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Big Push, Stretch Goal, Final Reward!  

We're finally here; the last week of our Kickstarter. We want to take this time to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us. You not only crushed our goal in the first 9 hours, you doubled it soon after that. 

As a result, we're going to unleash a stretch goal of $35,000. What do we have in store for you when we hit that goal? How about a Digital Pour system? 

How many times have you been at a drinking establishment and had trouble reading what was scrawled on a chalkboard that was too low to read behind a wall of thirsty patrons? Worry no more. With the Digital Pour system, you'll be able to read our draft list, clear as day, on two LCD monitors placed at either end of our "10-Ton Bar." You'll know which beers are on tap (along with all specs), what's on deck, which glassware it's served in, how much each pour or Crowler is, and how much beer is left in the keg (ultra cool). Furthermore, we'll be able to display events like Fun Runs and Trivia Nights, as well as integrate the whole shebang with our website and social media. You'll pop up on our board when you check in on social media and freshly tapped beers will auto-push to Facebook and Twitter. Amazeballs, right?! 

So, how are we going to meet this stretch goal and bring upon the Craftpocalypse? Well, besides the tank tops we released a few days ago, we're going to unleash the reward that everyone has been asking for. Zip up hoodies! We worked with our designer/merch man to ensure this becomes the hoodie you'll wear all the time. Ultra comfy, ultra hip, cool as hell.  

Thank you...we're almost there!

-ABC

Unisex Alvarium Hoodie
Unisex Alvarium Hoodie

 

Digital Pour Example Screenshot
Digital Pour Example Screenshot

Another Reward: Men's & Women's Tank Tops!

We have two weeks left on our Kickstarter and we're saving some of the best rewards for last!  

With the warmer times among us you need to look cool while staying cool. Don't worry brah, we got you covered! With these fashionable tank tops, you'll look equally at home at the beach or eating Totino's Pizza Rolls in your mother's basement. And, seriously, it's too hot for shirts! Just wait and see; when we're in the throes of global warming, these tanks will be used for currency.  

So Rollerblade over to our page to claim your dank tank (Men's and Women's sizes available). Once the season is over, they're gone!

Men's Tank Top
Men's Tank Top

 

Women's Tank Top
Women's Tank Top

New Reward Unlocked: Hand-Made Wall Mounted Bottle Opener!

Last week we told you we would have some surprise rewards looming on the horizon. Well, we're going to lead off on our promise with a good one...

Every piece of ABC is crafted by our own hands; only relying on licensed professionals when it would otherwise land us in hot water with state and city officials. From cutting concrete and welding steel to wordsmithing communications and chasing after the perfect pint, we're building our brewery with nothing but our own hands, a vision and the help of our amazing family and friends.

To commemorate the attention to craftsmanship that we value so highly, our in-house craft sorceress, Kate, hand-built 10 limited-edition, wall-mounted bottle openers using reclaimed wood from our soon-to-be-famous "10-Ton Bar." Adding to the collector value, each one-of-a-kind piece has been signed by the founders (including the craftswoman, herself) and hand-numbered. You're not only buying a ruggedly beautiful bottle opener, you're literally taking home a piece of our bar and dutifully supporting the notion that the only product worth buying is one made by hand; a value that we're unfortunately seeing less of nowadays.

Whether you're rooting for us, or just a fan of New Britain memorabilia, these rare collectibles are sure to garner showpiece status on the wall of your bar, kitchen or deck.

Get these while you have the chance, they will go fast!

#tinyhandsbigcraft

Our in-house craft sorceress, Kate
Our in-house craft sorceress, Kate

 

Who We Are

Alvarium Beer Company is comprised of three amazingly hard-working and talented individuals who want nothing more than to blow your mind with some killer craft beer.

Nestled in the industrial center of New Britain, Conn., ABC was founded on the principal of revitalizing a historical city with the mighty power of some kick-ass craft beer. Our brewery is not focused on mass production. Instead, we want to create an ultra-communal space where people of all types can fly under the flag of "righteous craft beer."

ABC was founded by Brian Bugnacki, Chris DeGasero and Mike Larson; all of whom are building this space after their normal work hours and going into the wee hours of the morning on the regular. Our brewery has been sized to accommodate serving our taproom guests first, followed by an ever-growing list of outlying accounts.

We wouldn't dream of asking you to fund our brewery. Instead, we're asking for help to make it even more awesome than we already planned. We need your help to put this spot over the top...for you

If you help us in this noble goal, you are forever welcome to drop in the brewery for an epic forearm shake, sister or brother!

