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$15,125
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$15,125
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
113
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 12 2015 4:04 AM UTC +00:00

About

CHEERS!
  

We are Ryan and Sarah Schradin, a married couple living in our adoptive home of Alexandria, VA. We are also quite enamored with one of the greatest beverages in the world…BEER. In fact, we love beer so much, we’re looking to make a lifetime commitment to it…by making beer our business. We’re looking to bring Alexandria something that it currently lacks – a beer garden, gastropub and specialty beer shop – while also bringing the joy of truly good beer to our neighbors. Our concept is Good Beer.

Ryan and Sarah Schradin
Ryan and Sarah Schradin
 
Why Good Beer?

We love beer. Well…we love almost all beer. We love GOOD beer. We love the quality craft beer being produced by the microbreweries, nanobreweries and brewing companies across the U.S. and around the globe. They prove that beer can be one of the most versatile and interesting beverages, capable of pairing with a wide varieties of different foods and cuisines. 

And we’re not the only ones. 

Beer gardens that feature the best beers of the U.S., Europe and other brewing regions across the globe have sprouted up in every major city. Washington, DC, alone, is home to no less than five beer gardens. Arlington, VA, has two beer gardens of its own. 

Our neighborhood, Alexandria, VA, has NONE. And we’re looking to fix that. 

To learn more about beer, Ryan and Sarah toured some of the best breweries and brewing regions in America. Sarah is pictured here at Russian River Brewing Co, widely considered one of the best breweries in the country.
To learn more about beer, Ryan and Sarah toured some of the best breweries and brewing regions in America. Sarah is pictured here at Russian River Brewing Co, widely considered one of the best breweries in the country.

What is Good Beer?

Our concept, Good Beer, is a beer garden, gastropub and bottle shop poised to become Old Town Alexandria’s one-stop destination for all things craft beer. Good Beer will allow craft beer fans from across Alexandria – and Northern Virginia - to enjoy a meal indoors at the gastropub, sip craft beer outside in the beer garden or purchase bottles of beer to bring home from the retail store. 

The location we are considering for Good Beer is a retail space strategically located just one block away from the King Street metro station, enabling access to the bustling King Street corridor, as well as easy access via mass transit. 

Good Beer will feature a menu of elevated comfort food and reinvented American classics that will be offered in both the gastropub and beer garden. Customers in both venues will be able to choose from a wide selection of craft beers on draft and in bottle, as well as wines by the glass and bottle. No less than 30 craft beers will be available on draft, which will rotate seasonally. 

The retail store will sell craft beer in bottles and draft beer in growlers, providing a selection unparalleled in the Alexandria area. The store will also sell home brewing supplies to the local home brewing community. On weekends and select nights of the week, the store will hold meet-and-greets with breweries, tap take-overs and other beer-focused events. 

To get valuable experience working behind the bar and learn more about brewing, Ryan started working weekends at Adroit Theory Brewing Co. in Purcellville, VA.
To get valuable experience working behind the bar and learn more about brewing, Ryan started working weekends at Adroit Theory Brewing Co. in Purcellville, VA.

How can you help?

It comes as no surprise, but opening a beer garden and gastropub in one of Virginia’s most expensive and prominent neighborhoods is not cheap. As first-time business owners launching a startup, it’s going to take a lot of resources – financial and otherwise – to make our Good Beer concept a reality. 

We’ve worked tirelessly to identify a perfect retail location in Old Town, Alexandria. It's now time to secure financing that we can couple with the money we have set aside of our own.

We’re hoping to raise $50,000 to put towards the construction on what promises to be one of the region’s best beer destinations. We hope you’ll donate to help make Good Beer a reality. We also hope you’ll share our vision with everyone you know to increase awareness and drive additional investment. 

We’re committed to making Good Beer Alexandria’s first, only and BEST beer garden and craft beer destination. With your donation, we'll be one step closer to making this dream a reality. 

Risks and challenges

When it comes to opening a gastropub, beer garden and retail store (and all at the same time!), there are a number of potential hurdles and challenges. Even after securing all of our financing, we will still need to worry about signing a lease, obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals AND completing a build-out of the space. Fortunately, we have been aware of the number of challenges from the beginning and have taken the time to do our research and seek out counsel at each step of the process.

In fact, we recognized we needed all the help we could get so we have been working with the Small Business Administration's local Small Business Development Center. Their office has connected us with key stakeholders as well as provided valuable guidance throughout the process.

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    For a $10 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded paddle bottle opener and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    For a $25 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded window decal for your ride, and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    For a $35 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded 5 ounce tasting glass, and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    For a $50 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Lager Lovers

    For a $100 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Good Beer MUG CLUB!

    For a $200 contribution to Good Beer, you'll receive your own "Good Beer" branded beer mug, which we'll keep clean and ready for your imbibing pleasure right in the gastropub. You'll also receive all previous rewards, special "Mug Club" member pricing and invitations to special members-only events!

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    For a $250 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive a branded 32oz. growler, tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Amber Advocates

    For a $500 donation to Good Beer, you'll receive two tickets to our fully-catered grand opening reception. You'll also receive a gift bag with a branded tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Brown Ale Buddies

    For a $1000 donation to Good Beer, you and a guest will dine, gratis, at a special chef's dinner with the owners. You'll also receive a gift bag with a branded 32oz. growler, tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Stout Supporters

    For a $2500 donation to Good Beer, you and NINE of your closest friends will dine, gratis, at a special chef's dinner with the owners. You'll also receive a gift bag with a branded 32oz. growler, tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site.

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    Golden Growlers

    For a $5000 donation to Good Beer, you and a guest will dine, gratis, at a special chef's dinner with the owners. You'll also receive a gift bag with a branded tulip glass, t-shirt, window decal and a shout-out on the "Investors" page of our official Web site. You'll also receive the "Golden Growler," which entitles you to two complimentary fills a month for one calendar year.

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