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Factotum seeks to improve it's current industrial vibe and make the taproom more fun and comfortable for customers such as yourself. Read more

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Factotum seeks to improve it's current industrial vibe and make the taproom more fun and comfortable for customers such as yourself.

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Mission Statement: Factotum Brewhouse assists homebrewers  in creating a highly-drinkable product by providing professional brewing equipment, guidance and education, and a beer-loving community defined by mutual support, unbiased opinion, and a philosophy that anybody can brew.

The exterior of Factotum. Step 1 in the beautification process: add glass panels to the garage door.
The exterior of Factotum. Step 1 in the beautification process: add glass panels to the garage door.

About: Colorado is America's premier craft beer mecca.  Don't believe me?  Consider these facts:

  • John Hickenlooper, former mayor of Denver and current governor of Colorado, co-founded the state's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Company.
Picking up our new mash tun from Texas
Picking up our new mash tun from Texas

Despite these facts and countless others like them and despite our great and numerous breweries, there is a niche in Colorado craft beer culture that's been largely ignored.  In fact, in all of America, this niche has yet to be accommodated.  We're talking about the homebrewer.  

There are times when pro-am homebrew winners are allowed to re-create their recipe at a commercial brewery, there are breweries that allow the average folk to brew the COMPANY'S recipe on-site, and there are even places that do allow people to brew their own batch but only on a small scale (one or two kegs).  At Factotum Brewhouse, the focus is on guest brewers 24/7.  YOU bring us YOUR recipe, YOU brew on OUR 7BBL equipment, and we'll serve YOUR beer to thirsty patrons.

This is a great service for any number of people:

  • People who want to open a brewery some day and would like to receive unbiased feedback from the drinking public.
  • People who don't want to open a brewery but still want to hone their homebrew skills and achieve a modest amount of recognition for their efforts.
  • People who have never homebrewed before but love beer and want to learn the ropes.
  • Small groups such as bachelor(ette) parties, birthday parties, or team-building exercises.
This is how you unload 7 BBL fermenters without a forklift
This is how you unload 7 BBL fermenters without a forklift

Homebrewers can expect a lot of fun competitions and a lot of recognition for their hard work and the average, drinking customer can expect an ever-rotating taplist of a wide variety of beers.

Why We're On Kickstarter: Factotum Brewhouse is located near the intersection of Pecos and I-70 in Denver.  Local homebrewers may recognize that location since it's where you'll find Stomp Them Grapes homebrew shop.  We're hoping to do a lot of cross-promotion with those folks.

The fermenters in their new home. As you can see, we need to pretty-up this place.
The fermenters in their new home. As you can see, we need to pretty-up this place.

However, you might also remember that this particular area is quite industrial.  That fact alone is okay; there are lots of local breweries in very similar locations.  Plus, we plan on keeping a lot of the industrial elements because, simply put, that's a cool look.  It can't be ALL industrial though; we want to make it a vibrant and engaging space, too.  As of now, our taproom is a blank canvas so let's turn it into a work of art!  Nobody wants to drink fine, hand-crafted beer in a drab environment, do they?  Let's design a place worthy of the beers YOU will be making.

A few of the improvements we intend to make:

  • Insert glass panels into the garage door to let natural light in.
  • Install better, more artistic lighting fixtures.
  • Purchase comfortable tables and chairs.
  • Construct a stately bar top.
  • Buy art to adorn the walls.
The demolition of the pre-existing office space
The demolition of the pre-existing office space

All of the funds we raise on Kickstarter will DIRECTLY benefit you, the customer.  You let us worry about the boring stuff (toilets, security system, point of sale system) and we'll make sure anything we raise on Kickstarter will go towards making the customer experience THAT much better.  Beer is good anywhere but it's even better in an awesome taproom.

Risks and challenges

Construction time and the acquisition of a liquor license can sometimes set a project back. However, they are merely delays. There is no foreseeable obstacle that will stop this project outright.

