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Paul and DonBy Paul and Don
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Paul and DonBy Paul and Don
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$4,662
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 27 2018 9:36 AM UTC +00:00.

About

At Sager Beer Works,

"There are no strangers here; only friends who have not yet met."

                                                                           William Butler Yeats 

Who We Are 

  • Sager Beer Works is a brewpub located in the Culver Rd - University Ave neighborhood of Rochester NY, expecting to open in Fall 2018. Founded by Paul Guarracini and Don Tumminelli, they have been passionate about craft beers for over 20 years. From Paul's first real ale while in England to Don’s first sip of Humboldt Red Nectar in sunny San Diego, there has been no turning back. After months of scouting the Rochester area, we found a location that was too good to be true. Now, tucked away in a century old industrial building at 46 Sager Drive, a dream is becoming a reality as we create a unique location for beer lovers. This area is surrounded by the East Avenue neighborhood just steps away from the brewery and is complete with high tech businesses, local artists, a winery and cafes. The brewery will consist of a 5 BBL brewhouse, a cozy tap room with plenty of old world charm, and a full kitchen creating global cuisine. 

It takes more than just quality craft beer, local artisan food and an awesome location in Rochester to create a successful brewpub. For us, it also takes years of home brewing, passion, patience and experience in the industry to breathe life into Sager Beer Works!! We are not just pouring our life savings into this venture but our heart and souls, not to mention a few bruised knuckles as we watch the fruits of our labor come to life. We invite you to be part of this venture. 

This campaign is not just about raising money but also about creating an experience for our customers. Please take the time to look over the rewards and see how you can join in. If not, you can always stop in for a craft beer and a bite to eat. Looking forward to meeting all of you in the very near future!! Paul & Don 

Meet our Team: 

Paul Guarracini- Partner/Brewmaster 

Donald Tumminelli-Partner/House Manager

Kevin Reynolds-Project Manager 

 Dave Schraf - Remodeling and Construction

 Brent Rasmussen-Social Media

Signed Lease
Signed Lease
The journey begins
The journey begins
Kevin hard at work
Kevin hard at work

No venture this size comes without risks, from signing the lease (big step), lawyers (bigger step) and applying for our TTB and SLA licence (giant leap), everything is on the line, however passion, experience and drive to create the best craft beer and food with excellent customer service will be our road to success. Some equipment has arrived such as our new 5BBL system shown below.

Unloading tanks with Sebastian (on fork truck) from Living Roots Winery giving a hand
Unloading tanks with Sebastian (on fork truck) from Living Roots Winery giving a hand
Kevin (left) and Paul (right) checking out the goods!!
Kevin (left) and Paul (right) checking out the goods!!

 At this point we have received out TTB and conditional SLA licence so there is not much more stopping us now other than installing the rest of the equipment and finishing the construction of the tap room. This means lots of little details that add up fast. 

Almost done with the bar!
Almost done with the bar!

The Beer Line-up

We like to say that our beers are creatively traditional. High on drinkability and refreshment, they pair well with our food. We have 15 recipes developed, with five on tap every day. Plus there will be three guest beers and a draft hard cider. If you're not a beer drinker, we'll have wine, soda and kombucha. Here’s a few of the house-made beers:

1) It’s My Jam - New England style IPA

2) Sager Saxon IPA - German IPA

3) King Charles Porter - London style Porter

4) No Hype Amber - West Coast Red Ale

5) Gearhead Kolsch - Golden Hopfen Ale

Meet the food

We will have something for everyone when it comes to filling up the old belly. Flatbread pizzas, Tacos, Crepes, Bison burgers, Beet burgers and more. Our food will strive to be as fresh and local as possible. Here's sample pics of what we have to offer. We hope to see you soon and discover all the tasty items on our menu. 

Tacos!!!!! Si
Tacos!!!!! Si
Flatbread Pizza!
Flatbread Pizza!
Homemade Falafel on Piadina
Homemade Falafel on Piadina
Meat and cheese plate
Meat and cheese plate
Check out our new kitchen!
Check out our new kitchen!

Stay a while!

It's not just about the beer and food so we are creating a cozy spot for you to enjoy them. From the corner tables, to the Long Bar, or the Comfy Corner, you'll want to stay a while. 

Comfy Corner
Comfy Corner
          

Campaign Goal 

We have set our goal at $20,000 to help us bring you inside and up close with our concept. Please look over the levels here and choose the one that is right for you. If you can’t help out, we also welcome emails of encouragement and social media likes. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

www.facebook.com/sagerbeerworks

www.twitter,com/sagerbeerworks

www,instagram.com/sagerbeerworks

Some Swag!!!
Some Swag!!!

 As William Butler Yeats suggested, don't be a stranger, come on in!!!

Risks and challenges

Paul has been in the brewing business for over five years and Don has managed other brewpubs so we've got a good head start. But every new business brings new challenges and we are prepared for them. With our Federal and State licenses in hand and most construction completed, we are almost there. We still need to obtain a Certificate Of Occupancy and kitchen permits.

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    This may be the lowest level but it is also one of the most important, as it tells us you are on board with our concept and there for us. $25 gets you a very special thanks and pat on the back when you come in. You can also scribe your name or message on our Wall of Thanks when you are in. Just mention your name and we will be waiting for you.

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    This level gets you everything in Level 1 along with a special edition shirt complete with signatures from the Sager team. We will personally sign it for you and even add a special note if you wish! Be part of our future, these may be collector’s items someday!

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    This level gets you everything in Level 1 plus a 1 year membership to our soon-to-be-famous Mug Club. This level gets you an official Sager Mug and membership card and the use of that special mug whenever you come in. Plus invites to special events. We think you will like it!!

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    Have your own chair!

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    Date Night-WooWoo!!!

    Every day is Valentine’s Day at Sager. This level gets you and your main squeeze (or just BFF) a night out at Sager complete with dinner for 2 and a few suprise take home goodies to keep the night rolling long after the taproom closes. Also, a special singing ballad from our team (optional).

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    Dinner in the Brewhouse

    We think this one is really cool! I mean, a private dinner for 4 in the Brewhouse with the Brewmaster. This package is complete with dinner for up to 4. You will be able to get up close with the equipment as you enjoy dinner and a special discussion on the brewing process at Sager. Each guest will also walk away with a logo sticker and a logo glass.

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    This level includes a brew day party with the Brewmaster. Learn the Sager brewing process while you enjoy our hospitality. Up to 4 people are included in this package and of course each person will leave with a take-home gift and a one year membership to our Mug Club.

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    Kiss The Chef

    This level includes a private party in our lounge area complete with cooking lessons from the chef in our very own kitchen. The menu will consist of many items made by us. What more can you ask for but hands-on cooking with our chef . Best of all you get to eat what we make! Up to 4 people are included and each guest will walk away with a logo sticker and a logo glass. Oh, we almost forgot, if you enjoy the evening as much as we think you will, you may “Kiss the Chef”!!

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    Party On!!

    This is the ultimate level which includes a private party for up to 12. This is perfect for social organization, gatherings, office parties or any other groups. Choose from a selection of menu items or work with the chef to create your own menu. The event will include a tour of the brewery and your own host for the party along with all the details. Each guest will take home a logo glass and logo sticker. We hope you will like this one!!

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