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Know Your Distiller
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Update July 9, 2019: Stretch Goal!

We're so excited to have met our initial goal so quickly! Now we have a new goal: the distillery's bar needs some natural light. If we can reach $15,000 funding, we will convert one of our roll-up doors into a glass storefront so the distillery can bathe in natural light all day long!

Before
Before
A professional artist's conceptual rendering if our goal is met (and the distillery is picked up and moved to Colorado).
A professional artist's conceptual rendering if our goal is met (and the distillery is picked up and moved to Colorado).

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We're Joe Bidinger and Nikhil Sharoff, and we're your distillers at Echo Spirits Distilling Co. We're opening a new distillery in Columbus, OH, our hometown. This summer, we'll turn on our still to start making a full-flavored cane sugar-based rum. A few months later, we will open our cocktail bar in Grandview and launch our next spirit, genever. Genever is a malt whiskey enhanced with botanicals that is equally qualified to be used like a whiskey or gin in the right cocktail. We also have 25 barrels of our straight rye whiskey aging over in the barrelhouse of Middle West Spirits and getting ready for it's release in the summer of 2020. 

How did we get here?

We started out homebrewing beer over a decade ago, when we graduated college during the Great Recession and had beer quality standards larger than our wallets. We started exploring other beverages - wine, sake, mead - and eventually started wondering how distilled spirits were made. Tours of the other local distilleries answered those questions and ignited a fire.

We've been working on Echo Spirits for the better part of five years. It's been a true test of perseverance, hard work, and dedication. To be honest, there have been a handful of times when the devil on our shoulders told us to call it all off. The times when things got really rough. When we spent two years looking for the right location. When people kept telling us we were "dreaming too big" or we were "too young and inexperienced". But when the temptation to throw in the towel came around, we also knew that we had to pursue our dream and that we would always regret not going for it. That we would look at ourselves in the mirror each morning and feel empty. We're too passionate about what we're doing to give up that easily. 

Never be afraid to sweat the details. The details are what make you special.
Never be afraid to sweat the details. The details are what make you special.

We created our distillery to be an echo of a time when we knew the people making our local products. We're hauling ingredients, distilling, taste-testing. You can come in and shake the hand of the person who makes your rum, and he'll personally give you a tour. We’re personable and friendly. While the rest of the world is speeding up, we're returning to a slower pace of life. We're returning to normal. 

Testing the lighting on some cocktail shots.
Testing the lighting on some cocktail shots.

And here we are. What we need now is a community. Our backer rewards aim to build that community.  The rewards we're offering are largely unique to our Kickstarter; we won't be offering these exact designs again, so only our backers will be able to show them off. Almost every reward level comes with tour passes, and many come with tickets to our backers-only party that will happen this fall before our bar opens to the public. We want to meet the people enthusiastic about Echo Spirits - to have you come in and shake our hands and let us show you around, personally.

Almost every reward level provides you with passes to a distiller-hosted tour and tasting.
Almost every reward level provides you with passes to a distiller-hosted tour and tasting.

But the COOLEST reward is the backer wall. At nearly every reward level, we'll etch your name into a brick that will be built into a wall between our distilling and bar areas. Back us and you'll be forever memorialized as someone who helped get us to where we are. And make sure to bring in your friends to show them your cool brick. Especially any friends who didn't back us.

It takes a team. Nikhil, Joe, Joe's fiancee Megan, and Kluber the Distillery Dog.
It takes a team. Nikhil, Joe, Joe's fiancee Megan, and Kluber the Distillery Dog.

So please join us on our journey. 

Follow your dreams. Sweat the details. Know your distiller. Cheers!

Reward Samples

Samples of our rewards are below. All designs subject to change.

Bottle Opener
Bottle Opener
Wood-Burned Coaster
Wood-Burned Coaster
Screen-Printed Coaster
Screen-Printed Coaster
Engraved Steel Sign
Engraved Steel Sign
Exclusive Cocktail Set in Collectible Box. Jigger, cocktail spoon, and other items not pictured. Everything you need to use our spirits!
Exclusive Cocktail Set in Collectible Box. Jigger, cocktail spoon, and other items not pictured. Everything you need to use our spirits!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to Echo Spirits opening on time is buildout.

