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CALLING ALL: Backers with a strong thirst for locally made hop forward Belgian ales. IN RETURN: A smorgasbord of super sweet rewards.
CALLING ALL: Backers with a strong thirst for locally made hop forward Belgian ales. IN RETURN: A smorgasbord of super sweet rewards.
276 backers pledged $32,286 to help bring this project to life.

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We are a small family of artisan brewers, dedicated to hand crafting distinct, style-bending ales using only simple and pure means while restoring the rich brewing heritage of Philadelphia.

Our humble story began in 2007 in our South Philadelphia row house kitchen with some malt extract and a plastic bucket. Home brewing was the creative outlet that we desperately lacked from our day jobs as engineers. Making beer was the perfect mix of art and science. As our beer went from insipid to drinkable to extraordinary, we knew that we wanted to open up a brewery of our own one day. But before we could do this, we took it upon ourselves to learn everything we possibly could about this incredible intellectual elixir. Literature was devoured, beer was brewed (and consumed), and a brewery was conceived. The real magic would happen in the subsequent years as Sean decided to move to France for four years while Andy remained in Philadelphia contemplating leaving his day job as an environmental engineer for brewing school. 

During this time apart, we were able to follow our own creative paths and determine our own opinions into what it takes to create a beer of stylistic ambiguous beauty. Andy’s contemplation would turn into reality as he would go on to attending one of the most prestigious brewing schools in the world, the University of California at Davis. During his time at UC Davis, Andy learned everything there was to know about the brewing process. Upon graduation, Andy went on to become a brewer at Victory Brewing Company in Pennsylvania for the next two years. During Sean’s four-year journey in Europe, he visited, tasted, and conversed with as many breweries as possible in order to gain knowledge and valuable insight into the beer making process. Sean was fortunate enough to visit over 100 breweries in many different countries such as Austria, Germany, Italy, France, The Netherlands, and Denmark, but he fell in love with the charismatic beers of Belgium. Trip after trip to Belgium led to a greater appreciation of the Belgian beer culture. Andy would also join Sean on several pilgrimages throughout Belgium where they would go on to create a commercial collaboration beer with Brewery Eutropius in Belgium. 

The creation, a 9% Belgian rye strong ale with acacia honey and heavily hopped with local Poperinge hops can currently be found all over Belgium and specialty beer bars in Europe. Making beer in Belgium is a true expression of art, respect for traditional brewing practices, and patience. It is with this same passion, dedication, and unyielding creativity that our beers are created.

We've even signed a distribution agreement with both Penn Distributors and Gretz Beer Co. We couldn't be happier to be working together with both companies to represent our brand in the greater Philadelphia marketplace.

HOW CAN YOU RECEIVE THESE AMAZING REWARDS?

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  • Share our project like it's your job...or better yet...share our project like your life depends on it because our lives depend on this successful Kickstarter campaign.

WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE MONEY?

Buy four 10-barrel fermentation tanks. We need four 10-barrel fermentation tanks so that we can start brewing a plethora of unique ales such as: 

  • Starving Artist a very hop forward, bitter, & funky saison
  • Antique'n a single hopped Simcoe saison
  • Simpleton a honey infused blond strong ale
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout 

Philadelphia deserves more great breweries. Your donation will be the next step in achieving this reality.

HOW WILL WE BE DIFFERENT?

It is our philosophy at Brewery ARS that creating high quality beer can only be produced using the highest quality raw materials, respect for traditional brewing methods, and time.

  • We will never filter or centrifuge our beer. Filtering or centrifuging results in a clearer beer, but it strips the beer of flavor. Our beer is cleared naturally through an extended cold storage (lagering) period.
  • We will never pasteurize our beer. Pasteurization is a technique in which beer is heated at elevated temperatures in order to extend the shelf life of the beer. Pasteurization is completely unnecessary and should never be utilized during the beer making process. 
  • We will only use whole flower hops. Whole flower hops act as a natural filtering aid and they also provide a texture and complexity to the beer that can’t be matched by hop pellets and hop extracts.     

REWARDS

STICKER

  GLASSWARE

 BREWERY ARS T-SHIRT

THE STARVING ARTIST T-SHIRT 

HOODIE

HAND DRAWN WAYNE'S PALE ALE PRINT

GROWLER

 GREENSTREET COFFEE ROASTERS BEER COLLABORATION

LITTLE BABY'S ICE CREAM BEER COLLABORATION

 'T GAVERHOPKE BELGO-AMERICAN BEER COLLABORATION

 A very special thanks to Brian & Bethany (www.briantroy.net) for shooting our amazing video (and working for beer!).

Risks and challenges

We're offering a lot of different rewards and a fairly ambitious community supported growler program. It is possible that our growler program will not start on time due to licensing and production delays. We will notify all of our backers immediately if such a delay does arise and will keep everyone in the loop as to the timing of everyone's first growler pick up.

It is possible that there may be a delay with our collaboration with 'T Gaverhopke. As 'T Gaverhopke is located in Belgium, the timing of the collaboration will depend upon when they can make the trip over from Europe. We will do our best to keep the 5 lucky backers up to date if there are any such delays to 'T Gaverhopke's arrival in the US.

