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Borgata is the first of its kind in Omaha since before Prohibition. We want to make our tasting room the best it can be.

We're looking to build a place to unwind and sample great beers, spirits, and craft cocktails.

Omaha had a long and rich history of craft breweries and distilleries before Prohibition and we’re proud to be part of a growing movement to bring that back. It’s about taking the energy going on around us and building a new vision together.

We're renovating a former automotive shop in The Old Market, restoring many of the original details and adding some new touches. Through the open garage doors we’ll be pouring the freshest beer in town.

We have a lot of unique, fun, interesting incentives for supporters at every level – things you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

Dave Koenig, "Year of the Bison," 2013, $175 incentive
Dave Koenig, "Year of the Bison," 2013, $175 incentive

Artist Statement: "Year of the Bison" endures the hardships and obstacles life delivers proving that every minor failure is but a stepping stone to true greatness. Through every wound we must heal and every devil we must kill thrives endless possibilities to our achievements. - Dave Koenig 

Where You Come In
We want to invite the community to be a part of bringing our vision to life. We’re all about local -- locally brewed beer, locally distilled spirits, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We’re also going to showcase local artists on our walls, local musicians playing in our tasting room, food brought in by some of the best local chefs in town. You will help us go from good to great, and from great to exceptional.

Tasting Room Blueprint
Tasting Room Blueprint

Stretch Goal: $60,000
One of the main renovations we want to carry out is re-installing garage doors out front as part of our intent to showcase the building’s original character and to bring another gem back to life in our gorgeous Old Market. They’re going to be big and beautiful, opening up to our patio overlooking 12th and Jackson, allowing the breeze to circulate the entire building -- it will give the tasting room a wonderful, open-air feel that we’ll all really enjoy. If we hit our stretch goal, we’ll be able to ensure the garage door construction in time for spring 2014. It’s a big project that’s going to take some muscle, and we’d be thrilled to complete it in time for the nice weather by reaching our stretch goal.

Our Whisky
We will be making several varieties of whisky, with a focus on single malts. Most whiskies sold are blended whiskies, made in large column stills, much like a commodity. They come from many different distilleries, made with corn, wheat, rye, and different raw materials. One of the things that makes our whisky so special is that it’s all single malt – put together, blended to perfection into a single product. Scotland is well known for its single malts, but it’s never been done here in the U.S. We’re about to change that.

Our Beer
Our core ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible. Initially, we'll be producing four distinct beers for mass distribution and rotating taps of dozens of seasonal and special batch beers at our tasting room.

To keep the beer cold and fresh and protect it from harmful UV rays that can turn even a great beer skunky, we’re putting our beers in cans rather than bottles. Cans aren't just better for beer but they're better for our environment as well. Easily recyclable and, let's be honest, it's a nice bonus that they're lighter and easier for you to grab a few extra 6 packs every time you stop at the store. 

About Borgata

Our name comes from an old Italian word for family. While the word has taken on other meanings over the years, we like the original sentiment. Our brand is all about community and family and coming together to build something special, something lasting that can leave a mark on the place where we call home.

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We’re renovating an old building in downtown Omaha, which can be some tricky business. What existed as a secondhand store for years is currently a shell, a work in progress. Our imagination and determination are what will push forward the plan to turn this into a perfectly retro-fitted, well-functioning brewing and distilling facility with a comfortable tasting room. As with all older buildings, our challenges will be to preserve the original character of the space, while furnishing it with the proper equipment within budget. We’re on our way, but wouldn’t be surprised if some setbacks arose. As we build the brewery and distillery, some components of the tasting room may need to be adjusted. We’re committed to keeping all aspects of our original plan; we just might need to move them around a little.

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    We’ll add your name to our list of supporters on the brand new Borgata Brewery & Distillery website.

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    MORE PILSNER, LESS POLITICS! The government shutdown affected thousands, including Borgata, since we can't get our liquor license 'til they are back up and running. Help us remind our elected officials that most differences can be settled over a pint of good beer. We're sending our first two cases to the White House and John Boehner, along with a letter signed by you and the rest of the Borgata family, to urge them to chill out and settle this. You'll also get a "More Pilsner, Less Politics" T-shirt -- it's a timeless message we can all get behind. Local pickup at the tasting room only!

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    MORE PILSNER, LESS POLITICS! for out-of-towners. If you live outside of Omaha, we'll ship you the "More Pilsner, Less Politics" T-shirt, plus your name will be on our letter to the White House and John Boehner, too.

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    Beef up your cool T-shirt collection. Come by the tasting room in Omaha’s Old Market to pick up your chic new Borgata T-shirt complete with original design. You’ll also get a full tour of the new space and a mention on our website.

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    Come by the tasting room in Omaha’s Old Market, and you can take home a set of two pilsner glasses, printed with original Borgata design. You’ll get a full tour of the new space -- brewery, distillery, and tasting room -- and a mention on our website.

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    If you’re outside of the Omaha metro area, we’ll ship you a set of two Borgata pilsner glasses, with the same original design we’re using at the tasting room, plus you'll get a mention on our website.

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    This level of Borgata badass-ness includes a T-shirt and set of two pilsner glasses, all complete with original Borgata design. You’ll also get a full tour of the new space and a mention on our website, of course.

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    If you live outside our fair City of Omaha and can't make it to the tasting room, we'll ship you a Borgata T-shirt and set of two pilsner glasses, plus you'll get a mention on our website.

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    You’re invited to our Exclusive Kickstarter's Only Party where you'll rub elbows with fellow beer and whisky enthusiasts that saw the vision and wanted to be a part of it with us, too! Borgata T-shirt also included.

