Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 11, 2013.
About this project
WHO IS COSMIC ALES?:
I started home brewing in college when a neighbor downstairs introduced me to the wonders of making my own beer. When I returned home to LA I continued to brew because at the time there weren’t many micro brews on the market and I found that the beer I made was better than most commercial beer available. Years later I started getting questions about where my beers could be purchased.
I decided to take a leap of faith and start a commercial brewery, but, that takes a lot of money. So I found a way to brew at another facility and then sell it myself around the Los Angeles area. For the last two years I have been pounding the pavement with beer in hand selling it to bars, restaurants and retail stores throughout Southern California.
My brand has reached a point that it is time for us to grow. We have over 400 accounts and we are opening more every day. We have just made our first nationwide shipment to Chicago and have orders for Arizona, New Jersey and New York! In the last few months I have worked a beer festival every weekend serving over 10,000 beers to a wide range of beer lovers. The main question on everyones mind has been “Where is your tasting room?” That is a good question. Our plan is to build a nano brewery and tasting room in the Marina del Rey/Playa Vista area of Los Angeles.
Just north of LAX. The location is a prime spot with the movie studios within walking distance, Facebook and Youtube now moving in nearby, about 5000 new condos in the area not to mention Loyola Marymount University just up the hill. I should also mention the 405 freeway is blocks away. In business they always say location, location, location. So I believe we have found the perfect home for Cosmic Ales.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
There is a craft beer movement happening all across the United States and especially here in Los Angeles. This is the perfect time to open a new brewery. A few have launched already and have already made an impact on the LA craft beer culture.
Wine and other spirits have always been known to pair well with food and to make a statement of great occasions. I believe that beer is the same, if not better in some ways. With so many styles and flavors, beer has become the new wine. Why not drink an incredible brown ale with a steak or a burger or a pale ale with great cheese platters or chicken dishes. A perfectly chosen beverage with a meal can taste like an ingredient that was meant to go with that dish. Great beer can be had on any occasion and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Choosing the right beer for your meal should take as long as it does to find the right food.
I brew by hand, not computer, and I carefully craft each one to be as flavorful and enjoyable for every moment of the day. Quality and excellence is our foremost goal. You will never have a Cosmic Ale that isn’t up to our standards. If for some reason something happens to a bottle we guarantee it for 100% money back, better yet, come to the tasting room and we’ll give you another pint straight from the keg.
We wish to someday have a large brewing facility that can help LA grow as a beer town. With so many people trying to get started in Los Angeles as new brands there are no real locations that can contract brew for them. This is how we started and we want to give back to our colleagues and help them succeed as well. But for now the next stepping stone is a nano brewery and tasting room.
A nano brewery is this, a small scale operation brewing batches under 5 barrels at a time. The purpose is to be able to brew many different styles that we have created to share with the local community around the brewery. We will continue to brew on a larger scale at a facility in San Jose where we brew now for our commercial line of products. The nano brewery will be our tasting room and test kitchen where we will create the next great beer from Cosmic Ales. This will help with word of mouth around town and help to grow our brand and increase demand of each of our great products. Once the brand grows enough and word of mouth spreads and our sales hit another growth point we will be able to secure financing to build the ultimate brewery where we can brew, keg and bottle everything on site.
THE DONATIONS - Oh Where Your Money Will Go!
Your donations will help us to grow and to succeed. Let’s build a great gathering place for craft beer enthusiasts to come together to discuss and enjoy great drinks as well as sample from gourmet food trucks and cool live entertainment on a daily basis.
If you are interested in funding the larger of our projects, building the ultimate brewery, we are willing to sit and have a tasting with you and share our business plan and discuss the possibilities. But for now, help us to reach or small goal of opening a fantastic new hot spot for locally brewed beer in Los Angeles! Make sure you take a look at our website cosmicales.com and like us at Facebook.com/cosmicbrewery and follow our tweets twitter.com/cosmicales and #launchthespaceship; so you can learn more about us and what we are planning for the future.
We have some great things we would love to do with this new facility. First we need to open the doors, get licensed and all the legal stuff. We already have a small nano system in place but we would love to upgrade. This means more fermenters, a larger brewing system, more tables and chairs, etc.
For an extra $5000: We can buy two more 20 gallon conical fermenters.
For $5000 after that: More fermenters, or an upgrade for our draft cooling system and cold box. And some barrels for aging these great beers.
For every $5000 after that we will purchase new fermenters to be able to produce more beer for the tasting room and to sell specialty batches to local bars around us.
I figure you probably need a little clarification on some of the rewards we are offering. I didn't want you to see another campaign that was full of stickers and t-shirts, sure we have those, but I have added a few new items to make it even more exciting.
FIRST OFF: Let me make sure you know that EVERYONE that pledges money to help Launch The Spaceship gets enrolled in our Cosmic Kickstarter Coalition which gives you access to our private stock available to MEMBERS ONLY!
The Cellar Club (tm)
This is like one of those exclusive cigar humidors only with beer. Who has the time or money to build a cellar for the awesome beer you collect. And why drink it at home? Make our place, your place. We will be offering a locker style system for you to store your precious barley pops, come to a great atmosphere and drink it here with your friends, or us! With our reward we will give you a year membership and we'll stock it with great brews from our brewing friends like Drakes, Eagle Rock, Strand and more.
The Collaborators (tm)
This is another membership opportunity where you will collaborate with our brewmaster and help to brew beers throughout the year. If the tasting room thinks it's a beer that needs to be out in the world commercially then we will do just that AND we will credit you on the bottle. Talk about ultimate bragging rights!
We are also giving away tap handles both the new version and the classic as well as a barstool that is yours to take any time you are there. Think of yourself as one of the Hollywood elite coming to YOUR table at a restaurant, well, this is the same thing.
So many great rewards! Come collect them all!!!
Get on over to our website where we have detailed many of the rewards, added a ton of pictures and also put links to all the great press we are getting about this awesome campaign. www.cosmicbrewery.com/Kickstarter.html This will also give you the opportunity to check out the rest of our website to see everything about us. We can't wait to have you come down and see what your money has helped us to accomplish!!!
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges with starting any business. The beauty part of our plan is that we are already operating. We have been in business for two and a half years and have overcome some very tough hurdles and we are still here. Our next goal to help spread through word of mouth starts with our brewery and tasting room. We have made many friends along the way and everyone is ready to jump in feet first and make this brewery happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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