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Music-inspired beers hand-crafted in Stratford, CT.
Music-inspired beers hand-crafted in Stratford, CT.
Music-inspired beers hand-crafted in Stratford, CT.
210 backers pledged $20,455 to help bring this project to life.

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If you've watched the song in our video, you know a little bit about who we are and what we're doing. But here's some more detail on the project and our Kickstarter goals:

"Who are you?" (The Who)

Beer lifts the spirit. Music moves the body and soul. Together, they create magic. By combining the two, that’s what we aim to do. All of our beers at Fairfield Craft Ales are inspired by the songs of our youth, of our young adulthood, of our lives. From Twist & Stout (chocolate milk stout) to A Whiter Shade of Pale Ale, from Revolution (IPA) to Divine Thing (Belgian-style tripel), and from Turn! Turn! Turn! (saison) to Live and Let Rye (rye pale ale) and Big Me (Double IPA), our award-winning beers will give you a shot of rhythm and brews. 

We are lifelong music lovers with more than 25 combined years of brewing experience. Our friends and families have always loved our beers, but as we started to share our creations outside the inner circle, it became clear that we had to give the people what they want and just open a brewery already. 

"What the hell am I doing here?" (Radiohead)

In the summer of 2014, we got serious about this whole brewery idea and began looking for space. This began a bit of a magical mystery tour, full of challenges, learning, disappointment, meeting great people, having fun, and drinking beer. In October 2015, we secured a space in Stratford, Connecticut. The buildout is underway and we’ve bought almost all of our equipment. We’re hoping to open—or at least start brewing—by April or May 2016. 

We’re coming to Kickstarter so we can give you more, more, more of our product when we open. From our personal funds, we’ve pulled together enough to open a brewery with a three-barrel brewing system and a small tap room where you can buy growlers and enjoy pints. This will allow us to get to market, but with less capacity and a smaller tap room than we'd like. 

"We hope you will enjoy the show." (The Beatles)

What we’re hoping to do through this campaign is get the funding to get to stage two of the brewing space and tap room faster. That will mean buying more fermenters—those big cylinders with cone-shaped bottoms where yeast turns the malty water we brew into beer—and kegs, as well as further work on the space and the working capital that will get us enough ingredients to pump out lots of beer from the get-go. 

We’re setting our initial target at $15,000. 

"Thank you." (Various artists)

As our way of saying thank you, we're offering various levels of rewards. We think these rewards are a good value for your contributions. We also think the physical rewards look great, and we'd like to give a shoutout to our friends at Milk Sono in South Norwalk, Connecticut, for designing our logo and incorporating it into these items. 

Here are what some of the rewards will look like:

Sticker (car not included)
Sticker (car not included)
16-oz. pint glass
16-oz. pint glass
T-shirt
T-shirt
Hoodie
Hoodie
Mug Club 20-oz. mug
Mug Club 20-oz. mug
Growler
Growler

"Get on the bus, Gus." (Paul Simon)

  • Create a Kickstarter account based on your email address and log in with your username and password or Amazon.com account information 
  • Pledge what you want. We appreciate anything you can give. We’ve offered a nice package of rewards that we hope you’ll like.
  • Share this campaign with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Shout it out loud that you support Fairfield Craft Ales and its mission of bringing music-inspired beer to Fairfield County, Connecticut. You can do this even if you don’t pledge! This campaign has only 30 days to reach its goal, so please help us get the word out quickly.

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project are the same as those associated with any brewery start-up: complications relating to federal and state licensing, as well as town permitting (though we have investigated the processes and believe the risks are minimal); the possibility of a radical change in the demand for craft beer (which seems unlikely, but is possible); and changes in tax and/or distribution laws that could affect our business model (but we're not aware of any proposals that would do that in the near term).

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    LEVEL: Stick It to the Man
    Fairfield Craft Ales oval sticker.

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    LEVEL: Sweet Little Sixteen
    Fairfield Craft Ales 16-oz. pint glass, plus the oval sticker.

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    LEVEL: Fashion
    Fairfield Craft Ales T-shirt, plus the 16-oz. pint glass and the sticker.

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    LEVEL: Red-Hooded Sweatshirt
    Fairfield Craft Ales hoodie (with all due respect to Adam Sandler, ours is black instead of red), plus the T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    LEVEL: Welcome to the Jungle
    You've just joined our mug club with a lifetime membership. You get a numbered 20-oz. mug that we'll keep behind the bar for you. Whenever you come in, you'll get a pour four ounces bigger for the price of a standard pour (which will be 20 oz. for most beers). Plus you get the hoodie, T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    LEVEL: Howlin' for You
    This is a special one-year growler club offer, available only through Kickstarter. You get a 64-oz. Fairfield Craft Ales growler that you can fill once a month for free at the brewery. This doesn't include the mug club, but does include the hoodie, T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    LEVEL: Welcome to the Jungle II
    Two lifetime memberships to the mug club, plus two hoodies, two T-shirts, two 16-oz. pint glasses, and two stickers.

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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    LEVEL: Howlin' for the Jungle
    This is a combination of our mug and growler club offers. We'll keep a numbered 20-oz. mug behind the bar for you and pour you four ounces more than the standard pour for any beer (which will be 20 oz. for most beers that aren't imperial or have specialty ingredients). Plus 12 monthly 64-oz. growler fills. Plus one each the hoodie, T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    LEVEL: Strange Brew
    Spend a day with us at the brewery learning the whole process and trying samples. Plus you get one lifetime membership in the mug club, the hoodie, T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    LEVEL: Take It to the Limit
    This exclusive offer is available to only 20 people, who will get two tickets to a catered private event every year (the first of which will be our launch party), advance notice of limited-release beers, ability to reserve up to four bottles of limited-release beers, and one private brew day. Plus one lifetime membership in the mug club, the hoodie, T-shirt, 16-oz. pint glass, and sticker.

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    LEVEL: What's Your Name?
    This exclusive offer is available to only 10 people, who will get everything from the Take It to the Limit level, plus a day where they'll design and name their own beer with Mike and Joe, a separate day to brew that beer, and then the beer will be on tap at the brewery with kudos to you.

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    LEVEL: You Gotta Fight for Your Right (to Party)
    If you've got the bucks, we've got a big reward for you. Up to five people can get the following: An enhanced lifetime mug club membership where you get free fills of your 20-oz. mug for life, a one-year membership in our growler club (12 growler fills), and a private catered party for 15 of your friends.

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Funding period

- (30 days)