An exciting new addition to the growing Los Angeles brewing scene!
Maybe you love the look and feel of the L.A. River Brewing Company – we can’t blame you: we love aesthetics too. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to corral a taste of one of our fine brews, and you couldn’t believe how awesome your mouth felt afterward. Maybe you’re a fan of local products created by local people….we’re for that, too. And maybe….just maybe…you’re loaded and extraordinarily philanthropic. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter to us why you ended up on our kickstarter page – we’re just happy you’re here.
Trying to open a brewery is difficult. It takes a lot of capital to get a big project like this moving. We realize we're trying to raise a TON of money....and truthfully, our Kickstarter campaign only gets us part of the way there. But during our search for investors, we have run in to many people who are excited about what we're doing and want to be involved, just not to the degree that our full-fledged investors are. We honestly believe everyone should have the chance to help build this with us...we're all about championing the little guy, and about local people creating a local product.....and we sure as heck can't do it alone. But we're also not interested in half-assing it. We're going to work HARD. But we're not going to cobble together a fledgling operation that fails to live up to expectations. We value your contributions too much for that. We value the ideas behind our company too much for that. We're big thinkers...big dreamers....we believe that the best results always come from aiming high. We'd like you to aim high along with us.
Dreamers? Yes. Dream-ING? Not a chance. By backing us on Kickstarter, you're becoming part of our team, and we take that very seriously. We've been working hard over the last 18 months to ensure that by the time we launched our Kickstarter campaign, we had positioned ourselves to succeed. We have an outstanding brand. We have an extraordinarily strong (and sleek-looking) business plan. We have an awesome website. We have a large network of friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. And most importantly, we have a plethora (yes, a PLETHORA!) of awards from brewing competitions across the west coast, validating that we make a great product. So it's not a matter of "if" for the L.A. River Brewing Company. It's a matter of "when."
So, what will your pledges do to help L.A. River Brewing Company get off the ground? It's pretty simple, really: our end goal is producing our first "commercial" batch of hand-crafted, quality beer by opening our doors at a brewing space in Culver City. Your pledges help us purchase the space and equipment necessary to achieve that goal. But the cool thing is that while the goal is finite ("Open doors. Produce batch one."), the life of the company is not. Your pledges may help get the inaugural kegs of L.A. River Brewing Company beer out the doors to our local bars and restaurants, but they will also continue to be recognized long after the actual monetary value of your contributions has been exhausted. We don't think it sounds too weird to say that by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign, you ensure that there's a little bit of you in every product that leaves our brewery.
Actually......eeew. That did sound gross. But you get the drift.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Once we've reached our goal on Kickstarter, there's still a lot to face: locating a suitable facility to house our brewing equipment (and most likely, some construction to bring it up to code), the actual manufacture and delivery of that equipment, and tons of regulatory paperwork at both the state and federal levels. As these steps will necessarily require us to depend on collaboration with others (manufacturers of equipment, contractors) and wait for government agencies to approve our plans, unwanted delays are entirely possible. We're already doing what we can to speed these processes - filing the paperwork we can file, researching local real estate and zoning, vetting contractors for the type of work we'll need. And the most important step we've taken is getting out there to befriend our community and find mentors within our industry. We've fostered great relationships with other brewers around Los Angeles, and they've been instrumental in offering guidance as we tackle each new challenge.
As we mentioned, our Kickstarter campaign will only take us so far. We're exploring every avenue we can (outside of taking on copious amounts of debt) - private investors, grants, and alternate fundraising sources like Kickstarter - to raise the $1 million we need to make our brewery and taproom a reality. A million bucks sounds like a lot of money. Heck - a million bucks IS a lot of money. But building a brewery - particularly a brewery and taproom in the heart of Los Angeles - is an incredibly cost-heavy goal. We firmly believe that our idea is a great one, and we also firmly believe that no matter what you've heard, L.A. is a city full of great people and big dreamers and beer-lovers. A community that supports local products made by, and for, local people. The ONLY place that we want to open our business, knowing fully that this community will support us and propel us toward success.
We can't guarantee that we'll raise all of our capital as quickly as we'd like. Or that constructing our brewery and tap room might not take a while. But we CAN guarantee this: we'll raise the money. We'll open the doors. We'll be successful. Because there is no back-up plan for any of us. And there's nothing we love more than brewing beer and sharing it with our friends and neighbors. We'll meet challenges head-on, and tackle them with tenacity. We'll be transparent when those challenges arise. But most importantly, we'll find success because we have a unique vision and create a quality product. However anxious you are as a backer for us to open our doors, rest assured that we're exponentially more so. We invite you to come along on the journey with us. Help us spread the word. Will it be challenging? Yes. But is it attainable? Absolutely.
Considering backing us at a big level? Awesome: contact us. We love talking about why we're excited and why you should be, too.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
Your name permanently added to our list of benefactors on the LA River Brewing Company website. Show the world how much you support local brewers! Plus, we'll tweet you! Who doesn't love getting tweeted? Then you can re-tweet how cool our tweet was to your friends, and then they'll retweet it, and before you know it: Tweet Snowball!! It'll be awesome. We promise. And all for ten bucks!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
Your name listed on our website as a benefactor, PLUS inscribed permanently on the wall of our brewhouse as a member of the LA RIVER BREW CREW. And the aforementioned tweet snowball, of course.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
Previous level rewards, plus a limited-edition set of LARBC coasters and bottle opener, made specially for backers from our Kickstarter campaign. And no....opening a bottle of your favorite LA River BrewCo product with an LA River BrewCo opener is NOT like wearing the t-shirt of the band you're going to see.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
Rewards from previous levels, plus a LARBC "Inaugural Brew Crew" t-shirt. Wear it around town, amongst your friends, in your living room.....just not to the taproom. Because that IS like wearing the t-shirt of the band you're going to see.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
Same as our $100 reward, plus a limited edition pint glass made in recognition of your kickstarter pledge.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
Same as $250 pledge, plus a 2 year membership to our Mug Club and complimentary growler.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
Rewards from previous levels, plus a private tour and tasting for 10 when we open our doors. And you'll get an invitation to the brewery's private grand opening party! Open up those checkbooks, Angelenos! We know you love exclusive stuff!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $2,500 or moreYou selected
3 backers Limited (27 left of 30)
You're getting a whole bunch of schwag at this level...stuff none of the other levels get. It's double-exclusive!! So here you go, one-quarter-of-ten-thousand-dollar backers: 1)Two poster-size prints of LARBC original artwork signed by the founding members. 2) Your own namesake brew! Work with LA River Brewing Company to create a one-time, limited edition brew to be served in our taproom! You'll collaborate on your recipe's style and ingredients, and if you're L.A. local (and wanna get your hands dirty), come to the brewery to help us on the day we create your brew! 3) Your name affixed permanently to a barstool in the LARBC taproom! 4) An invitation to the brewery's private grand opening party! (okay, so three other backer levels get this, too....but does anyone ever get to sit on THEIR barstool?! NO!)Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $5,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)
At this level, you get everything from the $1000 reward level and below, PLUS you'll get to name one of the fermentors in our brewery! That's right! Name it after yourself, your dog, your mom, your favorite mime....it's totally up to you!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
Pledge $10,000 or moreYou selected
Let's Party! To celebrate your crazy love for LARBC, we'll be throwing a private, 4-hour party for you and 50 of your closest friends once we open our doors. Taxi cabs are on you. Beverages are on us. Oh yeah....and you get everything from the $1000 pledge level and below, too. Boom.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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