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Help us bring fresh, local craft beer to Bemidji and Northern Minnesota by donating to our pilot brewery project.

Our project is launching a pilot brewing system as the Bemidji Brewing Company in Bemidji, MN.  Following the lean start up approach, we hope to start our brewery with a pilot system capable of producing approximately 25 gallon batches, basically enough beer to supply 1-2 bar accounts in Bemidji. This system will be comprised of all the brewing kettles, fermentation vessels, and kegging equipment necessary to fulfill this initial demand. With our beer on the market, and concrete sales and demand information, Bemidji Brewing will then be poised to make the jump to full-fledged production brewery. A pilot brewing system is the first step towards our larger goal of providing Bemidji and Northern Minnesota with fresh, local craft beer.

Craft beer is booming in Minnesota, primarily around the Twin Cities.

What about the Northwoods? We deserve fresh, local craft beer too!

Minnesota has seen an exciting surge in new breweries throughout the last five years, but we are still far behind much of the nation. Compared to other states, Minnesota has very few breweries per capita. For example, Colorado and Minnesota's populations are nearly identical. However, Minnesota has just 28 breweries while Colorado enjoys 118 breweries.

Within Minnesota, the majority of craft beer is centered around the Twin Cities and Duluth, while much of Northern Minnesota has limited access to local, fresh beer.

Northern Minnesota deserves great craft beer that is produced locally.

We at Bemidji Brewing Co. aim to provide a great beer experience.

We believe beer should be a social experience that brings a community together.

Our favorite beer memories are directly related to our environment. The people, the conversation, the food, and of course the addition of a well-made, fresh beer adds so much to the experience. We want to help create those memories with our beer. Our brewing philosophy is centered around balance: producing beers that are complex through their simplicity. We embrace the idea of the session beer; a low-to-moderate alcohol beer that has just as much flavor and complexity as its higher-alcohol cousins. That being said, we do believe that there is an occasion for every style of beer. From the warmest afternoon spent out on the lake, to the cool crispness of short, grey autumn days, to the most frigid winter nights spent next to a cozy fire: beer compliments great food and great company in many occasions.

We look forward to sharing our beers with you!

Here's how YOU can help make it happen:

-DONATE to our Kickstarter campaign!  Not only will you be helping make this project a reality, you'll also score sweet rewards!  PLEASE NOTE: we only receive funding if we reach our TOTAL goal--it's all or nothing, all the more reason for you to donate!

Follow these easy steps:

1. CREATE a Kickstarter account. It's simple, all it takes is an email and a password.

2. SIGN IN at Amazon.com - if you already have an account, you're all set. If not, no sweat, it is an easy set-up as well.

3. PLEDGE at whatever level you like! Your card will only be charged should we reach our full goal by January 22. 

-SHARE this with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, college buddies and whoever else crosses your path!

THANK YOU all for your support, we really appreciate it!

Tina, Tom, and Bud

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    Bemidji Brewing Decal & Web Recognition: An exclusive lure logo decal stating "I helped beer Bemidji" and website "thank-you" name fame.

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    Bottle Opener & Eternal Name Fame: A high-quality bottle opener that looks like a lure, plus the sweet BBC decal, web thanks AND your name immortalized within the walls of the future brewery. Until Bemidji Brewing has a physical location, this thanks will travel with the team to festivals and events in the form of a pledge plaque or something equally monumental and cool.

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    EXPERIENCE: Invite to Bemidji Brewing's Inaugural Keg-Tapping Party: when the brewery's first commercial beer is released you'll be invited to this special and exclusive party. Just think about it this way: it's the same price as a concert ticket for a band touring to dozens of cities but this event happens only once in a brewery's lifetime and you can say you were there! *All of the following levels will also receive Name Fame.

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    ITEM: Custom Beer Tasting Journal: Get this custom tasting journal, complete with insider tips, facts, and other fun tidbits that will help you document all of your favorite beer sampling memories. And don't worry, you'll also get the BBC decal, bottle opener, and Name Fame!

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    EXPERIENCE: Attend a Private Beer Dinner: Indulge in an exclusive, three-course dinner paired with Bemidji Brewing beers. Only 24 total seats are available for this event, so act fast, every 8 seats will cost more money!

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    ITEM: Swag Package: Not able to attend events but still want to show your BBC support? This is the perfect package for you: get the decal, bottle opener, t-shirt, tasting journal, AND a custom Bemidji Brewing pint glass--an item only available at this level of support!

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    EXPERIENCE: Attend a Private Beer Dinner: The same awesome event as above, but since you missed out on the previous level, it'll cost you $65 per seat--still a great deal for such an exclusive event!

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    EXPERIENCE: Attend a Private Beer Dinner: This is your last chance to snag a seat at our private 3-course, beer-paired dinner! Don't miss out!

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    ITEM: Tasting Package: Get your hands on this tasting package and be prepared to really experience BBC Brews. Comes with: BBC bottle opener, a 4 glass set of custom 5oz. sampling glasses, holding tray, and your very own custom BBC Tasting Journal so that you can document all of your "research."

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    ITEM: Deluxe Swag & Tasting Package: At this level of support you'll score the sweet vintage-inspired BBC t-shirt and the same great items from the basic Tasting Package PLUS an additional set of sample glasses & tray for you and a friend to tickle your taste buds sampling BBC brews. And to take it one awesome step further, you'll also get a custom Bemidji Brewing soft-sided cooler to keep all your favorite BBC brews at their perfect tasting temperature. Cheers!

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    EXPERIENCE: Beer for Breakfast: The Bemidji Brewing founding team comes to your Northern Minnesota residence/cabin and prepares a breakfast of champions for you and 5 friends/family members, featuring Bemidji Beer as an ingredient as well as a chaser for your morning coffee.

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    EXPERIENCE: Lake Bemidji Brews Cruise: Support Bemidji Brewing and treat 8 of your friends to a personal tour of beautiful Lake Bemidji via pontoon boat. Enjoy a relaxing cruise, an open beer bar featuring exclusive BBC brews, and listen to awesome live music!

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