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Fairport Brewing Company is an existing community based pico brewery looking to take the next step to keep up with demand.

Fairport, NY Food
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Why Kickstarter?

Great Craft Beer and Community!

Craft Brew Lovers know that craft brewing is a passion .... and an investment! Bumping up to a 3 barrel system is a costly but necessary (and exciting) step in meeting demand and expanding!  We are indebted to our customers and the support that they bring to the brewery every weekend and for the support that they have offered us in this Kickstarter Project! Our backers .... are ... the Fairport Brewing Company!

Our vision also encompasses our community! We named the Fairport Brewing Company for the community in which we grew up, live in today, and hope to see grow and prosper. Locating in another destination would have saved thousands of dollars, but it is our vision to continue brewing our craft beer, prospering, and giving back to the community that helped make us a viable, thriving business. 

Our brewery brings visitors from all over the U.S.  Our hope is that as we grow, Fairport and our surrounding communities will grow too.  Maybe, with an influx of visitors to the brewery, another like minded entrepreneur, will set up shop close by and as that success breeds another success, more and more entrepreneurs will follow!

Our vision entails not only great craft beer for craft brew lovers and our supporters, but a community and brewery that thrive, grow, and prosper together!

Welcome to our Kickstarter page!

Fairport Brewing Company is an existing pico brewery with two part time employees and while we may be the smallest brewery in New York, our craft beer is second to none!

We have been in operation since October 2012  and we are taking the next step, hopefully with you, to purchase a complete 3 barrel brewery.  It's conservative we know, but with your help we can make history in Fairport together! 

A 3 Bbl (barrel) will offer six times more capacity than we have today and this equipment will give us more control over the beer that we make.   Increased capacity will also allow us to meet our present demand and to  start self distributing to local establishments.

The Beginning:

The Fairport Brewing Company project was started in a one bedroom apartment utilized as an office and "man cave" in the Village of Fairport. After years of home brewing and one too many beers, we cranked it up a notch to the professional level. Our vision was great beer using only the finest ingredients ... at any cost!  The vision included growing slowly and organically, without incurring the usual massive debt, along the way.  So we started small.  Really, really, small!

Day one with 1/2 barrel system
Day one with 1/2 barrel system
Taking up entire wall in the Man Cave's only bedroom
Taking up entire wall in the Man Cave's only bedroom

The licensing paperwork was cumbersome and the agencies involved (fed/state) are antiquated - to say the least!  However it wasn't about our frustration or  the cost and the mental anguish that the federal and state put us through ... it was much bigger than that. It was about a dream of creating a great product and in the process making our community believe again, that a small start up company could make it,  grow, give back,  and maybe someday ... become an institution that this community could call its own and ... be proud of too.

The Early Days

This past October, as New York's newest and smallest licensed brewery, we poured our first growler made from our 1/2 barrel brew-house currently located at 1000 Turk Hill Road, Suite 298 in the Turk Hill Park.  And even though people had a hard time finding us (well - some had really hard time) we managed to sell out of our beer and had to close our doors a few times over the Christmas Holidays!  However...our customers remained positive, and so did we!

Paul filling the first growler sold by the Fairport Brewing Company and shaking Tim's hand!
Paul filling the first growler sold by the Fairport Brewing Company and shaking Tim's hand!

Great Beer and Community Involvement is the Perfect Recipe! That's where the fun begins!

First growler sold!  We didn't have printed glassware so we slapped on a sticker!  Notice the background.  There is Ima smiling, then there is a community brew session in the back!  This was a great night!
First growler sold! We didn't have printed glassware so we slapped on a sticker! Notice the background. There is Ima smiling, then there is a community brew session in the back! This was a great night!

Seems like the more we give, the more we get!  When we set up our brewery in a hard to find place, people would just show up. (Not sure how they ever found us - but they did!)   We invited them to  brew with us during our community brew sessions and in time more people began to join us. During this time we met some really great home-brewers who had won awards and allowed them to brew their award winning recipes on our "commercial" system.

