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About

Bulkhead Brewing Company is a family run, community-minded craft brewery to be located at the Jersey Shore in Ocean County, NJ

UPDATE: We've made it over our first hurdle of $10,000! Thank you to everyone who's contributed thus far! Also an advanced thanks to all of you in the planning stages of pledging!

Our Goal

This initial offering is for $45,000. As the name of this site states, money will be used to kickstart Bulkhead. Once we have your support, we can keep moving forward.

Who We Are

Bulkhead Brewing is the culmination of a 30 year dream. We will be a 20 barrel production brewery with plans of opening in the summer of 2014 at the Jersey Shore. Bulkhead will focus on beer recipes made with premium ingredients and executed with passion and precision. Creativity paired with tradition will be our trademark. From classic beers for the traditionalist to delicious handcrafted liquid works of art for the most sophisticated drinkers, Bulkhead will contiually deliver the finest brews.

The inaugural brews will incude: a well hopped IPA, a Pale Ale, an Amber, a Stout and a Belgian-style Abbey. Lagers and more unique and agressively awesome beers will follow in time. Exceptional and unique ingredients, specialized brewing techniques and creative presentation of our beers will be our priority.

You

All our supporters will be added to our Bulkhead Hall of Fame. At least twice a year you will be invited to special events like holiday parties and launches of seasonal brews.

Location

We are working with several realtors to find the perfect location in Ocean County for Bulklhead. High visibility in combination with a unique building sized for growth is our main criteria.

The Dream.
The Dream.

Our commitment to the Jersey Shore goes deeper than the actual brick & mortar location. Through special events and launches, Bulkhead Brewing intends to be an active part of the Restore the Shore movement.

Building Plans

Bulkhead Brewing is going to be a distributing brewery. Our beer will be kegged & bottled for initial distribution throughout New Jersey.

Brewery Tours will be provided regularly, by one of our knowledgable staff members. There will be a tasting room at the brewery where you can try our beers and hang out with other cool beer lovers.

Proposed Floor Plan
Proposed Floor Plan

Our Bakery

Adjacent to the brewery will be the Bulkhead Bakery. Utilizing the same time-honored family traditions, our bakery will offer delicious breads, muffins, cakes, pastries and cookies that will be distributed at both locally, through our website, and, eventually, more distant markets.

Distribution

Initially our beers will be distributed throughout New Jersey, with future plans to move into the surrounding states of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maryland & Delaware. Bulkhead brands will be available by the glass, six-pack, case and keg at our tasting room, along with growlers-to-go on regular & special limited edition brews. Bulkhead will also be available both kegged, tapped and bottled at liquor stores, restaurants and taverns.

Kickstarter

This Kickstarter project is to raise money for our first phase, and will be used to get the ball rolling. We’ve got the desire, the incentive and the passion all bottled up. Now we need the cash.

Pledging money is easy, simply choose a reward on the right, click it and follow the easy steps. You will need an Amazon account to complete the pledge.

Please Note: Kickstarter will only charge your card if we meet our project goal of $45,000 by the deadline date. Please spread the word. The more the merrier. We welcome you to join our Bulkhead family. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will be handled with the same degree of appreciation and respect.

Together, we can make it happen! 

 What You Get 

Cool stuff! Everyone gets something! From awesome Bulkhead gear to private dinner parties, to a vacation -- your pick! Here are some visual aids to assist you in your selection process. Choose well, my friends.

Sticker!
Sticker!
NEWLY ADDED!! For your $30 pledge, in addition to everything offered in the $27 offer, you will receive these cool Bulkhead ART POSTERS!
NEWLY ADDED!! For your $30 pledge, in addition to everything offered in the $27 offer, you will receive these cool Bulkhead ART POSTERS!
Coaster!
Coaster!
Open Up!
Open Up!
Shirt Front (choice of white, gray, dark green, natural)
Shirt Front (choice of white, gray, dark green, natural)
Shirt Back
Shirt Back
Pint Glass
Pint Glass
Actual Pint
Actual Pint
Hat! (choice of weathered black, green, red, blue, natural)
Hat! (choice of weathered black, green, red, blue, natural)
Signed & Numbered Art Prints!
Signed & Numbered Art Prints!
Boardwalk Wood Tap Handle
Boardwalk Wood Tap Handle
Tap Handle (detail)
Tap Handle (detail)
A Bulkhead Flag!
A Bulkhead Flag!
Original Hand Painted Artwork!
Original Hand Painted Artwork!
Actual Original Art
Actual Original Art
The Other Original Art.
The Other Original Art.
Beach House Rental!
Beach House Rental!

