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Dearborn's first microbrewery, located right on Michigan Avenue in Downtown West Dearborn, MI
157 backers pledged $25,243 to help bring this project to life.

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Dearborn Brewing is a small micro-brewery located in downtown west Dearborn, Michigan. We’re going to be brewing hand crafted beers with an on-site taproom and growler sales. Once we're up and running we plan on distributing our beers locally so it'll also be available at your local bars and restaurants. 

A lot of people have asked “Why Dearborn?” Well, there are couple of really good reasons for it. I’m from Dearborn. I live here, I went to school here, and I believe it’s a good fit with the area. Plus, the water here is great for brewing. And that’s a big plus. And so is the huge response we've gotten from local residents who are excited for Dearborn to finally be getting a brewery. 

Why crowd-funding? Well, opening a brewery is expensive, and very time consuming. It takes a while to get the licensing through all the government regulations. So in the meantime, we can work on building renovations and equipment installation but we can’t make, or sell any beer. And that means lots of money going out and no sales bringing money in. So we’re here, asking for your help. In return, based on your pledge level you’ll get various rewards and/or opportunities. Everything from a thank you on our website to the opportunity to brew with us. 

So if you are so inclined, thank you for contributing. And please, if you don’t mind and would like to see Dearborn have its very own (and Dearborn's very first!) micro-brewery, please tell other people about our campaign. Talk about this campaign with your friends, mention it on Twitter, Facebook, any other social media we’ve missed since we buried ourselves in this project, heck.. shout it from a rooftop if the mood strikes you!(But please, keep it legal - no spray painting it on walls or stuff like that. Unless you happen to own the wall in question.)

Lastly, a HUGE thank you to Nick Koenig for putting our video together for us! Couldn't have pulled it off without him!


Risks and challenges

Every business faces risks, or as some business people like to call them, "Headwinds". We have, and continue to do our very best to minimize and mitigate risks, but it isn't possible to eliminate them. So, what are some of the risks we face?

Licensing. This is the big one. While we don't anticipate any issues with getting the license, it's no secret that it takes time to get approved. And it could take longer than we've anticipated.

Zoning. Again, we aren't anticipating any problems. We've talked with the city, and everything seems to be in the clear, but should a protest about our location arise, we'll have to address it.

Equipment delays. Probably one of the biggest issues would be one where our equipment would be delayed. We'll sort of need it to make the beer. This could cause a delay if it were to happen.

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    Our website will feature a "Got us off the ground" thank you page. And your name will appear there for any backing amount pledged. Let's face it, not everyone has a pile of money they're looking to support projects with. This thank you applies to all other pledge levels as well.

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    A die-cut beer mug magnet. It's a magnet, that looks like a mug full of beer, with our logo on it. Great for the beer fridge, your overhead bin or file cabinet at the office, or any other metal surface you'd like to affix it to. Plus the "Thank you" on our website.

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    A Dearborn Brewing "Support Your Local Brewery" Bumper Sticker.
    Yep, it's a bumper sticker. And it's encouraging people to support their local brewery. By virtue of having it, you can say you did. And encourage others to shop local as well. Plus the "Thank you" on our website and the die-cut magnet.

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    What's a brewery without a pint glass of their own, right? Well, this backing level gets you one of ours. Plus the "Thank you" on our website, the die-cut magnet, and our bumper sticker.

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    Dearborn Brewing baseball cap.

    A khaki baseball cap, with a version of our red white and blue logo stitched onto the front. The same type of cap we've been out around town wearing.

    Also includes the "Thank you" on our website, the die-cut magnet, and our bumper sticker.

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    Pledge US$ 40 or more About US$ 40

    We've been asked about them, and yes we are going to offer them. And this reward level will get you one, plus the prior reward levels. Growlers! Your very own half gallon growler from Dearborn Brewing.
    Also includes the "Thank you" on our website, the die-cut magnet, and our bumper sticker.

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    A locally designed Dearborn Brewing T-shirt.
    Also includes the "Thank you" on our website, the die-cut magnet, and our bumper sticker.

    (Note: we marked the delivery on this one a little bit later, simply because we'll need to get a count of sizes needed and then get the shirts ordered.)

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    A Dearborn Brewing Merchandise Bundle. All of our branded merchandise in one convenient pledge level. You'll get it all... The thank you (of course!) plus the magnet, the bumper sticker, the pint glass, the ball cap, a t-shirt, and the growler!

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    A pre-opening brewery tour, plus the merchandise bundle. You'll get all the goodies, plus a scheduled tour of the brewery with a staff member to walk you through the whole brewing process.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    This pledge level gets you an invite to a Pre-opening "Kickstarter Dinner". An invite only dinner before we're ever open to the public. We'll have dinner catered in and you'll get to meet the staff, get a tour of the brewery, plus the merchandise bundle.

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    Custom made mugs. Unique hand-crafted glass mugs from Dearborn's Glass Academy.

    Yep, for this pledge Dearborn Brewing will pick up the tab for a limited number of people to attend a custom mug night at the Glass Academy. They'll make your mug to your specifications and it's yours to keep. You'll also get the merchandise bundle.

    (The Glass Academy can only do 6 mugs per one event - if this pledge level fills we can add a second batch of 6.)

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    We're talking serious business now - We'll put a nameplate with your name on it on a chair at the bar with this pledge level. If you come in and someone is in your chair, if you so choose management will ask them to move to a different spot. Because it's *your* chair. You'll also get the merchandise bundle.

    (We had to show a delivery date - so we picked June. Obviously, these will be available when we get the doors open)

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    Pledge US$ 750 or more About US$ 750

    A chance to spend the day with us, and brew a batch of beer! Ever wanted to see what it like brewing a batch? Ever wanted to be a *part* of the process? That's what this reward level is for. You'll be in the brewhouse, manning the kettles and helping brew a batch of our beer for the brewery. Plus, we'll put your name on the board as one of the brewers of the batch! Think of it more as 15 pints of fame instead of 15 minutes - but you'll be brewing a lot more than 15 pints! You'll also get the merchandise bundle.

    (The actual brew dates will be worked out with anyone choosing to back us at this level, so "delivery" will be contingent on a date that works for you.)

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    Pledge US$ 1,200 or more About US$ 1,200

    This one's the big one. Got a recipe you really want to see us make? Here's the chance. For this pledge level, we'll brew your beer and put it on tap at the brewery with full credit going to you as the brewer and originator of the recipe!

    You'll also get the merchandise bundle, but that was pretty much a given at this point, wasn't it?

    You'll get the chance to be in the brewhouse and act as the brewmaster as we put together your batch of beer.

    (Recipes are subject to TTB approval in some cases - brew dates will be scheduled accordingly)

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