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By William (Brad) Zeller
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About this project

ALEMAN is the next great Chicago brewpub and a collaboration between Chris Aldrich, Jim Moorehouse, Josh Bearry, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller. The story of how we came to be is longer than most would care to read. Anyways, it is the story of where we are going that is most important. After winning the 2012 Iron Brew and a trip out to San Diego to brew our winning Dayman Coffee IPA with Stone Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing (set for national distribution coinciding with our Grand Opening, sometime in early 2013), we set out on a mission to take our combined manpower and industry wherewithal and turn it into the kind of place we can be proud to call our own. Our vision is somewhere between a German beer hall and a Mexican tequila bar, coming together to provide a uniquely Chicagoan dining experience. Are you familiar with the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child"? Those words take on a whole new meaning when your "child" requires $25,000 worth of boiler plates, lauter tuns, conical fermentors and other brewing equipment. And so, we are looking for support from our respective villages to help get our baby on its feet. Give because you love us. Give because you love beer. Give because you need a ridiculously over-priced t-shirt for your dad for Christmas. Give because you want to support someone who will champion the cause of the local, independently owned business. Give...for the children.

We look forward to pouring you a pint,

Chris, Jim, Josh, Nate and Brad - collectively the ALEMAN

Risks and challenges

Once we reach our fundraising goal, we will move with urgency to order and install the appropriate brewing equipment for ALEMAN. There is always the potential for shipping delays, damaged or incorrect equipment, or a number of other hiccups along the way so we are setting our fundraising goal early enough to readjust on the fly. We have researched the local ordinances and requisite licenses and have the blessing of the Alderman moving forward. If for some reason our licensing takes longer than expected to come through, we have already negotiated 120 days of rent abatement with the landlord to buy us some time. Once the doors are open, we can no more assure our success than any other startup but we are confident in the team we have assembled and our ability to manage ALEMAN responsibly.

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    Create a sweet Mix-Tape that will add to the ambiance at ALEMAN, one tasty jam at a time.

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    Enjoy your favorite brew in a heavy duty, 16 oz. ALEMAN pint glass!

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    Choose from an assortment of ALEMAN hats. We've got trucker hats, adjustable baseball caps, winter hats, and more. An additional fee may be required for certain hipster styles.

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    Long-sleeved ALEMAN t-shirt! We've got regular long-sleeved Tees or 3/4 sleeve jersey shirts.

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    What aspiring brewer wouldn't love their very own pocketed ALEMAN brewhouse shirt! Custom embroidering is available for an additional fee.

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    Brewing basics workshop! Come sit in on a brew. We'll talk you through the process and taste some delicious food and beverages in the process. Great for a small group. Must be 21+

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    ALEMAN basketball! Signed by the team, of course. C'mon, every kid on the block is going to want one.

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    Mug Club!!! Become a member of the ALEMAN Mug Club and get special VIP access to limited releases, merch, and more before they go on sale to the masses! Includes your personally engraved mug which we will store behind the bar for you between visits. Must be 21+

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    Win a date with ALEMAN's very own Jim Moorehouse. One lucky lady (or gentleman) is in for a night they won't soon forget...

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    Put your creativity to the test and give a name to a cocktail to appear on our menu!

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    Join the Donor Wall of Fame! We cannot do this without you and we want everyone to know it. We will display individually engraved placards in our waiting area as a constant reminder of all the helping hands that will make ALEMAN possible. This will automatically be added to any pledge reward item of $300+.

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    Allow Heavy Hand Bartending to help customize and man the bar at your next special event! Whether a birthday party, your office holiday party, or just a radical Saturday night, let us help make your event memorable. Must be 21+

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    Claim your spot at ALEMAN's soft open, date to be determined (currently projected to be Friday, March 29th, 2013)! This will automatically be added to any pledge reward item of $500+

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    Party like a rockstar as Chris Aldrich becomes your own private chef for an evening! Chicagoland area only.

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    Be a part of creating a new ALEMAN beer from conception to brew day to naming! Must be 21+

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    The ALEMAN gang will pick you and a guest up in a limo for a night of ye olde ales and mutton chops at Midieval Times. This could get wierd. Must be 21+ Chicagoland area only.

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