Because we're doing just about everything ourselves, we could run into some hiccups with the buildout of our distillery. We're doing our research and consulting with family and friends who know a thing or two, but this is a labor of love all done by hand. Most of what you see in the distillery is designed and created by us.

This won't impact any physical rewards delivery but may delay the Kickstarter Backer Party, the start of tour dates, etc.

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    Stickers and a Tour!

    Show off that you thought Echo Spirits was cool before the other kids did. One for your laptop, one for your phone, and three to give to friends! Or horde them all and wait for them to become collector's items.

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    Limited Edition T-Shirt

    Show that you were with us from the beginning. This exclusive t-shirt will only be available for kickstarter backers before it is put back in the Echo Spirits vault, never to be issued again. We will send out a survey asking for sizes once the campaign ends. Charcoal-colored t-shirt.

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    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
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    T-Shirt and a Brick

    Exclusive, never-to-be-offered-again t-shirt, plus a brick with engraved with your name in our Kickstarter wall. Some people put your name on an existing wall. We're building our backers one.

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    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
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    Beer Lover's Package

    It's cool. We get it. Not every moment or occasion calls for a cocktail. Sometimes what you need is a beer from one of the great breweries around Columbus. Enjoy that bottle in style.

    Includes:
    • Stickers
    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Coasters -Choice of screen-printed, wood-burned, or half and half
    • Bottle Opener
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    The Nightcap

    Everything you need for a night in, enjoying Echo Spirits!

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    • Stickers
    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Rocks Glass
    • Coasters -Choice of screen-printed, wood-burned, or half and half
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    The Cocktail Enthusiast

    All that you need to make one of our signature cocktails at home. A cocktail set custom built by our friends and partners at Griffen Hollow Studio.
    No shipping on this reward - come pick it up so we can meet you in person and get to know you!

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    • Stickers
    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Coasters -Choice of screen-printed, wood-burned, or half and half
    • Exclusive Echo Spirits Cocktail Set in Collectible Box
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    The Cooper

    The Echo Spirits logo burned on one side, whatever you want on the other! An Echo Spirits barrel for your bar, restaurant, business, or even your home!

    Includes:
    • 10× Stickers
    • 10× Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Mini Barrel
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
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    Your Name on a Bar Stool

    Get your name or the name of your business, group, team, etc. on one of our bar stools, forever. Show everyone that you believed in us first. Lighten the load and cushion the butt of a fellow patron. They may wind up being a new friend.

    Includes:
    • 10× Stickers
    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Fund a Bar Stool
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    Private Distillation Day

    Just what it says: bring 9 of your friends over to spend a day in the distillery, distilling a batch of rum with us. We'll do our best to make this a day when we also make a wash so you can see how the process starts. You'll get to see all of the behind-the-scenes action and pick the brain of a distiller during the whole process.

    Optional: if you so choose, we can arrange to have the contents of this batch sent to a state liquor store and reserved for you for purchase on a specified day. Note: we will see what we can do on the price and will do our best to get it close to cost, but this is a relatively new program through the State of Ohio and we really aren't sure what we can do. You can also elect not to purchase the spirits, at which point they'll be put into normal circulation.

    Includes:
    • 20× Stickers
    • 10× Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • 10× Tour Passes
    • 10× Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • 10× Coasters -Choice of screen-printed, wood-burned, or half and half
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Rocks Glass
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    Name the Still

    Yeah, if you're going to give us $10,000, we'll work with you to name the still just about anything you want. We'll probably give you some t-shirts and stuff too.

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    Engraved Bar Sign

    A steel cutout in the shape of Ohio with the Echo Spirits logo engraved on it. Holes drilled and ready for mounting. Matches the cutout in the distillery. Tell your friends that you have the same interior decorator as Echo Spirits Distilling Co.

    Includes:
    • Stickers
    • Tour Passes
    • Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt
    • Ticket to Kickstarter Backer Party
    • Your Name on an Engraved Brick in our Kickstarter Backer Wall
    • Engraved Ohio Steel Sign (measures approx. 16"x16")
    • Rocks Glass
    • Coasters -Choice of screen-printed, wood-burned, or half and half
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Funding period

- (45 days)