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    STICKER: Our beautiful, hand-drawn logo surrounded by a pretty bad ass vintage border.

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    TOUR: Brothers (and owners) Sean & Andy Arsenault will guide you on the very first radical tour through our finished brewery.

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    BREWERY ARS T-SHIRT: Our hella amazing logo emblazened large and in charge on a plush 100% cotton t-shirt. Printed locally by the great people over at Awesome Dudes Printing.

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    THE STARVING ARTIST T-SHIRT: The Starving Artist is an homage to those who take the road less traveled and pursue their own dogged dreams. Though you may be starving at times, may you forever be creatively full. At Brewery ARS, we’re keeping the American dream very much alive. Printed locally by the fantastic people over at Awesome Dudes Printing.

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    BREWERY ARS GLASSWARE: No lame ass pint glasses here. Our beautiful hand drawn logo adorns a belgian-esque tulip glass. Glassware can and should be beautiful.

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    BREWERY ARS HOODED SWEATSHIRT: For those of you who prefer your apparel with sleeves, our lovely hand drawn logo adorns a super soft 100% cotton hooded sweatshirt. Printed locally by hand over at Awesome Dudes Printing.

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    MERCH BUNDLE #1: The sticker, Brewery ARS T-shirt, & Brewery ARS tulip glass.

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    PRE-OPENING PARTY INVITATION: My brother and I are inviting a select few to our brewery for a super selective gathering of beer geeks and freaks. You will be the very first patrons to taste our eclectic ales.

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    HAND DRAWN WAYNE'S PALE ALE PRINT: I (Sean, the better looking half of Brewery ARS) will hand draw and color 10 Wayne’s Pale Ale prints. Wayne's Pale Ale is named after our old man, an individual as great as his name. Wayne is enjoying a rebirth of sorts these days. A long time supporter of mass marketed tinkle, Wayne can't get enough of those pungent and dank hops that we've all come to love here at Brewery ARS. Be proud that you purchased this print for Wayne will look over and protect your household from flavorless 'beer'. Cold filtered means absolutely nothing to Wayne anymore and it sure as hell shouldn't mean anything to you.

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    BREWERY ARS HYDRO FLASK GROWLER: Our beautifully mustachioed logo adorned on Hydro Flask's 64 oz stainless steel double wall vacuum insulated beer growler that will keep your beer cold for 24 hours.

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    COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GROWLER CLUB - 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIP: When we pick up our veggie/meat/cheese goodness at our local CSA, there's nothing that we would like more than an ale or two to wash down all of the awesomeness that community supported agriculture provides. What we have here is a 6 month membership to your very own community supported growler club.

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    BEER & PIZZA PARTY AT OUR HUMBLE ABODE IN SOUTH PHILLY: There is absolutely nothing better than the marriage between homemade pizza and homemade beer. With that being said, my brother and I would like to invite 10 lucky individuals to come to our abode, the birthplace of our brewery, to imbibe in our basement full of forgotten brews and pizza. We take our pizza as serious as we take our beer so don't expect frozen pies. What you can expect are blistering doughs, the perfect tang of domestically grown tomatoes, and a fervent obsession with cheese.

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    MERCH BUNDLE #2: The sticker, Brewery ARS T-shirt, Brewery ARS tulip glass, & Brewery ARS growler.

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    COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GROWLER CLUB - 12 MONTH MEMBERSHIP: Take our 6 month membership and double it. Boom.

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    GREENSTREET COFFEE ROASTERS BEER COLLABORATION: In a city as fanatical about their beer as they are about their coffee, we're offering a fantastic opportunity to collaborate on a coffee infused beer collaboration with those dapper lads over at Greenstreet Coffee Roasters. This reward includes a tour and cupping at Green Street's roasting facility where you will select the bean (or blend of beans) that will ultimately end up in the beer followed by the actual brewing of the beer at our brewing facility in Philadelphia. You will also be in charge of creating the actual beer so creative minds are most definitely welcome. We're all pretty stoked about this collaboration.

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    LITTLE BABY'S ICE CREAM BEER COLLABORATION: What we have here is a beer infused ice cream collaboration with those wild and wacky dudes over at Little Baby's Ice Cream. This reward will include a meeting of the minds between Brewery ARS, Little Baby's Ice Cream, and a select few backers were we will throw our inhibitions to the wind, drink way to much beer and eat way too much ice cream. Once we have decided upon a recipe, we will head over to Little Baby's world headquarters in East Kensington, roll up our sleeves, and churn out some serious goodness. Please choose this reward if you're willing to get weird, very weird. Each backer will be handsomely rewarded with 2 pints of the collaboration ice cream.

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    'T GAVERHOPKE COLLABORATION: We're offering a once in a life time opportunity to create a beer together with 'T Gaverhopke, one of the best breweries in the world. Yes, the world. It's a bold statement, but if you've ever had their extra, then you're probably singing the same tune as us. 'T Gaverhopke will join us in Philadelphia for one grand Belgo-American collaboration beer. Each backer will walk away with two growlers of the collaboration beer along with some serious bragging rights that you made a beer with one of the best breweries in the world.

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