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    We can’t promise you’ll be an all-star bartender in a day -- or can we? Join our one-time, four-hour Libations Class, and cover all you need to know to start, including infusions, classic cocktail techniques, simple syrups, and more. Class materials included (that means you’ll take home some goodies, such as a Borgata rocks glass). Exact date and time to be announced no later than spring 2014, to take place no later than early summer 2014.

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    Take home a set of four Borgata pilsner glasses. With a unique, angled shape and exclusive printed Borgata design, these will be a great addition to any beer enthusiast's glassware collection. Borgata T-shirt also included. Pick up in the tasting room only!

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    Drink your whisky in style with a set of four Borgata rocks glasses. Printed with exclusive Borgata design, they're essential for all whisky drinkers. Borgata T-shirt also included. Pick up in the tasting room only!

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    You’re invited to a one day workshop in which Zac Triemert -- named one of the “20 Entrepreneurs to Watch” by Worth magazine in 2011 -- explains how they started Borgata. Topics to be discussed: business plan writing, budget, fundraising, legal issues, equipment selection, build-out, licensing, and more. Holly will also be on hand to discuss branding, events & experiential marketing.

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    An invitation to our Exclusive Kickstarter's Only Party -- for two! Rub elbows with fellow beer and whisky enthusiasts who saw the vision and wanted to be a part of it with us. Two Borgata T-shirts also included.

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    Bring a little Borgata home with you with this original signed print from artist Dave Koenig. Dave’s prolific work as a painter and tattooist was a key inspiration behind Borgata’s logo and style. This unframed print, "Year of the Bison," showcases the artist's exceptional line work and use of color.

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    Grace a Borgata bathroom stall with the name of your choosing on a one-of-a-kind engraved plaque. Preference not given to those named John. When you come by the tasting room, we’ll throw in a Borgata T-shirt, pilsner glass, and rocks glass. Plus, we’ll thank you by also putting your name on one of the very bricks that hold the place together.

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    We think this is one way to go down in history. Grace the Borgata urinal with the name of your choosing on a one-of-a-kind engraved plaque. When you come by the tasting room, we’ll throw in a Borgata T-shirt, pilsner glass, and rocks glass. Plus, we’ll thank you by also putting your name on one of the very bricks that hold the place together.

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    Learn the ropes of beer brewing. As a small group, Zac our Master Brewer will show you how it’s done, hands on, in this three-day workshop session at our commercial brewery. You’ll walk away knowing the whole process of producing a consistent, high-quality product, from a batch of grains to a glass at the bar, whether you’re a first-time brewer or seasoned veteran. We might even share some of our secrets. Exact date and time to be coordinated in early 2014, to take place in early summer 2014. We’ll also throw in a pilsner glass and put your name on one of the tasting room bricks as a special thanks.

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    Every good fermentation vessel needs a name. Help us come up with a damn good one for one of ours, to be on display on a one-of-a-kind engraved plaque. Our pilsner, IPA, wheat, stout and various other styles will all come from this integral piece of equipment you named for us. Plus, we’ll thank you by also putting your name on one of the very bricks that hold the place together.

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    Join our Fantasy Booze Camp and learn the ropes of distilling in a commercial space. As a small group our Master Distiller will show you how it’s done, hands on, in this three-day workshop session. Work with authentic single malt whisky without leaving the country, and get to know our team. Exact date and time to be coordinated in early 2014, to take place in summer 2014. We'll also throw in a rocks glass and put your name on one of the tasting room bricks as a special thanks.

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    Learn the ropes of beer brewing in our commercial space with Master Brewer Zac Triemert (see full description above). At this incentive level, we'll arrange your airfare and three-night lodging accommodations from anywhere in the continental US. Come learn how to brew with us in Omaha!

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    Join our Fantasy Booze Camp and learn the ropes of distilling in a commercial space with our Master Distiller Zac Triemert (see full description above). At this incentive level, we'll arrange your airfare and three-night lodging accommodations from anywhere in the continental US. Come learn how to distill with us in Omaha!

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    You and 75 VIP guests get to go behind the scenes to our production area for a three-hour private event, hosted by the Borgata team. We're roping off the back just for you. This is your chance to party in our Barrel Room and Brewhouse, right up in there with the beautiful fermentation tanks. It’s like being Omaha royalty. The Borgata team will work with you to make sure you’ve got plenty of the right provisions, and $1200 of the incentive cost goes towards a food tab. If you're in the market to throw a spectacular party with our brand new brewing and distilling facility as the backdrop, this is for you. Available Monday through Saturday only.

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    This is your chance to design your own brew. Take the reins and create an exclusive Borgata beer by working closely with our brewer to determine the style and flavor of what goes into our brew kettle, and we’ll put it on tap. Also included is a set of four Borgata pilsner glasses, a T-shirt and we’ll thank you by also putting your name on one of the very bricks that hold the place together.

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    Choose your seat at the bar. You can choose 1 seat for a full year or 2 seats for 6 months. You’ll own it and the crowd when you walk in -- that’s right, all yours, complete with custom signage, and get VIP treatment. Yes, everybody will know your name. You’ll also get the Borgata T-shirt, pilsner glass, rocks glass, and brick with your name on it in the tasting room.

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    Travel with us to the celebrated US beer hub of Denver for Great American Beer Festival in October 2014. Become part of the Borgata crew and see why we’re so fun to travel with. Airfare, lodging, festival tickets, and some meals for two participants included in the travel package. You’ll also get the Borgata T-shirt, set of four pilsner glasses, and a brick with your name on it in the tasting room.

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