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?
- Create a Kickstarter account
- Log in using your email and password (or Amazon account information)
- Click on the reward(s) of your choosing.
- 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.
BREWERY ARS T-SHIRT
THE STARVING ARTIST T-SHIRT
HAND DRAWN WAYNE'S PALE ALE PRINT
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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