About this project
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Kaw Point Meadery is the joint venture of three close friends and business partners, Daniel, Sam, and John. After honing our recipes over the last several years, and winning multiple awards, we feel that we are ready to go public with our offerings.
Our mission is to provide Kansas City with world-class mead; made using the freshest locally sourced ingredients we can get our hands on. We strive to educate and spread awareness of honeybee health by transforming honey into the amazing beverage it was meant to be.
We always try to raise awareness and educate of the importance bees play in our lives. By bringing the world’s oldest fermented beverage back into the Kansas City market, we plan to reconnect our community with these irreplaceable pollinators in a whole new fashion.
We know that our mead will be the first many will try, and this is what drives our pursuit of excellence in every glass.
Mead is an alcoholic drink made by fermenting honey. We like to tell people "barley is to beer, as grapes are to wine, as honey is to mead."
Mead can vary in sweetness ranging from dry, off-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet. Flavors vary based on the variety of honey used, very similarly to wine grapes. Mead can also be made with any variety of fruits, juices, herbs, and spices; making the flavor possibilities endless!
It is actually the oldest alcoholic drink known to humanity. We were making mead far before we began forming agrarian settlements. Thus far, the oldest evidence we have of intentional fermentation comes from 7000-6600 BC, where residues of fermented honey, rice, and fruit were found on pottery shards. The shards were found in the Henan Province of China, at a Neolithic settlement called Jiahu.
Kaw Point Meadery will be producing three series of meads, in an effort to offer consumers the full breadth of mead’s possibilities.
Sessions (6.5% ABV) – Often called a “small mead,” though there’s nothing small about the flavor and aromatics of our sessions. Made using local clover honey our sessions vary from dry to sweet depending upon the offering. Available on draft and eventually cans, our session meads are the perfect compliment to a wide variety of light meals, street food, and small plates.
Seasonals (12-14% ABV) – Varieties offered differ depending upon seasonal availability of fruit. These meads are more akin to a wine in their character. We partner with local farmers to ensure only the freshest, ripest seasonal fruit make it into our mead. Capturing a time, a season, and a place is a difficult task. Condensing all of that down into a glass is the challenge, but we do love a challenge.
Pollinators Reserve (14%-18% ABV) - Honey, Water, & Yeast; The true test of a mead maker. These meads are released when they are ready, in limited quantity batch sizes. The small batch process allows us to handcraft a product that truly lets the honey shine through. Highlighting exotic mono-floral varietal honeys from around the world, these meads will expand the palette and your scope of honey’s potential.
While we've experienced a local media buzz around our budding business, the entire mead industry has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts. The national publicity it has received reflects this.
The complete funding of this campaign will allow us to seek a loan and purchase the necessary equipment to produce on a commercial scale, including; four 1000L fermenters, two 10bbl brite tanks, aging vessels/barrels, filtration equipment, pumps, a bottle filler, and eventually our own canning line! It will cover our bonded winery license, as well as offer some working capital for the facility build-out while we’re applying for licensing.
With your help, we will have mead on tap at your favorite bar, on shelves of your favorite local store, and available for direct purchase at the meadery before 2018!
However, we will not be able to purchase all of this equipment if this fundraiser doesn't meet our goal.
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Risks and challenges
As with starting any business, particularly in the alcohol industry, there is the chance of failure. However, we are prepared to fight with everything we've got to make this business a success! It is our dream, and we will live every day for its realization. We will be a success for our sake as well as our families'. While it is highly unlikely, there is the potential that our licenses would not be approved for the location we're hoping to start in. With that said, we have spoken with the city zoning planners already and they are just as excited as we are to get this business off the ground!
Starting a winery is very working-capital intensive. We'll be living and spending lean in the licensing period, but we've budgeted our financials accordingly and are prepared for the wait. Great things come to those who have patience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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