About this project
Small Batch Craft Brewery and
Specializing in small batches of big
beers. We are located at 120 S Lewis Street in the Wharf district of Staunton
VA. Our “Brewers Notice”, the federal
license to produce beer, is currently in review by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax
and Trade Bureau. Once our notice is accepted
by the TTB, we should be pouring beer in the Taproom in less than two
months. Through our Kickstarter project we are seeking
to raise the funds necessary to complete the Taproom and Brewhouse, licensing, insurance, initial
inventory purchases (grain, hops, cleansers, TP, etc), and operating
expenses for our first three months. Our goal is to be open by the
end of Winter 2013. We began making
capital improvements to the leased space and assembling our equipment in
October 2012. Our opening brewhouse size will be ~1.5 barrels (45+/- gallons),
and we will have a total fermentation capability of ~20 barrels (600 gallons
+/-). Each batch will be hand crafted by one person beginning to end, using
ancient techniques but (moderately) modern equipment. Redbeard is a family owned business, and we have
invested close to our project goal in the brewery ourselves; we would
greatly appreciate your contribution towards helping us open this facility
and building a legacy.
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America's Pale Ale, a dry hopped pale
ale, O.G. Stout, a dry American stout, and 221B Baker Brown, a English brown
ale will be available in rotation year round. A fourth "flagship"
recipe is in development, a West Coast IPA.
Seasonal offerings will be made every two months, and special releases on
occasion. Look for a Summer Saison, Belgian Christmas Ale and a Belgian Quad, Harvest
Ale (with freshly harvested local hops), a Double APA, Imperial IPA, Coffee
Stout, and Imperial Coffee Stout.We
intend to age a number of our beers in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels, as well as
local wine barrels.
Reviews of our beers can be found on
Once open, our beers will be
available at the Brewery Taproom only. Wholesale
distribution will not begin until 2014, at the earliest.Our Taproom will typically have 6-8 beers on
tap, and a few cellared bottles available for off-site consumption. You’ll be
able to sit down and enjoy a few pints, or take a growler to go.The Taproom will seat approximately 40
people. There will be no food service, but delivery, outside food, and
(non-alcoholic) drink will be allowed per local health codes, and there are
many fine local restaurants to choose from. Tentative hours of operation are
4-10 pm Thursday through Saturday. As well as 9 am -12 pm Saturday and
Wednesday during the months that the Staunton Farmers Market is operating. The Taproom will be available for private
rental as well. We were recently mentioned in an article in Southern Living Magazine.
The plan for the South Lewis Street facility is to open with the equipment noted above, but within short order we will begin "up-sizing" the equipment to meet production demands. Using profits from operations we will first purchase a 3 Barrel (~150 gallons net) Brewhouse, that will allow us to fill the four largest fermenters we currently own in a single batch. Soon after that, four 3-Barrel "jacketed" and "pressurized" fermenters will be purchased, these will help speed up our production time. Finally, within ~24 months, we will add four 6-Barrel jacketed fermenters; for a total of ~50 barrels of fermentation capability.
Risks and challenges
The largest obstacle for this project is the potential for delays, as the saying goes "time is money." Breweries are licensed by federal and state agencies, and the brewing facility has to be inspected by a number of local, state, and federal officials along the way. The additional risks and challenges facing us are those associated with any other start up venture; investing in improvements to a building you don't own, depending on suppliers, utility workers closing your street for a week, blizzard, hurricanes, the US Postal Service, etc. Other than those concerns, if the beer is good, the people will come.
Craft Brewing is a strongly expanding market, driven by quality products and word of mouth, and Redbeard has already begun branding itself in the marketplace. Our name is recognized all over the state of VA, we've been mentioned in numerous local newspaper articles, as well as a piece on Staunton, VA in Southern Living magazine, which can be found here: http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2012/12/21/staunton-virginia/.
Redbeard Brewing Company LLC is a Sole Member LLC, its Sole Member (owner), is Jonathan Wright. Jonathan is an experienced and successful entrepreneur; with profitable projects in fields ranging from entertainment to real estate. Jonathan and his wife, Fara, will operate and manage the business.
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