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*** LATEST UPDATE ***

We reached our initial goal of $12,000!  Thanks to everyone who has already pledged. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated, and now will allow us to start brewing our beer and getting it out to the Chicagoland area.

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New Goal: Raise $20,000 

Now that we met our initial goal, 18th Street Brewery is on it's way. However, there are still several things we need to raise money for in order to get the brewery and taproom open. With the additional money we raise, we plan to use that in order to fund the following:

      - Build out costs for the temperature controlled cold room
      - Build the 8 head tap system
      - Cover taproom construction
      - Cover all necessary licensing fees


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Bonus Reward: 18th Street Brewery Tasting Glass 

Should we reach our new goal of $20,000, everyone who pledged $15 or more will receive a coupon valid for one (1) free 18th Street Brewery tasting glass. Coupon can only be redeemed at the 18th Street Brewery taproom.

Again, we truly appreciate every pledge and all of the gracious support. Every dollar counts and gets 18th Street Brewery one step closer to opening and serving you great craft beer.

Cheers!

Drew, Calvin, and Mike (the 18th Street Brewery team)

Whoa Tender's piece on 18th Street: bit.ly/Xuccux

"It was a dream that began in Chicago, in honor of 18th Street. Now living in Gary, Indiana, Drew has decided to open a brewery in a community without one. For over a year, Drew has been a brewer at Pipeworks Brewing Co., located near Humboldt Park, the neighborhood where Drew grew up. In his time at Pipeworks, Drew began refining his recipes, collaborating with fellow brewers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. 18th Street Brewery is Drew's investment back into his community."

--Calvin Fredrickson, Whoa Tender

Our promise is to bring the community of Gary a brewery and taproom it can proudly call its own, at a time when others have given up on Gary altogether. We're going to build a community around fresh, locally brewed craft beer, with distribution reaching from Northwest Indiana up into Chicago. Every community deserves a brewery--18th Street Brewery is excited to be a part of the renaissance that's taking place in Gary. Here's how you can make our vision for 18th Street a reality.

What will 18th Street Brewery do for Gary, IN?

18th Street Brewery will be a destination for Gary's residents and visitors alike. We're ready and anxious to contribute to the cultural and economic renaissance here. Gary's downtown district has great potential for small businesses. 

Apart from the emphasis on growing Gary's downtown, 18th Street is eager to use our beer as a way to invest back into the community of Gary. A few of our initiatives will include: providing educational resources for the youth of Gary, supporting the artists and musicians of the community, as well as engaging other entrepreneurs in northwest Indiana.

We want to become as important to Gary as Gary is to us.

How do I donate and where does the money go?

1.) Create a Kickstarter account -- it's painless, I swear.
2.) Login using your email and password (or Amazon account information).
3.) Donate! $1.00 minimum; no maximum. Sorry, no e-hugs accepted. 

If we meet our goal of $12,000 by the end of our campaign, your donations will then go through. Hypothetically, if we don't reach $12,000, your credit card will not be charged. But that's not something we're worried about. So let's blow our goal out of the water!

The money we raise will allow us to start contract brewing. A brewery in Chicago that understands our passion for fresh, local beer has agreed to brew our beer. In order to make that happen we will need the following--and this is were you come in. Your money will go toward purchasing a 7bbl jacketed fermenter, glycol chiller, labels, and bottles.

Should we exceed our goal, the extra funds will be used to purchase a 4bbl brewing system, help fund the purchase of our future location in downtown Gary, and bring us that much closer toward putting the beer we're so proud of into your hands. Community means everything us. We can't do this without you.

Beers you can expect:

Brotherhood of St.Citrus: Patersbier. Bright citrus flavor. Saaz, Belgian Abbey yeast.
5.5% abv.

Hottpocrisy: Spicy Imperial Stout. Ancho, sarsaparilla, Kent Golding. Aged on oak & fresh cherries.
12% abv.

Sinister: Imperial IPA. Hop Bomb! Columbus, Zythos, Chinook, Falconer's Flight. Dry hopped with the same.
10% abv

Bad Buddha: Amber Ale. Black peppercorn, piloncillo sugar, Cascade, scottish ale yeast.
7.5% abv.

VII: Black IPA. Rich, dark and aromatic. Columbus, Amarillo, and Simcoe.
8.0% abv.