We go out of our way to involve our community any way that we can and have a blast doing it! We have naming contests on Facebook to name our beers. (Check out our Facebook page  and see the interaction.)  Some of the names include  Fair Porter, Liftbridge Lager, Gutterwalker Stout, Millstone Blonde, Muddy Waters of Love, Oxbow ESB, Raider's Red, Peter J IPA, and of course, the nearly famous Scum Jumper, named by a 1983 Fairport Grad. (A 1982 grad coined the phrase, "If You Brew It ... They Will jump!") (Oh - some people  may be curious as to just what the heck a "scum jumper" is!  A Fairport NY Urban Legend/Myth centers around a young man who joined his friends one day in a Fairport Rite of Passage which entails jumping from one of our bridges into the Erie Canal. This activity is called "scum jumping" ... as the water in the Erie Canal is not always as "pristine" as one might imagine it to be! The hometown hero mentioned above jumped from his perch, splashed into the Erie, and, as the story goes, into the carcass of a cow that must have floated downstream and onto the bottom of the canal.  Some people have doubted the veracity of this story over the years but a month after opening our Brewery to the public, a Fairport woman visited us and confirmed that indeed, the story is quite true as it was in fact, her very own uncle who made that fateful plunge so many summers ago! It turns out that Fairport's Urban Myth is no myth at all ... but the very legend that the rest of us have always believed it to be!)

Bosch a local security video company even donated two Beer Cams to the brewery.  Now you can watch our brewers in action and if you want to , report them to management for SLACKING! 

So why Kickstarter?

It's cool, and it's all or nothing!  Either we win or we lose.  That is how it works and we are perfectly OK with that.  It will be a challenge, but so is working with the federal govt and state govt! (One state employee could not even name our New York State Governor. Now that was a long day!) We figure if we can negotiate the morass that is our government - we can do just about anything else too!

It is also no risk to you!  We are utilizing Kick starter, an online crowd-funding platform, to accept and manage pledges. Kick starter is an all or nothing funding program and we are required to tell them the minimum amount we need to get this project off the ground. If we don't succeed in meeting that goal, the project is cancelled, and no one's credit card is charged. If we meet or exceed our goal, Kick starter collects all of the pledged funding, deducts a processing fee, and gives it to us.  We are hoping to exceed the goal and to add some really cool stretch goals. 

How do I donate and where does the money go?

1.) Create a Kickstarter account. It's painless ... I swear!
2.) Login using your email and password (or Amazon account information).
3.) Donate! $1.00 minimum; no maximum. 

Moving?

Yes! It is official.  We are moving!!!!  We are moving our Tasting Room and Pilot Brewing system to the Best Location in Fairport NY.  The Village calls our new location the Gateway to Fairport in a recent article

99 S. Main.  The historic old Pure-Oil Gas Station
99 S. Main. The historic old Pure-Oil Gas Station

Our coming soon address is 99 South Main Street (see Channel 8 News Clip )with a traffic count of about 23000 cars a day going by and 12 of our very own parking spaces!!  Talk about excitement!!    I wonder what percentage of those cars are going to need some fresh craft brew to take home?!  Gonna need that 3 Barrel!  (Think of all those thirsty people heading home!) We have to help!

Rewards

In order to have some fun we got down right creative!    We are really excited about our rewards, but more importantly, we hope that you are too! 

(FYI-All reward levels will receive shout outs from us to you on FaceBook and Twitter and recognition on the Kickstarter page on the Fairport Brewing Company Website for everyone to see.)

The Sticker (sorry it scanned crooked) 

Would look great on your car, RV, refrigerator, motorcycle, forehead, kitchen window etc... Kickstarters ONLY

First edition FBC sticker with Scum Jumper headed directly into the carcass of the Erie Canal Cow!  Not something you see everyday is it?
First edition FBC sticker with Scum Jumper headed directly into the carcass of the Erie Canal Cow! Not something you see everyday is it?

Nucleated Pint Glass!

Nucleated Fairport Brewing Company Logo Pint Glass!  Totally Nucleated with the words...."Lift the bridge,"  located in the inner bottom of the glass.  Aids in head retention!
Nucleated Fairport Brewing Company Logo Pint Glass! Totally Nucleated with the words...."Lift the bridge," located in the inner bottom of the glass. Aids in head retention!
The FBC Growler!
The FBC Growler!
Limited 2013 edition to be signed by the entire crew.  Truly one of a kind.  Only 100 were sold in the brewery!
Limited 2013 edition to be signed by the entire crew. Truly one of a kind. Only 100 were sold in the brewery!
Close up on the SJ Art Work on the face of the SJ Growler.  On the back is the Fairport Varsity "F" in Raider Red!
Close up on the SJ Art Work on the face of the SJ Growler. On the back is the Fairport Varsity "F" in Raider Red!
Scum Jumper T Shirt for Club Scum Jumper Donation Level.  (Minus "Collectors Edition" on top of image.)
Scum Jumper T Shirt for Club Scum Jumper Donation Level. (Minus "Collectors Edition" on top of image.)
FBC Logo T Shirt
FBC Logo T Shirt

Scum Jumper Prints (Signed and Numbered by Local Artist)

These prints are a Kickstarter limited edition!  Only 5 of each will be made.  All will be numbered and signed by local artist.  We are keeping one for the brewery, but the rest are up for grabs.