Left to right: Brian (Sales), Chris (Head Brewer), Mike (Operations)
Left to right: Brian (Sales), Chris (Head Brewer), Mike (Operations)

What We'll Do With The Money

You're kind enough to show us some love, so we're more than happy to show you where your dough is going:

1) Hand-built seating. What would a communal spot be without hand-crafted, rustic furniture? We want you to be planted and talking with others, so those seats need to be as conducive to sitting and socializing as possible.

2) Oak barrels. Epic beer needs equally epic vessels. Want to live it up while sipping on sweet-ass oaked bourbon stouts? Maybe Chardonnay barrel saisons and sours are your thing. Either way, we need your help in acquiring some super duper cooperage.

3) Outdoor Area. Look, we love our spot, but who doesn't dream of stretching out and bathing in the sun while sipping on a crisp Pilsner? Contribute to our Kickstarter and you could be drinking outdoors like royalty.

4) Lighting. Harsh, sterile lighting belongs in labs. Sex sells, and you drinking our silky suds while bathed in rich, warm light is bound to drive sales. Turn up your contribution and we'll crank up the atmosphere by installing some downright stunning, custom honeycomb lighting. 

5) Games. So much room for activities! Corn hole, life-size Jenga, Ring on a String, arcade cabinets! pinball! It could all be yours! Help us turn Alvarium into an adult playground with craft beer.

Why You Should Care

The three of us are adventurous, crafty, motivated (and just foolhardy enough) to have gone into any business together.

Why build a craft brewery?

It's a mix of things. The three of us are varied in our talents but, at our core, we love to build, we love to craft, and we love to build lasting relationships. And it's the constant pursuit to help each other further these qualities that we sought to band together.

To put it humbly, we can't do this without you. Help grow a local CT business. Help build up the industrious city of New Britain that we're proud to call home. 

Whatever your reason, we thank you.

Artistry through industry.
-ABC

Rewards

Stickers

Bottle Opener

 

Nonic pint glass

 

T-shirts

Men's - circle logo
Men's - circle logo

 

Women's - circle logo
Women's - circle logo

 

Men's/Women's - naked logo
Men's/Women's - naked logo

 Taproom Tackers sign 

Brewer's shirt

 

Fellowship of the Hive mug

 

Fellowship of the Hive T-shirt

 Stay connected with us:

www.facebook.com/AlvariumBeer

www.instagram.com/AlvariumBeer

www.twitter.com/AlvariumBeer

www.alvariumbeer.com

Risks and challenges

As stated before, we're not looking for you to fund our brewery. That would be unfair. Instead, we just need your help to make our space "over the top." Furthermore, by helping, you'll be making the taproom YOUR taproom.

That being said, the only challenge we face is HOW SOON we can open. We're well on our way to opening Spring '17, but we need your assistance to ensure it happens as soon as possible.

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    Infusion of Power

    I'll whisper your name into the palm of my hand before I christen a batch by slapping the freshly-filled fermenter. Be one with the beer!

    Pair with one of the following options for maximum divine slap-itude.

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    Two Very, Very Sticky Stickers

    These stickers are so sticky!

    Use our high-quality stickers to show the world that you're on board with Team Alvarium.

    We're not responsible for all the attention that will be showered upon you by strangers.

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    Homebrew Recipe Analysis

    Are you a homebrewer looking for in-depth recipe critique for your next all-grain batch? Willing to trust our advice?

    Float your all-grain recipe by us, tell us what you're looking for and we'll get you on the right track!

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    Bar-Style Bottle Opener

    Open your bottles in style with this swank-ass bottle opener. The length of this opener provides optimal leverage when opening the most stubborn bottle caps. Plus, you'll look like a hero popping caps like an OG.

    You know what? Don't tell anybody I'm doing this for you, but we'll also throw in the two stickers from the previous reward. Can you afford to turn that down?

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    Branded Nonic Pint Glass

    Do you have a favorite glass at home?
    No? Well, you do now.

    You'll have a splendid glass to sip all your craft beer out of. What's more? It's logo-branded glassware. And you know what? Our logo is cool as hell. By proxy, you are now cool as hell.

    Ok, I promised I wouldn't do this again but, just for you, I'm willing to throw in the bottle opener and both sticky-icky stickers...they're yours.

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    Dances with Yeast

    We'll play your favorite song to our yeast before we pitch it; infusing the yeast with your musical taste before it makes sweet love to our wort.

    Furthermore, we'll record as a member of the Alvarium team grooves to the yeast concert and upload the world's most tragic music video to our YouTube channel.

    Feel free to use this as blackmail fodder when we get bigger down the line.

    Combine with offers for the full "pop n' lock" experience!

