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Make our brewery’s bottle shop and tasting bar as unique as our beer. Awesome rewards for the faithful.
Make our brewery’s bottle shop and tasting bar as unique as our beer. Awesome rewards for the faithful.
273 backers pledged CA$ 19,617 to help bring this project to life.

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OUR STORY.

Dominion City Brewing Co. is an Ottawa Valley brewery-in-the-making. By mid-2014 we'll be up and running in our location on Canotek Road in Ottawa's East End. We're set to craft delicious, boundary-pushing beer closely tied to the people and the land that make it possible. 

Until the early 20th century, even the smallest Canadian villages had their own breweries. Canada was home to nearly 1,000 small producers, most of which existed to serve their communities. These resulting beers comprised a tremendous diversity of flavours and styles, often driven by the ingredients brewers could source locally. 

The result was a strong connection between beer and a sense of place.

To recall Canada’s great brewing tradition, Dominion City's recipes are built around local ingredients whenever possible. We've struck relationships with local grain and hops farmers and we're working to help support the return of small-scale malting capacity in Ontario's Ottawa Valley.

Dominion City will connect our story and products to Canada’s proud brewing past and honour that tradition by experimenting with new flavours and styles.

THE OPPORTUNITY.

We've been working for two years to make Dominion City Brewing Co. a reality and we're now just a few months away from opening our doors. We've lined up a seven barrel brew house with all the bells and whistles. We've developed great recipes, from our core mainstay offerings to an exciting range of ever-changing specialty batches chock full of as many local grains and hops as we can source. We're working everyday to turn our hulking industrial warehouse into a fully functioning brewery so we can start churning out pint-loads of awesome.

But we want Dominion City to be more than just a factory. 

We're inviting you to be part of taking our brewery to the next level by joining us in building an amazing bottle shop and tasting bar.

That's where you come in.

We want to build a place for you to hang out, sample new flavours and experience our craft first hand. That's why we're inviting you to build a totally rad bottle shop and tasting bar. With your support, we’re going to make Dominion City a place where customers can watch the brewing process while they sample the finished product or pick up a couple growlers to take back to share with friends and family.

What we'll do with your money.

We're going to finish our tasting bar with century old sunken timbers reclaimed from the depths of the Ottawa River in a bid to connect with our region's past. And we’re going to invite local artists to help us style the bottle shop in a tribute to Ottawa’s present. 

We'll transform our walk-in cooler into an awesome bar back, complete with everything we'll need so we can always pour you a fresh sample of our beers. We're also going to spring for top of the line growler filling equipment to ensure you always take home fresh, delicious beer that will last until you're ready to enjoy it--something ordinary taps can't do! 

(SOME OF OUR) REWARDS.
(COMPLETE LISTING TO THE RIGHT---->)

ALL REWARDS $10 and UP include an invitation to a Kickstarter-only party in the bottle shop at the Dominion City brewery sometime in late 2014, as well as your name published in a full page, full colour ad in HERD Magazine (which will be blown up and hang forever on our shop wall). 

At the party, we'll distribute all local rewards (we'll ship to everyone who can't make it). We'll also have limited edition beers available for purchase. 

Let us recognize you for your craft beer devotion in this full-page, full-colour thank you ad to run in Ottawa's arts and culture quarterly, HERD Magazine. The ad will hang for all of time on our bottle shop wall so that you may know our love for always!

It's the world's most stylish knit sweater...for your beer! Freakers are perfect for insulating a cold beer and fit perfectly over anything from a pint glass up to a full-size Growler. You can make use of an extra or two by Freaking everything from pop and wine bottles to your insulated coffee mug. Give 'em something to talk about at your next house party, get freaky with a Dominion City Freaker!

Made well to do one thing well, this hefty handcrafted wooden bottle opener is the only bottle tool you'll need. No dollar store trinket, this is one hard-working piece of lumber that says you're serious about beer. Swing a Dominion City Beer Stick!

Soft. Heathery. Delicious? (Well, maybe.) We know one thing for sure, you're going to look stylin' in this Dominion City tee. Get one for you, get one for your beagle!

Top quality beer transportation. That's what we're offering here. Get 'em now!

Perfect for the curling rink or a political career-ending walk in the snow. Ottawans know winter style. You can think of the toque as our equivalent of the British fascinator.

This hard to find glass is a must-have for any beer lover's collection. Teku (a mash up of the two names of the dudes who created it--Teo/Kusaka) was inspired by the ISO glass used to conduct sensory evaluation of wine. The resulting glass is both elegant and functional and extremely hard to find in Canada. Get your set of two while they're going!