Print #1 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #1 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #2 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #2 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #3 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #3 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #4 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #4 Limited Edition Signed. Only 4 available!
Print #5 Limited Edition Signed, only 4 available!
Print #5 Limited Edition Signed, only 4 available!

The equipment

The 3 bbl brewing equipment specked out
The 3 bbl brewing equipment specked out

What about us?

Tim and Paul at the Fairport Brewing Company
Tim and Paul at the Fairport Brewing Company

About Tim

As the founder of the Fairport Brewing Company, Tim is a life long Fairport resident and a '83 grad of FHS. Tim has turned down more than a couple promotions in order to stay in Fairport to raise his own family and to provide for them his own happy experience growing up as as Red Raider!   ("Did I ever tell you about the All Star baseball game at Potter Memorial?")  Tim has been brewing for eight years and loves the dark beers!   Tim has worked as an area sales manager in the medical device industry for almost 20 years.

About Paul

Paul, brew-master and partner,  has lived in Fairport since Tim graduated college and has been brewing beer since Tim was just a young lad.  Paul is a past president of UNYHA (Upstate NY Homebrewers Assoc.) and has won numerous awards  for his recipes!  Paul also has 31 years in supply management with Eastman Kodak.   Paul is trained as an industrial engineer and holds an MBA at Cornell.

Check us out In the Press!

Help us 'Lift the Bridge' and if you have any questions at all, please email us at info@fairportbrewing.com

Find us on Twitter @fairportny

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges with any new business venture and we are hardly arrogant enough to dismiss them.

However, we are not young kids. Both of us have been in the business world for over 50 years between us. (Middle age does have it perks!) We know a thing or two between us about beer, business, and survival!

Most breweries on Kick Starter are in the concept stage. That is not the circumstance with us! We have ascended the learning curve, jumped through the paperwork, government red tape, built a working brewery, and operated retail sales since 2012! And we are kicking it!

We are working hard to bring to Rochester our craft beer and while there are risks in any endeavor - we feel optimistic that our combined experience in the business world, will guide us through the worst of them!

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    11 backers

    FBC Supporter: Thanks for your support! Every little bit helps and you can get updates on our progress and make the Supporter Level on our website.

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    8 backers

    FBC Friends Club:
    When you donate 15.00 to our worthy cause you will receive our deepest gratitude along with a really cool Fairport Brewing Company Sticker for your auto, fridge, or RV! (Free Shipping in US)

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    11 backers

    FBC Friends Club: Burn or carve your name in our new bar! I mean we are setting up in an old historic garage for Pete sakes! We will supply the tools you just show up and make your mark! Add $25 to include this with any other reward!

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    37 backers

    FBC Friend's Club:

    30 dollars gets you a FBC sticker, 2 FBC nucleated pint glasses, and the Best of All ... a Howdy - Doo Clap on the back from Lori (aka Ima - the Bartender) the very next time you stop in to say hello and to taste some of the Best Craft Beer this Side of the Erie Canal!! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    45 backers

    FBC Friends Club:

    This Friends Level Donation Rewards you with a Sticker, a Set of 4 Nucleated FBC Pint Glasses, and a FBC Growler signed by the whole Kit and Caboodle FBC Crew! (That’s right - Kit and Caboodle.) (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    25 backers

    FBC Friend's Club:

    This donation to the FBC Friends Club Rewards you with all of the Neat Prizes Listed in the $45 level and ...a Reward Card for a Free Tasting Every Month for an Entire Year! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    16 backers

    Canaller's Club:

    The Canaller's Club gets you an FBC Logo Tee Shirt ( you specify size), a FBC Growler signed by the Crew, and your Signature (along with other donors in this level) on original artwork by a local artist, displayed on the Brewery Wall. (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    14 backers

    FBC Merchants Club:

    The Merchant's Club Entitles Merchants and Business Men/Women the Opportunity advertise Themselves or Their Business to be Displayed on our Large Screen TV Loop (slide show)! We have a great demographic and we display photos of customers on our Big Screen TV and people watch to see Themselves, Family and Friends, and even Long Lost Classmates on the Loop! Showcase Your Business for an Entire Year to Hundreds of Happy Craft Brew Drinkers. It's a Great way to let Everyone Know that your Business ... Helped Kickstart Our Business!