Resurrecting Enzbrenner

In 1852 our ancestor George Enzbrenner opened the Enzbrenner Brewery in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The brewery passed through the generations, surviving both women’s temperance and prohibition, reopening as Altoona Brewing. Due to pressure from larger breweries, the business closed in 1974, leaving fond memories of the fresh tastes of both Curve or Pop’s Brau beers.

Enzbrenner Brewery circa 1870
Enzbrenner Brewery circa 1870

  In homage to our family history, we will be brewing an all barley malt, non-adjunct version of the original pre-prohibition beer.

What IS Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a "crowdfunding" website that allows creative people to reach out to their friends, family, neighbors, and prospective customers to help get their ideas off the ground. Whether it's a musician pressing a new album, an inventor looking to fund a first production run, or a brewery trying to make history, each creator sets a goal to reach.

  If the total pledges don't reach the goal, then the project is not funded at all. The pledges aren't an investment in the business in that you don't get a share of the company- this fundraiser is to aid us in the creation of our brewery.

Kickstarter has a great FAQ here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics.

Risks and challenges

Once we reach our goal, we can put this baby into action. We’ll chase after some serious coin (big time investors welcome -- give us a ring). We’ll begin the acquisition of equipment.

This includes:
Brewing System
Bottling Line
Kegging System
Tap Room & Bakery Equipment (ovens, stove, refrigeration, etc.)

We'll finalize our search for a permanent location and actually begin the buildout of the brewery, bakery and tasting room.

This includes:
Constructing cold storage space and fermentation area
Commissioning a custom bar
Assembling the brewhouse and draft equipment
Renovations to the building
Construction of the bakery & tasting room (and bathrooms)

The next big hurdle will be getting licensed by the state ABC and TTB. That can take as long as 3 months, and all the while we have to be paying rent, testing our equipment, buying up ingredients, and paying our utility bills all while not being able to sell beer!

Then after all of that, if everything goes well and we are licensed without a problem, we can start brewing beer for sale. Once we have enough for our grand opening, we'll officially open our doors!

Like our Facebook Page to stay up to date with the latest developments and the progress of the project: www.facebook.com/BulkheadBrew. Also, our website will be coming online soon which you can find at www.bulkheadbrew.com.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You are an automatic Bulkhead Hall of Fame member. Your name will be permanently added to our wall of honor at the brewery. Your name will also be added to our commemorative list on our website. Your support will be recognized!

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    Not only will you also be a Bulkhead Hall of Fame member (like those above), but you will receive one of our totally awesome Vinyl Stickers. Let your Bulkhead colors shine!

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Any person who pledges $15 OR MORE will receive the two rewards listed above, as well as an invitation to a Private Brewery Tour! We love parties, and having you there will not only be the icing on the cake – you’ll be the foam on the beer!

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    You get all of the same swag as the $15 pledge PLUS we’ll throw in a few of our classic Bulkhead Coasters.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Yes, you will get the above mentioned stuff, but you’ll also receive a really cool Bulkhead Bottle Opener. Always be prepared for any opener related emergency.

