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Mission Statement:

Continually strive to create, pour and distribute solid craft beer uniqueness while never compromising on quality.  Bushnell Craft is dedicated to the people, the patrons and the beer enthusiasts that will pass through our doors.  Brew and pour locally, distribute everywhere.

Bushnell Craft

We are proud to present to you Bushnell Craft Brewing Company.  We are looking to bring the beer we brewed from our garage to a tap room in the city of Redmond, Washington, home to many great microbreweries.  We know that with your help, we can open our doors in January of 2014 and begin introducing our beer to the world.

How it all began:

A long time ago while running a liquor store in Longmont, Colorado my dad, Kevin, bought a home brewing kit. Being too busy at the time, he ended up leaving the brewing kit in his garage. A few years later, he re-discovered the brewing kit in the corner of the garage. On that day, he not only brewed his first batch of beer, but he just stumbled upon his new passion: brewing beer.

Over the next several weeks the passion grew to obsession.  He spent day and night researching the art of brewing, reading every article John Palmer ever wrote.  He quickly began to learn the ins and outs of the craft beer industry and how to brew commercial grade beer at home.

Some of our first couple of brews.
Some of our first couple of brews.

Within days he was going from brewing his first batch on an old turkey fryer gas heated single pot system to designing and building his first “real” home brewery with all the bells and whistles.  By the fourth batch he was brewing all grain recipes using his newly designed and built all electric 3 vessel brewing machine.  Kennedy, my older brother, pitched in and built a custom designed circuit panel to automate the cooking process.  This brewing machine is still used today to do our recipe testing and private brewing lessons.

From left to right. our mash ton w/RIMS system. a Kevin designed home brewing system. our home-made control unit.
From left to right. our mash ton w/RIMS system. a Kevin designed home brewing system. our home-made control unit.

Right away dad started developing his own recipes and before you knew it was brewing professional quality beer in his garage late into the night.

It wasn’t long before dad had asked me to brew a batch of beer with him.  My first batch didn’t go so well.  I blew up two heating elements on the brewing machine and had to discard the entire grain bed, but the science and artistry of it all already had me intrigued.  The next day I rounded up some new heating elements and did it all again, this time with complete success.  We made the beautiful American Amber we still brew today, Bofuss.  It is a reference we came up with to affectionately refer to the beer both dad and I, ‘Bofuss’, brewed in his garage that day.

Since then we have created enough beer to know that our love for brewing stems from more than drinking great beer; for us it’s about the stories we share, the good and the bad.  It’s about the jokes we tell and the good times that come with every brewing session.  From the early days and nights of testing and playing to the present day of turning out great batch after great batch, there is never a time that we did not enjoy what we are doing.  Brewing Craft beer is what we do; Bushnell Craft beer is what we love.

Who we are:

Bushnell Craft, Founded in 2013 by the whole damn Bushnell clan.  Lynn "Pops" Bushnell, our woodworking nut, build out and general do it all kind of Sage.  Kennedy is our techy computer geek. I’m Kempton, the advertising and marketing enthusiast.  Kristin is our resident chef, and of course Kevin is our wanna be Brewmaster de Noche.

“Pops” (Grandpa) – The Go-to-Guy.  In 1990 he and my dad started a honey company called Nature’s Nectar.  Starting as just a small beekeeping hobbyist Pops quickly became one of the largest beekeeping operations in Arizona.  Through his knowledge and love of honey, Pops developed a complete line of flavored spun honeys and spent over 15 years on the road peddling his wares with my grandma.  Bushnell Craft will try to use a bit of Pops’ honey in every batch we make.  He’s also an avid wood worker, and knows his way around any handyman project.

He will boss us around during the build out of the brewery.

Kevin – Beside his desire to become the Brew Master, my dad likes to take ideas and blow them up into businesses.  Obviously got the itch for business from Pops, it has to be genetic.