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    7 backers

    Canaller's Club:

    An Extra 50 Bucks gets you all of the Canaller's Goodies above ... And.... you and all the donors in this category will enjoy a Private Brew/Cheese Tasting with Paul - our very own FBC Brewmaster Extraordinaire! If you Like Cheese and if you like some the Freshest Craft Brew this side of the Big Lake - You’ll Love This! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    3 backers

    OK - Now You are Really Cranking! You have just parlayed yourself into the Bridge Lifter's Club! Lift this bridge and get a FBC Logo Tee-Shirt and a cool FBC Baseball Cap to display on your big Generous Head and you can wear them both, if you like, to a Private BBQ Lunch (for two) at the Brewery (along with other donors in this level). You will sign Your Name to the Bridge Lifters Framed Artwork to be Displayed in the Brewery and Your Business/Service will Display for a Whole Year on the Big Screen TV Loop! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Signed "Mad Cow Edition" Scum Jumper Limited Edition Print. (Print #3) Only 5 signed prints available by local artist and one stays at the Brewery! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    Signed Scum Jumper "Lift the bridge" limited edition print (print #2) by local artist. Only 5 available and one stays at the brewery. (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    1 backer

    Cool. Now you are taking the plunge! You have just jumped your way into Club Scum Jumper! Now get in here and Burn your Name into our Bar! For real! We will supply the tools. If you Graduated from Fairport - Burn that into the Bar too! Grab a Limited Edition 2013 Scum Jumper Art Work Tee Shirt for Your Troubles and don it proudly when you Visit us with Three of your Best Buddies for a Free Private Brewing class (extract or all grain) at the Pilot Brewery and a Brew-master's Tasting Class! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    Put on your speedo and grab your goggles cause you are not only in Club Scum Jumper but you just jumped through the Carcass of the most Infamous Canal Town Cow ! This level includes everything mentioned above in Club Scum Jumper $500 level plus an original collectors limited Scum Jumper 1st Edition Growler signed by the entire Crew that made the original brew! You will also get your Business/Service Advertised on our Big Screen Loop for for Three (Holy Cow) Years! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    2 backers

    Dock Master's Club:

    Get ready to party at our PRIVATE Grand Opening at our new Location, so we can personally thank you! Bring a Date and Dance to a local Fairport band, enjoy Great Food, Great Company, and even Greater Craft FBC Brew! You’ll get a Bronze Name Plaque on top of our Bar for all your friends to see and you can advertise your business on our Big Screen TV Loop for Four Years! To top it all off ... you will Help our Brewmaster Formulate and Brew (at the pilot brewery) a New Recipe to be Sold in our Tasting Room and .... only you get to Name It! After all... it’s Your Recipe! (Shipping: For pick up at the brewery or please add $10 to your gift for shipping.)

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Now you have graduated into the Brewer's Club! Hell - you are practically the Brew-Master!

    This Donation will get you a Kiss from Both FBC Partners or .... an Invitation for Four to Our Grand Opening Party (see above) .... a Silver Name Plaque on the Top of the Bar with your name on it .... Your Business Advertised on the Big Screen Loop for Six (count them SIX) Years and ... your Help in Formulating a New Recipe with Naming Rights for a Brew that will be sold to the Bars! You will make this brew in the pilot brewery and then join us for a public tasting at several Fairport bars. If they commit, we go into production. Your next step will be to work on your Label Design with our graphic designer. Then you will Name Your Beer! Name your Brew for your Sweetheart, your Kids, or even your own Favorite Big Hair Band from the 1980’s! This Brew will be Federally and State Approved! (Name must be brewery, federally and state approved)

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Welcome to the Founder's Club:
    Imagine a Large Plaque Thanking You, Prominently Displayed on one of our new Fermenters or on our existing Pilot Brew House that will be moved to the new High Traffic Location! (First pledge gets the brew house!) You and Five of your Party Friends are Invited to the Private Grand Opening Party (mentioned above) .... and Your Name is on the Top of the Bar on a Gold Name Plaque .... Get Your Business (or you, your friends, or your family) on the Loopdy - Loop for TEN Years

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    Your Own Private Label Signature Recipe designed with You in our Pilot Brewery. This Brew is Yours! You Design it, Name it and Brand it. We will get it federally and state approved. Your Brew will be made at the Brewery but Never Sold! (...by us.) That’s right Dude, if they want your Brew they can Only Get it ... From You! It’s Your Recipe and Your Recipe Only .... Forever! Order it up and it will be Awaiting ... for You! (Can you say Private Label?)

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