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    Alvarium T-Shirt

    These top-of-the-line, custom Alvarium T-shirts are not only of unparalleled quality, they're sure to be your new favorite shirt.

    Fashioned from nothing but spider silk and the breath of a newly born calf (totally unconfirmed), these shirts will grant you with the powers of instant swagger.

    They come in men's and women's styles too, so you'll find the perfect fit for your body type. Just specify your size in the notes.

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    Men's & Women's Tank Tops

    Hopefully everybody picked up tickets to the gun show (or found them on StubHub) when you come strolling down the boardwalk in this tank top. Seriously, people will be scalping tickets; that's how majestic you'll look wearing our kitten soft tank. Imagine the looks you'll get washing your Lincoln Town Car in this thing. You're lookin' crisp!

    **Would you like this reward but already secured a different one? No problemo; simply adjust your dollar amount pledge to include this item and we'll take care of the details. (An email survey will be sent out at the end to confirm your choice(s).**

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    Custom "Taproom Tackers" Sign

    You'll be able to proudly adorn your man-cave, bar, bathroom, etc. with our custom aluminum sign. And, let me tell you, these look awesome in person.

    The sign makers (signsmiths?), Taproom Tackers, are a local CT company that we're proud to do business with. So now you have the opportunity to support two local CT businesses with one donation.

    Makes a great gift for that special craft beer aficionado in your life too!

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    1-on-1 Beard Oiling

    Ever run your manicured hands through a burly brewer's beard? If not, I assure you, you're missing out.

    Let's keep it simple, I'll provide the premium coconut oil, you provide the gusto. I'll even get the party going by pouring us both a pint of our tasty suds.

    And, of course, we'll record the whole ordeal and upload it to our YouTube channel so the proud moment can be recorded for future generations.

    Also, according to reports I just made up, it'll bring you 7 years of good luck. You may even absorb some unforeseen magic...so, there's that too.

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    1-Year Crowler Club Membership

    Who doesn't like tasty beer packaged in the perfect to-go vessel?

    For those of you not aware, crowlers are a 32 oz. can that we fill and seal, in front of your very eyes, before we kiss it goodbye and release it into your caring hands.

    Here at ABC, we believe that crowlers are the Almighty's answer to growlers; boasting maximum transportability, recyclability and shelf stability. These cans will make a convert out of you if you've ever gone through the hassle of lugging glass growlers to your favorite brewery for a refill.

    That's why we're offering a 1-year membership into this cool club! Donate and experience the following list of benefits:

    -Gifted crowler on your birthday week
    -5% off one crowler, 10% off two crowlers, and 15% off 3+ crowlers; per purchase..

    Sound good? Now fill up!

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    Alvarium Brewer's Shirt

    Want to look like a brewer but don't want the long hours, extreme temperatures and lower back problems? Maybe you want to place somewhere in the middle at your office's Best Costume Contest next Halloween.

    Well, now you can reap the benefits of sexiness and prestige without any of the dirty work.

    Our brewer's shirts are tough as nails and show the world that you're on team ABC.

    You'll still keep your paycheck but, spiritually, we'll pay you in nothing more than beer and kielbasa.

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    Alvarium Hoodie

    The reward you've all been asking for.

    Our zip up hoodie is mega comfy and soft. Comes with pockets full of street cred and will surely become your favorite hoodie on planet Earth. Rock the brand in style!

    **Would you like this reward but already secured a different one? No problemo; simply adjust your dollar amount pledge to include this item and we'll take care of the details. (An email survey will be sent out at the end to confirm your choice(s).**

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    Hand-Made, Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

    "Oh, hello there. Welcome to my parlor. May I interest you in a limited release offering from local brewery, Alvarium Beer Company? They're classy as f*ck.

    Feel free to use my wall mounted, limited edition, hand-signed bottle opener; hand-built by the inimitable Kate Bugnacki, herself. Why, yes, that very bottle opener IS made from the same wood used to build their "10-Ton Bar." I do so enjoy using the collected bottle caps to pelt unsuspecting passers-by from the back of my Rolls-Royce. Good show!"

    Mega prestige comes at a price. Get these while they last.

    Each unique piece has been numbered and hand signed by each co-founder, and the artist, Kate.

    **If you would like one of these bottle openers, here's how you do it on Kickstarter: Change your reward to this one (Wall Mount Bottle Opener) then increase the dollar amount to cover the other reward(s) you would like. At the end of the campaign, we'll send out a message to confirm your reward(s).**

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    Brew Bundle

    Ah! The conundrum of being at a new restaurant and not knowing what looks best on the menu...
    May we suggest a little of column A and column B?:

    -1-year Crowler Club Membership
    -"Taproom Tackers" sign
    -Alvarium T-shirt
    -Bottle opener
    -Two stickers

    The perfect gift for that special person in your life!

