Local beer incubator: Licensed brewpub where locals craft exotic beers and amazing food. Family friendly patio.
Local beer incubator: Licensed brewpub where locals craft exotic beers and amazing food. Family friendly patio. Read more
About this project
Please view the 3 minute video and pass it on.
What is the Crooked Bottle?
This project is about two things, the craft of brewing, and community.
This project takes the craft of home brewing and opens it up to the public. This is a craft beer incubator, which gives amateur brewers a path to commercial success. We will regularly collaborate with our best amateur brewers to bring new and exciting beers to market.
This project builds a community gathering space where people can enjoy locally made food and beer.
Crooked Bottle is the name of the small tap room and bottle shop we are adding to our existing space (where the brewing supply store Homebrew Exchange lives). It will share a family-friendly patio with a food cart which serves amazing food.
Top Reasons You Want To Support This
- You want to be a part of something meaningful. Become a permanent "founder" of the Crooked Bottle.
- You want rewards like stainless steel growlers, t-shirts, free admission to brewing classes, and brew at home kits.
- You live in North Portland and want a spot to eat falafel and drink beer on a patio.
- You want the chance to create your own legally-produced beer--an actual commercial product, without spending tens of thousands of dollars to build your own licensed facility.
- You want to improve the neighborhood and create jobs.
- You are awesome.
To reward you for backing our project, we are sending out some great items to our backers. Full details are on the right side of the page here.
Here some photos of some of the rewards:
These growlers are made from stainless steel and have a double-walled vacuum outside that keeps beverages cold and fizzy. This means you can take a half gallon of craft beer or your favorite drink on an all-day outdoor trip, and still enjoy a cold one. The growlers will be coated with a durable black enamel layer with the new Crooked Bottle logo laser-etched on the side.
Our one-time-only Crooked Bottle Founder's t-shirts will have the new Crooked Bottle logo on them along with the word Founder. Be a part of history, and cover your torso, at the same time!
What Will Funds Be Used For
With Kickstarter, you don't pay any money unless we meet our target level of funding.
Our target funding amount of 25,600 is based on a bare-bones, volunteer-heavy budget that gets us the minimum things we need to launch the Crooked Bottle. Our stretch goal of $56,000 would allow us to launch with more refrigeration, a better test (pilot) brewery, and a substantial awning for the patio. We've already paid for many things we'll need, such as heating/cooling, lighting, etc.. This table shows our estimated breakdown:
Why Are We Using Kickstarter
We are building community. Our neighbors love the idea and want this space. Kickstarter allows them to be involved in a huge way: Without you this could not happen.
We are using Kickstarter as gap funding. As you can see in our video, we've come a really long way to fix up this run down building and, this January, we moved our 4 year old retail business into it. We've literally drained our savings accounts, taken out multiple loans, while working a day job so we don't have to pay ourselves. Now we need to grow into the space to pay the mortgage, and the Crooked Bottle is how we will do it. As long as we are covering the bills and paying our five employees, we are happy to be apart of something we love: The DIY beverage and food community.
Credits and Thanks
We tried to list everyone we wanted to thank at the end of the video, but of course we forgot some people. This is a more updated list:
We made it this far with help from many people.
Onpoint Credit Union
Portland Development Commission
Energy Trust of Oregon
Craig Zimber Real Estate Agent
The Chad and Beth Stausage
Hannah and Bruce
Dave McGee (General Contractor Services)
James Riley Architect
Scott @ Arbor Lodge Coffee
Liz @ Button
Fang and Feather Pet Supplies
And everyone else we forgot to mention...
Risks and challenges
Every project like this has risks. Besides not meeting our funding goal, our biggest risks come from local and federal government. Luckily, we're already most of the way through our federal and state licensing as a brewery public house. We've passed the public comment period, are bonded, and insured. For the food cart, there are some risks that the city could require expensive modifications which would make that part of the project difficult.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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