  • Grew a startup home building business from 2 houses a year in 2005 to building complete sub divisions by the end of 2007.
  • Turned a small little local youth football league into one of the largest single umbrella leagues in the nation.  Added a sporting goods distributorship and converted a race trailer into a licensed food concession trailer to support the league and the events.  Starting with less than 150 participants in 1999, when he got involved, he grew the league to have over 3000 participants and 10k plus people involved before he retired from football in 2010.
  • Built a liquor store from the ground up in 60 days.  Renovated and re-opened as Mother’s Liquor.

He’s an engineer and process guy by trade, but an entrepreneur at heart.  He sets the goals and maps out how we are going to get there.

Kennedy – My older brother is the techy genius of the family.  Growing up in a “Microsoft Family” (oh yeah I forgot to mention my dad was an engineer at Microsoft while we were growing up), Kennedy has always been an engineer in training, messing with computers, building his own circuit boards, developing web sites, writing software, well, you get the idea.  In high school Kennedy created his own software company called Kamilon to support the various Bushnell businesses including a credit card processing software suite tied into Pay Pal to support online transaction processing and his own iTunes like media player.  He even created the fully automated circuit control board for our home brewing system. 

He will build the electrical and water flow systems for the brewery as well as run our web sites, servers and all that nonsense.

Kristin – My dad’s much younger girlfriend who likes fat old guys, Kristin isn't an entrepreneur by nature, but she's there to support the Bushnell family in all their ventures.  Partnering with my dad to create 365 Athletics (the sporting goods distributorship supporting the football league) and Mother's Liquor (the Colorado liquor store), while working in many roles associated with the football league and the home building business.  Coincidentally, she has a degree in Culinary Arts and Sciences and Restaurant Management from Scottsdale Culinary Institute.  She loves cooking, hosting parties and events, and apparently old, fat men.

She will run the Tap Room kitchen and develop all food and beer recipes.  Although we may not have food on opening day, Kristin is adamant that we will have a kitchen one day.

Kempton - Then there is me.  I like to market but am blessed (or is it cursed?) with the Bushnell’s itch of launching and building family run businesses.  To compliment my dad’s football league, me and my dad built a fully functioning screen printing and trophy business my freshman year in college and I took it and ran with it.  Before I knew it, this little garage project turned into a full-fledged business.  Producing well over 25K apparel items in 2012 alone.

I will be responsible for all of the sales and marketing.  I will get the word out, bring people into the tap room and establish accounts across the Puget Sound. Like Us On Facebook I am the design guy as well, so if you don’t like one of our labels or color schemes, I’m the one to holler at.

Being serial entrepreneurs, we know that the next step in our brewing journey is to bring our beer to you.

Bushnell Craft Brewing Company is Born:

After countless conversations, brain storming and late nights in the garage we created ‘Bushnell Craft Brewing Company’.  We will open our doors in Redmond, Washington in January of 2014.  Maybe not the only tap room in Redmond, but it will be one of your favorites.

our soon to be famous Pine Tar Brown Porter
our soon to be famous Pine Tar Brown Porter

Bushnell Craft’s initial production line consists of six beers: an American Amber Ale, a Blonde Ale, an Indian Pale Ale, a Milk Stout, an Irish Red Ale, and a Brown Porter, throwing in some seasonal brews to round out our delicious offerings. We use locally grown products when possible, as well as include Pops’ spun honey to produce our unique blend of flavors that make up a Bushnell Craft beer.


The Bushnell clan will handcraft its beers in small 3 barrel batches (that means 6 kegs at a time), under the close personal attention of our Brewmaster de Noche.  The latest brewing equipment and technologies (as well as some we have invented ourselves) will be combined with traditional brewing methods to ensure consistently excellent beer.  We have no shortage of willing participants in the "quality assurance” process.

How you can get involved:

We have been hard at work perfecting recipes, creating our “brand” (labels, web site, layout, etc.), acquiring permits and scoping business locations.  After gathering everything we needed I found that I didn’t have enough to get our idea off the ground; so I admit, I need your involvement.

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Back us by purchasing one of the rewards and you will be aiding us in the building of our brewery and tap room, and you will get some pretty cool stuff.

Where the money goes:

We have the money to buy the equipment we need, but there is more we still need. The money raised here on Kickstarter will get us across the finish line.

