Our names are Jeremy Quaglia and Kyle Schmitt and we are Homestead Hard Cider.
When it comes to quality care and expert craftsmanship, the term "home brewed" couldn't hit any closer to… well, home. New England has always been our home. We grew up in Attleboro just forty minutes south of Boston, went to college in Massachusetts, and have remained friends since we were children. We both live in the same houses we grew up in, and it was in our homes that a little over a year ago we began Homestead Hard Cider on none other than Homestead Lane. Since then we have worked tirelessly to build Homestead Hard Cider into the nano-cidery it is today. We have perfected the recipes, garnered fan support, and moved production out of our homes into a more permanent location in Attleboro where production can be streamlined.
Over the past few years, the market for cider has grown exponentially. Sales have been driven by corporate owned and operated companies. Their expensive marketing campaigns allow them to claim to be hand crafted when really they are sacrificing quality and taste in favor of mass quantities. At Homestead Hard Cider, the cider we produce is the direct result of our dedication and hard work. We get out of it what we put into it - something of genuine quality and unique taste. Oh, and did we forget to mention the alcohol content?
Like many people, we like to drink, so you better believe we aim high. Our original brew provides drinkers with an offering of 9.5% ABV and our newest brew boasts a delightfully high ABV% that we're willing to bet you're going to love.
We love cider, we love our community, and we love the notion that Homestead Hard Cider's presence can prove that two 23 year olds can run a thriving business. We hope our success will give other aspiring entrepreneurs the confidence that they can be successful too. Not only are you funding our operation, but we truly believe you are funding a movement. A movement not to take Attleboro and surrounding communities back to what they were, but instead to what they can be. Revitalizing our economy starts with small grassroot businesses.
This is the next step for Homestead Hard Cider. We are on the cusp of something big and your help will be the extra push we need to get
there. We believe that what we have created is not just something special, but something worth trying for yourself. This is where the Kickstarter community comes in. We have seen what you have been able to do for others and it is impressive. The age of social media is a crazy thing that allows us to connect with people we never would have been able to otherwise. By contributing you can forever call yourself part of the Homestead Hard Cider family. When you're able to buy Homestead in your hometown, you'll be glad you did. To show our appreciation you will obviously get some pretty cool merchandise in return for your generosity (see Rewards below).
We are currently producing cider in five to fifteen gallon glass carboys. While our collection is quite large, it will never be enough to keep up with out larger scale production dreams. A principle portion of contributions will go to upgrading our facilities to forty-two gallon stainless steel fermenters.
We are also in the process of getting our proper legal sanctions and licenses. Like any licensing process, it is lengthy, arduous, and unpredictable but we are doing all that we can on our part to get it completed quickly in order to legally distribute to you.
How Your Contribution Will Be Used
- Four forty-two gallon stainless steel fermenters: approximately $1,600 each ($6,400)
- A kegging system and pallet of kegs: $2,500
- Facilities upgrades: $100
- Rewards: $1,000
Everyone is getting a virtual "Cheers!" (hopefully one day a real life cheers!) We've also got some pretty cool merchandise to share.
- Hand written letter from us, Jeremy and Kyle.
- Homestead Hard Cider stickers and buttons.
- Commemorative bottle (empty, sorry) from the first batches produced by us. Complete with original logo, bottle date, and our signatures.
- "Hardcore Supporter" Homestead Hard Cider T-Shirt
- Pint Glass - to enjoy your Homestead Hard Cider in!
- Oak Barrels - varying in size with our logo printed on it. These barrels could be an office decoration or even used to age some cider!
Awesome Art Package - Like we said, we are huge on community involvement. We encourage artists to get on board and be a part of
the Homestead Hard Cider family and community. So here is the deal: you send us an original piece of art, whatever you want as long as our
logo is somehow incorporated, and we will display it in the cidery for life. To show how deep our appreciation goes, with your approval, we will blast your artwork and contact information on all of our social media outlets to promote your talents.
- Super Awesome Art Package - All of the above plus you will be given the opportunity to design a label for a speciality batch shipped to
stores. In addition to this your artwork will also be displayed permanently on the fan art section of our website.
- The Donor Board - We will always remember the people who made our dream possible and will make sure that they are a focal point in the
Homestead Cider House for years to come with this publicly displayed Donor Board. Names will be displayed in three tiers: donor level, founder's level, and the executive level. Your signature will be wood burned into the board in varying sizes according to tier. When the day comes to visit the Homestead Hard Cider you'll be able to look up on the wall and see yourself among the others who made it all possible.
Thank you all in advance. If you would like to reach out to us, e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to
From our hands to your homestead, cheers,
Jeremy & Kyle
Homestead Hard Cider
Big shout out to our good friend Shane Uriot for making our awesome video, check out www.Vimeo.com/shaneuriot to see his work and keep your eyes peeled for his short film coming soon!
Risks and challenges
Any setbacks in the process will merely be speed bumps on our road to success. We’ve had the passion, determination, and dedication to get this far, so there is no way we aren’t making this final hurdle. If for some reason there are complications with the licensing, our donors should rest assured knowing they will still receive their rewards!
We have full confidence that the legal and licensing process will be a simple one due to the time and research we have put into its requirements. Once everything is passed, we can deliver our Homestead hand crafted hard cider to the world!
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