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The Gunnarson FamilyBy The Gunnarson Family
First created
The Gunnarson FamilyBy The Gunnarson Family
First created
$3,165
pledged of 25.000 $pledged of 25.000 $ goal
29
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 6 2014 1:57 AM UTC +00:00

About

Bridgetown Brew Works is so close to being a reality. This is our second go at a this crowd funding campaign enigma.  Our first which was on fundable.com fell short of our goal so we decided to move on and try again here.  At this point we have gotten quite a bit further than we were 6 months ago.  We have found our home on Harrison Avenue in the former home of Wullenweber Motors. We've finalized a few of our beer recipes and the others are nearly perfected as well.  Now, we need your help to build our Taproom and Brewery.  We can then begin production of a bunch of delicious brews and serve the Community of Westwood, Cincinnati, and the West Side!

$25,000 will be enough to help complete the building modifications, and purchase some equipment but anything beyond will help us get the doors open even sooner.   Your donation will also help out local charities with 5% of this campaign going directly to Cincinnati Children's Giving Hope Program.

Bridgetown Brew Works is a family owned craft brewery and taproom set to open on the West Side in the Spring of 2015. Cincinnati has a handful of craft beer options, but few really represent our beer-loving legacy. By honoring our heritage, we'll bring some West Side flavor to the local beer market and provide Cincinnatians from all over the city a new, authentic destination to enjoy not only our in-house beers but a variety of other locally-brewed options.

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to represent our city's heritage and bring it into the future of craft brewing with our West Side brews. Hopefully when we open our doors you'll have the opportunity to not only explore other locally-brewed favorites, but also 5 of our own in-house brews:

  • Oak Hills Lager
  • Hairpin IPA
  • Muddy Creek Wheat
  • Bridgetown Hefeweizen
  • Devils Blackbone IPA
  • Roland Sodas - Root Beer and other natural sodas

The Plans

Below are our plans.  This was our first goal to accomplish and we are in the process of submitting them to get our permits.  Your donations will help us make these plans come to life.

The Future

Our future plans are much bigger than just a brewery.  Our brewery is rougly 2200 Square Feet but the building is 12,000.  We plan to expand into the rest of the space as Westwood Brewing and Trading Company. We want to offer local farmers and artisanal vendors a place to sell their goods.  Our plan is to offer local handmade goods, cheeses and meats, fresh fruits and vegetables all made and grown locally.  We have also have had a generous welcome by the Community of Westwood and we do not want to disappoint.  There are huge plans in the works for Westwood and we are going to be on the ground floor to help these plans succeed.

As a member of the local community we also want to give back to the people and businesses that support us.  That is why we have decided to share our success.  To do this we have chosen to support Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  Every quarter we will return our profits back to our community, 5% of those profits will be donated to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and other local charities.  5% of this funding campaign will also go directly to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Though we have yet to open our doors, we have made significant strides towards Bridgetown's future success.  

  • We have our location, walk-in coolers and should be building out our brewery throughout the rest of 2014.
  • We have already begun our initial marketing and outreach, and have built a substantial following on Facebook and Twitter
  • We built a fully operational website
  • We have already begun presales of our beer
  • Our first brewing capacity goal has been pre-sold already
  • We will be brewing 2-4 batches each week (equivalent to roughly 40-80 half barrels)
  • Testers of our brews are giving us rave reviews
  • We have begun developing our 4 seasonal brews: a summer ale, oktoberfest, pumpkin ale and winter ale
  • We have received a few great press mentions as excitement builds:BrewProf.com and Cincinnati.com with our more recent mention on 700wlw which you can hear below.
  • We have glasses, t-shirts, and growlers already designed and ready to go
And now, the good stuff. Not only will your contribution enable us to bring delicious new brews and a great new brewery to Cincinnati's scene, you can also score some great rewards! Since you are being so generous we want to return the favor. We'll be donating 5% of this campaign and future profits to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Giving Hope program and we plan to include more local charities in the near future. If you know of a local charity that needs help please let us know and we will add them to our future plans. Every level comes with some great swag so belly up to the bar and pledge something today.  Along with the swag and your name on our wall of builders each person that donates will have their name tagged on an item in our brewery based on the dollar value of your donation.  You may be on a chair, door, electrical box, or if you are lucky on one of our beer taps.   
Westwood Steel Growler
Westwood Steel Growler
Westwood B&T Shirt
Westwood B&T Shirt
Bridgetown Brew Works Pint Glass
Bridgetown Brew Works Pint Glass
Bridgetown Brew Works Shirt
Bridgetown Brew Works Shirt
Optional Beanie Instead of Shirt
Optional Beanie Instead of Shirt
Glass Growler
Glass Growler

