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Create a watershed moment for the realization of Mott's dream brewery. Raise a glass & pledge your support for Tod's craft brewed beer! Read more

Kittery, ME Drinks
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This project was successfully funded on June 18, 2014.

Create a watershed moment for the realization of Mott's dream brewery. Raise a glass & pledge your support for Tod's craft brewed beer!

Kittery, ME Drinks
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Legendary New England brewer, Tod Mott and his wife, Galen, are this close to realizing their dream of opening a brewery, Tributary Brewing Company. Mott, whose illustrious brewing career spans over 20 years, is renowned for two rather famous beers: the original recipe for Harpoon IPA and Portsmouth Brewery's Russian Imperial Stout, Kate the Great. 

For many of you who have been following the progress, we are happy to report that most of the challenges in starting up the project have been met. Renovation of a 1960s era grocery store in Kittery, formerly know as "Dan's Star Market," is nearly complete. It is a welcome addition to Post Office Square, located between Kittery Foreside and the Outlets.

The brewing and cellar equipment is paid for and ready to be delivered. New England Brewing Systems of Gloucester, MA fabricated a four-vessel 15 bbl brew house that will allow Tod to do stepped-infusion brewing to make many diverse styles of beer. The fermentation, conditioning and brite tanks were made by Tigpro, Inc. in Portland, ME. The installation of the equipment is imminent. Then... Let the brewing  begin! We are truly hoping for a late June opening.

The model that the we chose to follow is that of many small breweries: a production brewery with a Tasting Room where visitors can sample the beer as well as purchase growlers to go.  Tod explains, "There's nothing better than a beer poured on premise. That's as fresh as it gets!"

To begin, Tributary Brewing Co. will self-distribute the beer to local bars and restaurants in Maine. We plan to eventually distribute to a few other  New England States, but wish to remain fairly small and local.

"Why then," you may ask, "a Kickstarter campaign?" Funds raised will help to defray the costs of some of the ancillary equipment that may literally save Tod's back (he's no Spring chicken)! 

We humbly ask you to consider a pledge towards a successful campaign to purchase a mill & auger system, keg washer, CIP (Clean in Place) system, kegs, and a cute little delivery truck to bring you Tod's beer. Please help us reach our goal of $60,000! No amount is too little or too great. Then, know that your donation will create a watershed moment for Tod's craft-brewed beer because, One Tributary Leads to Another! 

Cheers, Tod & Galen 

Risks and challenges

Establishing Tributary Brewing Co. has been a complex undertaking. Starting any brewery is! Between finding a good location, renovating the site, funding the brewery and cellar equipment, sourcing the raw materials such as hops, and getting all of the federal, state and local permitting, we have accomplished a great deal. Because of Tod's long history and reputation in the brewing industry, many of those challenges have been met with great support. The biggest obstacle for us has always been time. The build-out has taken longer than we anticipated, but you will see we are doing some really cool things to renovate the old grocery store into a beautiful brewing facility and Tasting Room.

If our Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded, we are hoping the timing will be perfect to have all the bells & whistles pulled together for a late June opening. The worst case scenario is that it will take a little more time… Please know that your contribution will make our dream a reality!

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    24 backers

    We know every penny counts, so we'll be thrilled to get your donation! Don't be shy… We'll recognize you on our Facebook page if you wish, and toast you when you visit Tributary.

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    48 backers

    We appreciate all of our donors and will recognize your gift on our Facebook page if you wish. Plus, we'll send you 2 stickers with our logo & tag line,"One Tributary Leads to Another."

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    75 backers Limited (25 left of 100)

    BIG THANKS and public recognition if you wish, plus the stickers and 2 - 6 oz. tasting glasses with our cool Tributary Brewing Co. logo.

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    95 backers Limited (5 left of 100)

    A Benjamin deserves all of our gratitude plus the above rewards and a limited edition t-shirt with front "T" logo and "One Tributary Leads to Another" tag line on the back.

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    21 backers Limited (4 left of 25)

    The above reward pack plus an additional t-shirt for one of your friends, as well as one very cool Growler cozy with our logo on it. We're keeping it cool!

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    25 backers Limited (5 left of 30)

    Okay, now we're talking membership! Join Tributary's Watershed Club, and get priority access to release events for two years. The glassware in this reward will be a tulip glass with first edition artwork for Tod's Russian Imperial Stout. Oh yeah, and don't forget the reward pack!

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    14 backers Limited (1 left of 15)

    This one's for you and your honey, or a good friend. Double your fun! This includes membership in the Watershed Club with priority access to release events for two years, and 2 tulip glasses with first edition artwork for Tod's Russian Imperial Stout, along with the reward pack!

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    6 backers All gone!

    The above package plus VIP status at release events for four years. Includes VIP parking and stools at the bar for you and your guest, and the priceless opportunity to brew with Tod for a day!

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