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Craft Brewing Celebrates WayneCon 2016

"What is a WayneCon?" you ask.

Think ComicCon without the comics, lines, fancy hotels, or southern California tourism. WayneCon is about gaming and urban camping rolled up into one May weekend.

You do not have to be a table top gamer to back this effort—or know a d4 from a d6 or d100. You just need to be a fan of craft brewing, because RVA Collaborators get a personal opportunity to learn and participate in small batch craft brewing!

Thirsty Stone Brewery has set a modest goal of $400 to cover the brewing supplies, ancillary expendables, and a small remittance to the label artists. Making this goal alone is exciting, but the stretch goals will help Thirsty Stone Brewing make better craft beer for WayneCon and beyond.

The WayneCon 2016 Tap List

Night Gaunt 2016

The demon stout returns! This time properly carbonated and aged! For the inaugural WayneCon, Thirsty Stone Brewing collaborated with the WayneCon community to produce Night Gaunt, an Imperial Rye Stout, named for the eponymous demon of nightmares by H. P. Lovecraft.

This imperial rye stout weighs in at 10.5%.

Unnamed Weizenbock

Think "Imperial Hefeweizen." As last year, we will solicit names in the community and produce labels (delivered at WayneCon or mailed to you!). WayneCon and I are talking to artists about the label for this beer. Watch for updates!

Stretch Goals

Stretch Goals for this Kickstarter are first about WayneCon, but at higher levels improve the Thirsty Stone Brewing "Backyard Brewery" and directly improve the WayneCon craft brewed product.

$750 USD

Oak Aged Night Gaunt! Aged in a virgin 20L American Oak Barrel from Oak Barrels Ltd.

$850 USD

Thirsty Stone Brewing will add a Blichmann Beer Gun (Bottle Filler) to the "backyard brewery." At WayneCon or as a Collaborator, this tool is similar to a counter-pressure filler, making beer highly portable.

$1500 USD

Fermentation BONUS ROUND. Thirsty Stone Brewing will upgrade the primary and secondary fermentation vessels to a Blichmann 14 gal. Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter.

Rewards

Alcohol rewards are verboten! 'demz da rulz.

Labels

These vinyl, waterproof labels will feature custom art and details about the craft beer for WayneCon. As a backer you get the same labels that will be featured on bombers (22oz) and bottles at WayneCon.

Glasses

Enjoying craft beer in the proper glass is important. Stouts and Weizenbocks should be enjoyed in tulip glasses.

Two reward levels are offering 16oz tulip glasses. These glasses will feature "WayneCon 2016" and possibly some words about being a backer and supporter of small batch craft brewing.

RVA Collaborators!

In 2016, Thirsty Stone Brewing hopes to upgrade pieces of equipment. To that end five (5) "Collaborators" are being invited to participate.

Collaborators get all the rewards of the lesser levels, but also get to directly work with Thirsty Stone Brewing during a brewing session for 2016 (or 2017!). This includes picking the style all the way through kegging or bottling the final product. This level includes the ingredients for the collaboration (not including barrels).

This is a unique opportunity to see small batch craft brewing up close. It is an educational reward that makes your enjoyment of beer richer and gives a firsthand introduction to brewing techniques, science, tools, risks, and enjoyment.

About Thirsty Stone Brewing

Thirsty Stone Brewing started in 2014 as a husband and wife home brewing project. Yet Thirsty Stone Brewing is more than a mere two years old.

I started homebrewing in 1995 with tools and techniques laid down by Charlie Papazian in The Joy of Homebrewing, the home brewer's original textbook. As a film and television professional, I even travelled with my equipment, making beer in apartments and sharing the product of early extract kits with my roommates and crew. Five years later, I was ready to elevate my setup, but I was a graduate student and about to get married. My kit passed into memory.

Almost 13 years later, a neighbor's wife asked me about getting a homebrewing kit for her husband. Yadda yadda, and my wife tells me about the nascent phenomenon of "couple's brewing." Thirsty Stone Brewing was born; named for the fictional location created for Untappd check-ins.

