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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 11 2015

Clockwerks Brewery and Taproom (Canceled)

A downtown Minneapolis craft brewery featuring lagers and other session-style beers in a steampunk setting

Clockwerks Brewery and Taproom (Canceled)

A downtown Minneapolis craft brewery featuring lagers and other session-style beers in a steampunk setting

$4,232
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 11 2015

About

UPDATE

We got some incredible news from Kickstarter this week – our project is a staff pick! That means someone over there at Kickstarter thinks our project is pretty sweet, and that means a lot to us. 

Unfortunately, we also got some bad news. Kickstarter has asked that we change our growler fill and Perpetual Pint rewards. (Alcohol as a reward is prohibited.) 

 We know you want to taste our success—literally! So we’re moving our crowdfunding campaign to a platform that allows us to offer the star of our show—our hand-crafted beer—as a thank you gift to our faithful backers. Follow us on Facebook to get the new link as soon as it’s up! http://www.facebook.com/clockwerksbrewing.

WHO WE ARE

We're a downtown Minneapolis craft brewery featuring lagers and other session-style beers in a steampunk setting

Brett Michlitsch, Cofounder and Head Brewer — Brett, a software engineer by trade, has been brewing beer for over 15 years. He is a certified BJCP beer judge, horror film fanatic, soccer fan, father of two, and experienced and successful business owner. It will be easy to spot Brett in the taproom — he'll be the one in the big rubber brewer's boots at the brew kettle behind the bar.

Lonnie Manresa, Cofounder and Operations Manager — Lonnie is a master of many trades, all sharing the common thread of hospitality and entertainment. He is an all-around food and beverage enthusiast who has worked at several of Minneapolis's top fine dining establishments. He's also a world traveler, music event promoter, and underground dinner party thrower. Lonnie is currently studying for his first Cicerone exam (that's the art of pairing beer with food).

Both are passionate beer lovers. Both are committed to making this venture succeed beyond imagination. Together, they are the perfect duo to launch Clockwerks Brewery.

WHAT WE’LL BE SERVING

When you come to Clockwerks, here's what you'll find:

  • Session brews — This is a highly drinkable beer featuring a balance between malt and hop characters with a clean finish at 4–6% ABV. We've tuned our recipes for lagers and session-style ales to help us endure the cold winters and enjoy the lovely summers. 
  • Seasonal brews — These are our big flavor seasonally appropriate styles, including, at times, a hard cider (see ‘HOW YOU CAN HELP’) 
  • 1 lucky home brewer's creation (see ‘WE LOVE HOME BREWERS’) 
  • Light food pairings (like charcuterie, artisan cheeses, pickled vegetables) (see 'HOW YOU CAN HELP')

WE LOVE HOME BREWERS

As home brewers ourselves, we know that the best beer in the city isn’t always found in the breweries — it’s sometimes in garages, basements, and spare bedrooms around town. We want to showcase accomplished home brewers and their recipes where everyone can enjoy them — on tap at Clockwerks. Once we're up and running, we'll host periodic home brew competitions, and a winner will be invited to work with our head brewer to convert their recipe to our system, brew it, and put it on tap in our Minneapolis taproom (with full credit and promotion at the release party).

WHY STEAMPUNK?

Steampunk is beautiful, opulent, and warm with a dark, imaginative side. It's a futuristic style with roots in the steam-powered technological advances of the Victorian era. Think airships and gauges, gas masks and bronze — modern technology and antiquated mechanical parts reimagined into devices and contraptions of a fantastical world.

We think it's perfect for our taproom.

(Search "steampunk" on Google to see some inspiration.)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We've raised enough money to open with everything we need, but we don't want just the necessities. We want our taproom to be amazing — a place where we're proud to host you and your friends. And that's where you come in. With the Kickstarter funds, we'll:

  • Add steampunk styling — because let's face it, steampunk isn't a readily available style we can pick up just anywhere. We'll be building and collecting our steampunk surroundings over time, but we'd love to start out by commissioning a local artist and industrial designer to fabricate some central decor and furniture elements.
  • Add a cold kitchen to prepare and serve up a knock-your-socks-off smorgasbord of yum so you can craft your own late night nosh.
  • Add a cider on tap (stretch goal) — For the cider lovers out there (we count ourselves among them), we have a delicious cider recipe that we'd love to offer seasonally. But for that, we'll need to have separate equipment for cider making, as well as a separate license. If we meet our initial funding goal, we'll add a stretch goal to fund the cider equipment and license.

