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We need your help to share the Boardroom Spirits product experience with our customers! We are launching this Kickstarter campaign to help fund the build-out of our tasting room to provide a proper welcome to our guests. All contributions will go directly to funding the tasting room and any remaining funds will go to finishing the build-out of our lab.

AS OF TODAY

Boardroom Spirits is a family-owned craft distillery that began producing some of Delaware Valley's finest local vodka, whiskey, brandy, and specialty products in December 2015. We spent the last year and a half conducting extensive product R&D and market research while building out our operations. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best of the best with craft products that continue to push the boundaries of aroma, quality, and flavor. 

THE JOURNEY...SO FAR...

The idea started over a year and a half ago when we decided to open a craft distillery, a dream that has recently become a reality. We partnered with Attila Kovacs, an innovative and creative master distiller who holds a PhD in fermentation and distillation studies...let's just say he knows his stuff! We knew we had to get the product right or the dream was not worth pursuing. 

Attila customizing our product recipe
Attila customizing our product recipe

We partnered with the research lab at Corvinus University, Department of Brewing and Distillery Studies, in Budapest, Hungary. Over the past year Attila has been working on recipe development. We've experimented with over 85 different whisky, vodka, fruit brandy, and other specialty spirit recipes; both aged and unaged.

The results were positive and with the help of a series of focus groups we were able to finalize a solid product portfolio for the commercial scale. 

Because in the end, every beer wants to be a whiskey
Because in the end, every beer wants to be a whiskey
Distilling is a combination of art and science... there is definitely quite a bit of science behind it!
Distilling is a combination of art and science... there is definitely quite a bit of science behind it!

OUR PRODUCTS

                             

We distill / plan to distill a variety of products:

  • Bourbon, Rye, Peated, Single-malt, and a variety of other types of whiskey distilled from grain
  • Boardroom regular and FRESH fruit infused vodkas made with real fruit (no artificial coloring agents, sugars, flavors, or additives!)
  • Fruit brandies distilled from locally grown, ripe, and aromatic fruits
  • Specialty spirits, liquors, and seasonal distillates

Our products will never include any type of artificial flavors, coloring agents, or any additives. The flavors in Boardroom products will come from the barrel and the raw ingredient used to produce it. 

A batch of 3 month old whiskey created by Attila in R&D
A batch of 3 month old whiskey created by Attila in R&D

OUR HOME AND RENOVATION

In the Spring of 2015 we moved into a 3,400 sq. ft. warehouse in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and set out with an ambitious plan to transform, renovate, and rejuvenate the space into a modern, efficient, safe, and sanitary craft distillery. The renovation included new walls, a new sprinkler system, new plumbing, new flooring, modern electrical and gas, a new steam boiler and piping, as well as a laundry list of carpentry work and more. It has been a long journey, but the results are definitely worth it!

This is how it all began...
This is how it all began...

 

And where we are today...
And where we are today...

 OUR EQUIPMENT

We partnered with Hagyo Distilling, a Hungarian equipment manufacturer that skillfully fabricates some of the finest distilling equipment available on the market. We purchased and installed a fully automated and modern 450 Liter (119 Gallon) Production Still and 100 Liter (27 Gallon) Test Still. We ferment all our mashes in closed-top and temperature-controlled, fully automated fermentation tanks. Quality is guaranteed from raw ingredient through to bottle. We spared no expense to ensure our product quality is uncompromised.

Marat receiving the equipment, shipped in from Europe
Marat receiving the equipment, shipped in from Europe

 

Whiskey run on the main still
Whiskey run on the main still

WHAT'S LEFT

While we have completed quite a bit, we still have a few more steps to take and need your help to finalize construction and outfitting of two of the most important spaces in our facility. We need to finish the build-out of a beautiful and comfortable 300 sq. ft. tasting room and a 150 sq. ft. research lab. 

WHAT WE WILL DO WITH THE MONEY

The tasting room will be the main entry point into the building and will provide our visitors with the opportunity to get up-close to the day-to-day operations of a craft distillery. You will be able to enjoy cocktails, taste local restaurant fare (catered through local restaurants and partners), and enjoy our product samples as part of the distillery tour. 