Finding and Securing a Location - $4,000

Before we can apply for a liquor license we must have a physical address. We have been scouting numerous locations and have found a couple of locations that we are interested in and in negotiations with. Once we secure one of these locations, we will start the licensing process..

Licensing and Permits -$2,000

The licensing and fees all up will cost us some coin. We need to get licensed by the city, state and federal government.

Along with licensing we will need various permits (fire permit, building permit, construction permit, etc.) as well as the licensing costs.

Building out the Brewery/Tap Room - $7,500

A build-out spec for our favorite location.
A build-out spec for our favorite location.

Some of this money will be coming from the TI (Tentative Improvement) dollars allotted by the landlord of our location; the rest will come from the backers here on Kickstarter. The TI money will go towards things like building the walls, moving around kitchen equipment, installing garage doors, setting up the brewery, re-doing the flooring, moving around the bathrooms and painting the walls.

The $7,500 we need help with will cover, building furniture, a bar, all of our decorations and miscellaneous build out expenses . With the help of Pops we will be able to build most of these things ourselves, reducing the total cost of our build out tremendously compared to other brewery startups.

Walk-In Cooler - $4,000

To serve some cold beer, we need a Walk-In Cooler of course. It is not hard to build by any means, we have pops to help, but it costs a few thousand to get the panels, compressor and parts. We are going to build a relatively large walk in cooler; the more space that we have in the walk-in cooler the more kegs we can have waiting for our patrons.

Add it all up and we need to raise an additional $17,500 via the Kickstarter community to get this off the ground and the doors open in January '14.

Stretch Goals:

$20,000 - New Fermenter

If we reach this stretch goal we will get an additional fermenter. The more Fermenters we have, the more beer we can have brewing at the same time. Ensuring we always have plenty of Bushnell Craft to pour.

If we reach this stretch goal, everyone that has backed a reward will receive an awesome 11"x17" Bushnell Craft Poster.

$25,000 - More Kegs

Anything over $20,000 will go towards buying more kegs. The more Kegs we have means the more beer we can distribute and serve throughout our community.

If we reach $25,000, everyone that has backed a reward will receive a Bushnell Craft Baseball Tee.

Summary:

Bushnell Craft where ‘It’s All About the Beer’ needs your help to secure financing for this start-up venture.  Come join us and be a part of a family and community brewery - our family brewery, Bushnell Craft.

Thank you for your Support.

Kempton Bushnell
Bushnell Craft - Director of Enthusiasm

Risks and challenges

As in starting any new business, the roadblocks and random unknowns are many. We as a family have started enough companies to know that the permitting process and basic business start-up tasks are of no real concern to us; been there done that.

The toughest challenge will be to properly line up delivery dates of our equipment and licenses. In order to ensure that all of our 6 Flagship Beers are in Kegs and ready to serve in our Tap Room come opening day, we will need to make sure we time everything out perfectly.

Other than that we know that we have enough knowledge and experience to get this brewery open by January 15th

Will our recipes hold up to public scrutiny? Friends and family love it and we are confident in our product.

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    THANK YOU - Your name will posted on our Facebook page and will be placed on our Website permanently as a way to represent our gratitude.

