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Kings of the Craft is a six-episode documentary series premiering on KPBS, and online, in May about San Diego's craft beer movement.
209 backers pledged $30,243 to help bring this project to life.

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As we quickly approach the end of this campaign we have very exciting news to share. KPBS, the amazing home to our series, is doubling contributions completed by 8 am on April 2nd (up to $5000) in an effort to help us reach our goal by the deadline. That means whatever you or your friend gives will actually DOUBLE!

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“Kings of the Craft” is a six-part documentary television series that is part of the Explore San Diego project on KPBS, premiering in late May 2015. This series explores the brewing scene that has erupted in San Diego county. As home to over one hundred breweries and brewpubs, and more arriving each month, San Diego is a mecca for craft beer. 

Each episode, lasting thirty minutes, will cover a different aspect of brewing. We are on a mission to learn the history of this industry, uncover the passion behind the brew, discover diverse stories, and unravel the future of these “Kings”.

We have interviewed a wide variety of breweries for this series from larger, well-known breweries such as Stone, Ballast Point, Coronado, and Karl Strauss, to newer and upcoming breweries such as Toolbox, Hillcrest Brewing Co, and Acoustic Ales.

For a full list of the breweries, restaurants, and events we have visited see complete list below.

Like us on Facebook, follow our Instagram for behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and receive updates about the project and great craft beer news happening around San Diego through our Twitter.

The brewing community in San Diego deserves to have their story told. With your support we can make that happen.

Why do we need the money? 

We need your help to complete the series. Right now we’ve finished filming most of our interviews and are working on capturing high quality B-roll (aerial footage, time lapses, slow motion footage) around San Diego to help better convey the stories we are trying to tell. Time and finance permitting, we are hoping to get some animation work done as well. Both our Director and Editor are hard at work crafting each episode to perfection. Yes, our Editor is an editing wizard, but each wizard needs a few wizard apprentices! A large part of the funds that we raise will be utilized to hire other talented folks to help us bring this project to completion and ensure it is the best it can be.

Whether you give $25, $100 or $500, your contribution could mean the difference between this story being told and this story continuing to be ignored. Please, back this project now!

Our main production team consists of four individuals, each extremely talented. As young professionals we are proud and honored to create this series especially at such a defining moment for the craft beer industry in San Diego. Our lives are wrapped around this project, but the unfortunate part is that we do not have the funds to fully finance this project and pay everyone involved. At the end of the day we do not want to compromise the project and its quality. Your donations will make sure we do right by our work and are able to complete “Kings of the Craft” the way it should be finished, no cutting corners.

This campaign could be what determines if "Kings of the Craft" will have a second season! Help us reach our funding goal and you could be the deciding factor. 

Our brilliant plan on how we are going to raise our funding goal? 

Our “Final Push” fundraiser is set for the Wednesday March 25th. Click the picture below to go to our Facebook page and join. Come out to the event or donate right here and support Kings of the Craft

Our hope is that we are providing rewards that will entice our backers (you) to not only give us a hand but also make you feel as though you are taking home a piece of the production. Be a part of this amazing production and help Kings of the Craft cross the finish line to our $30,000 funding goal.

We like to think the quality of our work and our commitment to the project will be the factor that sets us apart, however, it is through this community that we will be able to reach our goal. With such a passionate craft community we hope that if every person who reads this page and donates will then tell another person, who tells another person, who tells another person… well you get the idea… the word will get out there and launch our campaign to new heights.

But time is running out. If we don't hit our goal by April 2nd, we won't receive any of the money that has been pledged. So don't wait. Make your contribution now.

About the Filmmakers 

Four young filmmakers came together so that they could produce a dream project. All being lovers of craft beer and of the San Diego community they composed the idea last summer and pitched it to KPBS. They loved it and Kings of the Craft was born! A few weeks later and we were contracted to join their Explore San Diego program and accompany other series such as Savor San Diego and A Growing Passion.

Heads are turning over this series because who doesn’t love a good craft beer. KPBS Press Release

Time Lapse Cinematographer: Tyler Fairbank of Light Owl Productions

We are so excited about the opportunity to share the stories of the San Diego brewing community, but we want to make sure that we tell EVERYONE's story, so we are turning to you. Please, make this project a reality. Contribute $50 right now!

Our Partners

Kings of the Craft is partnering up with some outstanding companies to help us provide some quality rewards to our backers.

BrewerShirts: We are thrilled with the idea of releasing our beer bear out into the world but we needed the perfect partnership to achieve that. Brewershirts describes itself as a family business and a labor of love, something we identify with, thus making them the perfect company to handle our wearable merch. Check out our t-shirt, a fantastic opportunity to help the production, but also take home an item you will want to take out of the house and show around.

GIVE $50 AND RECEIVE OUR BEER BEAR T-SHIRT.

Bullets2Bandages: bullets2bandages is the explosive result of an impressive mix of ingredients... combining utility with social consciousness, by offering remarkable products while honoring those who have served this country. This is a partnership offering both a great opportunity and a tremendous honor for us to be working together. Explore our bullets2bandages reward and take the opportunity to go home with a unique bottle opener while helping this project!

DONATE $40 AND RECEIVE THIS .50 CALIBER BOTTLE OPENER.

