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Two women build Manitoulin Island’s 1st craft brewery - making a distinct copper lager - on the largest freshwater island in the world.
Two women build Manitoulin Island’s 1st craft brewery - making a distinct copper lager - on the largest freshwater island in the world.
152 backers pledged CA$ 23,806 to help bring this project to life.

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We have been working on opening a micro-brewery on Manitoulin Island for the past four years. We make our beer in our garage and it is excellent beer, even if we do say so ourselves :).  Restaurant and bar owners as well as many others knowledgeable in the craft beer industry agree, and everyone who tastes it is keen to sell or drink our suds.

We can't wait to offer fresh local great tasting beer to people on Manitoulin and elsewhere!

WHERE YOU COME IN

This KickStarter campaign will still go to equipment, inventory and licensing costs so that Split Rail will be ready to produce and sell our delicious beer by the fall.

Funding the significant start-up costs of a commercial brewery is complicated and although we expect provincial job creation and rural economic development programs to help support the project (and we also continue to explore private equity opportunities), we still need your help to put a few of these fundamental pieces in place....and so we are trying again with this KickStarter campaign - round 2!

Split Rail Brewing Company is becoming a highly anticipated launch in these parts. The buzz is growing and you can be part of it!

Learn more about our story by watching our video above and check out the links below for our website, Facebook, Twitter, and latest media coverage too!

Thank you for your interest and support.

Sincerely,

Eleanor & Andy

Website:       www.splitrailmanitoulin.com
Twitter:         @SplitRailBrew


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Manitoulin Expositor


Recorder Article

http://www.manitoulin.ca/island-brewers-seeking-funds-online-crowdsourcing/

CBC Morning North

http://tinyurl.com/mz48qeg

The brewery will host a 15HL brewhouse similar to this one above.

Split Rail Floor Plan

The brewery will have a manufacturing section, offices, and a separate retail, tasting and touring space where you can sample beer while watching the brewing process in action. The building will be constructed with energy efficiency, employee health & safety, and beer quality as key priorities.

Split Rail Draft Label

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge has been finding a suitable brewing site, but recently Billings Township on Manitoulin approached us about possibly locating in Kagawong and so we are working with the Township toward the goal of creating a mutually beneficial business partnership.

We've tackled and overcome all sorts of challenges in getting to where we are, from perfecting our copper lager recipe to surprising a few customers with the idea that, yes indeed, two hard working women can run a great brewery! The hard work is paying off and we anticipate our first real sales by fall of 2014.

Split Rail has produced an exceptional craft beer. Our Copper Lager is market-proven and ready to roll. People are demanding more!

We are ready on the business side of operations too. Split Rail has assembled an experienced and dedicated team. Our brewmaster has a 30 year professional history in the beer-making business.

The partners, Andrea and Eleanor, have worked together for years - as staff at YMCA Camp Pine Crest, tree planters, and now as Co-Executive Directors in a social service agency - we are compatible and adept at problem solving while keeping our sense of humour intact.

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    You get the great feeling of contributing to something new and special on Manitoulin Island and a big thank you on our website and facebook. Your name will appear on the Split Rail contributor wall in the brewery and we'll send you your limited edition fair trade cotton t-shirt.

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    You get the great feeling of contributing to something new and special on Manitoulin Island and a big thank you on our website and facebook. Your name will appear on the Split Rail contributor wall in the brewery and we'll send you your limited edition Split Rail swag kit with a set of coasters and an organic fair trade t-shirt. You will also receive VIP invitations (2) to the Grand Opening and special events.

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    You get the great feeling of contributing to something new and special on Manitoulin Island and a big thank you on our website, facebook and contributor wall. Your name will also be engraved in perpetuity on the Split Rail bar in the tasting room for everyone to see. Seriously. We'll also send you your limited edition Split Rail swag kit with 12 coasters and 2 organic fair trade t-shirts. You will also receive 2 VIP invitations to the Grand Opening and special events and we will welcome you and 5 of your friends on a private brewery tour.

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    You get the great feeling of contributing to something new and special on Manitoulin Island and a big thank you on our website, facebook and contributor wall. Your name (or the name of your choice) will also be prominently displayed on a brewing vessel! Yes, that's right - on one of the big metal vats that everyone touring and working in the brewery will see, forever. We'll also send you your limited edition Split Rail swag kit with 12 coasters, 4 organic fair trade t-shirts and 4 VIP invitations to the Grand Opening and special events. But wait....there's more! We will welcome you and 5 of your friends to a private brewery tour AND a private 'brew school day' with our brew master, during which you can learn all about the craft of brewing. Your accommodation will be on us - a weekend retreat at a beautiful lakeside Lake Manitou cottage.

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