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We're establishing a hop farm to source fresh hops to local breweries and homebrewers in Southwest Ohio.
We're establishing a hop farm to source fresh hops to local breweries and homebrewers in Southwest Ohio.
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Osborn Brewing is a homebrew shop in Monroe, Ohio. As brewers know, having fresh ingredients is one of the most important factors in making beer. Unfortunately, right now there aren't a lot of hop options for local brewers.

Until now.

We are in the process of turning 86 acres of land into a hop farm. This will provide locally sourced hops to area brewers from the hobby to professional scale. This also means that when it comes time to harvest, brewers will have a source of fresh "wet hops" to use in their seasonal brews. Part of the money raised by your backing will go towards making this a reality. By backing this project, you will help bring us closer to having 100% locally made beers in our area.

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Great breweries are popping up in Dayton and Cincinnati. We want these breweries to stick around and crank out delicious beer for a long time. Right now, these breweries don't have any local options for their hop needs. It can be costly to ship large orders of hops. By having a local option, the hops only need to travel 30 minutes or less. Of course it will take a lot of work to turn 86 acres of land into a hop farm, but if we secure funding by the end of the year, we can have crops as early as 2014.

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    We will put your name on a bottle cap and add it to the bottle cap mosaic at Osborn Brewing

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    Receive an Osborn Brewing bumper sticker as well as reward #1.

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    Rewards 1 and 2, plus you will be able to name a beer kit - you will come up with the name for one of our beer recipe kits (note* no offensive names, please).

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    Receive a limited edition, custom embroidered Osborn Brewing shirt as well as rewards #1 & #2.

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    Rewards 1 and 2, plus a hand-made hop pillow from Sew Dayton! This small pouch will be stuffed with hops so you can snuggle up with your favorite hop, or put it in your car to create an air freshener, or... whatever you want! The pouch is machine washable and reusable.

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    Rewards 1, 2, and 5, plus you will be getting 1 full pound of the first harvest of hops (your choice of available variety) once they are available. Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, delivery may be later then stated.

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    Rewards 1, 2, and 4, plus a PRIVATE session with Professional Brewer Jeff Fortney, who has worked for Rivertown Brewery, Cincinnati, OH and Wooden Shoe, Munster, OH. Jeff is an award winning brewer who specializes in Sours, Schwartzbier and IPA.

    This will be a private session at our store, Jeff will walk through an all grain brew session of a style the groups chooses.

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    Rewards 1, 2, and 4, plus a PRIVATE session with Professional Brewer Jeffrey McElfresh of Yellow Springs Brewery, Yellow Springs, OH. Jefferey is an award winning brewer who specializes in Berliner Weisse, Belgian Sours and Wit Beers.

    This will be a private session at our store, Jefferey will walk through an all grain brew session of a style the groups chooses.

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    Rewards 1, 2, and 4, plus an evening with Gordon Strong at Osborn Brewing. Gordon Strong is a 3 time Ninkasi Award winning homebrewer, the world's highest rated BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) Judge, and the current president. You will be treated to a night with Gordon, which will consist of a brewing/beer judging class, an intimate Q & A session, and a signed copy of Gordon's book Brewing Better Beer.

    Schedule of the evening is TBD. Topic will be decided by backers.

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    Rewards 1, 2, 5, and 6 or 7, PLUS a tour of the hop farm. You will learn about the different variety of hops, and get the opportunity to feel, smell, and even taste hops right off the vine (if available). Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, delivery may be later then stated.

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    Rewards 1, 2, 5, and 6 or 7, PLUS you will get to name the toilet at Osborn Brewing. That's right, you will own the throne at our store.

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    Rewards 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10, PLUS a reserved VIP parking spot at Osborn Brewing, a VIP session at Osborn Brewing's soft opening, a limited edition Osborn Brewing work shirt (only available to partners), AND a custom brew stand. The custom brew stand is made-to-order based on your own needs as a brewer, and will include a brand new carboy, tubing, auto siphon, and more! See the picture to the left for an example of what the brew stand may look like.

    NOTE: The brew stand will be delivered for free to anyone locally. If you are not local, an additional shipping fee may apply.

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