGE #4

    HOODIE + T-SHIRT + BICYCLE SIX PACK HOLDER + PINT GLASS + TASTING GLASS + BOTTLE OPENER + THANK YOU LETTER + INTERNET FAME = Biggest PBB swag shipment ever!

    (oh and some stickers for funsies)

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    ULTRA MEGA COMBO PACKAGE #5

    GROWLER + HOODIE + T-SHIRT + PINT GLASS + TASTING GLASS + BOTTLE OPENER + BICYCLE SIX PACK HOLDER + THANK YOU LETTER + WEB INFAMY + EXTREME GRATITUDE = You win Point Breeze Brewing apparel contest!

    (Local Pickup only - Same rules apply from the Growler level)

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    CREATE YOUR OWN COMMERCIAL BREW!

    One lucky contributor (and up to four friends) will work with us to create a brew from soup to nuts. We will help you design the recipe based on your tastes, acquire the ingredients, schedule a brew day for you and your friends to join us at the brewery, amd make your recipe a reality.

    But wait, there's more!

    You can join us at every subsequent step of the fermentation process, right up to kegging the brew!

    Will we stop there?

    No!

    We will help you name your batch, and even file that name to produce a legal label for your creation, and we will work to partner with a local bar to host a launch party for your creation. You can invite your friends to the launch party where they can buy the brew you created!

    Please note: Actual availability of the brew will depend greatly on YOUR recipe!

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    HANG AT THE BREWERY ON BREW DAY!

    $100 dollars will get you an invite with 3 friends to come hang out at the brewery with us on a day we will be making one of our staple brews. You may even get to help keg a batch. And of course, there will be a tasting for everyone, as well as ample food on-site as we like to eat while we work!

    Note: there are four sessions available, and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule, but we cannot have more than one group at a time.

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