Bushnell Craft Brewing Company
Gonna be famous for something, we sure hope it's beer. A brewery coming to Redmond, WA.
Bushnell Craft Brewing Company
Gonna be famous for something, we sure hope it's beer. A brewery coming to Redmond, WA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Bofuss – American Amber Ale
- Dirty Shirley – Blonde Ale
- Crack Back – Indian Pale Ale (I.P.A.)
- Pine Tar – Milk Stout
- Redonkulous – Irish Red Ale
- Dunkadelic – Brown Porter
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.
To find out more about Kickstarter rewards/backing projects, click here.
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
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.
$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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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