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Welcome to North Drinkware and the launch of our first product, The Oregon Pint. The Oregon Pint is an American-made, custom blown 16 oz. glass that has Mt. Hood - Oregon’s highest peak at 11,250 feet - molded into the base.
We made The Oregon Pint because we wanted a glass with a connection to the places where we live and play. We were seeking a glass that was crafted with the same skill, care and consideration as the beer we love to drink. The Oregon Pint delivers an enhanced experience when enjoying a beer and swapping stories after a ride, a day on the hill, or when gathering with friends and family.
Using United States Geological Survey (USGS) data (depicting ridges, canyons, and peak) a 3D model of Mt. Hood is integrated into the mold so your beer cascades around the mountain when you pour it into the glass. The Oregon Pint delivers a connection to the mountains that surround us, and the satisfying experience of drinking a local crafted beer out of a local crafted glass - all made here in Oregon.
We love Oregon. We are fortunate this state produces many quality beverages -- water, wine, cider and, of course, beer. The beer scene in Oregon is amazing. Over 180 brewing companies operate over 225 brewing facilities in 71 cities around the state. Portland has the most breweries of any city in the world and Portland leads the US for the percentage of dollars spent on craft beer.
We look forward to providing a premium product for an industry we personally support and one that thrives within our state. As we grow, we plan to offer glasses with a signature landmark in other states including, Washington, Vermont, California and Colorado.
In making The Oregon Pint, we've combined modern technology with the old world craft of blowing glass to make a beautiful and relevant new product. With our design concept in place we took USGS topographical data of Mt. Hood and converted it to a digital 3D model. We then made 3D prints of our designs for design evaluation and prototyping. Once we were satisfied with our design, we created molds for our first blown glass prototypes. With our design finalized, we've ordered our first production mold and are almost ready to start production.
- 3D Prints in the garage to make prototype molds.
- Blowing the bubble into the glass.
- Forming the shape.
- Dropping the bubble into a plaster prototype mold.
- Flame polishing the lip.
Blowing glass is a challenging and time-consuming process, requiring specialized equipment and a high level of skill. Thankfully, we have a great partner, Elements Glass, a world-class glass blowing studio based here in Portland. Throughout the prototyping and development process we worked closely with their team of experts and will continue to do so as we move forward.
We've taken The Oregon Pint through multiple rounds of prototypes, refining our design and glass blowing technique. We have ordered our production tooling and with your support we will be able to ramp up production.
In addition to our glasses we are offering a Kickstarter exclusive Mt. Hood Coaster. The ten-ply birch coasters are first cut using a CNC machine and then laser etched with USGS topographic data of Mt.Hood. Kickstarter Edition and Made in Oregon details. These coasters and handmade in Portland, OR, by our good friends at Shwood.
North Drinkware and MadeHere PDX are forging a unique partnership to support The Oregon Pint on Kickstarter. At MadeHere PDX, the new store located on NW 10th and Couch in Portland, OR we have developed a Live on Kickstarter in-store display. During the campaign you can visit the design shop to see a prototype glass and talk with the knowledgable staff about North Drinkware and The Oregon Pint.
When supporting The Oregon Pint with any dollar amount, you are funding:
- Our vision. After The Oregon Pint we plan to roll out glasses to other regions with a strong craft beer scene;
- Buying the expensive tooling and other necessary materials for glass production;
- Our first big run of glasses with the team at Elements Glass; and,
- Support to develop a strategy for large scale quality control, packaging, shipping and order management.
North Drinkware is a team of three friends that together have over 30 years of experience in product design, engineering and marketing who live and work in Portland, Oregon. We all explore the mountains, coast, trails and rivers as much as possible. Originally, we came from the East Coast (Matt & Leigh) and from NorCal (Nic), but Oregon has become our home over the last decade.
We bring expertise in design, development, production, marketing and communications, and look forward to leveraging all of our skills for North Drinkware. After many moves early in our careers we have started our families and built our communities within Oregon.
Thank you for your support, and for sharing our project with your friends and family.
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Risks and challenges
As with any product manufacturing project, there can be unforeseen risks. Making products can encounter unplanned obstacles along the way, such as manufacturing processes and quality issues. Our team has selected excellent partners and works hands-on to ensure an efficient and accurate manufacturing process, and we stand behind our products 100%. We will not ship 2nd rate glasses to our supporters. If a glass arrives damaged, please let us know within 7 days with detailed photos and we will send you a replacement glass.
As of the launch of this Kickstarter campaign we have prototyped many glasses in plaster molds and have ordered our production tooling. Several rounds of development have refined our production quality so that we will be ready to fulfill perks. We have designed and ordered our packing and shipping materials. Our marketing and communication plan is in place and being rolled out with this Kickstarter launch.
We thank you in advance for your support so we can start making large runs of glasses and all enjoy a craft beer out of The Oregon Pint glass.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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