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    Pledge $27 or more About $27

    Now we’re getting somewhere! Anyone who pledges $27 or more will receive 50% on your first purchase at The Bulkhead Gift Hut on purchases up to $100! Yes, we know, this deal sounds way too good to be true, but here’s even more added incentive: We’re going to include the Bottle Opener, the Sticker, the Wall, and yes... the Tour.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    We know, you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, where’s my T-shirt?” Well, here it is! For your $50 pledge you get one of our remarkably comfortable T-shirts (In a color of your choice from our list). OR If you’re not one of those T-shirt aficionados, you can have an expert-tested, ergonomically designed Bulkhead Pint Glass. Not one of those big clunky mixer cups, but the perfect vehicle for the perfect brew.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    One year membership to our Brewery Club (effective from date of opening). Members also receive a custom Pint Glass, a Sticker. A Club Shirt, A Bottle Opener, 25% off all beverage purchases at our tap room, 15% off merchandise, and 15% off any baked goods from the Bulkhead Bakery. In addition all members will be notified of new product launches and will have the opportunity to purchase our new offerings 24-48 hours before they go on sale to the public. Members will also receive advance invites to upcoming Events or Celebrations. Wow, what a deal!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Get everything in the $100 offer plus we’ll add a HAT! A Bulkhead Garment Dyed Unstructured Baseball Cap (In a color of your choice from our list).

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Two Year Membership into our Brewery Club (effective from date of opening). Yes, you read right-- 2 YEARS! Members will of course still receive a custom Pint Glass, a Sticker. A Club Shirt, A Bottle Opener, 25% off all purchases at our tap room, 15% off merchandise, and 15% off any baked goods from the Bulkhead Bakery. Notification of new product launches, and will have the opportunity to purchase our new offerings 24-48 hours before they go on sale to the public. And yes, the advance invites to upcoming Events or Celebrations. ALSO: The Baseball Cap. We know, that is really generous.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    A Lifetime Membership in our Brewery Club (non-transferable). No, your eyes are not deceiving you! This is a lifetime of great discounted beer drinking. Just to make it official: Members receive the Pint Glass, a Sticker. the Club Shirt, the Bottle Opener, the Baseball Cap. 25% off at our tap room, 15% off merchandise, and 15% off any baked goods from the Bulkhead Bakery. The notification of new product launches and will have the opportunity to purchase our new offerings 24-48 hours before they go on sale to the public. And yes, the advance invites to upcoming Events or Celebrations. AND (we can’t believe we’re doing this) a Guest of yours will also receive the 25% discount! Woot!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Alright now, here is really something truly awesome. For your $500 pledge, you will not only receive all of the aforementioned rewards, but you and one guest will be attendees at our Grand Opening Party. We guarantee that when we roll out the red carpet, it is going to be spectacular!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    You will receive everything included in the $500 pledge plus a hand signed and numbered Giclee Print. on fine art paper, of one of two of our upcoming labels. Choose from either “Coaster” or “Boardwalk Blonde”.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Same as $750 level + 1 more Pint Glass to share with a friend or a loved one or a pet, another seat at the awesome Opening Party, as well as a Handmade Bulkhead Real Boardwalk Wood Tap Handle made from actual recovered boardwalk wood from Hurricane Sandy!

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Receive everything mentioned thus far plus an opportunity to work with us on an Original Brew specifically designed to your liking. We’ll even put your Likeness (or another image of your choice) On The Label!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Every bit of the previously mentioned treasures PLUS a private Party for 8-10 of your friends in our tap room!!!

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    Pledge $7,500 or more About $7,500

    Everything from the $5,000 pledge with the addition of a custom Bulkhead 3’ X 5’ Flag to run up the pole under Old Glory. Let you Bulkhead colors fly!

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    Pledge $9,500 or more About $9,500

    In addition to everything listed in the $2,500 level, you will get to choose from an Original Painting of either the “Coaster” or “Boardwalk Blonde” labels. These are the actual paintings utilized in the label art as painted by Bulkhead partner and celebrated artist, Gregg Hinlicky. Hang it on your wall as a sign of our great appreciation for your contribution.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Along with everything listed on the $2,500 level, you will receive a One Week Stay at a Jersey Shore Beach House. Bring your family and spend a fun-filled week of Sun, Surf & Fun at the World Famous Jersey Shore! Prize can be used for either the 2013 or 2014 seasons. As much of the damage created by Hurricane Sandy still remains, if you’re not into seeing the aftermath, you might want to wait for 2014.

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Funding period

- (40 days)