About this project
Hey Kickstarter! We are excited to be here with our first project. If you are as passionate about the craft cocktail scene as we are, you may just plain want to bring the bar with you as well. We believe you are going to love B-bag.
Together we have over three decades of experience in the craft bartending industry, but there has always been one thing missing. We’ve tried carpenters bags (pictured below), cheap bartenders kits and nothing really worked the way we needed it to. So, we decided to create B-bag.
Put on the market before us were bartender’s tool rolls and very expensive, not so functional bartender's bags. Although these are great, they still did not provide us with exactly what we were looking for. Until now.
We wanted to create something that was functional, versatile, and affordable all while being fashionable. After months and months of prototyping and finding that the US alone employs over 555,000 bartenders, we’ve come up with something we think is amazing, and will be a game changer in the industry for years to come.
Bring The Bar
A wall of three rows of pockets was designed. The bottom two were created to perfectly fit your desired craft bartending tools, while the top level delivers easy access to your cell phone, wallet, keys, or business cards.
The interior face of the fold down pocket was designed with a snap tight enclosure to accommodate your cutting board, Ziploc full of pour spouts, iPad, or just a notepad for your next meeting. The stitched bar tack panel provides an area for up to three bar spoons, a muddler, and bar whisk.
Now a bartender can carry everything from a cocktail shaker to a bar spoon and everything up to a few bottles, or a change of clothes while on the go. Don't forget your bitters, Lewis bag, or ice scoop.
We have teamed up with TrekPak to provide the only one of its kind, removable and adjustable insert enabling you to lock things into position and limit them from moving around or breaking.
Though the bag is designed for the professional bartender, the B-bag is versatile enough for anyone who enjoys owning a well-made bag. Throw all the tools and inserts out and you have yourself a weekend bag.
The bag is an investment, so making the bag with high-quality materials was really important to us so that you would only have to purchase the bag once. We wanted to make a bag that was cost effective for a bartender. We feel that we have done a great job and you will be very happy when you get a B-bag in your hands.
When designing B-bag, we didn't want a medical bag or bowling bag. We chose materials and a design aesthetic that would wear well and serve a dual-purpose as a weekend bag.
Materials - Made in the USA
Disclaimer: Although we have sourced these materials, we may not use exactly what is listed, but some variation of quality that we stand behind. This is our working "prototype" model. Colors may change as well. We have and will continue to take a poll on what you guys like.
1. Black Waxed Canvas, Black leather, Gold Hardware
2. Charcoal Waxed Canvas, Black Leather, Silver Hardware
3. Navy Waxed Canvas, Brown Leather, Gold Hardware (current photos)
4. Field Tan Waxed Canvas, Brown Leather, Gold Hardware
#2 is winning, Find a link here to comment on your favorite color combination:
- Waxed 100% Duck Cotton Canvas Exterior
- 8-10oz Chromexcel, Bridle or Oiled Latigo Vegetable Tanned Leather Straps and Accents
- Water-resistant and hand-washable 420d Interior Liner
- Water-resistant, Adjustable, and Removable Insert
- Heavy-Duty #10 Zipper and Gaudy Durable Hardware
We work in the craft industry and we wanted to be just as specialized when making this bag. B-bag is a handmade bag designed and assembled right here in Seattle WA, a mecca for the thriving craft cocktail scene. B-bag is 110% Made in the USA. We wanted to be able to see it being made in our own backyard. That connection to the product was a priority for us and something we take pride in.
We spent countless hours researching, developing and refining the concept behind the B-bag. Every detail and feature was thoughtfully considered and tested so that we could deliver the best product possible.
We also talked with professionals who mobile bartend, cater or are brand ambassadors and their feedback was both helpful and positive. With their input, we were able to design a bag specifically around their and our needs.
B-bag will be manufactured in Seattle, WA by an experienced factory with highly skilled sewers specializing in soft goods products. We’re in contact with them now and they are ready for us to move forward once our campaign ends.
We’ve created a production schedule based on what they have told us. We will do everything within our control to stay true to this schedule and update our backers about any potential delays.
- OCT 15 - Campaign Ends
- OCT 16 - Sign-off on Final Sample
- NOV 7 - Have All Sourced Materials Shipped For Production
- NOV 10 - Production Begins
- DEC 19 - Production Finishes
- DEC 22 - B-bag Out For Delivery
A Big Thank You / $1
Every dollar helps make B-bag a reality.
