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We're a MicroBrewery in Southern Maryland looking to make a local beer from local produce. To do so our brewery needs a malting vessel.
We're a MicroBrewery in Southern Maryland looking to make a local beer from local produce. To do so our brewery needs a malting vessel.
81 backers pledged $11,431 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 2:

We are so grateful to have such an awesome group of supporters help us reach our goal of $8,000. Everyone's donation no matter how big or small helped us make this possible, now we can make it even bigger.

Strecth Goal number 2!

Now that we have hit our first stretch goal of $10,000 we are setting our next mark for $12,000! We have less then forty eight hours to go and if we get to this next goal we will use the funds to buy varieties of barley seed and provide it to our local farmers to grow. This will allow us to take some of the risk off of the farmers shoulders and be able to experiment with what works best.

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We Did It! We've hit our first stretch goal!

Stretch Goal number 1!

If we get this malting vessel we are going to need somewhere to put it, we would not want to just leave the poor vessel outside in the cold and rain now would we? Well, it already has a home waiting for it but this home has not yet been officially designed by an architect, and I myself am not very good at drawing. So…

Since we exceeded our original goal of $8,000 we will have a stretch goal of $10,000!!! This additional $2,000 will still be going towards making a 100% local beer but in a different way than before. We will use the additional funds from the stretch goal to hire an architect to draw up designs for the malting house, which is where the malting vessel will be!

UPDATE!!!

**For backers at the $55 dollar level and above, instead of only getting your name on our website we have decided that you guys are so awesome and deserve to be in the tasting room as well! So we will frame the list of names and hang them in our tasting room forever!

**For backers at the $125 level we've got a surprise that will make you growl with happiness! Those who backed us at that level or higher will now receive a Scorpion Brewing growler that is shown below. It starts out empty, but we know a great place where you can get it filled up!

The growler backers at $125 and up will receive.
The growler backers at $125 and up will receive.

*Note, those who have already donated can increase their pledge amount to receive these rewards as well!

Scorpion Brewing Company:
Welcome to our Brewery
Welcome to our Brewery

Brian Daily is the founder of Scorpion Brewing Company and since founding the company in 2012 has crafted and experimented with many different recipes to come up with a unique and fresh taste local to the Southern Maryland community. We currently have 4000 sq feet of building space already filled with equipment and supplies to produce awesome craft beer. 

Our Thoroughbred Barley growing at Swann Farm
Our Thoroughbred Barley growing at Swann Farm

Located in Southern Maryland, our microbrewery hopes to bring the community closer to the beer they are drinking. From start to finish we want our beer to be completely crafted by us, meaning that we farm the barley a certain way, harvest the barley, malt the barley, and eventually use the malted barley in the brewing process. We currently have a handful of local farmers growing our barley and hops, the next step after harvest is malting the barley, which is where you can help us out!

Our Boil kettles at the Brewery
Our Boil kettles at the Brewery

We have just gotten approved to start brewing batches of our beer big enough to feed the people of the local community. Our hope is to get our beer first into local restaurants on tap until we can produce enough to put in stores. There is a huge movement towards craft beer in Southern Maryland and people have expressed great interest in a craft beer that uses local ingredients. To help us get the beer out to the community we have already hired a distributor and are eager to fulfill his orders for our beer.

We also hope to create a better market for barley in Southern Maryland which will help local farmers get more profit for their grain. Currently local farmers mainly produce barley for animal feed which they sell to big businesses at a price that is cheaper then markey value, because they know it will sell. Us having the malting vessel will help change this and create a need for better quality barley that would be bought at fair market price which would ultimately help the farmer.

Our Walk in Cooler which is Eager to get some Cold Kegs in it!
Our Walk in Cooler which is Eager to get some Cold Kegs in it!

Half of the building is already fully equipped with a walk in cooler, brewing kettles, fermenting vessels, and mash tons all ready to brew some craft beer! The other half of the building is where our malting operation will take place. With the money raised from this project we will be able to buy a used dairy tank and convert it into a malting vessel that will allow us to do all our malting in the same building as our brewing operation. We truly believe that local barley malted by us will help create a great taste that will be recognized by everyone who drinks our beer. 

Our Fermenting Vessels at the Brewery.
Our Fermenting Vessels at the Brewery.

As you can tell we already have much of the material to make our business run, but we hope to reach our goal so we can create a Local Beer for Southern Maryland to enjoy, and for us that means malting Southern Maryland barley ourselves. Thank you for your time, and consideration of our project, we at Scorpion Brewing wish you the best Best of Luck!

