Hello Supportive Kickstarter Backers. I am writing to give you an update about Old Growth Ales, reiterate our gratitude and extend the invitation to have some ales on us.
Update and Gratitude:
We can not stress enough how grateful we are for the support that we received and continue to receive from our community. We continue to host and get referrals for workshops, weddings, fundraisers and work parties. Thank you. Last summer we were involved several weddings, a few fundraisers and a farmstead harvest party. This summer/fall - workshops and special events.
Status on Commercial Availability - Licensing Proves Elusive, Yet Still Working to Bring Old Growth Ales to a Broader Audience
Licensing with the Tobacco Trade Bureau and Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been elusive; difficult at best:
- We tried brewing on other brewery's license (expenses too high).
- We nearly rented two different spaces (complications and steep monthly rent).
- We almost built out a shipping container brewery on friend's property (regulatory issues with wastewater on that property).
- We tried to license our current space (regulatory issues with federal agency).
- We entertained a big investor (realized we would lose autonomy; value of product in large scale setting)
One of the main goals of the campaign was to achieve licensing so we could get Old Growth Ales to you - commercially. It still is. And, it is clear that we need to remain true to our product and process. This means remaining at a reasonable scale ( <100 gallons/batch), ethically harvesting, and appropriately sourcing our materials. This means structuring a business (breweries typically recognized as having slim margins) in a thoughtful manner. So, if for example we were to rent a commercial property, we would have high overhead and in turn would need produce a substantial amount of ales to generate revenue.
Therefore, we will need to wait to be commercially available, until we can license a facility for minimal fees. This most likely looks like an outbuilding or shipping container on private property. We are still making headway with this. Things admittedly slowed down with the birth of our first child. But, we want to assure you that we are still moving forward. We have some promising leads, but do not want to get ahead of ourselves. We are still here. Still grateful and still intend to be commercially available in the near future.
Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.
- Old Growth Ales