Soft, cuddly, cozy and stylish. You'll be like polar bear wearing this hoodie. One really handsome-ass polar bear.

That moment when you realize you CAN bike to the brewery and safely transport your growler home--mind blown. This DCBC-branded, handcrafted 100 per cent genuine leather bike case hangs under your bike seat and fastens perfectly around one of our 1.89L glass growlers.

Nothing says Canada like a game of pond hockey. Leather skates, no goalie mask and no feeling in your feet; that's just how we roll. This one-of-a-kind heritage hockey sweater is 100 per cent knit wool and emblazoned with a stitched felt Dominion City crest. Let your shinny team know you can stickhandle and look awesome doing it.

OUR BEER.

Dominion City Brewing Co. is reinvigorating Canada's proud brewing history. We brew three always available mainstay beers, including: 

Dominion City Earl Grey Marmalade Saison pours a distinctive rusty copper colour with orange zest and Earl Grey tea aroma. Flavours include honey ginger notes and mild lingering tea and orange bitterness.

 This rustic blonde ale features cereal and biscuit malt notes paired with midly spicy, crisp, citrusy hops. 

We aimed to brew an assertively hoppy, but well balanced and highly drinkable West Coast-style India Pale Ale. Two Flags IPA pours a slightly hazy, copper body with strong citrus and pineapple aroma. Flavours include burnt sugar, tropical fruit notes and linger resinous hop bitterness.

THANK YOU!

Your backing for this project makes all the difference. We're going to make delicious beer, connect with Ottawa's history and forge a connection between our products and the people and the land that make them possible. By backing this campaign you're saying you want to be part of it. Cheers!

MEDIA

Ottawa Citizen profiles Dominion City 

MONDAY MARCH 24, 2014

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Three+friends+their+beer+business+capital+craft+scene/9651767/story.html 

Apt613 features Dominion City's Kickstarter campaign

SUNDAY MARCH 23, 2014

http://apt613.ca/dominion-city-brewing-gets-off-to-a-great-kick-start/

580 CFRA Interviews Alex

FRIDAY MARCH 14, 2014

580 CFRA spoke to Alex about building a brewery around local ingredients and building community. Thanks, guys!

CBC Radio features Dominion City

THURSDAY MARCH 13, 2014

Photo credit: Katy Watts, Ottawa Beer Events
Photo credit: Katy Watts, Ottawa Beer Events

Risks and challenges

We have all the pieces we need to open a brewery and we are on track to open in mid-2014.

The most significant risks or challenges we face are those regarding timing, which is in part determined by factors outside our control. A potential hang up with our provincial manufacturer's licence. Delayed equipment delivery. Major headaches like these have the potential to knock our mid-2014 opening off-track and could potentially delay our ability to finance the totally awesome bottle shop and tasting bar finishing work we've envisioned.

We've worked to solve for as many of these issues as possible by doing our homework and by diligently working with partners like our regulators, suppliers and others to ensure we understand the process and are doing everything we can to complete it as quickly as possible.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.90

    We will sing your name into a pot of boiling wort. It will please the Beer Gods who will smile upon your descendants for seven generations. Cheers!

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    Invest $5 or more and your name will automatically be included in a FULL PAGE, FULL COLOUR ad to run in Herd Magazine, Ottawa's arts and culture quarterly, recognizing you for building this brewery with us. We’ll blow it up and hang a copy of it in our bottle shop for all to see for ALL OF TIME.

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    A pack of rad Dominion City Brewing Co. stickers plus your name in the Herd Magazine ad. Invest $10 or more and get an invitation to a Kickstarter rewards party at the brewery in Fall 2014!

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    Mix pack of Dominion City Brewing Co. coasters, plus stickers, your name in the ad and invite to the exclusive Kickstarter rewards party.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $27

    Custom Dominion City Brewing Co. Freaker. Fits over everything from a 16oz. can to a growler, insulating and making-awesome everything it touches. Get freaky! Add $30 to your pledge to include it with any other reward. (We'll send you a post-campaign survey where you'll specify what the extra money is for.)

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    Dominion City Brewing Co. Beer Stick bottle opener. Made well to do one thing, this hefty handcrafted wooden bottle opener is the only bottle tool you'll need. Add $30 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $36

    Plush 100% cotton Dominion City Brewing Co. heather blue t-shirt, plus stickers and custom coasters. Add $40 to your pledge to include it with any other reward (you'll specify size in post-campaign survey we'll send out).