Our Kegs which can't wait to fulfill their purpose
Our Kegs which can't wait to fulfill their purpose

Thank you again for viewing our page, we are thankful for your interest and hope you come back to check on our progress throughout the thirty days. Here's a view of our "Drink Local" themed reward shirts. Hope you like them!

Our Men's T Shirts
Our Men's T Shirts
Our Women's T Shirts
Our Women's T Shirts

Risks and challenges

Risk: What are common problems that Microbreweries run into with their business plan?

Solution: Common problems microbreweries run into is underestimating the actual effort to get a brewery up and running. I personally figured, “hey I am just making a large homebrew system so it should be up and running in 3-6 months.” However, I found that unless you live in a microbrewery focused area, you will be breaking some new ground with the local authorities (planning and zoning, health dept, fire marshal ...) and it has taken almost exactly two years more than I thought it would.

Risk: What kind of permits and legal difficulties have you had to deal with and could continue to deal with?

Solution: I am always dealing with permits it seems. The local building permit process is designed to support the contractors that know the system. Had I anticipated the vast amount of time it would take to get all the inspections and permits lined up, I would have hired a general contractor instead of doing it all myself.

Risk: Why did you start your brewing company? What’s the fascination with craft beer?

Solution: I love creating things, and brewing allows me to create something that is great to drink. I have always been fascinated with transforming things, and it is amazing the first time you mix some ingredients together and voila beer is formed. My love for craft beer started long ago when my Grandfather and Uncle used to brew beer and bring it to family gatherings. I still remember the first Pumpkin Beer I had in the early 90s (long before you could get seasonal beers in a store) and how interesting it was that my relatives crafted something so interesting and unlike any other beer I had tasted. I started brewing beer in 2000 from a MR BEER kit and it was quite bad, I then started extract brewing from ingredients at the homebrew store. I then went to Belgium in 2003 to get my MBA and learned quite a bit about the beer industry. InBev was one of the sponsors of the MBA program and was headquartered in Leuven, the town I lived and went to school in. I also grew fond of the different beers you can get in Belgium that are hard to find outside of there. When we moved back to the US I met a new friend named Bir (pronounced Beer, no kidding) and we took a class together in 2006, at Shenandoah Brewing, in Alexandria VA on recipe development. When we completed the class we had created a mango IPA that was surprisingly good and we joked about being able to sell it. After crafting several other great beers (and a few pretty bad ones) I sharpened my pencil and figured out how to make Scorpion Brewing a reality.

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    Leave your mark! You will get your name on the official Scorpion Brewing Company website under the Special Kick-Starter page for life! In addition you will also receive all previous rewards and our ever lasting Gratitude!

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    Receive our Stylish "Kick Starter" T-Shirt that features a "Drink Local" theme and represents the fact that YOU Helped with this project. Also get all previous rewards, and our everlasting gratitude. Men and Women sizes available (it's a great way to start a conversation with a woman or man wearing a shirt with the same brand as you).

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    If Something is worth Doing, then why not do it TWICE? The Double Up Deal Gives you 2 Pint Glasses, 2 T-Shirts, 2 Magnets, and up to 2 names on the Company Website's Kick-Starter page. In addition you will also receive Twice as much of our Gratitude!

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    Perfect for all Home Brewers out there! Receive 10 lbs of Scorpion Brewing's own Malted Barley, grown in Southern Maryland and Malted exclusively at our Brewery. In addition you will also receive rewards 1-4 and of course you will forever have our Gratitude!

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    Forever become a part of the Tasting Room at the Brewery! Backers at this level will have their Name engraved into the "Pony Bottle" Plaque that will hang in the Tasting Room commemorating the Kick-Starter project. In addition to the Plaque you will receive rewards 1-4 and our everlasting Gratitude!

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    Don't know how to Brew? Well now you can become Your Own Brewer with a Voucher to one of Brian Dailey's brewing Classes where he will take you through the Brewing Process. You will also Forever become part of the Tasting Room at the Brewery with your Name engraved on the "12 oz Bottle" Plaque. In addition to this awesome opportunity you will receive Rewards 1-4, and of course you will forever have our Gratitude!

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    Become a part of the "Founders Club" of Scorpion Brewing. As part of the Founders Club you will receive a special edition Scorpion Brewing Growler, Free Weekly Refills for your Growler for up to 3 years, and Access to Holiday Season Batches that will not be made public. You will Also receive a custom "Founders Club" polo that represents the Brewery. On top of these great souvenirs your name will be Engraved in the "Founders Club" Plaque that will forever hang in the Tasting Room! In addition to all that you will receive rewards 1-4 and our Gratitude for helping expand our company!

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