Sankofa Beer Company is a Washington D.C. based producer and distributor of West African inspired craft beer. We have been crafting our own beer and growing Sankofa Beer Co. since 2012 and are now ready to expand. We've launched this campaign to help us brew a large, commercial batch of our Hibiscus Pale Ale, HYPEBiscus which we can then distribute direct to you, shops, and bars in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.
Your support in this effort will allow us to make specific advances, including:
- Increase the quantity and quality of our beer. Our production will grow from 1 barrel to 30 barrels (that’s a lot of beer).
- Expand our distribution and availability. Our distribution will grow, allowing cans of our HYPEBiscus Pale Ale to be sold in local restaurants and retail locations.
We do not yet have a brewery of our own, so to accomplish these goals we have been working closely with top breweries in the area that we will contract to brew Sankofa Beer Co. recipes on our behalf. This agreement helps us meet our capacity needs and production schedule without the large capital investment of building our own facility. Ultimately allowing us to deliver the great tasting Sankofa Beer we’ve all come to enjoy.
SANKOFA BEER CO. MISSION, Culture Meets Craft.
Our mission is to expand the conventions of craft beer by drawing inspiration from the mother continent. We use great ingredients, to craft great beers, for great people! Beyond the beer itself, we foster an environment that reminds us of home, West Africa. Great music, great people, great beer. We are creating a space where culture meets craft.
What does Sankofa mean? SANKOFA (San-Koh-Fa) is a word from the Ashanti/Akan people in Ghana and translates to “Go back and get”. It is visually represented by a mythic bird with it’s head turned backwards with and egg in it’s beak, or as a stylized heart. Sankofa is a symbol for the understanding that in order to ensure a strong future you must return to collect and understand your past. This understanding resonates with us and has truly inspired us as we write the story for Sankofa Beer.
The support we have received for the beer and the brand so far has been resounding. Should you continue to support us, we have assembled one of a kind rewards that will be the talk of the holidays! Join us and participate in the next chapter of the Sankofa Beer story.
- Sankofa Beer Co. Logo Sticker
- Bottle Opener
- Men’s T-shirts available in black and grey styles, sizes Small to XXXL
- Women’s stretch fit T-shirts available in black and grey styles, sizes Small to XXL
- Unisex, adjustable hat
- Sankofa Beer Co. Founders Mug
- Sankofa Beach House, located outside of Accra, Ghana: Free entry with complimentary drink and lunch for two when purchasing at the $500 reward level / Two nights free when purchasing at the $1000 reward level (transportation not provided, redeemable in Ghana)
- For even more rewards, view the details within each Pledge level
This sounds great, how can I help!?
- Create a Kickstarter account
- Log in using your email and password
- Click on the reward(s) you’re interested in
- Share our project with everyone!
In addition to financial support, you can also help us by sharing this campaign! Getting the word out is a large part of the battle. Share with your social media networks, your family, friends maybe even a stranger or two. Every post, retweet, email, text, conversation and anything else you can think of can help us meet our goal!
Our growing Sankofa Beer Family has been a champion of our mission, propelling us this far. Thank you for your continued support!
THE DETAILS: OUR PROGRESS & USE OF FUNDS
We have spent years investing in the knowledge and tools necessary to keep refining our craft. As a further commitment, we have secured the required federal and state licensing necessary to begin distribution.
Our capacity has grown quickly over the past year, but increasing this further will require resources more than we can fund on our own. The proceeds from our campaign will be used to further the investments we’ve made to date. Here’s how your choice to give will impact our growth. We will be able to:
- Secure a contract to produce and package beer at the increased capacity needed
- Purchase bulk order of empty bright cans and printing attractive branded labels will now be possible
- Set-up logistics for beer distribution, including storage and transportation
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Amado Carsky has lived in the Washington, DC area for the past 11 years. Born in the United States and raised mostly between Nigeria and Benin, he enjoys a cold craft beer after training capoeira. He graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park with a B.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He has a background in design and construction management of utility capital improvement projects. Amado is always working on a new build for the Sankofa Beer homebrew operation and testing the equipment. He has a passion for the brewing process, and the infinite flavor combinations available. Amado is committed to making Sankofa Beer a trendsetting beer company that will resonate in the soul and inspire a craft beer revolution.
Kofi Meroe has lived in Washington, DC For the past 6 years. Born in the United States and raised mostly between Nigeria and Ghana, he’s the type of guy that likes his beer with his jollof. He is a University of Massachusetts - Amherst alum with a background in hospitality management and the development of commercial real estate projects. Kofi’s eclectic interests are brought to light in the Sankofa Beer recipes that he creates. When he’s not experimenting with beer, he’s focusing his passion for business and entrepreneurship, working with his co-founder to build a sustainable craft beer brand that will make a statement. Building relationships with people and creating environments where connections can be made is an important part of the Sankofa Beer Company ethos and Kofi is determined to keep it that way.
Risks and challenges
Sticking out in the Crowd - Fortunate for the beer lover, the US craft beer market is flourishing leaving consumers with plenty of options. Sankofa Beer Company sticks out with our flavorful recipes focused on bridging the gap between the great American craft beer styles and West African ingredients.
Managing Demand – Our plan to execute a flexible contract brewing agreement will enable us to step into the market and augment our production rate based on market demand.
Promoting Sales - We’ve obtained sales commitments from multiple DC and Maryland establishment owners interested in serving Sankofa Beer. As patrons of the local craft beer scene, we continually seek to foster relationships that will yield potential retail opportunities. Events will continue to be an important part of our outreach.
Building a Brand - Our grassroots growth has granted us a genuine core following, and synergy with other small local businesses. Our passion for making beer that people enjoy drives us to grow our brand and reach more pint glasses. We’re providing an experience in each glass and are simultaneously pushing our brand as we grow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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