Our apartments are getting really full of stuff.
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.
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: