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Bear Bones BeerBy Bear Bones Beer
First created
Bear Bones BeerBy Bear Bones Beer
First created
$2,410
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
29
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 1 2015 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Bear Bones Beer's primary objective is to create and distribute quality beer in a sustainable way, with the further goal of becoming a focal point in Lewiston's downtown. We not only want to serve the greater L/A Metropolitan area, but also act as a conduit which draws people from out of town to come and experience not only what we are offering, but what all of central Maine has to give as well.

Bird's Eye Maple Serving Board, Stickers, Growler Tote
Bird's Eye Maple Serving Board, Stickers, Growler Tote
Eben Serving Samples at a Tandem Glass Event ~ April 2013
Eben Serving Samples at a Tandem Glass Event ~ April 2013

We spent years looking for a space that would allow us to really be part of the revitalization of Lewiston. We finally found the perfect location in the heart of Lewiston's downtown last fall. Even with the location in hand we were unable to start construction because the zoning did not allow for a brewery. 

We spent last fall and winter petitioning the city of Lewiston to change the laws so we could truly claim our address as our own. Our ideal from the start has been to help the community grow because we are part of it. Our work with the City Council has not only paved the way for us to open, but also other small retail oriented specialty food and beverage businesses who wish to be part of this growing downtown.

Adam Demolishing Concrete Floors! ~ Feb 2015
Adam Demolishing Concrete Floors! ~ Feb 2015

We are now in the middle of our build out. The demolition is finished, our walls are going up, and the brew house is ready to be installed. We have been doing the work ourselves and with the help of our close friends who have be generously donating their time.  We still have a long way to go. The funds that are raised with this Kickstarter campaign will directly go to building materials, purchasing bottles, and ingredients.

Brew House Ready For Installation ~ Jan 2015
Brew House Ready For Installation ~ Jan 2015

Risks and challenges

Seasonal market fluctuations can be a major challenge for retail establishments in our area, and while we are technically manufacturers, our business relies heavily on hand-poured growlers and pints served and sold from our storefront. We will face the challenge of this market variation by offering more kegs for sale to restaurants and bars during low sales volume periods.

We are completely owner financed so one of the biggest obstacles is getting fully funded, and that includes fending off the risks associated with low cash flows upon opening. The pre-sale of 750mL bottles, 1L bottles, and pint glasses, will help us fund the setup costs for the tasting room.

All the wooden merchandise is sourced from reclaimed wood (cut-offs, scraps and demolition remnants) and expertly worked by Cass V Bartlett, right here in Lewiston!

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    2 Stickers:

    Show your support with a couple of stickers featuring our Logo.

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    Show your support with a Bear Bones branded 16oz glass and sticker!

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    The Standard

    One 750 ml Bear Bones branded swing-top resealable bottle.

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    T-shirt, 2 Stickers:

    Men's or women's t-shirt with the bear bones logo, your choice of size and 2 vinyl decals

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    Goody Bag:

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    Serving Kit.

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    Wooden Tote, 2 Branded Glass Swing Top Bottles:

    Handmade tote from reclaimed wood from the actual brewery and to swing top branded bottles.

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    Mixed Media:

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    Cub Club:

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    Double Cub Club:

    Same as the Cub Club but twice as nice! Plus you get a hand made wood tote to carry them around in.

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    Bricks in Wall:

    Have your name on our wall. Exceptional support will be recognized with a placard affixed to the brick wall in our brewery's tasting room.

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    Brewday!

    Come and brew with the Bear Bones boys and help us name an all new concoction.

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Funding period

- (34 days)