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CraftHaus Brewery is an artisanal brewery that will create quality ales in the first open concept, brewery/taproom combo in Las Vegas.
CraftHaus Brewery is an artisanal brewery that will create quality ales in the first open concept, brewery/taproom combo in Las Vegas.
205 backers pledged $25,859 to help bring this project to life.

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The project

Our project is to build a brewery that produces exceptional local craft beer for novice and experienced beer enthusiasts. It will serve as a gathering place to build relationships within our community while fostering an appreciation for a locally created, amazing art form-beer.

CraftHaus Brewery will utilize a small batch, craft brewing system which allows us to focus on quality ingredients we source. The brewery will be the first open concept, brewery and taproom combination in Las Vegas. This means our guests can sit in our brewery lounge and view where their beer is created. Our guests can also sit down with our brewer and staff to hear the back story of what is inside their glass. With the help of talented brewing artists, CraftHaus Brewery beers will push boundaries.

Our beers are traditional, but tweaked. This means the beer will have a traditional backbone, but our creativity will be expressed by subtle and substantial tweaking. Beer has a long history and CraftHaus will honor it by respecting what came before us and yet leave our mark by elevating our craft.

The brewery plans to open late fall of 2013 in Henderson, Nevada, just minutes from Las Vegas.

The big idea

Co-owners and married couple of 14 years, Wyndee and Dave Forrest, conjured up the big idea for CraftHaus Brewery while traveling through Europe. They noticed that they were immersed in a beer culture where people take their time to enjoy quality beer just as much as they enjoy talking to one another. 

When they returned home, Dave started homebrewing and the beast took hold. He loved learning about all the intricacies that brewing includes. The beast not only took over Dave, but their entire house as well. He also won the first Sierra Nevada Beer Camp competition in 2010 and basically was Charlie at Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. It was an opportunity which spurned them to figure out how to turn a passion into a profession.

Then, they dove into the industry and learned everything they could. They toured many inspiring breweries and met amazing generous people along the way. The camaraderie of the craft brewing industry is an inspiration and impetus for CraftHaus.

Dave, Steve Grossman and Ken Grossman, Owners of Sierra Nevada at Beer Camp
Dave, Steve Grossman and Ken Grossman, Owners of Sierra Nevada at Beer Camp

Who are we?

"Wyndee and Dave are passionate, wonderful people and I'm confident they'll help put Vegas on the craft beer map." Patrick Rue, CEO/Founder of The Bruery, Placentia, CA

Wyndee Forrest is passionate about craft beer and its culture. She is so inspired by the worlds oldest beverage that she earned her Cicerone Beer Server certification. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor of science from the hospitality school with an emphasis in public relations and entertainment management.She developed her PR skills while working on the Las Vegas Strip with headlining entertainers, five-star chefs, restaurants, nightclubs and comedians.

Dave Forrest has been homebrewing for more than five years and has received local and national awards for his beers. He earned his certification as a Cicerone Beer Server and is a UNLV graduate with a bachelor of science in recreation. He has been working in guest services at a four diamond resort for the more than a decade.

"Having spent several afternoons drinking beers and discussing the business of beer, I am convinced they have the desire, passion and talent to run a successful brewery operation." Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder/Director of Brewery Operations for Lost Abbey and Port Brewery, San Marcos, Calif.

Wyndee and Dave met in the Caribbean while working on the same cruise ship. Dave was running the children's program and Wyndee was a dancer in the shows. They have called the Las Vegas valley home for the last 12 years. They have three children who probably know more about beer than they should right now (no drinking of course!)

Wyndee and Dave in Munich. Ready to hit the beer gardens!
Wyndee and Dave in Munich. Ready to hit the beer gardens!

The Brewery

The brewery will offer a tap room for guests to enjoy their locally brewed beer. They will be able to view the working brewery and fermentation from the open concept layout. CraftHaus will also support fellow craft breweries by offering their beer in our taproom.  Discover the faces behind the creation in your glass. Our guests will get to know the people who put their heart into each pint. 