The Cocktologist / $25
Wanna learn how to make craft cocktails just like us? This includes a full-color 250 page cocktail recipe book with over 100 original recipes for the at home or professional bartender that John collaborated for to help you get the creative juices flowing.
Early Bird Special (1) B-bag / $299
Almost Early Bird Special (1) B-bag / $325
(1) B-bag / $349
One Barkeeper & Co.'s B-bag. (Includes adjustable insert, does not come stocked with tools)
(1) B-bag Fully Stocked w/ Tools / $549
One Barkeeper & Co.'s B-bag fully stocked with their very own hand-selected craft cocktail bartending tools. (Includes Conical Strainer, Hawthorn Strainer, Julep Strainer, Barspoon, Muddler, Lewis Bag, Mixing Beaker, 18oz Weighted Cocktail Shaker, 28oz Weighted Cocktail Shaker, Jigger, Citrus Press, Bottle Opener, 5 in. Utility Knife, Non-Skid Bar Board, Corkscrew, Microplane Grater, Bar Whisk, Y-Peeler, Ice Scoop)
Disclaimer: Tools shown here were for photo purposes only. The tools we have hand-selected for you are a variation of the ones in the photo below. All of the what is listed above may or may not be shown, but is very close to the actual set.
Private Craft Cocktail Demo & One Fully Stocked B-bag / $999
An intimate evening with the co-founder and cocktologist, John Ueding. John will bring you your very own fully stocked B-bag from the first production run and show you how to use it with your friends, family, or colleagues. Let him show off and educate you at your very own private cocktail demo for 2 hours and create a signature beverage (or 3). 21+ only, please give 30 days notice to schedule. You supply the booze, John brings the fun, skills and knowledge. ***Additional T & E if outside King County, Washington State.
(5) B-bags - Owner | Company | Connoisseur Package / $1495
You own a bar or bartending company, you want to impress your groomsman with a nice gift after your wedding, or you have 4 other people that you want to spoil with this one-of-a-kind gift. Five Early Bird Special Barkeeper & Co.'s B-bags. (Includes adjustable inserts, does not come stocked with tools [can if you would like - $200/bag], does not include shipping - TBD)
Comprehensive Operational Bar Consultation Personally conducted by John Ueding / $9999
Are you opening or do you own a bar or restaurant? Do you desire to build or improve your existing cocktail program? We have the answer for you! Services include cocktail menu creation, staff skills and products training, efficiency review, and implementation of proven methods to reduce pour costs. Please contact us for a comprehensive list of services and John's CV. ***Services outside King County, Washington State available with additional T & E
As a small team, we’ve done everything within our capacity to get B-bag to this point. We’ve already invested over $5000 to create the best product possible, but we can’t launch B-bag on our own. We need your support to help pay for the high costs ($30,000) involved in making our first production run.
If we hit our fundraising goal, we’ll be able to produce B-bag and build momentum to launch a brand new company dedicated to training and making great products for the craft bartending industry. This is only the beginning of what’s to come.
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Thank you for stopping by and checking out B-bag. We hope you like it and we appreciate your support.
Thank you to all of our friends, family and everyone who has supported us through this entire process. If it wasn't for you we wouldn't have gotten to where we are on this project.
A special "thanks" goes out to Robin Elenga, Mike Boone, Clane Gessel, Jessica Park, Ryan Sexauer, Brad Feather, Miles Fokine, Mai Hoang and John Canfield.
Initial Concept and Design - Jason McMahon
Product Design & Development - CRAFT Design & Development
Photography - Clane Gessel Photography
Video - Caroline Li
Music - "Lemonade" by Fly Moon Royalty
Risks and challenges
The main risk of any project like this is delays in materials and production. Our designs are finished and our sources and factories are ready. It's not if we will ship, it's a matter of when.
We've worked very hard in creating this project to align ourselves with some of the best that still are in the industry here in Seattle. This in turn will hopefully help limit our risks.
We uphold high standards and entrust our manufacturer to producing a high quality product. They have been sewing since 1987. We will only ship out products that at 100% ready, but no earlier. That date is December 2014.
However, sometimes reality becomes a factor. If something unforeseen happens with our supply chain, we'll be transparent and keep you posted about your order status.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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