Who is Ghostfish Brewing Company?
We're the first dedicated gluten-free brewery in the state of Washington, and we do gluten-free beer right. Unlike some breweries trying to pass off barley beers treated with enzymes as being "safe", we use only gluten-free ingredients in all of our beers. But not just any gluten-free ingredients, either--we use malted grains like millet and buckwheat, produced by a small-scale artisan malting company in a dedicated facility. This lets us brew a full range of craft beer styles, from traditional staples like stouts and pale ales to bold experimental beers that have literally never been brewed before.
Ghostfish Brewing Company is the project of three friends with a passion for beer and a set of very complementary skills. Randy brings years of experience in architecture, construction, and small business management. Brian brings a decade of working within the craft beer industry, working directly with breweries and other industry members as a sales rep for a major beverage packaging company. Jason is an award-winning gluten-free homebrewer with an encyclopedic knowledge of both the art and science of gluten-free brewing.
Is the beer any good?
In his homebrewing days, Jason entered his beers in competitions where they competed only with barley beers, so every award he's won has been against the best that the local glutenous homebrewers had to offer. The beer he makes at Ghostfish is even better--it reflects a year of dedication to the refinement of a few key recipes. We won't put any beer in a can until we feel that it can compete directly with barley beers of similar styles, not just the handful of other gluten-free beers available. We want EVERYONE to enjoy our beer, including people without gluten issues.
Where will the beer be available?
We will initially be offering three flagship beers--Watchstander Stout, Vanishing Point Pale Ale, and Shrouded Summit Witbier. These will be brewed on our 15-barrel steam brewhouse and packaged in 16-oz aluminum cans. Initially we plan to self-distribute around the Seattle/Tacoma metropolitan areas, retailing through beer shops, specialty grocers, and select bars and restaurants. We've got our sights set on rapid expansion, and have designed our brewery to allow for that. We hope to be serving the whole West Coast within a few years, and are also looking into online sales as a way to get our beer out to the rest of the U.S. as soon as possible. We want EVERYONE to be able to enjoy our beers--especially YOU!
What are you going to use the money for?
Right now our brewery is under construction. We've got the funding we need to brew full batches of our three flagship beers and put them in cans. But we are not content with three amazing beers--we want to add an exciting lineup of rotating seasonals, as well as far-out "one-off" styles, and also expand our year-round offerings. For that, we need an R&D lab and pilot brewing system, because Jason can't keep brewing 5-gallon batches in the brewery kitchen!
With your donations, we can acquire the necessary permits, do the construction and plumbing, purchase and install a 1/2-bbl (15.5 gallon) electric brewing system, and acquire the necessary fermenters and lab equipment. We've already priced everything out, and we're asking for just enough to get it done on a budget. Anything donated in excess of that will go into one of our stretch goals: purchasing a PA system so we can have live music, putting up an actual sign for the brewery, or getting new equipment for our kitchen so we can expand our food offerings.
We've got a grand vision for our brewery, and with your help, we can take it to the next level.
Risks and challenges
The main operations of our brewery--brewing and packaging the beer, running the taproom, etc.--will run with or without the funds we are seeking through this Kickstarter campaign. Assuming everything goes well with those operations, the risks to the success of building our R&D lab are minimal. We may discover some unexpected obstacles in the construction of the lab, causing a cost overrun in labor. If that happens, we have a few options to cover the budget over-run: purchasing on credit, purchasing fewer fermenters, or delaying construction until our operating budget can accommodate the over-run.
As for the rewards, we've ordered a stockpile of all the physical goods already, so fulfillment on those is essentially guaranteed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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