Uber-cool Pallet Lounge
Uber-cool Pallet Lounge

Our beers

Our beers have a traditional style, but with a tweak. CraftHaus uses classic styles for inspiration and then bumps them up with a creative flair. The beers might have an unexpected herb or an interesting yeast strain to challenge your pallet. Beer has a long history and CraftHaus wants to honor it by respecting what came before us and yet leave our mark by elevating the craft.

Resinate is a beer we are proud to present which is CraftHaus' India Pale Ale. Take in the clean malt character while bright, citrusy hops resinate from within.

Evocation is a Saison brewed with ginger, coriander and orange peel.  It is named after the first time Wyndee and Dave had their "a-ha" moment in Amsterdam. Beer should evoke feelings and memories, that is exactly what Evocation aims to do. 

Charlie's Mantra is a Pale Ale and get its name from Dave's brewing inspiration, Charlie Papazian. Mr. Papazian is credited with starting the homebrewing movement and established the National Homebrewer's Association and The Brewer's Association. His mantra is "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew." It is one of our favorite sayings when we are feeling stressed from this crazy ride.

Comrade is an Imperial Russian Stout. It uses whiskey from the Las Vegas Distillery and is aged on oak. This intense, dark and roasty creation will warm the coldest Siberian from the inside out.


Funding breakdown

$6,000  Business Licenses

$7,000  Pilot Brewing System

$4,000  Walk in Cooler

$3,000  Marketing

Sabco pilot brewing system
Sabco pilot brewing system

Stretch Goals

If we over fund our goal by $5,000, we will purchase glorious, dank, previously fermented, wood barrels. The barrels can be from scotch, whiskey, red wine or white wine. These barrels will be used to age our beers into a metamorphosis of drinking pleasure. Barrels can give beer a sour or complex character.

Said glorious barrels
Said glorious barrels

Propagation Program

Propagation of yeast is the harvesting and multiplying of yeast for use in fermentation of wort(beer before fermentation). We see our loyal members as multiplying like yeast until they become a living, breathing, beer beast of their own. Being part of the Propagation entitles you to the exclusive 64 oz. stainless steel growler from The Bräuler, and the insulating sleeve. The Bräuler will keep our brewery fresh beer carbonated and will not leak. Only members will be the proud owners of these shinning beauties! There will be a Propagation Indoctrination party at the brewery where some sort of blood ritual ceremony will ensue. The best part of membership? You are the first to get your hands on special release beers. Members have the opportunity to give us your feedback on pilot batches of beers. You will be invited for sensory evaluation of new beers, this means you will have a say in what comes out of our brewery and into your belly.

Progress

Starting a brewery is no easy task. We are proud of our progress over the last two years as we have researched and developed the concept for CraftHaus. We had a logo designed and a website to slap it on. We attended our largest industry conference last May, the Craft Brewers Conference which was held in San Diego. After wading through the trenches of site location, we finally found the perfect home for CraftHaus. Our general contractor has given us our bid for the build-out. We have decided on a brewery manufacturer from which we will be sourcing all of our shiny stainless steel. The City of Henderson is helping us navigate the tricky situation of zoning, codes and licenses.  The Planning Commission also approved our taproom for on-site enjoyment of our beers and granted us generous operating hours! We made our debut at our first beer tasting event at our friend's brewery Big Dog's Brewing Co. and launched our Kickstarter campaign simultaneously at one of our largest craft beer tasting events: Great Vegas Festival of Beers.

“Wyndee and Dave have done their homework and certainly know what it takes to build a great brewery. When people speak about craft beer in Las Vegas, CraftHaus will most certainly be a hot topic.” Brian Chapin, Founder, Motley Brews, Las Vegas' largest craft beer festival

We know there is still a long way to go and we are ready for the challenge. If anything has taught us to be resilient, it is the last two years. While we have the majority of our funding in place from a wonderful business partner and our own personal capital, we are in need of the last $20,000 to make a dream a reality. 