Uber: We promote the exploration of craft beer, the adoption of a lifestyle that gives to a special something to San Diego, but we are also very serious about being responsible driving. If you drink don’t drive… but that doesn’t mean you can’t take an Uber! The ride-sharing company is partnering up with Kings of the Craft and offering an unique code that will reward new users with $20 towards their first ride! Be responsible, enjoy your night and you get to help Kings of the Craft along the drive… 

WANT $20 TOWARDS YOUR FIRST RIDE WITH UBER? 

USE CODE: KINGSOFTHECRAFT

The Craft Masterminds who have inspired Kings of the Craft 

  • Abnormal Beer Co 
  • Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment 
  • AleSmith Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company 
  • Belching Beaver Brewery 
  • Best Damn Beer Shop 
  • Blind Lady Ale House
  • Cork & Craft 
  • Coronado Brewing Co. 
  • Dos Desperados Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Green Flash Brewing Company 
  • Hillcrest Brewing Company 
  • Home Brew Mart in Linda Vista 
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company 
  • Mike Hess Brewing 
  • Modern Times Beer 
  • North Park Beer Company 
  • Pink Boots Society 
  • Pizza Port Solana Beach 
  • Stone Brewing Co. 
  • Toolbox Brewing Company 
  • URGE American Gastropub 
  • White Labs 

Special thanks to Andy Trimlett for his kickin' Kickstarter advice.

LIKE OUR PINT GLASSES? CHECK OUT OUR $100 REWARD CATEGORY- COMES WITH COASTERS AND OUR AWESOME BEER BEAR T-SHIRT (see above).

Risks and challenges

Our project will be premiering May 21st on KPBS. As we are a very small production crew, a main crew of four, all of us have double and even triple duties! Our time is booked to the minute to get this series completed and on the air. Our Kickstarter is helping fund this project to make it the best it can be. These funds will help us hire outside help in areas where our talents or time are lacking.

We have an awesome collection of rewards for this project and are stoked to share them with you, but since our time is booked so closely getting those rewards out may take us a couple of months (We hope to have everything sent out by the middle of June). Several of our rewards are also handmade and may take a little longer to produce, but each of them will definitely be worth the wait!

Help us complete this series. Your contribution, whether it's $25, $100 or $500 could be the deciding factor for this story being told and this story continuing to be ignored. Please, back this project now!

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    FLEXIBLE CONTRIBUTION

    The great pleasure of knowing you helped fund an awesome project. Our endless thanks and gratitude!

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    WALLPAPER DOWNLOAD

    Own some “Kings of the Craft” art with a download of our special wallpaper for your computer or phone and show it around like the proud backer you are.

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    PREMIER EPISODE DOWNLOAD

    Digital download of our premier episode (coming May 2015!)
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    SEASON ONE DOWNLOAD

    Get the whole first season of "Kings of the Craft" at your fingertips to enjoy over and over and over again. Six episodes total.
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    COASTER SET

    "Kings of the Craft" Coaster Set (5 pack)-- cause you want to keep those surfaces clean and that craft brew coming.
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    BULLETS2BANDAGES .50 CALIBER BOTTLE OPENER

    Bullets2Bandages .50 Caliber Bottle Opener-- who wouldn't want to pop a homebrew with a bullet, it's a conversation opener.
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    BEER BEAR T-SHIRT

    Special "Kings of the Craft" T-shirt printed by BrewerShirts.com. This beer bear is turning heads.
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    ONE TICKET TO A LIMITED CRAFT BEER FOOD PAIRING BRUNCH

    Ticket allows you entrance to an exclusive craft beer food pairing brunch on May 17th (location at AleSmith Brewing Company). Each dish is specially designed to complement both the chosen dish with its craft beer. If you haven’t been to one of these brunches before, you’ll become a frequent flyer after one taste.

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    TWO (2) GLASSES SET

    Two 16 oz. glasses. Specially printed with some Kings of the Craft swag
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    CUSTOMIZED GROWLER + EPISODE THANK YOU

    Customized Growler- use it well young padawan
    + Your name featured on a Thank You section at the end of each episode
    + Shirt
    + Digital download of episode
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    INVITATION TO PREMIER PARTY (4 TICKETS) + CUSTOMIZED GROWLER CARRIER + LIMITED RELEASE POSTER

    Four tickets to our special "Kings of the Craft" premier party on May 17th at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. More details provided in FAQ's.

    + Growler Carrier is hand-made out of wood and customized with the "Kings of the Craft" logo. Carries up to two Growlers. Perfect for holding that new Growler you're getting
    + Limited Release Poster signed by the crew
    + Customized growler
    + Shirt
    + .50 Caliber Bottle Opener
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    INVITATION TO VIP PREMIER PARTY (4 TICKETS) + UNDERWRITING SPONSOR TITLE + CUSTOMIZED TAP HANDLE

    Invitation to the exclusive KPBS VIP Producers Club VIP reception AND admittance to the "Kings of the Craft" Premier Party that evening. Hosted at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. Look in FAQ's for more details.

    + Underwriting Sponsor Title in credits [In video or banner form]
    + Your logo or name placed on our website as a sponsor or special thanks
    + Customized Tap Handle-- Perfect for your homebrew or kegerator needs
    + Limited Release Poster signed by the crew
    + Customized Growler
    + Customized growler carrier
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    + .50 Caliber Bottle Opener
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Funding period

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