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    Ten dollars gets you an official Factotum Brewhouse sticker. Slap it on your car, your bike, your skis, your friend's forehead, or wherever else you think it might look good. Pick-up at the taproom is preferred. You will also be immortalized on our website with a permanent mention because you deserve the recognition!

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    Howzabout a Factotum koozie? You'll also receive everything at the $10 pledge level. Pick-up at the taproom is preferred.

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    You'll look absolutely stunning in a Factotum Brewhouse logo t-shirt. Wear this daring fashion statement and turn heads wherever you go. You'll also receive everything at the $25 pledge level. Pick-up at the taproom is preferred.

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    GRRRR! Get a Factotum growler jug. You'll also receive everything at the $50 pledge level. Pick-up at the taproom is preferred.

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    If you pledge $200 then we consider you family. That's why you are cordially invited to our first, personal-invite-only, soft opening with all our friends and family! Come party with the people that made us who we are and celebrate Factotum Brewhouse's opening before the rush. Be sure to keep your schedule open. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    At Factotum Brewhouse, we're all about having homebrewers create their recipes on our commercial equipment. Then, we'll serve that brew right here in our taproom! This is a unique concept and people are going to want to participate right away so availability will be difficult to come by. Reserve your brew session NOW and be among the first to serve our thirsty patrons! Homebrewers of all levels are welcome. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    You enjoy a good brewski but how much do you know about the styles, history, and regions that make the craft brewing industry the success that it is? You and three friends can spend an evening with headbrewer Chris Bruns learning about the subject of your choice: a) basic styles such as IPA, porter, pilsner...etc., b) advanced styles such as Flanders ale, quadrupel, barleywine...etc., c) one style and all it's sub-styles such as English IPA, American IPA, Imperial IPA,...etc. or d) a study of the great brewing regions of the world including Belgium, the U.K., Germany, Czech Republic, and the U.S. All lessons will be held at the Factotum Brewhouse taproom. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    Denver is known as "The Munich of the West" and for good reason--we have a ton of breweries scattered throughout the city and new ones keep opening all the time! The best way to enjoy our thriving craft brew scene? By bike! You and three friends can enjoy a personal tour of the city hosted by headbrewer Chris Bruns. We will cater the tour to your ability level and make our best effort to hit all the breweries YOU want to visit. You'll also receive a lot of information concerning Denver and it's close relationship with that delicious, fermented elixir. If you have a bike of your own, please bring it with you. If not, you may rent from a nearby B-cycle station at an additional cost. Most expenses included. We'll tour in whatever month you like but, for obvious reasons, we encourage tours in late spring, summer, and early fall. Some blackout dates may apply. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing for a bike tour and helmets aren't a bad idea, either. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    You and one guest are invited to a private dinner. This dinner will likely be held at the Factotum Brewhouse taproom. You will be asked to choose your preferred day and date from a provided list. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    Factotum Brewhouse has a club and one of the club perks is an annual trip to another brewery mecca outside of Denver. You, however, get to tag along without having to officially join the club and ALL your expenses are covered! Ft. Collins? Colorado Springs? Who knows where we'll go, just know we're going somewhere fun! You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    You already know that Factotum Brewhouse is designed around the homebrewer but, guess what? Only a few can be the FIRST to brew on our system and that includes YOU! Yes, you will have the honor of creating one of Factotum's inaugural brews! Raise your fist in triumph to a taproom full of adoring fans. I just know you're going to get us started on the right foot. We'll have four taps on opening day so we can accommodate four first brewers. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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    Perhaps the only thing Colorado does better than brewing is skiing but, hey, in this great state, why choose? Imagine this: you and seven friends enjoying a catered meal at Trappeur's Crossing Resort & Spa in the beautiful ski town of Steamboat Springs, CO! The total package includes a three night stay and one catered meal. The specific weekend will depend on availability and black-out dates. The sooner you know when you'd like to go, the better chance you'll get the date you want. You'll also receive all rewards at the $100 pledge level.

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