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GYST specializes in cheese, wine, beer and other fermented wonders. Come taste, learn and hang out! #gystdoit
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    GYST-O-GRAM - We will mail you a snazzy GYST postcard with a thank you note and a handwritten cheese and drink haiku. Example: "My stinky orange friend, dances as I lift my glass, cheers to you Epoisses!"

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    Be a Studious Backer - Not only will you receive a postcard with a cheese and drink haiku, you will also receive a GYST tasting journal so you can write your own haikus, tasting notes, food puns, etc.!

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    Come in for "Harpy Hour!" On Thursday, November 13th from 5-7pm, GYST owner, Ky, will bring in her harp and play some classic tunes and more. Requests taken in the comments below. We promise you will be whisked away to a happy, harpy place. Oh, and November 13 is GYST owner, Mel's birthday, so a cake made up of wheels of cheese will be served!

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    GYST Do It - It's clear you understand the blood, sweat and tears that go along with opening a business. That's why we want to give you a GYST t-shirt and a one-of-a-kind GYST sweat wristband.

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    Be Biodynamic - In biodynamic viticulture cows are indispensable. We are making this revered animal a part of GYST by showcasing old cow horns. We will write your name on a rock, surround it with good energy and put it in the cow horn display! Can't you feel the good vibes already?

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    GYST BE! - We are lucky enough to be located next to YESS Yoga, a studio all about connecting with yourself and the community around you. You will receive 3 yoga classes at YESS Yoga, 3 GYST kombuchas (swing on over after yoga), a GYST t-shirt, and a GYST sweat wrist-band that you'll need for all of those future yoga classes!

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    Be a Cheesemonger for a Half-Day - Want to become more of a cheese whiz? Come in for a morning or afternoon and learn all about cheese care, how to taste, how to cut and how to make a perfect cheese plate! Also receive a GYST t-shirt and a journal to take studious notes.

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    GYST OPEN! - We want to and we will just as soon as possible. Celebrate with us at our opening party! You will be the first to view the transformation of the space and sample GYST bites. Think cheese, charcuterie, pickled things, chocolate, try our kombucha and more! We want your feedback! You will also receive the very stylish GYST t-shirt. Beer and wine available for purchase.

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    Come in for "Spinning the Wheels" Night - Oh friends, this is bound to be a good time. GYST will be host to a special cheese cart night - French style, accompanied by none other than the amazing Jade, DJ for the Current, spinning records. GYST bites included, as well as all-you-can-eat cheese from the cart. As always, beer and wine available for purchase.

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    Tableside Storytelling for Two - Come and learn about the stories behind the producers, while you savor the tastes behind their hard work and energy. A special tasting menu will be designed just for you. Please give us at least a week advanced notice so we can make it extra special.

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    Session with a Sommelier - Have an upcoming event where you would like wine or food and wine pairing suggestions? Or, perhaps you have a wine cellar or wine collection? Let our sommeliers consult with you! You will receive a 2-hour consultation with Mel and/or Jill to fit your wine needs.

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    Cuckoo for Cocoa and Coffee - Receive two different artisan chocolate bars and a bag of Dark Matter coffee each season for one year! We will also throw in a GYST t-shirt and journal so you can record your tasting notes. (A small shipping fee will be added to residents living outside of MN.)

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    Cuckoo for Curds - Receive a half-a-pound of cheese once a month for a whole year! Come in and select up to a half-a-pound of cheese each month. You will also receive at GYST t-shirt and journal for tasting notes.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Attend the 1st Guest Chef Dinner Gathering! It is an honor to announce that Todd Macdonald, formerly of Bouley and Cru in NYC, along with his wife, Mary Kole, sommelier, (also named two of the most anticipated Twin Cities restaurateurs by Minneapolis/St.Paul mag) will be partnering with Amy Thielen, current host of the Food Network's Heartland Table and James Beard Award winner for her book, The New Midwestern Table. Todd and Amy, who cooked together at both Bouley and Cru, will present a 5-course, fermented-themed menu with pairings. This will be a rare night in Minneapolis--not to be missed (date and time still TBD).

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    Be an Exclusive Culture Club Member - For one year, the Culture Club will meet every 3rd Sunday where you will help us break into new cheeses and new products, as well as engage in conversations about food and drink movements ( i.e. natural wine, biodynamic farming, fair-trade practices, non-GMO labeling, etc., etc.,). You will receive a GYST t-shirt, sweatband, journal, and GOOD energy because you want to learn and share!

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    Serve a Cheese Cake - While we love the sweet, decadent bliss of true cake or even the cream cheesiness of cheesecake, we tend to prefer actual cheese built into the shape and style of a three-tiered cake. They are beautiful, stylish and most of all, delicious. If you have a special event or party coming up (wedding, birthday, shower, brunch, etc.) let us make you a cake out of cheese. Serves 50-100 people. (We will consult with you on your cheese tastes, as well as flowers, herbs and foliage for beauty.)

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

    GYST a Class - We will nerd out with you and 10 of your friends by designing you a two-hour class of your choice! It will be engaging, intimate, and of course, delicious. Everyone will receive a GYST t-shirt and journal.

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    GYST Have an Event - Rent out GYST for your event or party! We will work with you to design a bountiful spread to fit your special occasion. (Wine and beer not included - Kickstarter Rules, not ours; 40 people max.)

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    TAP Master - We all love beer! We want to give YOU the right to choose what beer goes on one of our taps for an entire year as well as a $50 cheese tab each month. ($50 does not roll over from month to month) It's yours. Tell your friends. You get bragging rights.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Get the GYST of IT! Rent out GYST for your event or party, which will include a bountiful spread as well as the three-tiered cheese cake. You and all 40 of your guests will receive a GYST t-shirt and journal. Also, receive 4 tickets to the GYST Opening Party!

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    GYST Because - You're an angel. You want to support a new concept and the young women behind it. You want to see new products enter the Minneapolis market. Most of all, you care about augmenting the culinary arts in the Twin Cities and know that by your donation, you will help us create community through food and drink.

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