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Nick KocisBy Nick Kocis
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Nick KocisBy Nick Kocis
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About

 Help us launch our new Taproom in Milwaukee, WI

We are opening up a 3300sqft taproom and production space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin located at 1726 N 5th Street.  Just a few blocks north of the Buck's new arena the Fiserv Forum.  We need your help to put the finishing touches on this amazing space, originally built in 1903.  Featuring Milwaukee's famous, Cream City brick and flying hand riveted trusses, our new home will feature loads of reclaimed Wisconsin barn wood, 16 taplines, a dedicated gluten free line, in house craft sodas, a vegan/vegetarian friendly artisan snack menu.  With loads of space for a stand up retro arcade, indoor bocce court, and over 900sqft of outdoor biergarten we'll have as something for everyone!

Here is a link to a virtual walk through of our new space!

 Virtual Walk through 

Our space pre-build out
Our space pre-build out
Brand new windows let in loads of light
Brand new windows let in loads of light

Dead Bird Brewing was founded in spring of 2015 by Nick Kocis and Jeremy Hach.  They decided that the focus of the company should be on marketing and brand management so they went with a contract model.  Nick would use his background in microbiology and professional brewing to ensure quality product was being produced while Jeremy would put his masters in business to work on the executive side of the company.  With the intent of brewing outstanding specialty beer featuring high abv and a spotlight on unique ingredients, we released our first beer, an American Pale Ale featuring ruby red grapefruit zest called Pamplemousse in November of 2015.  

Dead Bird’s motto is ‘Outstanding Beer by Upstanding Gentlemen’.  We strive to embody both parts as best we can.  We aim to make the most amazing beer we can make and whenever possible participate in charitable events, community outreach projects and fundraisers in our distribution area.

Nick Kocis has a background in microbiology and chemistry and over a decade of home brewing experience.  He put this background to use in the professional brewing industry for three years before co-founding his own label.  He is in charge of production oversight and beer development for Dead Bird Brewing.  His beer philosophy is that beer should be crafted, not mass produced.  Ingredients should be the best available and, most importantly, that beer should be fun and shared with friends and family.

Jeremy Hach has spent over ten years in the bartending and the brewing industry.  He has homebrewed with his friend Nick since college and provided the kettle that housed the company namesake.  He holds advanced degrees in business and project management and has worked with both startups and publicly traded companies.  To Jeremy, beer is about home, tradition, and shared experiences.

Check out our winning $10,000 Pitch to Wisconsin's own Project Pitch-It

Listen to Nick and guest brewer Peter talk about beer on Madison's WJJO 94.1FM

 Trixie's Pick Six "Battle for Oktoberfest" interview 


Read about us in the media here:

MJS: Dead Bird is planning a taproom in the Halyard Park area

BizTimes: Dead Bird Brewing plans expansion with Milwaukee taproom

Isthmus: Expect big IPAs from Dead Bird Brewing


Read review of some of our crowd favorite beers from Robin Shepard

Muscleman IIPA 

Wine Thief Beer/Wine Hybrid 


DBBC logo bottle opener
DBBC logo bottle opener
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DBBC Logo Pint Glass
DBBC Logo Hat
DBBC Logo Hat
DBBC Men's T-shirt
DBBC Men's T-shirt
DBBC Women's Tank
DBBC Women's Tank
Limited Kickstarter Edition Mug Club Ceramic Imperial Pint
Limited Kickstarter Edition Mug Club Ceramic Imperial Pint
Custom Embroidered Brewer's Shirt
Custom Embroidered Brewer's Shirt
24oz Stanley Vacuum Stein
24oz Stanley Vacuum Stein

Risks and challenges

There are always risk and challenges with any start-up. We're running this Kickstarter once our build out has started so we can ensure we are up and moving as soon as possible. As a company that has been profitably running since late 2015 we're no greenhorns to dealing with disruptions and delays. Delays may crop us as we finish our construction and move on to industry standard inspections.

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