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What do we want to do?

We want to build the Steel Toe Brewery (STB) in St. Louis Park, MN (Twin Cities area) to create amazing beers for you to enjoy!  STB will brew a wide range of styles focusing mostly on west-coast style American ales and unique interpretations of German, Belgian and English beers (and don’t forget those barrel-aged lovelies!). We are truly and completely passionate about making great beer and believe in hard work, honesty, never half-assing anything we do, all while promoting the culture of true craft beer. After all, the day to day grind is too hard to not have a great STB beer in hand when you get a chance to ‘take the work boots off’.  We also think its important volunteer our time, to support local businesses and buy from local producers whenever possible because a strong community is simply a better place to live. 

How do we plan to do it?

Well, the good thing is there is actually a guy who is a brewer heading up this project! So we know what we're doing and what we're getting into (which may or may not be a good it better to know how crazy and twisted the road ahead of you is before you start, or not?)  Find a site, build the brewery and start making beers, sounds simple right? This is a dream that's been 10 years in the making so there's a rock solid plan and strong foundation in place. A site has been leased, tanks are coming in and the build-out is getting started....we are so close to this brewery coming together, but still need your help!

What is the money for?

This is where your generous donations come into play for which you will be richly rewarded with fantastic beers to drink and some fun swag and/or experiences! There are still some key pieces of equipment and  a truck-load of kegs to purchase and a lot of work still needs to be done on the tasting room so you can come and enjoy the brews at the brewery (and take some home with you in growler and 750 ml bottle form). 

The way Kickstarter works is that we have to hit the funding goal or none of the funding comes through, zip, zero, zilch (which means you don't get your rewards and the beer drinking is in jeopardy!).  So, please help spread the word and get everyone you know to help bring more great beer to Minnesota!  As things progress you'll receive a few emails with updates from us to let you know how the effort is going.

Not only is this project is about building a brewery it's also about building a better community, believing in the entrepreneurial spirit and following your dreams.

Thanks for donating!




Jason and Hannah


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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    Your name will be placed on our website so we can broadcast our gratitude to the entire world, you will receive our email newsletter so you can stay up to date with all things STB, and you get a logo sticker to adhere to your beer fridge (you do have a beer fridge don't you?)!

    1 backer
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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    IF YOU DONATE THIS AMOUNT - CHOOSE THIS REWARD! (cause there are some problems with doing 'coupons'. At the $10 level we will give you your choice of a logo STB growler or a pint glass! We will do growler fills at the brewery, but we only fill those with our logo on it, so show up for your first filling with growler in hand, or have your first bottle of STB in its proper glass!

    7 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    At $25 or more you will get the sticker, 50% off your first growler fill and a logo bottle opener so you can open your beer properly. (We do not encourage chewing the caps off the bottles!)

    5 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    DUE TO A TECHNICAL WORDING GLITCH....this is the $25 reward that you will receive:
    At the $25 level you will get the sticker, your choice of a logo growler or pint glass and a logo bottle opener so you can open your beer properly (we do not encourage chewing the caps off the bottles!)

    13 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    Let the world know about your STB enthusiasm! You get all the rewards above plus add to your attire collection a limited-run logo STB shirt. (you pick the size). You'll look great wherever you go!

    15 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    Want first dibs on all new releases from the brewery? At the $100 pledge amount we will make sure you get the invites to our Release-the-Beer events in addition to the above rewards! These events will only be for you who pledge $100 or more during our Kickstarter event. No one else. Ever.
    Come to taste and buy the beers before they even hit the market!

    44 backers
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    We wipe the slate clean for all the rewards previously and start anew (well....except for your name on the website, newsletter, sticker and Event Invites)
    At $500 we are inviting you and 4 of your craft-beer-loving-friends to the brewery for a private tasting with our head brewer, Jason. You will learn the process of how we make the STB beers, receive a lesson to further educate your beer palate on the subtle flavors in each style while sampling every beer style we have on tap. You'll get to ask any and all questions (though we can't promise to answer all of them, you sure can ask them). Before your visit is over you will each get a logo growler filled with your favorite brew to take home! And just for fun, (because we can) we'll name a keg after each person in the group.

    Limited 3 backers
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    Come be a brewer for a day!
    Want to brew your favorite STB beer in the brewery? Jason will spend the day with you on brew-day and you'll get to participate in the whole brewing process. We'll hook you up with STB gear, and 5 cases of your beer (we're talking 750ml bottles, not wimpy little 12oz ones) once it's bottled so you can share with your friends (or keep it all for yourself).

    Limited 2 backers
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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    Ever want to make your own beer on the professional scale? Now's your chance!! Create our newest seasonal beer when you brew your dream beer from start to finish (with guidance from Jason of course, there are some rules we have to follow when making beer). From picking the style of hops, to brewing, bottling (and cleaning up - it's not all glamorous and we want you to have the full experience), creating artwork for the label and picking a name, this is your dream beer.
    We'll send you home with 10 cases of the finished product, cool STB gear and loads of bragging rights to share with your friends and family. We'll make sure to praise you're brewing skills in all communications about the new seasonal and if the masses love it, it might just make a regular appearance every year!

    Limited 0 backers

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