Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 1, 2011.

Update #17

Are we there yet? =)

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Happy New Year!

Well, we weren't able to get beer into tanks before the end of the Holidays... but we are just mere days away from actually brewing!!! 

Last Thursday, the 12th, we were paid a visit from our friendly Illinois Liquor Control Commission inspector.  This means we should be receiving our state brewers license any day now!  

Since our last update to you, we've raised another $13,000 through donations here: http://on.fb.me/rFDzlJ (or www.pipeworksbrewing.com)

We're still accepting donations that come with the same rewards as listed here on Kickstarter.com  Please help us spread the word as every dollar really goes a long way.  

facebook.com/pipeworks is the best way to keep up with the progress 

Cheers,

Gerrit, Beejay & also Scott <-- who's a big part of the brewery

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Update #16

Getting closer! Thank you for your patience!

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Beer should be flowing soon!

For backers: your coupons should be getting screen-printed very soon and then we'll be sending out the survey for your mailing address, T-Shirt preference, etc.  

We've tiled the brewery and moved the fermenters into place!  Found a nice used walk-in cooler too! We're in the homestretch and final touches will continue over the next two months!  Hopefully we'll brew our first batch of beer before the end of the year, with beer ready for you by the end of January! :::Fingers crossed:::

We're very close, but we are still just a bit shy of our funding goal.  We're still taking donations and offering the same rewards as we have listed here on Kickstarter.  If you missed out on the first round of donations, want to help some more, or know someone who would like to help, you can do so by following this link:  http://on.fb.me/rFDzlJ (we'll have a non-facebook link up in the next week)

As always THANK YOU!  We're making a giant plaque and every Kickstarter Backer will have the opportunity to sign the plaque.  Then we'll frame it and hang it in the front of the bottle shop permanently!  

Cheers!

Gerrit & Beejay 

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Update #15 - For backers only

$25 or over donation - Backer Reward Commemorative Coupon!

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Update #14 - For backers only

Everything according to plan!

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Update #13

ALMOST THERE!!! WE FOUND A HOME!

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We are very pleased to report that we have found Pipeworks a home:

1675 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 in the Bucktown area.  Close to I-94, Wicker Park, and the Armitage Blue-line El-stop!  

We signed the lease on Thursday June 23rd!  As reported by The Chicago Tribune: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/stew/chi-pipeworks-brewing-finally-finds-a-home-20110623,0,3170708.story

Can't wait to open!  

- B & G

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    A snazzy Pipeworks Sticker mailed to you in an envelope! Feel free to put it on your bumper or in the stall of your favorite bar. (J/K we don't endorse vandalism)

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    Any person who pledges $10 OR MORE will receive an invitation to a private tasting / brewery tour! Of course everyone wants to taste what this is actually all about! We love to have parties!

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    Surprise! We've been waiting for... right now! to tell you that anyone who pledges $25 or more will receive 50% on your first purchase at our bottle shop on purchases up to $100! What!?!? That's crazy you say! Well, we want you to drink large quantities of our beer! (Of course we'll still include the key-chain/sticker. No need to switch to this backer reward if you've already picked the other $25 reward. Anyone who donates $25 or more will receive this coupon. Coupon will be hand numbered and include commemorative Pipeworks artwork so you can keep it, frame it, hang it from your review mirror)

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    A KickAss KickStarter Key-Chain Pipeworks Bottle Opener! Fashionable and FUNctional too! (plus we'll send you that sticker from above)

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    Your choice of one of our famous "Pipe Brew Drink" T-shirts.... (you pick the size and color), OR one of our laboratory-designed scientifically-proven taste-enhancing Pipeworks Glasses (not really, but it is a very nice glass though!) (plus we'll send you the Pipeworks Sticker)

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    Now added to the $100 & above level: You'll permanently have the ability to get first dibs on bottle releases. This means we'll give you the first chance to reserve limited bottles (or general releases if you don't want to worry about them selling out). A contribution at this level places you on our 'We <3 U list!

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    The Sticker, Bottle Opener, "Pipe Brew Drink" T-shirt + Pipeworks Tasting Glass

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    Same as the $100 reward + a nifty Pipeworks Hat, extra Tasting Glass and Printed Label Art Poster of your choosing!

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    Same as $100 reward + a nifty Pipeworks Hat extra tasting glass and... YOUR INVITED TO THE BEST DINNER EVER! Hard to describe in words. Check out photos of our Earth Day Dinner with City Provisions to get a taste! www.facebook.com/pipeworks under our photo albums or click on the hyperlink under our links section at the bottom of this page. (If you can't make the dinner I'm sure we can find alternate ways to make you happy) [we're moving the Beer Dinner to the $250 reward! ] (if you've already chosen the other $250 reward you can switch to this by clicking 'manage your pledge' or you can keep your original reward choice) + there's more... you'll get put on an exclusive 'Pipeworks Tasting Panel' list that invites you to the brewer to help us develop our beers. You can help us retool test batches and put in your valuable input, as well as coming in for a samples of the finished product before anyone else!

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    Same as $250 reward + 2 more tasting glasses and an extra seat to the Beer Dinner (so 2 seats for the Dinner and 4 tasting glasses total, + sticker, bottle opener, T-shirt)

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    Oops! The $1000 reward is supposed to say "Same as $500 level" not "$250" and we'll bump the dinner seats up to 4 total for this reward! + Pipeworks Wrench Tap Handle and you can have your likeness on the label a batch of 13%abv Abduction Imperial Stout ! (you can switch to this reward if you've chosen the other $1000 reward by clicking 'manage your pledge'

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    Same as $250 level + 2 more tasting glasses to round out the set, another seat at the awesome beer pairing dinner, as well as a Pipeworks Wrench Tap Handle, and maybe if you so desire we'll stick your likeness on the label of an edition of our Abduction 13% Imperial Stout (See Label Art Link).

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    Same as $1000 level, except instead of having just your likeness on Abduction, we'll invite you to create a beer with us from the ground up that will go into production. This includes creating the recipe with you, as well as the name and label art, which can of course be a glorious tribute to your generous donation!

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    Here's the grand daddy treat for the most philanthropic effort: We'll take you to BELGIUM! You'll get to relive the beginning days of Pipeworks! We'll take you to where it all started, a tour of Belgium and probably a stop in the Netherlands. Not only will you visit and experience the most holy of brewing sites (Westvleteren, Cantillon, De Struise, The Kulminator, etc...), but if we're lucky you'll get to be a part of a collaboration brew with one, or more, of our European brewing friends! Oh yea, we'll throw all that other stuff in there too, probably by the case (glasses, shirts, hats, key chains, dinner, tap handle, and maybe if there is room a sticker or two).

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