How do I donate?

Well, we are so glad you asked. It only takes a few steps and we are that much closer to basking in the golden glow of ale together. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform, so if we do not attain our goal in the designated time, you will not be charged for your donation. But, it won't come to that right?

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Thank you

If you have read this far into our project, thank you for taking the time to do so. We are not flying solo in this endeavor and want to thank our friends, family, mentors, advisors, artists, city development, fellow brewers and our community for believing in our dream and helping make it a reality. We promise to make you proud. Cheers!

Please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CraftHaus-Brewery/281939795167519

Rewards


The Bräuler with insulating sleeve to keep fresh beer cold...brrrrrr
The Bräuler with insulating sleeve to keep fresh beer cold...brrrrrr
The Bräuler. 64 oz stainless steel growler for Propagation Members
The Bräuler. 64 oz stainless steel growler for Propagation Members
Artwork by Zak Ostrowski, the details of tulip glasses and hops in the windows are amazing when we print it.
Artwork by Zak Ostrowski, the details of tulip glasses and hops in the windows are amazing when we print it.
Magnet bottle cap
Magnet bottle cap
Stainless steel, credit card size bottle opener.
Stainless steel, credit card size bottle opener.
Ladies t-shirt
Ladies t-shirt
Men's t-shirt and snazzy logo sticker
Men's t-shirt and snazzy logo sticker

Risks and challenges

As with any upstart, there are risks involved. Breweries are a capital intensive investment, mostly in stainless steel. There are many possible delays in our build out such as stalled TTB licensing, lengthy city licensing, and unforseen build out costs. We have taken the time to understand the risks involved by gathering as much information from experts in their fields, but understand there may be delays. We will keep all who have generously donated updated on our progress.

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    Thanks for your high fiver! You get a shiny new logo sticker to cover up any offending fizzy yellow beer label of your choice

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    Same as above level and also a brand new car!!! No, but you do get your name immortalized in our brewery. We will include your name for helping build the Haus. We call it the Crafters Wall of Fame. You also get the bottle cap magnet. CraftHaus Brewery will send you an email with the photo of the artwork to use as bragging rights.

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    All About Beer Class-This class is taught by none other than our good friend, Luis Tovar, founder of hookedonhops.com the Craft Beer Website for Las Vegas. Oh, and he also just so happens to be a Certified Cicerone. What is a Certified Cicerone you ask? It is an intense certification process that tests one's beer knowledge. It is akin to a wine Sommelier. The class will cover the brewing process, history of beer, how to evaluate beers, beer styles, proper glassware and food pairing information. It will be held at our brewery.

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    Mixology Class - Another one of our talented friends in booze is Master Mixologist, Christian Escobedo. This cat operates the Half Full Distillery Store and has been known to bust out on the dance floor with mad B Boy skills...but I digress. He will guide you through cocktail bliss in a class that covers the distilling process, differentiating between liquor styles, how to build a perfect cocktail, cocktail techniques and food pairings. Oh, did I mention the class will be at our comrade in libations distillery, The Las Vegas Distillery? Tour the distillery and behold the powers of George Racz's beautiful copper still. If you listen closely, you can hear the copper angels sing.

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    This is a guided, hands on demonstration for an introduction to homebrewing. Learn about the process, ingredients such as malted barley, hops and yeast, required equipment, the fermentation process, proper sanitation, bottling and kegging, and of course enjoying! The class will be taught by our owner and head brewer, Dave Forrest. He is going back to his roots and inception of how CraftHaus was formed.

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    Claim one of the pallets used to construct the uber-cool Pallet Lounge by putting your name on it, plus a bottle cap magnet and stainless steel bottle opener. Also, your name on the Crafters Wall of Fame and we'll throw in a logo sticker, because that's how we roll.