REWARD DETAILS

Be sure to browse through all of our reward levels — the rewards at the high end are the very best value (ridiculous really), and there are limited quantities!

LEVELS CHART

 DESCRIPTIONS

THANK YOU

Thanks for your support. We are so excited to be bringing fresh craft beer to the downtown Minneapolis entertainment district. We hope to meet you in the taproom when warm weather rolls around again. Cheers!

Risks and challenges

With the funding necessary to open our doors already secured, demolition complete, brewing equipment ordered, and build-out started, we're on our way. That said, we certainly don't expect a bump-free road.

Our challenges and risks are those associated with any project of this nature — production delays, permit issues, etc. We've been working very closely with our contractors to ensure we stay on schedule and to mitigate risk and minimize the chance something will take us by surprise.

Our team is working hard to be sure we're ready to welcome you to our space next spring, and we'll do everything we can to be sure that happens.

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    SUPPORTER
    You’re supporting us when we need you most — before our doors even open. And to show our heartfelt gratitude, we’ll send you:
    ** Two Clockwerks coasters (of the thick and sturdy variety) for porch, cabin, or wherever you’d like to avoid culaccino
    - AND -
    ** 1 Clockwerks vinyl sticker for bumper, bike, buggy, or wherever you'd like to show your love

    And of course, we'll also thank you by name on our website and in our taproom. Thanks for backing us!

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    SAMPLER
    Growler punch card for 1 growler fill (at our Minneapolis taproom only) of any beer on tap. Fresh for you. Good for Mother Nature.

    (also includes all SUPPORTER-level rewards)

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    FRIEND
    Pick any two:
    ** High-quality, American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt featuring a Kickstarter-exclusive steampunk design by local illustrator Chris Crammer (http://chris-crammer.tumblr.com). Crewnecks for men, v-necks for ladies.
    ** Clockwerks pint glass
    ** Growler punch card for 1 growler fill (at our Minneapolis taproom)

    (also includes all SUPPORTER-level rewards)

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    FAN
    Be among the first to experience the Clockwerks taproom with a ticket to our invitation-only pre-opening party. Meet the founders, taste the first beers, and tour the brewery. You might even go home with some terrific raffle swag. (Sorry, beer not included.)

    (also includes all FRIEND-level rewards, but with the growler fill card option being 2 fills rather than 1)

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    TRAVELER
    Like your craft beer to go? Growlers are good for picnics and parties, camping (or glamping), gifts and get-togethers. If you like to keep your craft brew close — on hand, at hand, or in hand, this level is for you.

    Includes growler fill card good for a dozen fills (at our Minneapolis taproom) of any beer on tap

    (also includes SUPPORTER-level rewards, t-shirt, pint glass, and pre-opening party invitation)

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    BREW EXPERIENCE
    You and a guest are invited to spend a day at Clockwerks with our head brewer. Experience first-hand what it takes to make a beer from start to finish, and help out along the way, milling, mashing, and tasting.

    Includes a food truck lunch on us and double swag: 4 coasters, 2 stickers, 2 pint glasses, 2 t-shirts, and 2 tickets to our pre-opening party.

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    FOODIE EXPERIENCE
    Be a part of building our menu! You and a guest are invited to join us as we sample and select items for Clockwerks' charcuterie and cheese menu.

    Includes double swag: 4 coasters, 2 stickers, 2 pint glasses, 2 t-shirts, and 2 tickets to our pre-opening party.

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    BREWER
    Work with our head brewer to create and brew a new recipe. We’ll work on the recipe together first, and then you’ll come in for brew day, which includes lunch on us. Then, you’ll be invited back once more for your beer’s release party, which comes with full bragging rights.

    (also includes SUPPORTER rewards, t-shirt, 2 pint glasses, and 2 tickets to our pre-opening party)

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    EARLY BIRD PERPETUAL PINT MEMBERSHIP
    The best deal by far. The Clockwerks Perpetual Pint gets you free pints for life in our Minneapolis taproom. This crazy deal is only for the first 20 people who grab this reward.

    (Also includes SUPPORTER rewards, t-shirt, pint glass, and 2 tickets to our pre-opening party)

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    PERPETUAL PINT MEMBERSHIP
    Still one helluva deal, even if you missed the early bird special pricing. The Clockwerks Perpetual Pint gets you free pints for life in our Minneapolis taproom.

    (Also includes SUPPORTER rewards, t-shirt, pint glass, and 2 tickets to our pre-opening party)

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