The lab will be unique to Boardroom Spirits and is typically not found in most craft distilleries. This will mirror the facilities of Corvinus University at a smaller scale and helps us maintain product consistency and quality. In addition to various distillate analyses, we will run advanced analyses using a gas chromatography–mass spectrometer (GC-MS) to understand the compounds in our spirits so we can improve with each batch. A GC-MS is more than a mouthful! Regardless, it's a useful device that costs more than a car; so your support would go a long way in bringing this critical piece to Boardroom Spirits.  

Our dream of bringing the most precise whiskies, vodkas, brandies, and specialty spirits to you is now a reality. Please support us to be able to continue doing this at a commercial scale!  

SHOW ME THE GOODS

We have a wide variety of unique rewards and experiences for all of our contributors. No matter how small or large, we sincerely appreciate your support along our journey, and hope to host you in our tasting room soon! 

 

The elegant tulip glass for enjoying the delicate aromas of brandy (lid included, but not the bear)
The elegant tulip glass for enjoying the delicate aromas of brandy (lid included, but not the bear)

 

11 oz rocks glass with Boardroom Spirits logo
11 oz rocks glass with Boardroom Spirits logo

 

Snap back hats in dark gray and navy
Snap back hats in dark gray and navy

 

Big Bear tees in dark gray and espresso
Big Bear tees in dark gray and espresso

 

Left chest tees in dark gray and storm
Left chest tees in dark gray and storm

 

The hat and tee will look even better when you're wearing them
The hat and tee will look even better when you're wearing them

 

Left chest logo tees in storm (executive pose optional)
Left chest logo tees in storm (executive pose optional)

 

Big Bear tee in dark gray
Big Bear tee in dark gray

 

The long sleeve
The long sleeve

 

Risks and challenges

We have installed our equipment, obtained our federal license to distill, have our Pennsylvania license, and are operational, producing spirits. We have our suppliers lined up and our raw ingredient, bottles, and other materials purchased. So riskiest part of the journey and major start-up hurdles are past us. We're planning to be around for a long time!

We have come a long way, but now we need your help. This venture has been self invested by the three family members of this company and has taken us to where we are today. We invested in making sure we have a clean and automated process, a sanitary operation, and safety precautions that may seem excessive, but well worth the investment. We are asking you to support us in making this dream to deliver a top notch tasting room and lab. We have purchased most of the lab equipment to date and would use the investment to build the cabinetry, furniture, and update some of the electrical. For the tasting area, we would use the money to build to the plans specified by our designer. The blueprint is there, we just need to execute to it to make for an exceptional experience.

The distillery is up and running, but these finishing pieces are needed to really bring the experience home and give our guests a proper welcome!

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    THANK YOU

    Every $ counts! Help us get to our goal by contributing what you can. The Boardroom team will publish a heartfelt 'thank you' on our Facebook page for being a contributor. Cheers!

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    WHISKEY ROCKS GLASS

    An 11 oz. rocks glass that is perfect for sipping our smooth Boardroom Spirits products, or a product of your choice, while we wait for our whiskies and brandies to mature!

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    BOARDROOM SPIRITS T-SHIRT

    A comfortable and stylish 100% soft cotton Boardroom Spirits tee shirt. Choose from two unisex shirt styles: 1) left upper chest small Boardroom Spirits logo or 2) full front Boardroom Bear. Colors: 1) dark gray, 2) espresso, or 3) storm blue. Available in sizes S to XXL.

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    SNAPBACK HAT + ROCKS GLASS

    This stylish hat will make you look like a boss, while you sip your choice of Boardroom product from your rocks glass. The hat comes in two colors and styles. Choose from a 1) centered or 2) off-center Boardroom Bear logo. Colors: 1) light gray or 2) navy.

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    LONG SLEEVE SHIRT + ROCKS GLASS

    Winter is finally here (at least in the Northeast). Even if you don't live near our distillery, there is always a good time to enjoy the same benefits of our stylish tee shirt, but with more sleeve! Our light-weight, 100% soft cotton long sleeve tees will keep you cozy and comfortable; while you are sipping on your favorite Boardroom Spirits product from your 11 oz. rocks glass. Colors: 1) dark gray, 2) espresso, or 3) storm blue. Available in sizes S to XXL.

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    PET BOWL

    Calling on all stylish pooches and kittens! Our stainless steel, dishwasher safe, slip resistant pet bowl serves a dual purpose: provides sustenance to your best friend and reminds you on the good times and stories you shared with your loved ones, over a glass of Boardroom Spirits product.

