Bookhouse Brewing will be a small brewery and taproom in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, focusing on innovative and approachable beers and ciders in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
At 1526 W 25th Street, the Bookhouse Brewing taproom will seat 87 and will highlight its historic features. Built in 1866, the building originally housed the Baehr Brewery. Just seven years after opening, patriarch Jacob Baehr died, leaving his wife, Magdalena, to run the business and raise their eight children. Cleveland’s “Widow Brewer” ran the business successfully through 1901.
The Bookhouse Brewing taproom will occupy the former Baehr tavern space, offering a warm environment to gather with friends and share a few pints. Books, maps, and other curiosities will decorate the pub. There will be no TVs, but plenty of available wi-fi. A small stage room will host an eclectic mix of intimate events from acoustic music to science lectures. A brick patio will seat 24 and offer views of downtown.
Founders Vaughn Stewart and Luke Brevoort met in college and became fast friends over music, beer and an interest in the role of the "third place" in a community. After graduation, they went their separate ways, Vaughn moving around the Midwest in the brewing industry and Luke settling in Cleveland as a bookseller. Despite the passage of time, they always found themselves returning to the idea of creating a community-focused business.
Vaughn aspires to brew beers that foster community and conversation. "Our focus will be on less-common types of beer. We want to make beers that show our passion for the eclectic, the unusual and the historical." Also on offer will be house-made ciders and sodas, as well as wine, cold brew coffee and snacks.
By pledging, you are helping us create a taproom for the community, while also taking advantage of some sweet rewards and creating memorable experiences. With your support, we can create a space for all to enjoy and a sense of community that comes from mingling history with camaraderie, exploration and possibilities. We look forward to sharing a pint with you and we thank you for supporting Bookhouse Brewing!
How can you get these amazing rewards?
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- Click "Back This Project" at the top right of the page
- Choose your reward
- Share our project! We must meet our goal to receive any money so please spread the word!
What will we use the money for?
We have been working hard over the past 6 months to renovate and install our 3500 sq ft pub and brewery. Construction is well under way, and we're super excited to share this wonderful space with all of you.
This Kickstarter campaign will help us maintain our high standards, to make sure that every last detail is in place by opening day. We want to avoid compromising whenever possible, whether it's the finish elements of the bar, or acquiring oak barrels to start a barrel-aging project. We’ve got the big stuff handled, but we don’t want to skimp on those final details, and that’s where you can help.
With your support we can create a space for all to enjoy!
Unfortunately, beer cannot be a reward in itself, but so much more can! Look below to see all of the sweet swag and experiences. Kickstarter rules make it so you can only pledge to one reward. Cheers!
Note: The images below are examples and may not exactly reflect the rewards ultimately produced.
Shout out! - Pledge $5 or more. Get a customized shout out by our founders on social media! We'll thank you publicly on Facebook and Twitter, and we'll thank you privately and sincerely in our hearts. Cheers!
Ten pack of coasters or stickers - Pledge $10 or more. Get ten cardboard coasters OR vinyl stickers with the Bookhouse Brewing logo on them.
Bookhouse Pint - Pledge $10 or more. Classic pint glass but with a few modern design adjustments, this Arc Midland pint is an all-purpose pint with a two-color version of our logo.
Pint & Stickers Combo - Pledge $15 or more. A pint glass and a ten pack of stickers. Save $5!
Pint & Coasters Combo - Pledge $15 or more. A pint glass and a ten pack of coasters. Save $5!
Bookhouse Tote Bag - Pledge $25 or more. A stylish canvas tote bag with the Bookhouse Brewing logo printed on it.
Bookwheat Euro Glass - Pledge $25 or more. A Rastal "Perl" goblet with the Bookwheat Bookhouse logo. Stylish and elegant.
Bookhouse Growler - Pledge $25 or more. Classic brown glass growler, with a hangtag and a cap. Everything except the beer!
Bookhouse Unisex T-shirt - Pledge $30 or more. Soft, pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt with the Bookhouse logo!
Bookhouse Women's T-shirt - Pledge $30 or more. A semi-fitted contoured silhouette that's relaxed without being boxy.
Fan Bundle - Pledge $50 or more. Stickers, coasters, pint glass and a t-shirt.
Double-walled stainless pint - Pledge $50 or more. 16 oz stainless steel drinking vessel with vacuum insulation for the ultimate indoor/outdoor drinking buddy.
Name a Chair - Pledge $75 or more.Get your name emblazoned on a customizable brass nameplate, which we'll then attach to one of eighty-five taproom chairs. Let everyone who comes in know that you did your part to help make this a reality. Sorry, you can't take it home and you do have to share.
Super Fan Bundle - Pledge $100 or more. Stickers, coasters, pint glass, t-shirt AND a growler.
Bookhouse Work Shirt - Pledge $100 or more. Experience the ultimate in style with this Red Kap SP24 short sleeved work shirt, decorated with the Bookhouse Brewing logo. Fit is true to t-shirt size, not as big and boxy as some brands of work shirt.
Bookhouse Mug Club Membership - Pledge $150 or more. Only 100 initial memberships available, this pledge guarantees your spot in the inaugural yearly mug club. You'll receive a beautiful Rastal Tubinger tankard, which we'll keep safe for you at Bookhouse, and all of these things:
- Free T-shirt, pint glass, 10 coasters, 10 stickers and a growler!
- Larger pours in exclusive, members-only glassware: 20 oz pours for beers up to 7% ABV, and 15 oz pours for beers over 7%, as well as rare beers and other special releases that are poured in 12 oz sizes.
- $3 off of every 64 oz growler fill, $1 off of every 32oz growler fill.
- Receive 6 tasters for the price of 5. The tray of tasters must be ordered at one time and must be for Mug Club member’s consumption only.
- 15% off merchandise all the time
- Invite to a yearly “Mug club only” party
- Right of first refusal for next year’s mug club
Name A Bar Seat - Pledge $200 or more. Get your name emblazoned on a customizable brass nameplate, which we'll then attach to one of twelve bar seats. Let everyone who comes in know that you did your part to help make this a reality. Sorry, you can't take it home and you do have to share.
Booklife Club - Pledge $500 or more. You're in the club for life! All the ongoing yearly benefits of the mug club for life with no annual renewal cost. Also, instead of the glass tankard, you get an exclusive personalized pewter mug, for your use at Bookhouse.
RPG Night with the Founders - Pledge $500 or more. You and up to four friends will join Luke and Vaughn at Bookhouse for a night of gaming and revelry. We'll supply the beverages, snacks, and some other fun stuff. We'll work with you to schedule a time that will work for everyone. We're most familiar with D20-based systems, but we're game (get it?!) for anything.
Private Party For 20 - Pledge $2,000 or more. This is the pledge for you if you want to treat 19 of your closest friends to a private party at your favorite brewery. We provide the food and your first 2 beverages. You bring the party. We'll work with you to schedule your event on a day that works for you and us.
Click the "Back This Project" button at the top right of this page to select your reward!
Risks and challenges
With all new businesses, there are risks and challenges. At Bookhouse, we feel that we have set ourselves up for success by surrounding ourselves with good people and good companies to help us achieve our Kickstarter goals. If there are any bumps in the road, we will work our hardest to thoughtfully overcome them and get you the swag and experiences you paid for!
We're licensed for manufacturing beer and wine by the TTB, and are in the last stages of acquiring similar licenses from Ohio Liquor Control.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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