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Help us launch our family owned microbrewery and taproom in Canton, MI.
Help us launch our family owned microbrewery and taproom in Canton, MI.
102 backers pledged $11,000 to help bring this project to life.

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My wife and I have both been homebrewing for years.  Brewing is something we have fallen in love with and we have decided to take the plunge into opening a brewery.  We live in Canton, MI and there isn't a single brewery or brewery with a taproom in this city and that's rare for Michigan.  After talking to investors and freeing up as much of our own money as possible we decided to do something about it.

Store front with proposed sign.
Store front with proposed sign.

What is Canton Brew Works?

Canton Brew Works will be a 3bbl brewery with a 48 seat taproom so we can sell pints on-site and provide growler and howler fills for customers to take home with them.  Like most taprooms this size, we won't be providing food, but you can bring in food or have it delivered.  Within a hundred feet of us we have Pizza Station for great pizza, subs and salads and Shish House, one of the area's best reviewed Mediterranean restaurants. You can come enjoy a pint, grab some take out, then bring it back to enjoy with another pint!

What's your status? How far along are you?

Canton Brew Works is about to enter the build-out stage and we expect to be open in late November or December of this year.

Header of our Brewer's Notice Approval
Header of our Brewer's Notice Approval

Canton Brew Works has been approved for our Federal License and we have received our Brewer's Notice. The Canton Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved us and now we're waiting on State approval which we expect to receive in late October or November.

Floorplan for CBW
Floorplan for CBW

What are you raising money for...

We have started this project because we want our taproom to be a place for great conversation and great beer and we need your support to help us over the last financial hurdles.  

What?  Can you repeat that?

Ever tried having a conversation in a bar?  How many times have you had to repeat yourself so someone 2 feet away can hear you?  Ever just start nodding along to what someone is saying because you don't want to say "What?" for the fifth time?  We have and we don't want this happening in our taproom. 

In order to provide the environment we want, we would like to add acoustic paneling to the walls and ceiling to make it easier to have a conversation when you visit us.

If we surpass our goals we will add more plumbing improvements and get more equipment.  These stretch goals will allow us to produce more beer and produce it faster.

What kind of rewards are you offering?

Howler, Growler, Mug and Pint Glass
Howler, Growler, Mug and Pint Glass

The rewards we offer range from stickers and shirts to the ability for you to brew one of your homebrew recipes with us.

Canton Brew Works T-Shirt
Canton Brew Works T-Shirt

What are your beers?

We are currently planning on launching with 6 beers.  We haven't finalized the list yet, but they will probably be the following:

Pale Ale with Nelson Sauvin Hops
IPA
Double IPA
American Brown Ale
S'more Stout
Pumpkin Ale or a Tamarind and Chili IPA

Other beers on the docket are a coffee brown ale, a rye barrel aged stout, a Kentucky Common(sour), a mildly smoked pale ale and single malt, single hop beer using 6-row malt and nugget hops.

If there is an interest, we may produce a gluten-reduced beer using a product that breaks down the existing gluten molecules called Brewers Clarex.

So please contribute to our Kickstarter campaign then come to Canton Brew Works, have a pint and chat for a while.

One of our taproom tables out in our yard for some reason.
One of our taproom tables out in our yard for some reason.

What's the deal with all of your headers starting with the word 'What'?

What? I can't hear you.  We don't have our acoustic paneling yet.  Sorry, I couldn't help it.

Risks and challenges

The risks in this project are that the initial acoustic panels won't be enough to dampen the noise as much as I'd like. If that's the case we'll finance more panels. Another risk is that we'll get all our remaining permits at once and we'll be focusing our efforts on getting the brewery ready, which could cause a short delay in getting the rewards shipped out. Canton Brew Works is going to open but a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to do more from the start.

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    1 large die cut Canton Brew Works logo sticker.

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    1 large die cut Canton Brew Works logo sticker and a pint glass with the brewery logo.

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    Everything listed under $25, plus a Canton Brew Works limited edition t-shirt.

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    One year membership in our mug club that will provide a 20oz mug for your beer in our taproom instead of a pint glass. Mug club mugs will be customized with your name and remain in the taproom. We will contact you after the Kickstarter completes for the name you want on your mug. This mug club membership does not include other rewards. Act fast because once we open the mug club membership will be $100 a year!

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    One year membership in our mug club that will provide a 20oz mug for your beer in our taproom instead of a pint glass. Mug club mugs will be customized with your name and remain in the taproom. We will contact you after the Kickstarter completes for the name you want on your mug. We will also add your name to our "Work Supporter" plaque that will hang in our taproom. Your name and a link to your website will also be listed on our website as a brewery supporter.

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    Get a Canton Brew Works zippered hoodie plus the $100 pledge mug club membership!

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    Get the same benefits and mug club membership as the $100 benefit, plus a t-shirt. You will also get a 64oz glass Canton Brew Works growler that you can pick up at the brewery.

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    Get the same rewards as the $250 pledge, plus you'll be listed as a Silver Level Supporter on the plaque in our taproom. Your name and a link to your website will also be listed on our website as a brewery supporter. You will be invited to a pre-opening party and tasting at the taproom.

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    All the benefits of the $500 backing, but you'll be listed as a "Gold Member Supporter" on the plaque in our taproom. Your name and a link to your website will also be listed on our website as a brewery supporter. You will also get a stainless steel howler and you will be invited to a pre-opening party and tasting at the taproom.

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    Let us turn one of your homebrew recipes into a beer we sell in the taproom! Get some recognition for your homebrew skills as people enjoy a commercial version of your beer (You'll get name recognition, but no financial compensation. We are open to hiring interns though). If you aren't a home brewer we can work with you to formulate a recipe. A small batch will be brewed for taste analysis before we brew a 3BBL batch. You will be invited to a pre-opening party and tasting at the taproom.

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    You'll be allowed to use the brewery space for a private party on a Monday or Tuesday. We will work with you to schedule after the Kickstarter completes. You will be invited to a pre-opening party and tasting at the taproom.

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    You will get a special larger 24 oz mug and other benefits including 5 stickers, a t-shirt, a 64 ounce growler, 32 ounce glass howler and a 32 ounce stainless steel howler. We will occasionally have parties at the brewery for Founding Members only. These will be small gatherings to sample pilot beers for potential production. You will also get a priority listing in the "Founder" section on our sponsor plague in the taproom. You will be invited to a pre-opening party and tasting at the taproom.

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Funding period

- (30 days)