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    BRANDY LOVERS' TASTING GLASSES + 2 PASSES TO OUR DISTILLERY TOUR

    For the brandy lover, we have our very own tulip-shaped brandy glasses manufactured by hand in Transylvania. The shape makes these the perfect glasses for nosing and tasting various expressions of Boardroom brandy and specialty spirits for years to come. Bring your friend, spouse, dad/mom, or neighbor, two of your brandy glasses, and the distillery tour and two free samples are on us.

    Regularly scheduled distillery tours will take place during weekday evenings and weekends; starting in March 2016.

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    4 TASTING GLASSES + 2 PASSES TO OUR DISTILLERY TOUR

    Taste like a boss with your friends and family from four tasting glasses. Bring your friend, spouse, dad/mom, or neighbor, and the distillery tour is on us.

    Regularly scheduled distillery tours will take place during weekday evenings and weekends; beginning towards the end of February 2016.

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    MEN OF BOARDROOM SPIRITS 2017 CALENDAR

    Firemen in overalls are so 2015…This special edition wall calendar will highlight men at work at Boardroom Spirits making whiskey, while casually exposing their buffness. This collector's item will be as fun to flip through as it will be for us to produce! This is a special thank you to a great team who was instrumental in turning our dream to reality. Do NOT miss this opportunity as it may never happen again.

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    EXPERIENCE: KICKSTARTER LANSDALE THANK YOU PARTY

    For all of you local Kickstarter supporters, we would like to say 'thank you' by inviting you for a night at the distillery. Event will include taking a tour of the distillery, sampling cocktails made with our spirits, and feasting on appetizers sourced from local restaurants. Each guest will receive a unique gift. Up to 25 people can participate per event. We are offering up to three events, based on demand.

    Also available as a pdf gift card.

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    EXPERIENCE: KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE

    The Boardroom Spirits master distiller will distill a special batch of single malt whiskey and age it in a 25-gallon new American white oak barrel, medium-char. Kickstarter will not allow us to offer you a bottle of this very limited edition single malt whiskey; therefore, each backer will *not* receive a 750ml bottle of the aged whiskey, labeled as 'Kickstarter Special' with your name on the bottle and signed by the Boardroom team. This is a limited edition release, solely dedicated to all our Kickstarter supporters! Only 100 bottles will be made.

    Please email if you have any questions. Due to Kickstarter limitations we are not able to display more info here, but we are more than happy to explain!

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    GOLF PRO PACKAGE: POLO SHIRT + FLASK + BOARDROOM HAT

    Join the Boardroom Spirits athletics program and take care of business on the golf course. With this package, you get our ultra light-weight and comfortable dry-fit polo and a flask that provides the liquid relaxation needed to make it through 18 holes.

    Colors: 1) dark gray and 2) black. Available in sizes S to XXL.

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    EXPERIENCE: SOUTHEAST PA CRAFT DISTILLERY TOUR

    You and fellow Kickstarter supporters will be invited for a private tour of Boardroom Spirits and four other exciting Southeast PA craft distilleries for a fun-filled, education day of distillery hopping. The group will meet at Boardroom Spirits and get a private tour of the distillery, a tasting, and a surprise gift. Afterwards, we will take a chartered bus and visit three additional regional distilleries. We will meet the owners/distillers, get a sneak peek into their operations, and sample a wide variety of great local spirits.

    Trip to be held starting the first week of May; will discuss what date works best for the group. Plan for a whole day filled with great conversation and fine spirits!

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    AGE YOUR OWN WHISKEY IN A 1-LITER BARREL + 2 PASSES TO OUR DISTILLERY TOUR

    The Boardroom Spirits master distiller will distill a special batch of single malt whiskey. After distilling, we will send you a 1-Liter new oak barrel and instructions to age your own whiskey. You have the option to pick up your bottle of unaged whiskey in our distillery. Kickstarter will not allow us to offer you a bottle of unaged single malt whisky; therefore, each backer will *not* receive a 750ml bottle of unaged whiskey to age. Please email if you have any questions, we are more than happy to explain.

    Bring your cousin, that friend you have been meaning to call, your son's coach, or boss, and the distillery tour and two free samples are on us. After the tour, feel free to stay, enjoy our tasting room, and learn more about the inns and outs of spirits making.

