Burley Oak has grown significantly over the past three years with the help of all of our loyal fans. The majority of our revenue comes from our taproom, which means this brewery has been built from $5 and $6 pints of beer. We are truly a community built small business and want to take our beer and the community further.
We are asking all Burley Oak supporters to take the next big step in our small craft brewery- with us! We recently committed to increasing production by investing in brewing equipment. We'd like for you to help bring our beer to the off premise consumer via the can. This project is to help us build a canning line.
We believe in canning for three reasons:
First, we love craft beer! It tastes great, no matter the vessel...but the freshness provided from a CAN is unsurpassed!
Second, we want to celebrate our local community by sending our beer, made in Berlin, MD as far as we can!
Third, we want to give our community the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle with a Burley Oak!
This Is What We're Trying To Buy
Wild Goose Canning WGC-50:
WGC-50: Taking manual canning to the next level. This system features the core components of our automated systems in a compact, easy to use platform. Dual fillers with a single seamer are the same hardware components and core software that drive the WGC-100 and the WGC-250. Hand operated, simple, compact, and most importantly, upgradeable. Easily bolts into the WGC-100 framework for the next level of throughput. We have even adapted the lid dropping system as an optional add on to minimize handling of lids, keeping the process as sanitary as possible. Because the hardware is the same, the throughput is highly dependent upon the canning crew, but with a ~6 second fill (the CO2 purge happens in series instead of parallel), and configurable time on the seamer (down to less than a second) this is really a manual system that can get you off the ground and get your beverage out the door and into the hands of thirsty enthusiasts.
117 V AC, 60 Hz. The WGC-50 requires a 20 A breaker, and a source of clean dry air for its pneumatics.
Benefits Of Putting Craft Beer In A Can
- Cans actually lock in the flavor of beer better than even dark glass bottles. No light penetrates the cans and the seal is tighter than a bottle cap. Thus, your beer tastes fresher longer.
- Cans are more environmentally friendly. They are easier to recycle and require less packaging.
- Cans are cheaper for the brewery and distributor to ship. Cans don't break.
- Cans are easier and more convenient to bring along on outdoor activities such as camping, boating or even a day at the beach.
- Cans get colder quicker and take up less space in your fridge!
Of course one of the great things about Kickstarter is that you get to be a part of the process, but you also get things in return. This project is no different and we have worked hard to come up with limited run merchandise and opportunities for once in a life time experience.
At any given moment, Kickstarter is helping thousands of projects and dreams come to life. This project has been independently created and crafted by us. We, like the other artists, and designers, and brewers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over our projects. We've spent months building this project page, shooting the video, and brainstorming what rewards to offer our backers.
Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
We Support Artists Featured Artist Page
Whether it is having a monthly featured painter or photographer on the tap room wall or having weekly live music on Friday and Saturday nights we want to make sure that the creative local community is well represented. To that end we would like to thank our very talented friend Jordan Sokel of Pressing Strings for letting us use his original music for our campaign. To show our appreciation here is the music video for "Life of a Tree" whose title alone reflects the Burley Oak brand.
Support Pressing Strings at http://www.reverbnation.com/pressingstrings
We Support Local Farmers
Featured in our Video is Brooks Clayville. In 2011 Brooks Clayville contacted us about his love for farming and trying to grow new crops including Maryland indigenous plants and brewing grains. As a soil scientist, Brooks knows all too well what these small grains need to grow here on the Eastern Shore. After a good bit of research Brooks decided on a grain and we started planting. The first trial failed and we tried again. and again. In late 2013 we finally found what all the necessary components were to grow and harvest a barley that was able to be malted. This research, trial and error, and the overall learning curve lead to our Burley Oak grain to glass series called, Home Grown Ales. The first beer in this series is Loakal, Pale Ale.
Thank you for supporting us and we will continue to make great beer
Risks and challenges
Having been in business for 3 years we are accustomed to anticipating and correcting problems and already have systems in place to handle what might be a challenge for fresh start ups.
We have a total of 12 full-time and part-time employees in our Burley Oak family. The launch of our canning line would give the entire staff the opportunity to increase their hours, become full-time, and grow collectively as a company.
The building that we are in was chosen at the very start of our business because of its potential for expansion. We have plenty of room for cans.
We currently work with one of the premiere craft beer distributors in our regional market. Their parent company serves the entire East Coast.
We are eager to share our beer. This funded project will cover the cost of the canning line that we have specified. However, the production of cans for each style of beer will be an additional expense. If we raise more than our goal we will put the money toward the purchase of labeled cans for production, allowing us to share a variety of our beloved beers with our customers, sooner.
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