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Help TCBC acquire funds to properly build out our taproom! We're bringing artfully crafted specialty brews to Gainesville, VA!
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WHO WE ARE:

Aaron Ludwig & John Hilkert
Aaron Ludwig & John Hilkert

Tin Cannon Brewing Co. started with two experienced craft beer home brewers, John Hilkert and Aaron Ludwig, who decided to turn pro. Their longtime dream was to bring specialty brews to the general public; that dream is coming to fruition in mid-November with the opening of Gainesville, Virginia's first nano-brewery.  Tin Cannon’s beers will be passionately and artfully created, kegged, and served onsite. These two owners love brewing classic beer styles as well as other styles that push traditional guidelines.

Aaron: I started brewing in 2006 with a 5-gallon extract kit, like most home brewers. It was a Guinness extra stout clone from Maltose Express in Monroe, CT. I was so pleased with the results of that first batch that I was immediately hooked on the hobby. As an engineer, I’m analytical and always looking for more information. I read every resource I could find and analyzed every batch. How could the beer improve? How could my methods improve? I love to tinker with equipment also, so I would constantly change my brewing setup, adding or modifying equipment. I think you home brewers out there know what I’m talking about! My current home system is a 10-gallon electric keggle system with a homemade control panel.

John: I’ve been brewing as a hobby for the past 4 years, starting out with a store-bought beer kit. After some successful brews I teamed up with Aaron, who taught me advanced brewing techniques on his custom-built system. With the successful brews under my belt, I began to invest in additional equipment to piece together my own home system. First was a turkey fryer with an electric controller for Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) brewing. I then moved on to a 10-gallon brew kettle and a Rubbermaid cooler for a mash tun. At the same time, I built a copper wort chiller and used a fountain pump to cool the wort. I even converted a kitchen refrigerator into a keg fridge. I began kegging quickly at that point and haven’t bottled since, except for special occasions.

Brewing buddies making a dream come true.
Brewing buddies making a dream come true.

WHY WE ARE OPENING OUR OWN BREWERY:

Aaron: John and I both have a passion for brewing craft beer and we are proud of our recipes. We want to have the opportunity to create something great that expresses our individual styles and tastes, which we can share with the community and hopefully contribute something positive to the growing craft beer industry.  

John: In addition to what Aaron said, we also look at this venture as an opportunity to build a legacy to pass down to our children. We have to be successful, not only for our own sake but for the sake of our families. We want to show our children what is possible if you are willing to work hard and persevere through difficulties.

The brewery & taproom is a work in progress.
The brewery & taproom is a work in progress.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Our initial business model is based on what’s commonly known as ‘bootstrapping’. We are starting small, without relying on bank loans. We’re spending our time and individual efforts in ways that conserve our cash. In this way, we hope to grow the business organically. The next phase will be a larger system where we can begin to distribute locally, but before we can get there, we need to be able to open the doors in Phase 1. This is where we need your help! No matter how well a project is planned, unexpected expenses start to add up fast. We are asking for your help in funding the build-out of our taproom. Thank you for being an important part of our dream!

TCBC will brew great craft beers for great people!
TCBC will brew great craft beers for great people!

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges to opening a brewery. The challenges range from the large amount of capital to start a brewery to the many steps along the way where we may experience delays. We will make every effort to keep you informed of our status throughout this process. If we anticipate or experience a delay, we will notify and update you.

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    NICKEL LEVEL SPONSORS:
    For a pledge of $5 you choose: A TCBC vinyl sticker or oval car magnet. Show your TCBC support prior to our grand opening by showcasing your sticker or magnet (e.g., taking a picture, posting it and tagging us!) We will make sure to give you special recognition on all of our social media platforms! Be sure to use the hashtag #TCBCSWAG.

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    NICKEL LEVEL SPONSORS:
    For a pledge of $10, you will receive your choice of a TCBC vinyl sticker or car magnet, plus two TCBC coasters. Don’t let your frosty brew ruin your fine furniture!

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    COPPER LEVEL SPONSORS: Be the envy of your beer-drinking buddies! In addition to the sticker, magnet and coasters above, a pledge of $25 also gets you a cool stainless steel bottle opener with the TCBC logo.

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    COPPER LEVEL SPONSORS:
    Speaking of bringing the taste of TCBC home, your pledge of $50 will allow you to carry your brew home in style. In addition to the TCBC sticker, magnet, coasters and bottle opener, you will receive a limited edition “Founders Club” TCBC growler.

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    BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS:
    Introducing the complete TCBC Merch Pack: For your pledge of $100 you will receive a TCBC sticker, magnet, coasters, bottle opener, growler, baseball cap and T-shirt. You will be the envy of all your friends as you sport your TCBC T-shirt around town! Take a picture of yourself wearing your T-shirt and holding any of your TCBC merch, then post and tag us! Doing this makes you a part of the TCBC Mean Muggin’ Club where your picture may end up somewhere inside the TCBC taproom! Support TCBC at this level and you will receive special recognition on all of our social media platforms!

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    BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS:
    In addition to receiving the TCBC Merch Pack above, when you pledge $200 your name will be engraved on our Founders Club Support plaque. This plaque will always be on display in our TCBC taproom, and we will give you special recognition on all of our social media platforms!

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    SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS: For a pledge of $500 you will enjoy VIP treatment with a private tour of the the brewery, a brew session (you get to come brew with us!), a tasting session, and a TCBC Merch Pack. Also, your name will also be engraved on our Founders Club Support Plaque, which will always be on display in our TCBC taproom and you will receive special recognition on all of our social media platforms! (The private tour, tasting and brew session dates/times will be mutually determined by TCBC and the backer.)

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    GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS: For your pledge of $1,000 you get to name 1 of our 3 brewing vessels (Mash Tun, Boil Kettle, or Hot Liquor Tank.) We’ll attach a plaque with your chosen name on the vessel, which we will highlight during our brewery tours. (The selected name is subject to TCBC approval to ensure that it is not offensive.) You will also receive the TCBC Merch Pack, private brewery tour, brewing and tasting sessions. Your name will appear on the Founders Club Support plaque and on all of our social media platforms.

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    PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORS: This is a TCBC Taproom Takeover! You get a private party (up to 10 people) in our taproom. This will include an open bar (up to 2 hours), catered food and a TCBC Merch Pack for each person in attendance! Your name will go on our Founders Club Support plaque and we will give you special recognition on all of our social media platforms! (Private Party date/time will be mutually determined by TCBC and the backer.)

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    PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSORS: The highest honor is reserved for those who pledge $3K or more! You'll be invited to help create a special batch of TCBC brew with John and Aaron during a private brewing session. Then you will get to name the brew (which is subject to VA ABC labeling approval.) Additionally, you and your friends (up to 10 people) will be invited to a private party in our taproom. This will include an open bar (up to 2 hours), catered food and a TCBC Merch Pack for each person in attendance! Your name will go on our Founders Club Support plaque and we will give you special recognition on all of our social media platforms! (Private brew session and party date/time will be mutually determined by TCBC and the backer.)

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