    Regularly scheduled distillery tours will take place during weekday evenings and weekends; beginning towards the end of February 2016.

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    EXPERIENCE: PRIVATE WHISKEY TASTING (for up to 4 people)

    You and up to 3 of your guests will receive a personalized distillery tour and private tasting of various whiskey varieties with one of the owners. This event will last 2 hours and will take the group through a sensory tasting of the wide range of products we have R&D-d over the past year. Many of these products do not currently exist in the market. There is a series of Boardroom Spirits products just waiting to be distilled at the commercial scale! Your feedback will also help shape the products we eventually take to market.

    Each guest will also receive a Boardroom Spirits whiskey or brandy glass and their choice of t-shirt. Scheduling to be coordinated ahead of time.

    Also available as a pdf gift certificate.

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    EXPERIENCE: DISTILLER FOR A DAY (for up to two people)

    Come help us make whiskey or vodka and be a craft distiller for a day (8 hours)! You and your guest will spend a day with us, making whiskey from mash. Nose the whiskey as it comes off the still, help us decide where to make the cuts, run the still, proof the distillate, and experience first-hand what distilling is all about.

    Our Master Distiller and owner will educate you on the whiskey making process throughout the entire day. Bring your spouse, son, friend, or whomever would appreciate a hard days work!

    Experience also comes with your choice of two Boardroom T-shirts and a set of four whiskey lovers' tasting glasses.

    Scheduling to be confirmed ahead of time, both weekday and weekend spots are available. Available as early as end of February.

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    EXPERIENCE: PRIVATE PARTY (for up to 15 people)

    A private, four-hour party for you and 15 of your guests at the Boardroom Spirits distillery. We will take the group through a private full distillery tour. Afterwards, relax in our tasting room and enjoy our handcrafted cocktails.

    During the event, our master distiller will also run a full whiskey distillation and teach you about the inns and outs of whiskey distilling. A unique gift for each guest will be provided along with hors d'oeuvres from one of our partner restaurants.

    Perfect for a birthday party, bachelor/ette party, or a corporate / holiday event. Event to take place in 2016, between March and December, based on prior scheduling with the distillery.

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    EXPERIENCE: BRANDY, WINE, AND CULINARY TOUR OF HUNGARY (for two people)

    We will take you and your plus one on a 5-day, customized trip to tour the finest distilleries and wineries in Hungary.

    Let us introduce you to some of the best kept secrets in European culinary circles. You will meet some of the greatest vintners and distillers making exceptional fruit brandies and wines (Tokaj, Villany, and many more). You will sample world-class cured meats, produce, and specialty dishes. You will see that in Hungary, 'farm to table' is not a recent trend but a way of life for the past several centuries. We will arrange unique experiences that are generally not open to the public.

    Package includes: transportation from / to airport in Budapest or Vienna, 5 nights of accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels (based on availability), and day-trips to and from the distilleries and wineries with personalized tours. All meals during the tours are included. Evenings are free to enjoy at your leisure. Airfare is not included.

    Let us share the same experiences with you that shaped our journey. This could be an amazing stand-alone experience or a great way to start/end your European vacation!

    All details and schedules to be coordinated well ahead of time. Trip to take place in 2016 or 2017, based on your preference.

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    DESIGN YOUR OWN BARREL OF WHISKEY

    The ultimate Boardroom experience:
    - We will work with you to select your desired mashbill
    - Our master distiller will mash, ferment, and distill the whiskey
    - We will fill a 25-gallon new American oak medium char barrel with your whiskey, and age it for up to 5 years. Because the barrel is relatively small, you can expect to have great tasting aged whiskey as soon as in two years
    - We will chill filter (optional), dilute, and bottle your whiskey

    We will work with you every step of the way as you craft your own custom barrel of whiskey; from mashbill to label design. You are welcome to come along on this journey and participate every step of the way!

    Once the product is bottled, you will be able to pick it up at the distillery or we can arrange for delivery. Depending on desired bottling strength (40% ABV, cask strength, custom ABV), you can expect to receive anywhere from 90-140, 750 ml bottles, or 10-15 cases, of final product.

    Perfect for anniversaries, weddings, special occasions, or as corporate gifts to mark milestone events.

    Please email or call if you have any questions! Also available as a pdf gift card.

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Funding period

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