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Hairy Cow Brewing Co is Byron's microbrewery. A community gathering place on the Rock River with brick oven pizza and delicious beer!
Hairy Cow Brewing Co is Byron's microbrewery. A community gathering place on the Rock River with brick oven pizza and delicious beer!
141 backers pledged $33,563 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, I'm Todd McLester. Thank you for checking out the Hairy Cow Brewing Company Kickstarter page. We are building Hairy Cow Brewing Company in Byron, IL, on the banks of the beautiful Rock River. Hairy Cow Brewing Company will be the first and only microbrewery in Ogle County, and we’re building it right here in Byron. Hairy Cow will have not only world class beer, but we will also serve gourmet wood-fired pizza and pulled pork sandwiches fresh from the farm.

We’ve been in discussion with city officials about our project for several weeks, and they are as excited about Hairy Cow as we are! 

We have a vision. Our vision is a brewpub as a hub of activity in Byron. A community gathering place where you can bring friends and family, enjoy delicious craft beer and pizza while sitting on the patio overlooking the riverfront, or from the beautiful window view in the taproom. A place where you can dock your boat, watch sand volleyball, or enjoy time with friends around the outdoor fire-pit.

Did I mention boat docks? The city plans to develop the rest of Sunshine Park to compliment Hairy Cow. That plan includes boat slips. A riverfront. This will be the first riverfront area where boaters can tie-up and walk into town. Boaters, waterskiers, fishermen. Everyone who enjoys the Rock River between Rockford and Oregon can funnel into Byron through our backyard.

We plan to host running and biking events. The bike path that runs through Byron also runs through our backyard, along the river. City officials plan to upgrade the path and extend it under the train trestle, along the river to the boat launch east of us.

We plan to build two regulation sand volleyball courts in front of Hairy Cow, to be used by leagues and teams from the area.

We would like to keep the Farmers Market on the grounds. Provide a venue for local talent such as musicians and artists. And host seasonal events such as Octoberfest, and of course a bacon & beer festival!

We want Hairy Cow Brewing Company to be an integral part of the community. We want you to be a part of the Hairy Cow experience. We need your involvement and your help. Please become a Hairy Cow donor through our Kickstarter page. In exchange, we’ll send you some cool Hairy Cow merchandise. 

You can email us with questions and comments at drink@hairycowbrewing.com

Tell your neighbors, tell your friends. We'll keep you updated on our progress through the Kickstarter page, Facebook page, Twitter and our new website. This is your hometown brewery and we want you to be part of it.

Thanks for your support. See you soon at Hairy Cow Brewing Company.

Todd McLester & Jon Lambert

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We are currently working with Byron City officials, investors and Byron Bank to work out details of Hairy Cow Brewing Company construction.

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    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters.

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    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters,
    64 oz. HCB growler, invitation for 2 to the HCB pre-opening pizza party.

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    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters,
    64 oz. HCB growler, invitation for 2 to the HCB pre-opening pizza party, name an HCB brew,
    Have your name (or business name) prominently displayed on HCB's "Hops and Horns" wall,
    Free one-year membership to Bulls and Heifers Mug Club

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters,
    64 oz. HCB growler, invitation for 2 to the HCB pre-opening pizza party, name an HCB brew,
    Have your name (or business name) prominently displayed on HCB's "Hops and Horns" wall,
    Sponsor a fermenter. Your name will be permanently displayed on an HCB fermenter in the brewery,
    Free one-year membership to Bulls and Heifers Mug Club.

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    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters,
    64 oz. HCB growler, invitation for 2 to the HCB pre-opening pizza party, name an HCB brew,
    Have your name (or business name) prominently displayed on HCB's "Hops and Horns" wall,
    Sponsor the mash tun. Your name will be permanently displayed on the HCB
    mash tun in the brewery,
    Put on your hard hat! You’ll be given special tours of the brew pub during construction,
    Free one-year membership to Bulls and Heifers Mug Club.

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    The Hairy Pair: - 2 HCB T-shirts, 2 HCB 4oz tasters, 2 HCB Pint glasses, 2 HCB stickers, 2 HCB coasters,
    64 oz. HCB growler, invitation for 2 to the HCB pre-opening pizza party, name an HCB brew,
    Have your name (or business name) prominently displayed on HCB's "Hops and Horns" wall,
    Sponsor the mash tun. Your name will be permanently displayed on the HCB mash tun in the brewery,
    Put on your hard hat! You’ll be given special tours of the brew pub during construction,
    Founder's Club member including personalized mug, free lifetime membership to Bulls and Heifers Mug Club, additional rewards revealed at the brewery.

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