We are the guys who run Brew & Wine Hobby, a homebrew shop in East Hartford, CT. Rich Loomis is the soul of Brew & Wine Hobby. He's forged a profitable business and gained the unwavering trust of hundreds of brewers and winemakers alike. Bill Collins is the guy who gives you the confidence to see into the future. He's given direction to our collective passion and has driven us to pursue this with unwavering conviction. I, Dana Bourque, provide the technical knowledge to make a brewery happen. I recently finished with the American Brewer's Guild and would love nothing more than to see Connecticut's beer culture rival what Colorado and Oregon offer their populace.
Firefly Brewing Company is the expression of our collective pursuit of happiness through our shared passion for beer. We are a conglomerate of creative minds who believe we can make the world a better place by providing an atmosphere and a product conducive to positive thought and creativity. It is our sincerest hope that the beer we create helps you further your own creative journey and propels you down your own road to happiness. Our slogan, “Get Lit” is a testament to spreading our inspiration, because it takes more than one firefly to enlighten the world.
The beer we produce will be immediately available in our Taproom, where we aim to provide a relaxing and laid back beer drinking experience. Fresh beer always tastes the best, so we want to focus on keeping it that way. Pints in the taproom, growlers to go, and small scale, local distribution is our way of ensuring our product is in its prime when it gets to your glass. We will provide a rotating line of brews and dedicate a lot of time into developing a few unique, vintage styles.
We feel that giving back to a community that makes living our passion a reality is a very important part of this life, and we would like to return that favor to others down the road. We’ve decided to make Firefly Brewing a “Pay it Forward” endeavor. For every dollar donated to help launch Firefly Brewing, we will donate a dollar to help launch other small businesses or Kickstarter projects in the future. This is our way of thanking you for our success and allowing your donations to live on.
The Firefly Brewing Company Taproom and Lounge will be located in the heart of Bristol, CT. The town is currently dedicated to bringing in an energetic vibe by welcoming small businesses like ours.
There is already enough waste in the world, so we are committed to recycling, reusing, and supporting American manufacturing where-ever possible. Our goal is to start with a 7 barrel brewhouse fabricated from repurposed dairy tanks, modified syrup tanks, and miscellaneous stainless vessels. Wherever specialized stainless or manufacturing skills are needed, we will source the labor and goods from domestic companies. We want to get the most out of every dollar we spend while give a home to existing equipment and supporting the local business.
The most difficult part of opening a brewery is generating the upfront capital required to purchase equipment. We are asking for $30,000 to help fund a brewhouse, fermenters, pumps, and other crucial pieces. We are going to use some ingenuity, and a bit of craftiness to stretch these dollars to the maximum potential. Even though we are asking for a substantial sum, it is still only enough to get us off the ground. The more we raise upfront, the more money we can invest into additional parts of the business.Raising over our goal would allow us to put more money into funding additional fermentation tanks, dispense equipment, aesthetics of the taproom, kegs for local distribution...The list goes on. So even if we've met our goal, know that further donations will help get this project off on two sturdy legs.
You will also get cool stuff. Like this tee shirt, which also happens to glow in the dark.
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1. CREATE a Kickstarter account: all it takes is an email address.
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3. PLEDGE what you are comfortable giving. We appreciate every dollar. If you find yourself wanting to help but unable to donate you can skip to the next step to help us spread the word. Your card will only be charged should we reach our full goal.
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Once again we thank all of you for your time and consideration, and we can't wait to have you in the taproom once we're brewing!
To some degree, yes, but our focus for getting going is on in-house draft sales and local restaurants. We do plan to bottle some really, really neat beer before long. Don't worry, we'll let you good folks know first (and super special releases will get pre-release notices...)
Excellent observation, we try to be limitless. Our goal of $30,000 is what we need to successfully make a go of this project. It isn't like we can't do more with more funding. We certainly can -- indeed, we plan to continue to reinvest and develop great things! If we get thousands of lifetime mug club members at the $100 donation mark, great! We'll be funded to support that, too. Bring it on!
whatever kind of food you bring. We're beer people. Maybe someday something else will come of this, and we do LOVE food, but we want to supply what we know best: craft brewed beer. There are quite a few good restaurants and food trucks right there -- just a 2 minute walk away -- and maybe we'll work something out even better with one or more of them. For now, though, we'll provide the space, tables, atmosphere, and most importantly: beer.
Just in case.
Honestly, we think this is an up-and-coming spot. There is already so much going for it. Most people ask this having been there fifteen or more years ago and didn't think highly of it then. We can't speak to that. We can say that having been there recently, we are sure this is a great spot. It is convenient from RT 6 or RT 72, not too bad to get to from I-84, and a heck of a charming downtown that keeps getting better. We kind of think of this as getting in with the town on the ground level of their reinventing.
on the technical side, it would allow for more controls over special fermentation demands. It could mean more lagers (they require more costly equipment; we have plans for one-at-a-time for now). It could mean a better bottling system, getting into stores sooner with bottles. This all depends on "how much more are we talking?" We're really very happy to get running and grow from there, but as already stated: we'll rise to the occasion. In fact, we'll beat your expectations. We promise.
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