Stars & Stripes Brewing, LLC is a veteran owned and operated brewery, donating a percentage of proceeds to veteran organizations.
Established in July 2017, Stars & Stripes plans to open doors in early 2018 in the Portland, Maine area.
Our taproom will serve as a hub to welcome, honor, and support our veterans and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All are welcome! We believe that not all wounds are visible, and understand first-hand the often difficult transition from military life into civilian life.
Stars & Stripes will "raise a toast" and honor veteran organizations on a quarterly basis by proudly donating a percentage of proceeds through our Stars & Stripes Fund. All beer is made by a combat veteran and has a military themed name.
We intend to become part of the #1 growing craft brewery industry world-wide right here in Portland, Maine – our hometown! We believe that we stand out from other breweries because every sip of our beer honors and supports our veterans.
Maine is ranked the 3rd highest state in the country for veteran population. Over 19,000 veterans live in the Greater Portland, Maine area. At Stars & Stripes, we look forward to meeting and "serving" our veterans!
We are seeking $20,000 as working capital to get a lease in conjunction with a bank loan. Support from Kickstarter will fund:
- Opening the taproom
- Licensing fees
- Equipment down payment
- Part of construction
THANK YOU for your support. Thank to those who served, are serving or will serve, our country to protect our freedoms. This is for you!
"Enjoy your beer, that's an order." | StarsStripesBrewing.com
My name is Brad Nadeau, I am from Maine, and I am a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego from 1999-2003 and deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Coming home from a war environment poses challenges that are unique and unlike almost anything else a person will ever experience. It can often be very difficult to turn off the survival mentality and return to normal. Many veterans find themselves living in two worlds - their body is physically in the safety of being home, but their mind functions as if it were still surrounded by danger in the war zone. It is a challenge and a struggle that no soldier ever trains for, and for many, it proves too much.
One way, for me, to move forward is to connect with those who understand. The immediate connection I make with someone who has served is healing. Having a peer support community in a relaxed environment is exactly what our community needs.
I came home from work one day and told my wife my idea about a veteran owned & operated brewery that gives back to veterans. She said “that’s great, but you don't brew beer.” She was right. So I started brewing - a lot. I was determined to make good beer. I was up all hours of the night learning how to brew - educating myself on consistency, quality, flavor combinations, aroma - you name it.
Two years later, I'm making good beer and brewing has become my passion. At times, I brew 3-4 times a week out of my house. With your support, I am able to turn my dream into a reality, and serve our veteran community in an official taproom.
My wife, Nancy, and I are co-owners. I am the brewer and the veteran, she does the marketing and everything else –including tell me what to do. Our flagship is called Semper Fi.P.A. another favorite is our Veterans Blonde.
I can proudly say that Stars & Stripes has already brought together veterans and their families. We have already started to build each other up, share stories, and feel a little less lonely in our post-war world.
To date, Stars & Stripes has proudly supported two weddings and multiple summer functions with our craft beer. We held a pre-opening tasting event at our home in October and it was a huge success. We’ve had numerous veteran organizations reach out to us to partner and support us.
My hope is to not only serve our veterans but to become part of the growing craft brewery industry and to create a long lasting company culture driven by shared values while having a blast. Stars & Stripes will provide a place with great people, great beer, an awesome place to work, and a wonderful company to support and do business with.
We are proud of what Stars & Stripes has created and excited to see what the future brings. I am proud to have served our country. Thank you for your time.
Key to Success
We understand our potential risks and challenges, and have thought through all of the possible outcomes. Giving back to our veteran community is the key to our success.
Our biggest strengths are the support from other breweries and Maine's large veteran community. We've introduced ourselves to many local brewery owners and veteran business owners who support and encourage us. We plan to be located in close proximity to other breweries and team up with brew tours which are very popular, bringing beer enthusiasts and tourist to multiple breweries, multiple times a week.
Research shows that consumers in the craft brewery industry primarily focus on the following factors when making purchasing decisions:
- Locally Made
- Quality, Variety, Consistency
- Strong Value (not always lower cost)
- Flavor, Freshness
- #1 Beer lovers love brands that support their local communities and would rather purchase from them than competitors. 75% say it’s important that a company gives back to society instead of just making a profit.
Beers on Tap:
Semper Fi.P.A. Refreshing, Clean, Hoppy. Our signature brew, Semper Fi.P.A. offers notes of grapefruit and citrus; a real treat for beer drinkers across all ranks. (6.7% ABV)
Platoon Pale Ale Floral, Fruity, Hoppy. Our Platoon Pale Ale is characterized by floral, fruity, producing hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. This American-style pale ale enjoyable for any G.I. Joe (or Jane)! (6.0 % ABV)
Veterans Blonde Easy-Drinking, Fruity, Sweet. Our Veterans Blonde is a delicious Belgian-style Blonde Ale easy to drink, light sweetness and brilliantly clear. A crowd pleaser for any branch of the military! (6.8% ABV)
Ooh-Rah! I.P.A. Floral, Fruity, Citrus-y. Our Ooh-Rah! I.P.A. is all about hop flavor, aroma and bitterness for the toughest soldier. Ooh-rah, soldiers! (6.0% ABV)
Stout and Give Me 20 Smooth, Rich, Chocolate-y. Our bold and strong Stout & Give Me 20 is a smooth, dark brown roasted malt character with a chocolate and oatmeal-like flavor. Drink this, then drop and give us 20! (6.3% ABV)
Be sure to check out our website for the full beer selection!
Stars & Stripes Brewery/Taproom Vision
We are actively looking for a 2,500-3,500 square foot warehouse/industrial space to lease in the Greater Portland area to serve as our brewery and taproom. Our vision is to brew the beer and watch the magic happen in the back and provide a taproom in the front. Ideally, we'd like an overhead door for natural light and to open up to a patio on nice days. We will sell 5 ounce samples or "flights" of beer, pints, growlers, and merchandise. Hours of operation will be Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 7p.m. We plan to host veteran related events, i.e. Military Appreciation Nights, in our taproom complete with live music, food trucks, etc.
The brew will always be flowing and the music pumping - a guaranteed good time! All are welcome. Thank YOU for your support!
"Enjoy your beer, that's an order."
Risks and challenges
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