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    2-Year Mug Club & Custom T-shirt

    Ever wanted to be part of something bigger than yourself? Join the ranks of the "Fellowship of the Hive."

    Joining the Fellowship of the Hive not only affords you maximum prestige amongst the unwashed masses, it grants you:

    -Bonus year (Kickstarter contributors are the only ones to receive the second year free)
    -Special "secret society" mug, stored and cared for at our taproom
    -Access to our exclusive Annual Fellowship of the Hive party
    -Gifted crowler and mug fill on your birthday week
    -2 custom "secret society" stickers
    -10% off mug fills
    -10% off merchandise in our shop
    -Custom "Founding Member" t-shirt branded with our "secret society" logo

    For once, you can finally give a knowing wink and nod to the person across the bar without the awkward look back.

    Welcome to the Fellowship!

    *We're limiting the reward to a quantity of 100 and once they're gone from Kickstarter, we're not sure when we'll be opening more memberships. Might not be for a while.
    If you've seen most mug club memberships at bars/breweries, you know there's a lengthy waiting list.

    Don't miss out.

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    Lifetime Mug Club & Custom T-shirt

    You're going to reap all the benefits of the previous reward, but you'll receive ultimate baller status as a lifetime member of the Fellowship of the Hive!

    That's right, you'll get the following benefits for a lifetime:

    -Special "secret society" mug, stored and cared for at our taproom
    -Access to our exclusive Fellowship of the Hive party
    -Gifted crowler and mug fill on your birthday week
    -2 custom "secret society" stickers
    -10% off mug fills
    -10% off merchandise in our shop
    -Custom "Founding Member" t-shirt branded with our "secret society" logo

    Not exclusive enough? We're limiting the lifetime mugs to this Kickstarter campaign only. That's right, when this offer ends, you will not see it again.

    Literally, the chance of a lifetime to be a member of the Fellowship of the Hive...for a lifetime.

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    Be a Brewer & 2-Year Mug Club

    Forget what I said earlier about the life of a brewer being so difficult. It's the best job ever!

    Donate and you'll not only be able to help develop a recipe of your choosing, we'll do all the heavy lifting while you observe the process unfold like some sort of Brew God Royalty.

    Then, once all the dust settles, you'll be able to name the beer and be present for the unveiling as the "Guest of Honor."

    And, as a bonus:

    -2-year Mug Club Membership
    -Brewer's shirt
    -T-shirt
    -"Taproom Tackers" sign
    -Branded nonic pint glass
    -Bottle opener
    -Two stickers

    Q: How cool is that?!
    A: Very cool. And that's why we're only offering this experience to 10 lucky individuals.

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    Be a Brewer & 2-Year Mug Club & Party

    Did you think the previous reward was cool as hell? Maybe you wanted it and it already sold out. Well here's a chance to elevate your game even further.

    Yup, you'll not only be a brewer for a day and tout your 2-year Fellowship of the Hive status (and all benefits), you'll be able to show off to your friends as we host a private party for you and up to 7 guests at Alvarium Beer Company!

    The beer will be flowing and the food will be served at the appropriate temperature, as we host your party with an abundance of hospitality.

    Depending on your availability, we'll time it so that we can serve your beer at this gala event.

    And, we'll throw in the following:

    -Brewer's shirt
    -T-shirt
    -"Taproom Tackers" sign
    -Branded nonic pint glass
    -Bottle opener
    -Two stickers

    We're only offering up 5 of these rewards, so get on it now while you still can!

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    "The Ultimate Package"

    This is the Alpha and Omega of brewery-related Kickstarter rewards. The package we assembled here is so mighty, the sheer gravity of it may cause the internet to collapse in on itself in a beer-soaked black hole.

    We're not only going to give you the following rewards:

    -Brew a batch with us
    -We'll help you design the recipe
    -You name the beer
    -Be there for the unveiling as a "guest of honor"
    -Private party with you and up to 7 guests
    -Lifetime Mug Club Membership
    -Special mark on your mug, promoting you as one of three true champions of Alvarium Beer Company for life
    -Brewer's shirt
    -T-shirt
    -"Taproom Tackers" sign
    -Branded nonic pint glass
    -Bottle opener
    -Two stickers hand-picked for their stickiness...

    We'll also throw in a guided trip to some of our favorite New England breweries and craft bars.

    You heard that right, we'll whisk you away to some of our favorite drinking spots for the day and, most importantly, the beer and food is on us!

    This experience is so great that it is limited to three generous donors only.

    Will you be one of the few?

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Funding period

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