Back Door Blonde: Blonde Ale. Juniper berries, jicama flower, Willamette. 
7.0% abv.

West Indiana: Smoked Porter. Chocolate, Columbus, Mt. Hood, and aged on red oak.
6.0% abv.

Bzzzzz Keeper Ale: American Wheat. Locally sourced honey, fresh ginger and roasted Warrior.
6.0% abv

Press:

The Chicago Reader - http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/01/28/craft-beer-comes-to-gary-18th-street-brewery-and-the-brotherhood

The Full Pint Article - http://thefullpint.com/editorial/why-not-gary/

The Post/Chicago Sun-Times Article - http://posttrib.suntimes.com/17536023-537/gary-beer-brewers-use-website-to-help-fund-future.html

Northwest Indiana Times Article - http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/gary-man-hopes-to-bring-tap-room-unique-beers-to/article_704475e7-887c-5756-97ea-260885b8edf9.html?comment_form=true

89.1 FM The Lakeshore Interview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4k1bJ_SFLQ

If you have any further questions, please email: drewfox@18thstreetbrewery.com

Thank you!

Drew Fox

"I live and love what I do."

Risks and challenges

18th Street understands that this is going to be an uphill battle from the start. That's why we've set goals that are realistically achievable. The money raised from Kickstarter will not be enough to build our future brick and mortar brewery. It is enough, however, to have 18th Street up and brewing at a trusted contract brewery. Once our beer is in drinker's hands, we have no doubt that we can continue the journey toward our very own facility!

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    As a token of our thanks, we'll send you an 18th Street Brewery Sticker, complete with protective powers. Sticks to most everything.

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    A signature 18th Street Brewery bottle opener will be yours. Sturdy and reliable, it will open your beers without trouble. No more using your teeth.

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    This one is for the cyclists -- an 18th Street biretta. A functional cycling cap for those pedaling their streets with panache, and a sense for good beer! Includes two stickers and a bottle opener. Prototype for cap: http://minus.com/lZg0CrhL0Cf9O

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    For thirty bones, two 18th Street stickers, an 18th Street bottle opener, and two 18th Street hand-made coasters are yours. The coasters are ideal for protecting your table against the condensation from cold beers.

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    You will receive one limited edition, screen printed shirt, designed by a local artist for 18th Street Brewery. Plus all of the previously listed rewards.

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    Winter is here--protect your heads and ears. For pledging $50, how about an 18th Street beanie? Includes the bottle opener and two stickers.

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    Beer is better out of a glass. How about an 18th Street tulip glass? Plus all of the previously listed rewards.

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    So you want two stickers, a bottle opener, two coasters, a glass and a T-shirt? You bet. How about a screen printed 18th Street poster? Designed by a local artist, limited edition.

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    An 18th Street tap handle made from reclaimed wood, plus everything included in $65 pledge, will be yours.

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    Are you Local One Eight? You can be. By pledging $125, you join the ranks of those committed to the advancement of craft beer in NW Indiana--a proverbial craft beer union. Members will enjoy the many privileges of Local One Eight: an identifying Local One Eight steel card, first access to bottles of limited and barrel-aged releases, a Local One Eight branded mug at the 18th Street taproom, as well as a Local One Eight branded shirt.

    Local One Eight is limited to 200 spots. Solidarity in craft beer. Take your place in story of 18th Street Brewery.

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    You will be invited to an artisanal cheese tasting, featuring 18th Street Brewery and Pipeworks Brewing Co. Plus everything included in the $125 level!

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    You and two friends will visit 18th Street's test batch facility in Gary, where we will brew a 10 gallon batch of beer of your choosing. All ingredients included. You will then be welcome to join 18th Street at a tasting, where your beer will be featured. Plus everything included in the $175 level!

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    One seat to a beer dinner hosted by a local chef, using seasonal ingredients to be served alongside 18th Street beer. We're really excited for this, and can't wait to tell you where it will be! Don't sleep on this one, seating is limited. Plus everything listed in the $175 level!

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    The big kahuna. One 18th Street branded growler or bullet (not filled, sorry we can't do that) Your name will be listed on the label of one 18th Street beer each time it is brewed. Plus everything included in the $500 reward level!

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