May 13th Update of Progress and Events
Kickstarter Campaign at 61% and New Rewards Added
I've been totally overwhelmed by the generosity of all of you who have contributed to the Brenner Brewing Kickstarter campaign. There are obviously a lot of people excited about building an art-centered, community-focused brewery in Milwaukee. As of sending out this newsletter, I'm at $6,197. That's 661% of my goal in just 3 weeks! We are certainly getting there, but if we don't hit $10K by June 17th, Brenner Brewing, gets nothing. So... tell your friends!
I've added a couple new, bigger rewards that include coming to the brewery and helping brew a batch of beer and then being able to customize "your" barrel of beer as it oak ages. I'll even sell your beer in the taproom, and you get to keep the big oak barrel and use it to collect rainwater or whatever.
You can take a look by clicking HERE. No matter how small or large your donation, it's important that investors see community involvement in this project. I REALLY appreciate your support in helping me make my dream of opening a community-centered, art-focused brewery in my hometown come true! Thank You!
I've scheduled my first Milwaukee volunteer opportunity of the season on the Cheers to Volunteers website. On May 19th we'll be headed to the Urban Ecology Center to help their land stewards do spring planting. After volunteering we'll meet for a few beers and debrief at a local tavern (TBD). The first two Brenner Brewing beers are on me!
Volunteer and be a part of establishing an arboretum in Milwaukee! The Urban Ecology Center is in the midst of a 3-year project in partnership with the Rotary Club to plant thousands of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants along the Milwaukee River. Saturday, May 19th from 9 am to noon our land stewards will be hosting a planting day. Come dressed for the weather wearing sturdy shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We also recommend that you bring a water bottle. Bring your own work gloves if you prefer, otherwise work gloves and all other necessary tools will be provided. Click HERE to see the event on Facebook.
Join Brenner Brewing for a tasting of our beers at the opening reception for Portland, ME artist Adriane Hemran, who actually got her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin in 1997, and LA artist John Parot who received his MFA from MICA in '98 and appeared on the first season of Bravo TV's Work of Art. Western Exhibitions is located at 119 N Peoria St, Suite 2A Chicago, IL 60607. More event information is available on their website HERE.
What's an Art-Centered Brewery?
As most of you know, I was one of the co-founders and the longtime Executive Director of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN). I also owned and ranHotcakes Gallery for almost five years. Even before that though, in the early 90's, I made my "living" playing over 200 shows a year in a Milwaukee-based cover band, John the Conqueroo. Obviously, supporting local artists and musicians has always been at the heart of everything I've done, and I don't want the brewery to be any different.
If you click on the image to the right, you can see a very small part of my plan to integrate music and art into what the brewery is. I not only want to show the world that Milwaukee still does make the best beer on earth, but also has an incredible community of hard working artists and musicians that deserve international attention. As each of Brenner Brewing's "12oz Ambassadors" gets into the hands of someone outside Milwaukee and eventually outside of Wisconsin, we'll show the rest of the world what we're up to here... Amazing Beer, Amazing Art, Amazing Music, Amazing People.