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    The whole shebang. All the swag you can handle. The logo sticker, choice of mens or womens t-shirt, the stainless steel bottle opener, magnet bottle cap and your name on The Crafters Wall of Fame for all to turn green with envy over.

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    All of the $100 level, plus a guided private tour of our brewery for you and a guest. Learn about the brewing process, fermentation and beer pairing. Get deep into beer geek mecca.

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    Ok this one is our favorite. Our friend and local artist Zak Ostrowski created a super cool piece of artwork with the CraftHaus logo. These will be a limited edition poster print approx 10" x 12". The original will be hung proudly in our brewery. Also, all the rewards of the $100 level too. You should know the drill by now...your name immortalized on our Crafters Wall of Fame.

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    Be one of the first 25 people to join the Propagation Program and you save $25. You get the exclusive 64 oz. stainless steel growler from The Bräuler, and the insulating sleeve all with our logo of course. The Bräuler will keep your brewery fresh beer carbonated and will not leak. This level also gets you a membership to our Propagation Program. Propagation members get first dibs at our special edition beers before they are offered to the rest of our community. It also entitles you to RSVP for our special events before anyone else-bam! You will be invited to voice your preferences when new recipes are being formulated. And, your name on The Crafters Wall of Fame. Valid for one year after opening. But wait, there's more. You also get to indulge in our Propagation Indoctrination party where you will be presented with your growler. This party is exclusive for our Propagation members only. Membership valid for 12 months after opening.

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    Ok maybe this one is our favorite...you get the exclusive 64 oz. stainless steel growler from The Bräuler, and the insulating sleeve all with our logo of course. The Bräuler will keep your brewery fresh beer carbonated and will not leak.This level also gets you a membership to our Propagation Program. Propagation members get exclusive access to our special edition beers before they are offered to the rest of our community. It also entitles you to RSVP for our special events before anyone else-bam! And, your name on The Crafters Wall of Fame. Valid for one year after opening. But wait, there's more. You also get to indulge in our Propagation Indoctrination party where you will be presented with your growler. This party is exclusive for our Propagation members only. Membership valid for 12 months after opening.

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    Beer is more fun with friends. So invite three friends to spend a day with us. You and three friends are invited to a private tour and brewing class, which includes learning the art of beer evaluation. We will provide a meal to remember as you see what the art of pairing can bring to your taste buds. Pick out a t-shirt and a pint glass, then you and your crew will have your names on the Crafters Wall of Fame. Valid for one year after opening.

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    Double your Propagation pleasure. That's right, two-year membership to our Propagation Program. You receive all the rewards of our $250 level with another year to bask in the glory of Propagation. You will also get the honor of having your name engraved on one of our fermenters.

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    Ok, this might be the coolest one ever! A two night, three day stay at a four star resort for two people. The trip includes a tour of our brewery from our head brewer, a class chock full of beery fun from the brewing process to beer pairing. Then, dun dun dun pick out a pint glass and a t-shirt along with your name forever on the Crafter's Wall of Fame. Whew, that was a doozy. Valid for one year after our opening. Trip does not include air fare or other expenses incurred. ie you take care of your own debauchery.

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    This is for the ultimate experience in beer-dom. You and a guest will have the opportunity to collaborate with our head brewer on the beer style and recipe of your choice. Let the idea just ferment for a minute. YOU get to play brewer for a day...we wont make you shovel any of the spent grain. The final kicker is you get to name your baby! When your creation is finished we will have you do the honor of the first tapping. You get to keep the tap handle too. This also includes two t-shirts and a stainless steel bottle opener to tide you over while you wait for your destiny with beer greatness to arrive. Valid for one year after opening.

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    Big time! This level offers the holy grail to the flyest of bar flies. We will proudly place your name on your own bar stool. If there is someone in your stool-we will kick them out promptly while you point and laugh smugly at them. Then, we will initiate a toast in your honor every time you pay us a visit. To make it official, we will have a chalice designed specially for you which will be for your lips only. Oh, and this is for life!

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