Thirsty Stone Brewing's record since 2013 has produced over 15 beers including a "charity beer" that raised over $300 for Downs Syndrome research.

Our Night Gaunt Imperial Rye Stout was highly regarded at WayneCon 2015 and our most recent Frosty Nips Winter White Ale has earned 3.9 Stars on Untapped.

Risks and challenges

Risks

Making malt beverages has a certain amount of risk. The risks cover a broad spectrum including, but not limited too: yeast death (unlikely), poor ingredient judgment (too much nutmeg?), poor sanitation ("I have a cold, but let me start that siphon for you with my mouth."), to the simple: just too much carbonation ("Whoa! not in the eyes!"). I mitigate risk with experience and a very good track record almost 20 years in the hobby of home brewing.

This year I will keg the beer allowing for precise carbonation. The styles are moderately advanced, but "in my wheelhouse"—having made both varieties successfully in the past.

The greatest risk is sanitation of the equipment during brewing and during fermentation. This is a task I take very seriously and have never had a bad batch of beer due to bacterial contamination. No brewery is a sterile environment, but cleanliness is paramount at all stages and taken seriously.

Challenges

The challenges are limited. Only one (1) really exists: No Lagers. I don't have the chiller to properly lager a beer. However, this is limited only at the collaborator level as neither style for WayneCon 2016 will be lagers.

Experience and record has shown I can do this. The equipment is on premise and ready. The reward levels will allow me to upgrade equipment as well as "run the engine" with replacement of expendables.

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    Maybe you can't attend WayneCon or the idea of a weekend of table top gaming is not your "jam"—and why isn't it?—regardless, everyone raises a glass to your generosity and thanks you.

    But there's more! Your $1 contribution will get you access to backer updates and photos as the WayneCon tap list is produced.

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    Label Vandal!

    If anything, craft brewing is about unique, often irreverent, labels. In 2015, Wayne Snyder, WayneCon's titular host, produced the label for Night Gaunt. This year, proceeds will go to pay the artists for their work.

    The stickers are vinyl and waterproof, 6"x4", and feature details of the craft brew.

    Whether you are attending or not, this is a unique souvenir for small batch craft brewing enthusiasts.

    Delivered at WayneCon (do not add shipping) or mailed.

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    I'm drinking alone...

    You will receive one (1) 16oz. tulip glass featuring the words "WayneCon 2016".

    WayneCon features a rainbow of plastic cups, but craft brewing is also about the love of the glass that brings out the best in the hops and malt. WayneCon 2016 will feature a Rye Stout and Weizenbock that should be served in a tulip glass.

    Delivered at WayneCon (do not add shipping) or mailed.

    Includes rewards above and access to all backer updates and the community.

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    I got a date!

    You will receive two (2) 16oz. tulip glasses featuring the words "WayneCon 2016".

    WayneCon features a rainbow of plastic... oh, I already said this, so let me sum up: Stouts and Weizenbocks should be served in tulip glasses.

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    Includes rewards above and access to all backer updates and the community.

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    RVA Collaborator!

    This is a unique reward level for lovers of craft brewing. At this level you are invited to collaborate with Thirsty Stone Brewing, Shannon and myself, on a unique style all your own. You will learn about small batch brewing, the risks, the challenges, as well as what goes into great brewing at the craft scale. RVA Collaborators will work with us throughout the brewing process, sampling each stage along the way through bottling or kegging.

    This reward has varied delivery dates determined by backer and brewing availability. Collaborations should commit to before 12/31/2017.

    * While not explicitly limited to RVA (Richmond, VA), RVA Collaborators should not be so far away as to limit participation in craft brewing. Thirsty Stone Brewing will work with RVA Collaborators on schedules. Most craft brewing will initiate on weekends and have weekend checkpoints. You will get to decide whether your collaboration is kegged or bottled. Please note the challenges of this project apply: NO lagers.

    Barrels are not included at this level, so oak or bourbon barrel aging is an add-on and may be limited or restricted by external sourcing.

    As an RVA Collaborator you will of course receive all the above rewards and access to all backer updates and the community, but you are also able to directly participate beyond WayneCon.

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