Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 23, 2012.

Update #7

Our apartments are getting really full of stuff.

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Greetings!

If the amount of stuff taking over our living spaces is any indication, things are rolling right along with Bemidji Brewing's nanobrewery launch.  There are Kickstarter pledge items coming and going as well as pieces of brewing equipment--very exciting!  

Rest assured, your pledge items are in the works and if not already in your hands, they will be soon.  Below are a few pictures of just some of the fun items, starting off with the tasting paddles that Bud's parents created in their woodshop:

We are also excited to announce that we have secured a location for our nanobrewery.  We will be brewing out of Harmony Cooperative’s NEW Community Kitchen in downtown Bemidji.  It is a new project that aims to help small food-related startups bypass or ease the costs of leasing space, building a certified kitchen, and licensing.  Here is a link to a recent MPR blurb about the Kitchen.  We are thrilled to be one of the Kitchen’s inaugural tenants!  

In case you missed it, Bemidji Brewing was also featured in a MPR story about crowd-sourced funding in early March. Thanks again to Tom Robertson at MPR for highlighting our story! 

Other than getting Kickstarter pledge items wrapped up and acquiring our nano brewing equipment, we have been busy filling out our licensing paperwork, working on recipe development, and finalizing our lease agreement.  We are planning to do our first test brew on our new equipment in mid-April, or as soon as all of our equipment has arrived and is assembled.  We will be sure to share some pics of the system and our brew days.  And we will also keep you updated on our timeframe for our fist beer release--after we have been inspected by the State of MN, the Feds have a 95 day window to inspect and approve us and then it's GO time!  

Thanks again for your support!  We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will share pics of your sweet BBC gear in action.

Cheers,

Tina, Tom, and Bud

To get you even more excited about your pledge items, here are a few last pics of one of our pledge packing parties:

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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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    Vintage-Inspired Bemidji Brewing T-Shirt: Show the world your BBC support with an awesome vintage-inspired t-shirt. You'll also receive the BBC decal and Name Fame.

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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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