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Wilderness Brewing Co is an artistic effort to bring artisan beer brewed in small quantities to a wider circle of thirsty individuals. Read more

Kansas City, MO Food
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This project was successfully funded on August 4, 2011.

Wilderness Brewing Co is an artistic effort to bring artisan beer brewed in small quantities to a wider circle of thirsty individuals.

Kansas City, MO Food
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Here's how others describe our beer:

"Thank Heaven For Beer’s super-high ABV imperial stout homebrew was easily one of the three best beers I had this year"  -the Vice Blog

"On a night where I drank one of the most well regarded beers on the planet, it would be quite a feat to believe that Nate's sour saison was the best beer of the night. But, I'll say it"  -KC Beer Blog

We are passionate about better beer and the artistic expression present in the creation of the many beers we have brewed at home.  We want to create a wider network of friends, family, and local community who can enjoy our artisan beer. In order to create that network we need to brew more than the five-gallon amounts that we currently make on the stove at home. Our project is to buy all the necessary equipment and obtain all the proper licensing we need in order to artistically brew our beer in 60-gallon amounts, known as "Nano Brewing."

We love brewing and sharing our delicious beer, so much so that our friends and family are asking us to make more available to them. So that is exactly what we are planning to do. It is our goal to make some more friends in the process and keep brewing as the demand goes up and move our equipment into a space that could one day be called a brewery.

Wilderness Brewing Co. is an art project.  It is no different than the creation of a fine painting; only, instead of a canvas we'll use a kettle.  Instead of blending different shades of paint, we'll blend unique varieties of grains, hops, yeast, and water.  Instead of staring at the finished work of art, you will drink it!

Please take time to watch our short film, as you  will get a much better feel for what Wilderness Brewing Co. is all about.  Please remember that you won't be charged if we don't reach our goal.  If we do, you will be charged in August when the project ends.  We bet 40,000 people could spare a dollar.


Nate and Mike


  • Every kind! As a brewery, our philosophy is to brew with excellence in and out of every category. Beers that would be considered "flagships" will only come into existence as determined by our fans.

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  • KickStarter funds will be used only for the brewery, mainly for equipment, ingredients/supplies, and legalities. Nate and Mike will not be using a dime for personal salary (both will initially continue to support their families via outside employment), as the brewery is starting as a project at the "nano" level.

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  • You may pledge any dollar amount (a minimum of $1) to our campaign, although we have specified rewards for different levels of giving, which may be found on the right-hand side of the page. If we receive at least $40,000 in pledges by August 4, 2011, we will receive the amount of donations ($40,000 or above) at that time, and we can start purchasing equipment and laying the groundwork for opening our brewery.

    In order to pledge, all you need is an Amazon account (it's free!). You will not be charged for your donation until August 4, if we meet our goal; otherwise, you will not be charged anything.

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  • The concept of Kickstarter relies upon the generous philanthropy of people. This means that contributions are not considered non-profit gifts or profit-sharing/angel investments. We realize that it is a bold move to ask people, including complete strangers, to give to our project for basically no direct benefit to themselves (sure, we offer rewards for different levels of giving, but we know that these are really ways for us to say "thank you" and not a return on someone's investment). However, we are willing to make such a bold appeal because we truly believe in Kickstarter's concept of people helping people to make a dream come alive. And we really believe in Wilderness Brewing--the commitment to crafting a product, to the possibility of sharing beer as a common interest that builds community and care for one another, and to the importance of small businesses in our local communities.

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    100 backers

    A bumper sticker for your car or carboy and a Wilderness Brewing Co. key chain bottle opener. Now you can open your beers and represent Wilderness Brewing Co. anywhere you wander. All supporters will be memorialized in a Thank You Credit on the brewery's website.

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    90 backers

    Wilderness Brewing Co. t-shirt and prior level's rewards. Fashioned on the looms of nomadic herders...okay, not really. But you can be proud to wear the shirts around and get to tell, over and over again, how you made our brewery project happen. How cool is that?

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    71 backers

    At this and all ensuing level you will get a personalized invite to the brewery's grand opening as wells as prior levels' rewards. Additionally you can also map out your beer exploits in your very own Wilderness Brewery Beer Tasting note book.

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    22 backers Limited (18 left of 40)

    Be a silver member of our Wanderer's Club when you give at this level. Wanderer's club members will get a punchable compass graphic and will be able to get a N,E,S,W punch when they come into the brewery good for 4 pours of your favorite sudsy beverage, as well as some face time with Nate and Mike. Of course, you will get an invite to the grand opening party as well. On top of this, you will receive a personalized pint glass and prior levels' rewards. If you are not in the KC area, we will make every attempt to legally ship a sampling to you.

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    Wanderer's Club Gold Level same was silver but with the NE, SE, SW, and NW directions added. That's 8 pours. You will also get two personalized pint glass, as well as a tasting'll have plenty of stuff to put into the glasses and the notebook.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    5 backers Limited (7 left of 12)

    At this level you will also get a brew named after you. We will also have a custom tap handle made for this beer we will only brew once. Then the tap will be placed at the brewery and on display for the ages. You get the two personalized pint glasses, which is already pretty cool. But your glasses will have the name of your beer. Of course, you are automatically a Wanderer's club Gold member.

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    3 backers Limited (5 left of 8)

    This level is the same as all the above except you get to call the style of beer. Also, you will have the choice of either housing the custom tap handle at the brewery or having it sent to you. In addition, you will be invited to a night of tasting rare beers at our brewery. Expect some surprises.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Our top level gives you the opportunity to come see us in our element. You will be flown out to Kanas City, MO for a three day trip of private beer tasting, rare beer tasting, and seeing the beer on tap that has been named after you. We will brew your beer twice in a our first year of being up and running. You will be sent back with your custom tap handle and all the swag: key chain opener, custom pint glasses with your name and beer on it, t-shirt, tasting note book, sticker...well, the whole shebang. Expect to be wowed.

Funding period

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