Our goal is to fund the purchase of equipment for a 3-barrel brewing system to complete the build-out of a new Brew House & Tap Room on Kent Farms in Andover, NY. We'll be serving up craft beers made with ingredients grown right here on the farm with a laid back country atmosphere.
Big beer has become such a bland commodity; craft beer offers a rainbow of styles and flavors, with something for everybody. We're offering an environment to connect beer lovers with the people that make such a fun product.
The Kent Beer Story
Sometimes big dreams have small beginnings.
For Ed Kent, the dream of starting his own brewery started as a teenager with a realization during class at Cornell University. In his own words:
I was taking a class in Mycology (the study of Fungi) called ‘Magical Mushrooms and Mischievous Molds.’ In the lab for the class, they made beer as a demonstration of how yeast works. I thought to myself, “you know what, I bet I could do that.”
I got my hands on a Mr. Beer homebrewing kit and soon after made something that could best be called beer-like. I wanted to try again, but when I went to a homebrew shop to reload the kit, I discovered that it was possible to make 5 gallons of beer from scratch for not much more money than the kits. All winter I made beer every weekend at home, stopping for supplies in Hammondsport on the way home rom school. It’s funny thinking back now, that with all the classes and all of the papers and tests, maybe the thing that stuck with me most from those college years was the education I was giving myself on the weekends. Instead of spending my weekends consuming beer like the typical college kid, I was obsessed with making beer.
You have to start somewhere. Most of my first beers were Mexican Lager with 5 lbs. of sugar added to get the alcohol level up. From boil overs on mom’s stove, to exploding bottles in the basement and the occasional yeast shower from a plugged air lock, I was doing so many things wrong back then, but everyone cheered me on. I learned a little bit with each batch.
In about 2010, I started to get more serious about brewing, switching to all grain methods, yeast starters, and kegging. In 2012 in anticipation of the new NYS farm brewery license law and increasing demand for state-grown ingredients, I attempted to grow malting barley for the first time. It was the first of many failures: planted too late, harvested too late. The following year we had Army worms that destroyed the crop. In 2014 we successfully grew and had some barley malted. In 2015, we had heavy rains that caused pre-harvest sprouting making the crop unfit for malting.
In other words, there’s a reason most brewers don’t grow their own ingredients. It’s hard and requires lots of patience and resources. But if it’s done right, it means an extra level of control over the end result. It means getting the beer closer to the taste I have in my head. And doing what’s hard never stops someone who grew up on a family farm…
I have a few recipes that I have brewed 10 plus times, recording everything along the way, learning from each batch and fine tuning each one until I think it’s perfect. I've won medals at local homebrew competitions, but I don't make beer for the awards. I make beer because I love the process, the smells, the ingredients, the happy accidents, and the ongoing quest for perfection.
But more than anything, I like the look on the faces of my friends and family when they try a new beer of mine for the first time. They encouraged me to keep going when I was frustrated and still making rookie mistakes, and I want to share with them the result of all that hard work and their encouragement.
I'm ready. The beer is ready.
We want to open KBC’s doors so we can share Ed’s creations with even more people. We believe that when more people try Ed’s beer, they’ll become friends and family too.
- Kent Beer Company
Successful Campaign Results
- Purchase equipment for the Brew House: 3 barrel system, sinks, stackable kegs, and various other equipment
- Complete construction on the Tap Room: A welcoming place to gather for great beer. The tap room can serve up to 40 patrons, and the outdoor area will serve as a seasonal destination on the farm.
Tier 1 Funding:
A successful campaign, raising at least $17,000, will provide funds for a Blichmann Engineering 3.5 bbl system, with all the pumps, hoses, and control panels to get us started with one fermenter. We greatly appreciate your support, and will be able to successfully open a brew house with the set goal by putting down a 15% deposit ($12,000) on the brew system, and purchasing the other necessary setup equipment.
Tier 2 Funding:
If your generous support raises at least $25,000, we will be able to add one more fermenter to the system, then lease the rest of the equipment we need with a much smaller down payment.
Tier 3 Funding:
To reach our final plans for the brew house, we need 2 more fermenters, a brite tank and some kegs to complete brewing system. That raises the total cost of the system to $58,000.
Additional investment has already been secured by the Kent Beer Company team, which will cover the construction of the tap room. Those investment funds, totaling over $35,000, will be used in tandem with the funds raised here, to build out the Brewery of our dreams, to share will all of you!
In Return, We’ll Say Thanks with These Rewards:
Firstly, THANK YOU!!! We love you and appreciate your support.
A few clarifications:
- If you would like to pledge at a higher level, but would prefer the reward from a lower level, just let us know! We'd be happy to accommodate.
- If your reward involves scheduling a date, we will contact you after the closing of the Kickstarter campaign to schedule this.
- Once the Kickstarter campaign closes, we will reach out to gather mailing addresses and sizes.
- Shipping costs may be additional.
- Send us a message with any questions about your donation, rewards or for more information about the campaign.
Meet the Kent Beer Company Starting Lineup:
- Raspberry Blonde - Our most approachable beer. An easy drinking blonde ale, with the balanced flavors and aroma of fresh farm picked raspberries.
- Pruner’s Pale Ale - Smells like a fresh cut Christmas tree. Flavor notes of orange, pine resin, and fresh cut grass in a copper colored, thirst quenching pale ale.
- Punch you in the Rye - This classic west coast rye IPA is made with spicy Mt. Hood hops and has a creamy mouthfeel from rye malt.
- Sledg-o-matic - There is no ignoring the big flavor of this impressive imperial stout, made with dark roasted barley. This beer will keep you warm on a cold winter night.
Hear Our Community’s Support:
We’ve already secured the support of our friends, family, and local community. Here's what they have to say about our beers:
- When do you plan on opening? Summer 2019
- Where is Andover, NY? In the heart of Allegany County. The Brewery will be located on Kent Farms.
- What do you grow on the farm? We grown our own hops, barley, oats, pumpkins, and more. Kent Farms also raises beef cattle and grows evergreens. Visit us at kentfarms.us for more information about the farm.
- How many beers will you have on tap? 4 unique Kent Beer Company brews, a cider and homemade soda.
Risks and challenges
As a new start-up company, we hope for smooth sailing and we’ve done our best to plan for any cash-flow, supply line, and/or construction scenario. But we have to expect the unexpected, and as our backer, so should you. While your support will certainly help us get up and running, please understand that delays and complications are possible. We will do our best to communicate with you should any such situations arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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