$250+ Gets you a GeoKeg

All donations $250 and higher will have a Keg named after them.  Once we are distributing around the city we will tag our kegs with our patented keg tracking technology called GeoKeg that allows you to see where your keg is throughout its life. 

Your Keg could be sitting in storage waiting to be filled.  Catch it in the process of being filled, delivered, or just chilling at your favorite drinking establishment.  Visit the establishment where your keg is tapped and get a free pint glass.  One time only please.

Be sure to keep an eye on our website for more information on this in the future.

This is an exclusive membership for friends of Bridgetown Brew Works and is available with a $99 annual membership. But during this campaign, you can get a lifetime appointment to the BBW Architecural Society with a pledge of $500 or more. See membership details below.

  • Bridge Architect T-shirt
  • Free glassware with every BBW beer release
  • Access to exclusive events and beer releases
  • Membership to a private tasting panel
  • Free and discount pint nights in our future taproom
  • Free tour access for you and your guest
  • 25% off all BBW merchandise for the duration of your membership

Risks and challenges

We are trying to start this business without any loans or debt by self funding as much as possible. We want to be debt free so we can continue to grow based on supply and demand and not based on who we owe. This may not be the easiest way to start a business but we also want to minimize the financial burden on our family.

Naturally our timing is based on permit approvals from the State and Federal government. We expect this process to take 2-3 months.

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    Thanks for your support! We'll hand over a pint glass koozie for your pledge! Keep those drinks cold!

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    Receive a limited edition Bridge Builder pint glass, koozie, and coasters! Plus your name listed on our website as an Apprentice Bridge Builder.

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    Receive a Bridge Builder pint glass, coasters, and growler! You'll also receive a t-shirt and pint glass koozie, as well as your name listed on both our website and taproom wall as a Bridge Builder.

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    Your name will be inscribed on a name plate that will hang on our tap room wall. Plus, you'll be rocking a BBW t-shirt, pint glass, koozie, growler, and coasters! Your name will also be posted to our website and taproom wall as a Master Bridge Builder.

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    Become a part of something bigger than yourself: become a Bridge Architect. You'll receive all of the rewards mentioned above, and will also have responsibilities. Your name will also be on our website and taproom wall as a Bridge Architect. See below for the responsibilities of being a Bridge Architect in the BBW Architectural Society.

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    Everything mentioned above and something to eat. We just brew beer but during our grand opening we will have a 5 course dinner catered in for you and a guest. Plenty of our beer to compliment the food as well. Your name will also be on our website and taproom wall as a Bridge Backer.

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    You'll get a hands-on tour of our brewery and learn all the ins and outs of brewing our beers. We'll give you all the tools and equipment you need to start brewing at home! And of course you'll also receive all the rewards listed above. Naturally you get everything above, along with your name on the website and wall Senator.

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    Since bridges need to be named once built we feel that your effort deserves a reward. We'll honor your generous contribution by wrapping one of our fermenters with whatever you like! It could be a tribute to a family member or your company logo. It just needs to be tasteful. You'll also be named a Lieutenant Governor and honored as such on our taproom wall and website, in addition to receiving all rewards mentioned above!

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    Well all bridges need to be christened. Naturally you get everything we are offering below this level since being the Governor comes with perks. You will be forever embodied on a seasonal beer that you will help create and brand with our brewmaster. If you are from another one of our 48 non island states we will provide you and your guest airfare from the closest major airport and a hotel room for the night. We will also donate the proceeds from the first 10BBL batch to a non-profit charity of your choice. Your name will also be on our website and taproom wall as the Governor.

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Funding period

- (30 days)