Yonkers Brewing Co. is a family of quirky and devoted beer lovers who work hard to create amazing craft beer and uphold our company values but make it a point not to take ourselves too seriously.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN? Like any other great idea Yonkers Brewing Co. was thought of with a beer in hand. In 2010, the concept of brewing came to John Rubbo and Nick Califano after they tirelessly helped their grandfathers make homemade wine. As they exchanged stories about crushing grapes and discussed the intricacy of fermentation, they cracked open a cold beer. As the cap fell off the lights went on, "Why not just make the sweet nectar we enjoy so much more?" they asked. The generations-old tradition of wine making sparked a fire and they brewed up a delicious homebrew that stimulated their desire to create the Yonkers Brewing Co.
Since our Yonkers Lager we have introduced other yearly beers to satisfy the palates of our friends and consumers, including our IPA, Honey Blonde, Vanilla Stout, Summer Wit, Belgian Pale Ale and Irish Style Red Ale. We also have a Spiced Harvest and Harvest Wet Hop Ale that will hit the lines in the fall.
Yonkers is the city in which John and Nick were raised and the city they call their hometown. They want the brewery name to reflect how they see Yonkers and be a place where the community can come together in a lively environment to celebrate all the riches the city has to offer - culture, entertainment, sports and now great beer.
With a growing beer culture, an array of top notch restaurants and a rich history, Yonkers has all the components of a great beer city. John and Nick have planted the roots of the brewery here and are excited to be part of a long list of exciting things happening. And now, we need your help.
WHERE ARE WE OPENING? Yonkers Brewing Co. will open to the public in the former Yonkers Trolley Barn, located at 92 Main Street in downtown Yonkers, New York. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last remaining trolley barn in Westchester County, this Renaissance Revival style brick building has soaring 20 foot ceilings and plenty of exposed brick.
The building is accessible by Metro North, less than 30 yards away and a 23 minute train ride from Grand Central, and numerous buses. If you are driving, we are stone’s throw away from the New York State Thruway, Cross County Parkway, Sprain Brook Parkway, Saw Mill Parkway and Bronx River Parkway – we also have a parking structure across the street.
HOW WILL YOUR PLEDGES MAKE A DIFFERENCE? We want to share our passion for good beer and good company with you. Please help our dream come to life by making any contribution you can – either $10 or $1,200. Equally as important is helping us spread the word via conversations, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Your contributions will help us build out our tasting room and get bigger equipment to brew more delicious beer!
All pledges will help us install a 12 tap system, full service bar, food service area, new restrooms, new tanks for making more beer, more styles of beer, and furnish the tasting room with chairs, tables and more.
The money will also help us in our pledge to be as "green" as we can. Our team is working hard to ensure we produce the least amount of waste and minimize our carbon footprint by taking steps such as having 100% compostable plates, flatware, napkins, coffee cups, etc. We are working with local organizations, including the City of Yonkers, on creating a plan that will not only allow us to function at the cleanest level but also help other local businesses do the same.
THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME PART OF OUR FAMILY! Because of people like you who share our passion for beer, for innovation, for growth, we are able to create and share our hand crafted beer. We now need your support to help us continue this journey. We need you to stand by us and believe, as strongly as we do, in our pursuit of success.
We understand that your money and your time are worth a lot and have made a number of different pledge levels available. By pledging and becoming part of the Kickstarter initiative you will be an integral part of our growth. Your backing - big or small – will help us become the next best thing.
Thank you for your time, your donation and for being part of our company! We raise our glasses to you.
- John, Nick, Sharif, Dana, and Jackie
A special thank you to Jake Haelen and Alfredo Mercuri – local producers – who put together the video for us and made us laugh the entire time. You guys rock.
Risks and challenges
We are committed to opening the Yonkers Brewing Co. as quickly as possible. We have already reserved our location at 92 Main Street on the Yonkers Waterfront and are acting as quickly as possible to open the location.
While we've started this process, there are always risks involved in business - especially as a mom and pop shop. What we can promise you is that when we secure the funds we are going to open a fun, energetic location where the community can come together to celebrate Yonkers and drink good beer.
We want to assure you that you will never be disappointed as a supporter and family member of Yonkers Brewing Co.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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