About this project
What is HopBox? Why is it special?
Whether you’re a veteran brewer or are brewing your first batch of beer, HopBox homebrewing kits are designed to help you brew in style. Every aspect of brewing is provided for, from quality glassware to the durable, highly-portable handcrafted wooden base. Each kit is built by hand in our Somerville, MA workshop from rustic pine and locally-sourced components. Our home brewing kits are perfect for brewing cider, mead, and - of course - beer.
We offer 4 different models, able to brew 1 to 3 gallons of beer at a time (approximately 10-30 beers). Each HopBox homebrewing kit comes fully-equipped with a complete set of instructions, a brewers’ log, ingredients*, and a recipe book with over 20 recipes to choose from.
We’ve been refining and perfecting our designs over various iterations, taking feedback from early adopters and our customers. After perfecting our process during the holiday season, we are confident that we’re ready to take our operation to the next level to become a fully-functioning business.
Now that we’ve tested our product, we’re ready for full-scale production. Which means upgrading our workshop situation. Your donations will go towards renting a bigger, better workshop and helping us to purchase our own tools. With a bigger workshop, we can house our production and shipping comfortably under one roof.
What's the plan?
In addition to establishing a better home for our business, we’d also like to use our workshop as a communal space where we can share the process of brewing and woodworking with the local community. We’d love for people to come see us build their kits so we can hand the product to them and walk them through their first (or even their hundredth) brew. Our most rewarding days are those spent chatting with other homebrewers, showing them our process and hearing about their latest concoctions. We want to provide a venue for those conversations - tastings, brewing sessions, and everything in between.
Our current shop space is small, dark, and cramped, and we don’t always have access to the tools that we need--we share them with others who use the space. At the moment, all of our packing, shipping and grain-milling takes place in an apartment. Boxes are stacked to the ceiling, shelves are filled with supplies, and stray packing peanuts litter the floor. It’s barely functional as a hobby, and nowhere near what we need to run a business. With your support, we can expand.
And in return?
REWARDS! We’ve got rewards for days, including great discounts on all of our homebrewing kits, custom bottle openers and pint glasses, and lots of great swagger to fully outfit you for your next brewing adventure. Check out our offerings below!
What will your donations do for you?
Now that we’ve tested our product, we’re ready for full-scale production. Which means upgrading our workshop situation. Your donations will go towards renting a bigger, better workshop and helping us to purchase our own tools. With a bigger workshop, we can house our production and shipping under one roof.
In addition to production purposes, our dream is to develop our future workshop as a communal space where we can share the process of brewing and woodworking with the local community. We want people to be able to come see us build their kits so we can hand the product to them and walk them through their first (or hundredth) brew. Our most rewarding days are those spent chatting with other homebrewers, showing them our process and hearing about their latest concoctions. We want to provide a venue for those conversations - tastings, brewing sessions, and everything in between.
Who’s behind HopBox?
Two guys with a beer-fueled dream.
Mike Langone: I first discovered brewing five years ago. It was love at first brew. However, the brewing process left much to be desired. It was a ungainly process involving ugly plastic fermenters, a messy kitchen and thoroughly disgruntled roommates. I figured there had to be a better way to brew, one that would look at home in any environment and celebrate the process rather than hide it. In January 2013 I designed the first HopBox homebrewing kit. It was everything I wanted a brewing kit to be: stylish, portable, and accessible. I wanted to inspire people to brew, to experiment with new recipes, to feel the satisfaction that comes with sharing something you have made with family and friends. I also realized I wanted to make it more than a hobby - I wanted to make it my career. So I went all in! I quit my day job, emptied my accounts, and started living out my dream - one that I hope you share and can help me make real.
Matt Gorman: Mike and I have been best friends since kindergarten. We developed a shared love of beer over the years, so when he got into homebrewing I naturally reaped the rewards of free beer. After a few years of mooching, I finally decided to try my hand at brewing. My first brew was done with a HopBox, and I immediately fell in love with both the process and the product. I have always had a passion for entrepreneurial pursuits, and I have never been more excited than I am about this project. HopBox turned me into a novice, yet enthusiastic, homebrewer within my first session, and I am eager to share my experience.
Are you sure you know what you’re doing?
Since we designed the first HopBox model in January 2013, we’ve been refining and perfecting our designs over various iterations, taking feedback from early adopters and our customers. After a few different models and perfecting our process during the holiday season, we are confident that we’re ready to take our operation to the next level to become a fully-functioning business.
Risks and challenges
Keeping it local: Since we built our first prototype early in 2013, we’ve worked tirelessly to source our materials and components as close to home as possible. We’ve chosen to keep our production in-house to ensure the highest possible quality for our products. It isn’t the cheapest way to do things, but it’s the right way.
Quality: As we scale our production, we will take extra care to maintain the highest-possible quality of construction. Additional shop space will allow us to perfect each step of our manufacturing process (which our current space doesn’t allow us to do) as well as conduct extensive quality control and testing. We take pride in building our products to a high standard, and will continue to do so.
Shipping: Shipping wood and fragile glassware, both domestically and internationally, presents a host of challenges. During the past several months, we have been working closely with a local packaging company to develop new designs and methods of shipping these fragile components to minimize damage in transit. Although it isn’t possible to completely eliminate this risk, we will continue to improve the design of our packaging to ensure that every one of our backers’ rewards arrives safely and on-time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We do indeed - however, as with any relatively large & heavy package, international shipping costs can be somewhat expensive! Thanks very much for your understanding!
Whenever possible, we use FSC-certified and/or locally-sourced lumber to build our kits. This means that our materials are harvested as sustainably as possible, with minimal disruption to the surrounding habitat. We strive to incorporate local ingredients into our recipe kits, too - for example, we plan to offer an apple cider-making kit this coming fall in partnership with local orchards.
We build our kits entirely in-house. We have connected with local woodworkers and furniture-makers (with a requisite love for beer, of course), and have made plans to secure their support in our workshop this spring.
Yes - using our kits, you can also brew hard cider, mead, and even ginger beer if you’d like. The sky’s the limit! The only piece we don't include is a medium-size 1+ gallon pot, which most folks will have in their kitchen. Our smallest kit does not include bottles; however, you can easily recycle old beer bottles to bottle your beer (several of the larger rewards do include bottles as well!). For a full list of what’s included in each kit, check out our rewards section! The only homebrewing kit which does not include a recipe kit is the Tall Boy!
The rewards section mentions an ingredient kit is included, but doesn’t specify which one - what type of beer will I get?
Good question - everyone has different tastes! After our campaign is complete, we will conduct a poll of all of our backers to determine which type of beer to offer! You can even help us design the recipe!
We’re always designing new recipes for sale on our website, and plan to have close to a dozen new beers available in the coming months. If you aren’t a fan of our options, most communities have local homebrewing shops which sell everything you need to craft whatever type of beer you’d like to try! There are also many recipe options available online.
We've looked into the extra blue bottles folks have requested, and have set up a reward specifically for that purpose (at the $40 level, which includes shipping!) - if you're interested, you can either pledge for that reward, or add $40 to your original pledge if you'd like the 8 extra bottles included in your reward! If you're adding to your original pledge, give us a quick heads up by sending a message, and we'll be sure to make a note of it!
None! We made a last-minute name change and forgot to change the text of our reward. They are exactly the same. Sorry about that!
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