Agrarian Ales: A True Farm-To-Glass Experience
Agrarian Ales: A True Farm-To-Glass Experience
It’s a 21st century/old fashion barn raising! Due to a sudden bureaucratic change, we need your help to build a new tap room structure
It’s a 21st century/old fashion barn raising! Due to a sudden bureaucratic change, we need your help to build a new tap room structure Read more
Who We Are:
Agrarian Ales is a small and unique family owned brewery on 25 acres residing in the picturesque Willamette valley. We grow all of the hops, herbs, berries, chiles, squash, etc. for our Belgian, French and Northwest inspired farmhouse ales right at our brewery and tasting room. All of our farm-to-glass creations are made on a rustic brewing system in a renovated 1940’s era dairy barn - a nod to our resourcefulness and the historical roots of beer and agriculture.
After a successful 5 years of sharing our vision and artisanal craft at our farm, and receiving praise for what we represent and do in local and national publications, our local county bureaucracy (citing current commercial building codes, i.e. seismic upgrades) has recently deemed our rustic barn brewery unfit to continue receiving the public under its roof.
As a small grassroots brewery we have built our success largely on welcoming the community out to the farm where we grow beer. Every year we host a hop harvest festival where our friends, family and community hand pick every hop cone we grow. We have created a deep sense of place for our patrons to not only see and be on the land where our beer is grown, but also to explore the opportunity to experience and contribute in the harvest of the beer they drink throughout the year.
The educational, experiential and socially relevant model we represent as a nearly closed-loop participatory brewery is invaluable for understanding and enjoying the historical roots of beer and its intimate connection to agriculture. Help us continue to provide this unprecedented opportunity to our community and beyond for the future of family farm agriculture and the growing artisanal beer movement as a whole.
What We Need Moving Forward:
We need your support to re-establish our ability to properly welcome our amazing visitors by building a new Tasting Room and Reception Space adjacent to our 2 acre beer garden.
Our innovative plans for a new Tasting Room involve the addition of three small structures - one for relocating our tasting room, and the other two designed for receiving visitors in a comfortable and visually inspiring way. These structures will feature an abundance of large entryways and panoramic views of our fertile farm and the surrounding Willamette valley beauty.
Our primary design intention is to further enhance the enjoyment and uniquely interactive nature of our farm-to-community brewery as it relates to: hop harvest, seasonal demonstrations, observing our operational farm and, of course, the wholesome family atmosphere that we have become so well known for. This build will be engineered with minimal impact in mind, including elements of passive solar design and similar long-term energy efficiencies. By retaining an exterior red barn motif, all of these concepts will integrate nicely into our beloved barn-on-a-farm ambience. As a destination for internalizing the true agricultural nature of beer - our project focus is specific in making that experience even more of a reality.
The Launch of our Grand Farmhand Society:
Your investment into our family farm brewery is also an investment into our connection to you. With this in mind, we have chosen to launch our Grand Farmhand Society club right here in this Kickstarter project!
By becoming a member of this special club, you are providing us with an opportunity to reward you throughout the year with the finest bottled offerings we produce. With almost 40 unique wine and spirits barrels for aging beer and many special vessels designated for unique and wild fermentation, we have some incredibly rare and wonderful creations to look forward to. For all the details, explore the Grand Farmhand Society page on our website.
Through this Kickstarter platform, you have an opportunity to join our beer farm family and participate in supporting the continuation of what we are and what we represent. Thank you for believing in us.
Project Goals:Our new Tasting Room and Reception Space will cost more than $50,000 to complete. We have intentionally set our initial goal at $50,000 to establish a reasonable starting threshold - since Kickstarter will only fund a campaign when a stated milestone is achieved.
We believe in what we do, and we know a lot of wonderful people are interested in seeing us succeed. We have outlined our "stretch" goals to help guide you in where your support will be directed after the prerequisite initial goal is reached.
Base Goal & Stretch Goals:
Base Goal: $50,000... We need this to get the project started.
Stretch Goal 1: $100,000... We build our new Tasting Room structure.
Stretch Goal 2: $150,000... We build our first Reception Space structure.
Stretch Goal 3: $200,000... We build our second Reception Space structure.
Stretch Goal 4: $300,000... Increase and enrich our barrel, bottle and farm projects to sustain even more farmhouse offerings to our Grand Farmhand Society members and wider community. This will help keep our family farm stable and thriving for the years to come - providing a model for the future of small and relevant agriculture.
Risks and challenges
The primary challenge we will face involves phasing each component of this project appropriately while remaining open to the public. The placement of this construction will be front and center to our visiting customers, whom will be able to keep a close eye on all developments...
We are working with a crew of professional contractors who have assessed our designs and aspirations, and we all understand the potential challenges when building new structures from the ground up. While we can't predict a seamless transition, we can say with confidence that we have enlisted a extremely competent crew. They also happen to love our beer and are highly supportive of our grassroots family farm operation.
Our $50,000 initial goal will certainly get things started, but we will need to keep the momentum going to complete this endeavor before the season turns cold again. Prior to the recent bureaucratic re-evaluation of our existing Farmhouse brewery, we were successful in keeping our visitors warm and comfortable in the off season. The objective of this project is to get us back to that point, and discover where it leads us moving forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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