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This Could Happen to You
This Could Happen to You

What is the Crooked Bottle?

This project is about two things, the craft of brewing, and community.

Craft

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.

Beers Made with Bananas and Habaneros.  And They Are Amazing.
Beers Made with Bananas and Habaneros. And They Are Amazing.

Community

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.

Rewards

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:

Stainless Steel Insulated 64oz Growlers - To be Laser Etched w/ New Logo
Stainless Steel Insulated 64oz Growlers - To be Laser Etched w/ New Logo
One Gallon Brew at Home Kit - Includes Brewing Book, Equipment, and Ingredients for a Batch [$70 and $300 pledges]
One Gallon Brew at Home Kit - Includes Brewing Book, Equipment, and Ingredients for a Batch [$70 and $300 pledges]
Mozzarella and Ricotta Making Kit with Stainless Skimmer - Everything but the Milk for 20 Batches [Kit only $35 pledge, Kit and Skimmer in $150 pledge]
Mozzarella and Ricotta Making Kit with Stainless Skimmer - Everything but the Milk for 20 Batches [Kit only $35 pledge, Kit and Skimmer in $150 pledge]
Kombucha Brewing Kit [$60 pledge]
Kombucha Brewing Kit [$60 pledge]

Founder's Growlers

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.  

Founder's T-Shirts

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:

Projected Budget
Projected Budget

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:

Thanks

We made it this far with help from many people.

Our Customers

Onpoint Credit Union

Portland Development Commission

Energy Trust of Oregon

Craig Zimber Real Estate Agent

Beau Beaird

The Chad and Beth Stausage

Jocelyn Fabbri

Miranda K

Cory K

Hannah and Bruce

Aidan C

Sheila M

Michael G

Dan Adams

Dave McGee (General Contractor Services)

Squires Electric

Metro Drywall

James Riley Architect

Scott @ Arbor Lodge Coffee

Liz @ Button

Fang and Feather Pet Supplies

Kenton Antiques

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.

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Support

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Crooked Bottle Supporter sticker and invitation to founders party.

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    Free falafel (or other menu item) from food cart -- OR -- admission to beginner classes at Homebrew Exchange (Brewing 101, Yogurt Making, Intro to Cheesemaking, Mead Making, Cider Making). Either option includes sticker and party invite.

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    Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit. Everything but the milk for 30 batches. Includes sticker and party invite. Does not include the stainless skimmer from $150 pledge.

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    Crooked Bottle founders t-shirt. Includes sticker and party invite.

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    Brew Kombucha at Home Kit. One gallon jar, starter culture, sugar, tea, tea strainer, and handout with directions and tips. Includes sticker and party invite.

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    One Gallon "Picobrewery" Brew at Home Kit. Includes book, equipment, and ingredients for one batch.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Crooked Bottle t-shirt AND admission to any class at Homebrew Exchange. Includes sticker and party invite.

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    A stainless steel Crooked Bottle growler. Insulated 64 oz vacuum flask keeps your drinks fizzy and cold. Includes sticker and party invite.

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    DIY cheese making kit. Also includes: Crooked Bottle t-shirt, admission to any class at Homebrew Exchange, sticker, and party invite.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Stainless Steel Growler with Crooked Bottle logo, AND Picobrewery One Gallon Brew At Home Kit with Ingredients for your first batch. Also includes crooked bottle t-shirt, sticker and party invite!

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    Your name on our permanent founders plaque, hung in the new space. Also includes stainless steel growler, sticker, and party invite.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Create your own beer and put it on tap. You will help us create your recipe and brew it from scratch on our new pilot brewery. You get to name the beer, and we will put it on tap in the tap room. (Also includes your name on the founders plaque, a t-shirt, stainless growler, sticker, and party invite). Note: We are not allowed to give beer as a reward nor ship it anywhere. We can ship the t-shirts etc. though.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Bottled beer incubator. You will help us develop a new beer recipe, which we will brew, bottle, label, and put for public sale in our bottle shop. You own the rights to the name (of your choosing) and the label. Your picture, should you desire, will be permanently posted on the tap room wall (next to your name on the founders plaque). Also includes other swag from the $1000 level (shirt, growler, etc.). Note: We are not allowed to give beer as a reward nor ship it anywhere. We can ship the t-shirts etc. though.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    As our executive founder, you will have your name etched in stone on our patio, which is named after you. You may also choose from any and all of the rewards for lesser pledges.

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Funding period

- (26 days)