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Breweries are expensive. Opening one requires a huge commitment of time, energy, and yes, money. Help us open Kailua's first brewpub!
153 backers pledged $36,421 to help bring this project to life.

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We are an idea, a passion, and a product. We have the skills, the knowledge, and the drive to create our vision but we need your help with funding to make this a reality.

Welcome to Kailua Brewing Company's Kickstarter Campaign Page! This is a dream Dustin Gomes and Netha Smoot have been working on since 2009. This all started with a humble homebrew kit and two Kailua kids with an appreciation for good beer.  It evolved from an occasional hobby, to a weekly brewing session, into a passion, and then into the dream of opening our own brewery. Over the past 5 years, we have shared our beer with our friends, family and (honestly anyone who will try it)...let me tell you, the feedback we have received is amazing and it's fueling our desire to share our unique recipes with a broader audience...aka...you!

In fact, our beers have been entered in a variety of competitions over the last couple years, winning a gold medal for the Habanero Haven Amber Lager, as well as two silver and one bronze for the E.W.O.K. (Easy Weizen of Kailua).  Kailua Brewing Company will be what we like to refer to as a "brewpub", which basically means it's a pub that brews and sells pints of beer on premise as well as serves food.  It is smaller than a microbrewery, but bigger than Dustin's garage, and will be way more awesome! We plan on having a 10BBL brew house in the back and a bar up front. Our goal will be to create the small neighborhood bar feeling that Kailua is in dire need of. But most importantly, we will concentrate on producing small, consistent batches of the unique recipes that we have developed over the years.

It is important to note right off the bat that this is an "all or nothing" funding campaign. If we don't reach our goal, then we don't receive any money (and you don't pay), and of course, you won't receive any of the awesome rewards. Bummer!  So don't forget to spread the word so we can make this campaign a success!

Awesome, so what will the money be used for? The money raised from this kickstarter campaign will be used as follows:

- We will also be contributing our own funds beyond this campaign, as well as seeking a loan to cover the other business costs. -

Where will you be located? We're currently seeking brewery space in the central/downtown Kailua area.  Foot traffic will be key in our success so we're on the hunt for the perfect location!

What kind of beers will you brew? We plan to have 4 flagship ales on tap year-round, which include the Easy Weizen of Kailua (E.W.O.K.), Habanero Haven Amber Lager, Eastide IPA, and the Vanilla Cream Stout, as well as a rotation of seasonal/experimental beers. 

What makes you different from the other craft breweries in Hawaii? We believe that any beer lover, novice to connoisseur, will rejoice in our fresh beers produced on-site with as much locally grown ingredients as possible.  Having a local establishment with deep roots in the community will benefit everyone!  We feel that our award winning local beers plus the community's support will be the ideal recipe for greatness!

THE SWAG (BACKER REWARDS):

BACKER STICKERS - Show these custom 5" die cut vinyl bad boys off to world by slapping them on your car, water bottle, fridge or shred stick!
BACKER STICKERS - Show these custom 5" die cut vinyl bad boys off to world by slapping them on your car, water bottle, fridge or shred stick!
BACKER BOTTLE OPENER - A heavy-weight metal alloy construction features an extra wide bottle opener mouth made from custom die cast zinc.  3 1/2" x 1 3/8"
BACKER BOTTLE OPENER - A heavy-weight metal alloy construction features an extra wide bottle opener mouth made from custom die cast zinc. 3 1/2" x 1 3/8"
THE BACKER KOOZIE - This koozie is a perfect way to add a touch of fun to your next group outing - no more warm drinks or cold hands!
THE BACKER KOOZIE - This koozie is a perfect way to add a touch of fun to your next group outing - no more warm drinks or cold hands!
THE BACKER CAN GLASS - Enjoy your favorite brew in this unique 16 oz. glass!
THE BACKER CAN GLASS - Enjoy your favorite brew in this unique 16 oz. glass!
CUSTOM PUB COASTERS - Perfect for your home bar!
CUSTOM PUB COASTERS - Perfect for your home bar!
THE BACKER T-SHIRT - 100% cotton.  Same design available on a ladies t-shirt.  You can specify once the project is fully funded!
THE BACKER T-SHIRT - 100% cotton. Same design available on a ladies t-shirt. You can specify once the project is fully funded!
SHORT SLEEVE BUTTON DOWN WORK SHIRT - Now you can look like the pros with your own custom work shirt! Also available as a ladies work shirt. You can specify your preference once the project is fully funded!
SHORT SLEEVE BUTTON DOWN WORK SHIRT - Now you can look like the pros with your own custom work shirt! Also available as a ladies work shirt. You can specify your preference once the project is fully funded!
CUSTOM GROWLER - Show your pride with this exclusive Kickstarter growler!
CUSTOM GROWLER - Show your pride with this exclusive Kickstarter growler!
FOUNDERS LEVEL: CUSTOM ALOHA SHIRT - You'll really be showing off with this one-of-a-kind custom aloha shirt made specifically for this campaign!
FOUNDERS LEVEL: CUSTOM ALOHA SHIRT - You'll really be showing off with this one-of-a-kind custom aloha shirt made specifically for this campaign!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk with this project is getting all the permits and licenses needed to produce and sell beer. Though it should be a fairly seamless process, problems can always arise. One particular issue in the State of Hawaii is that in order to actually obtain a Brewpub license, we must have a signed lease in place before the license can actually be issued. That means we must risk being approved for the license while we commit to a long term lease.