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    VOTE - Voters Club “Vote”. When we need help in a decision, we will turn to the Voters Club. Can’t decide a color for a new label, we will turn to the Voters Club. Can’t decide between pickled eggs or pickled pigs feet in the tap room, we will turn to the Voters Club. You will be woven into our decision making fabric.
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    WALL - Your name on one of our Chain Link Fence Cups that will forever be displayed on our Wall of Fame in our Tap Room.
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    COASTERS - 5 Bushnell Craft Coasters. Set your Pint at home on one of the same coaster that we will be using in our Tap Room.
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    PINT - Bushnell Craft Pint Glass. You'll see these same glasses in out tap room, we want to give you the chance to have one of your own. Enjoy your next cold one in a Bushnell Craft Pint Glass.
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    TEE - Bushnell Craft T-Shirt. A great way to show your support. Get your hands on a Bushnell Craft Tee before anyone else. This shirt will be printed on a Next Level Apparel Tri-Blend T-Shirt. Male and Female options available.
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    GROWLER - Bushnell Craft Logo Growler. If your a beer drinker, what better way to enjoy your new favorite craft beer then to get it a half-gallon at a time. Bring these by our Tap Room and we would love nothing more then to send you home with one of your favorite Bushnell Craft beers.
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    KS TEE - Bushnell Craft Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt. The design will forever be displayed in our Tap Room but this Tee will never be printed again. This shirt will be printed on a Next Level Apparel Tri-Blend T-Shirt. Male and Female options available.
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    ART - Your Art up on the walls in the Bushnell Craft Tap Room forever more. That's right, send us your art, we will frame it and put it up up in our Tap Room, forever. Your art will be seen by all of the patrons of Bushnell Craft forever. Did I mention that it will be in our Tap Room forever?
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    BEER FLIGHT - Bushnell Craft Exclusive Beer Flights, includes 6 sampler glasses (beer sold separate). You wont find these beer flights anywhere but the Bushnell Craft Tap Room. Pops makes them just for us and we are giving you the opportunity to snag a flight for yourself. An item any beer enthusiast would love.
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    TOUR - Be one of the first to check out our Tap Room and Brewery. This tour/event will take place prior to the Pre-Grand Opening Private Kickstarter Party. We are going to give you the full tour, from where we brew the beer to how we store our kegs, showing you the Bushnell way of running things.
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    EXCLUSIVE PACK - Kickstarter Exclusive 20oz Glass and Kickstarter Exclusive TEE. Not only will you receive one of these awesome Kickstarter Exclusive TEES but you will get a one of a kind Kickstarter Exclusive "20oz Backer Glass". When you bring this 20oz Glass into our Tap Room we will know you were a backer of our Kickstarter. To express our gratitude for your support, we will fill your 20oz Glass for the price of a 16oz pour . We will even store keep your Glass in our Tap Room for every time you come by.
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    PRE-TICKET - Ticket to our Pre-Opening Night Grand Opening Kickstarter Party. Reserved to a limited number of our new closest friends. You will be playing in the first annual Bushnell Craft Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. If you have ever been to one of Kevin's Hold'em Tournaments you know exactly how crazy they get. The winner of this tournament will earn their place as champion on a plaque that will be in the Tap Room for the many tournaments to come. Be one of the first people to enjoy the Bushnell Craft Tap Room and all it has to offer. Redmond will know we are open!
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    BREW PARTY - (January) Brew with Bushnell Craft. You and 9 of your closest friends are going to brew a batch of one of the Bushnell Craft Flagship Brews, with the members of Bushnell Craft themselves. We will show you how we take simple grains and hops and turn them into amazing beer. Whether your a seasoned brewer or a first timer we will show you the Bushnell way of brewing beer. Lunch will be on us.
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    FERMENTER - Name our Fermenter. That's right our shiny new Fermenter could forever more be referred to by the name you gave it. The name you give our Fermenter will weave its way into the history of Bushnell Craft. Choose a name wisely, our Fermenters will be displayed in the windows of our Brewery for all to see.
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    TAP ROOM - Name our Tap Room. Want to leave your Legacy behind? Be part of an Empire? Instill a name in the history books? This is your chance. You will own the naming rights to our Tap Room. All of our friends, family and patrons will forever call our Tap Room by the name you give it. The naming rights to our Tap Room are up for grabs, don't miss your chance.
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    BREW UNIT - A Kevin designed Brew Unit. Kevin is willing to part with his one of a kind brewing system, engineered by Kevin himself. Producing a brewing efficiency of 80% time after time, this unit can produce great beer, consistently. This Brew Unit is fitted with 2 Stainless Steel Kegs, a 15gl Brew Kettle, Water Pump, Sanitary Tri-Clamp Fittings, a Wort Chiller, RIMS HLT, Brew Kettle and Mash System and a Bushnell built Brew Controller. We will ship it to you, teach you how to use it and even brew the first batch with you if you'd like (May have to be on Skype). A Great way to get into home brewing. Watch out, this could be worth millions one day.
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Funding period

- (38 days)