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $41

    Get your growlers home safe with this wicked awesome custom Dominion City Brewing Co. tote. Handcrafted right here in Ottawa by Winged Beast Outfitters, these bags safely transport a pair of 64oz growlers. Includes stickers and custom coasters. Add $45 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 59 or more About $53

    It's winter half the year in our town! Style up with a custom Dominion City Brewing Co. toque to keep your lid warm on cold winter days. Add $59 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $59

    Private brewery tour for two, walking you through the Dominion City brewing process. A delicious introduction to every step of how we make our beer with a final stop in the tap room. Add $65 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Private brewery tour for two, walking you through the Dominion City brewing process. A delicious introduction to every step of how we make our beer with a final stop in the tap room. Add $65 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $68

    Double-barreled pack of high-quality Dominion City Teku glassware. Add $75 to your pledge to include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 85 or more About $77

    We'll host a 90 minute webinar where we explain how we built Dominion City Brewing Co. and take your questions about launching a business on great beer. We'll explain how we took DCBC from a dream into a bricks and mortar reality. We'll include details about our recipe development, brand building and regulatory hurdles.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $90

    BUNDLE #1 DCBC t-shirt, Beer Stick, the Freaker, coasters, stickers and the brewery tour for two.

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About $113

    Custom Dominion City Brewing Co. hooded sweatshirt just for Kickstarter backers! Includes coasters and a DCBC Freaker! Add $125 to your pledge include it with any other reward.

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    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About $158

    BUNDLE #2: The DCBC toque, the Hoodie, a Freaker, sitckers, coasters and the tour! Get it while it's going!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $225

    Dominion City Soft shell quarter zip sweater. Includes the glass set and a DCBC Freaker.

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $316

    So hip it hurts! Perfect for your fixie; bike home with a growler strapped safely and securely under your seat with a custom designed Dominion City growler carrier! Hand crafted from beautiful veg-tanned genuine leather. Comes with the shirt, Freaker, Beer Stick, tour, coasters and stickers.

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    Pledge CA$ 400 or more About $361

    You'll be the talk of the shinny rink with this Dominion City heritage hockey sweater! Includes the shirt, Freaker, Beer Stick, tour, coasters and stickers.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $451

    Design and brew a recipe with us on our pilot system. Outstanding recipes will be made available in the bottle shop and may be scaled up to full batch scale with the credit to flow your way, of course.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,353

    Become a brewer for a day. You'll roll up your sleeves and join us for a full brewday at Dominion City. We'll instruct you on the ins-and-outs of commercial brewing and all that goes into the brewer's job. Includes lunch, League membership & merch bundle #2.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About $1,803

    You and up to three guests are invited to join Alex, Andrew and Josh for a business dinner. We'll pick up the tab at one of our favorite local craft beer restaurants and discuss whatever you'd like over delicious food & beverages for a few hours. Starting your own brewery? Looking for great design and marketing tips? This is your chance to get the inside scoop on how we built Dominion City Brewing Co., so bring a pen! We'll throw in a printed copy of our FULL ORIGINAL BUSINESS PLAN, (including all our financial projections)! We promise all the practical hands on know how and detailed answers to your questions you'd expect, plus seven times the fun of a college course.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,500 or more About $3,156

    You and up to nine friends will board a short bus with the Dominion City team and head deep into the Ottawa Valley for a two-day hop-picking/camping adventure. We'll take care of all the food and refreshments for your overnight. You'll get your hands dirty harvesting the freshest possible hops for a special, limited edition wet-hopped beer that you will personally finish by delivering your harvest back to the brewery just in time to finish our batch.

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    Pledge CA$ 6,500 or more About $5,861

    You and 19 of your closest friends will join the Dominion City team for a one-of-a-kind farm-to-fork harvest dinner experience at the Old Mill in Delta, ON with delicious food and exciting beverages. Includes transportation for you and your crew between Delta and downtown Ottawa. All guests will receive a Dominion City hoodie, Freaker and Teku glass set.

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $7,214

    Premium Super Deluxe Reward: You and a friend will develop your own recipe at our brewery on our half barrel pilot system. Your beer will undergo Dominion City's rigorous internal tasting review, tweaked and perfected. Once your recipe is dialed all the way up to 'awesome', you and your friend will be invited back for a full brew day to produce your recipe on our 7 barrel (820 litre) system. We’ll give you both customized Dominion City Dickies brewer’s shirts and bring your beer to market through our bottle shop and select partner pubs and restaurants.

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