With that said, we're confident that with our friends and colleagues in the food & beverage industry that we'll be able to tackle any licensing issues that arise.

Another risk is securing the proper space for the brewery. In Hawaii, this can be tough with limited affordable areas that also have the required specs to be able to house a brewery (floor load capacity, ceiling height, floor drain, etc). The space must be a perfect combination of affordability, location, and condition.

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    You'll be listed on our website as a backer, and you'll receive a set of 2 vinyl die-cut logo stickers (one white, one green). Show your pride and slap those on your car, water bottle, surfboard or fridge. Along with the stickers, you'll have a lifetime of pride knowing that you helped fund our project. We are forever grateful!

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    You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, PLUS a limited edition bottle opener. Pop open your favorite beverages with this kick ass hunk of vintage metal!

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    You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, a limited edition bottle opener, a custom koozie, PLUS a limited edition backer pint glass and 4 custom pub coasters. Cheers!

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    - DECISION TIME - You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, a limited edition bottle opener, a custom koozie, a limited edition backer pint glass, 4 custom pub coasters, PLUS: EITHER a limited edition "I'm a backer" t-shirt OR, a short sleeve button down work shirt with our logo patch. A survey will be sent after the campaign where you can select the shirt/size you want.

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    - THE COMBO PACK - You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, a limited edition bottle opener, a custom koozie, a limited edition backer pint glass, 4 custom pub coasters, PLUS the limited edition "I'm a backer" t-shirt AND the short sleeve button down work shirt with our logo patch. This is the total package for brewery swag, lucky you!

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    - THE DOUBLE OFFER - You're getting twice the swag!! You get TWO names listed on the website as a backer, TWO sets of logo stickers, TWO limited edition bottle openers, TWO custom koozies, TWO limited edition backer pint glasses, 8 custom pub coasters, TWO limited edition "I'm a backer" t-shirts AND TWO short sleeve button down work shirts with our logo patch. Go half-sies with a friend and save some moolah, give one set as a gift, or keep both!

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    - CUSTOM GROWLER - You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, a limited edition bottle opener, a custom koozie, a limited edition backer pint glass, 4 custom pub coasters, a limited edition "I'm a backer" t-shirt, a short sleeve button down work shirt with our logo patch, PLUS a limited edition, 64oz growler. We're making these growlers exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign and they will never be made again!

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    - FOUNDERS LEVEL - You get your name listed on the website as a backer, a set of logo stickers, a limited edition bottle opener, a custom koozie, a limited edition backer pint glass, 4 custom pub coasters, a limited edition "I'm a backer" t-shirt, a short sleeve button down work shirt with our logo patch, a limited edition, 64oz growler, PLUS a custom print aloha shirt, perfect for any event. Your name will also be forever emblazoned onto our brewery wall in big bold letters as a founder level backer! Let your name stand out with pride at the brewery! IN ADDITION, all founders level backers will be invited to the bar's private company parties (a perfect occasion for your custom aloha shirt), and new recipe tastings! You're an important part of the team!!

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    - BALLER LEVEL - You get everything at the $500 level PLUS you get to create and name your very own seasonal / limited release brew! You'll be invited to the brewery to plan out your recipe (with our help), name the brew (with our approval), see it through production and even help brew the first batch! If it turns out to be a crowd pleaser, we'll add it to our permanent list of seasonal releases! Talk about impressive!!

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