WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to our friends, family, backers, supporters, and the great team at Kickstarter, we are successful! But the race isn't quite over. Check out our first Stretch Goal below!
All backers at the $25 level and above gets a bottle of our FIFTH flavor: Honey Lime! We weren't planning on releasing this one for a while, but it's been incredibly popular since we debuted it at the cart and now, it's our way of saying "Thanks" to all of our supporters!
NOTE: Be sure to check out our updates for info on our reward levels and a way to DOUBLE YOUR SODA.
Basically, we're a trio of (soda) jerks with a collective desire to redefine refreshment. Our mission: To create the most delicious, all-natural handcrafted sodas on the planet.
In today's market, many sodas are packed with ingredients that you really don’t need, don't want, and in many cases, can't pronounce. Check the labels, and you find various chemicals, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors… the list goes on and on.
At Pure Sodaworks, we simply take the finest organic fruits, berries, and herbs we can find, sweeten them with natural cane sugar, and create carbonated taste sensations like no other. Simplicity. That's what we strive for with every soda we make... while, at the same time, bringing you unique flavor combinations that will have you coming back for more again and again.
One of the most frequent questions we get asked is: “Why soda?” Before we launched our bubbly business, any one of us likely would have replied, “Well, because we like soda.” However, after paying our dues as hard-working soda jerks for almost a year now, it is safe to say that we've acquired an entirely new perspective on the matter.
Some curious passers-by stroll up to our soda cart. It’s hot out and they’re thirsty. They take stock of the syrups on display, and we give them our spiel. “Handmade sodas… real, organic ingredients… ice cold… cup or mug?”
They finally make their decisions. “Orange Basil.” or “Root Beer.” or “What’s hibiscus?” or “Ginger Ale” or “Jalapeño? Really?” We dutifully oblige by presenting each of them with a refreshing, flavorful, nostalgic, delicious soda. Then, we stand back and watch as big smiles slowly creep onto our newest fans' faces. Before you know it, they're gulping their sodas down, and discussing what flavors they are going to try next. We love that.
So, why soda? It's true. We do like soda. We like to craft it, and we like to drink it. But, we like brightening peoples' days even more.
Up to this point, we've been selling our sodas solely by the glass, 'soda-jerk style', as it is called. You come to our cart, and we combine our handmade, all-natural soda syrups with carbonated spring water before your eyes. While we enjoy bringing our sodas to the public in this way, we unfortunately can only reach so many people with this method. We find that our demand is quickly outgrowing our ability to supply. Not only do we have an increasing number of customers requesting a way to take our sodas home with them, but we also have a rapidly growing list of restaurants and retailers anxious to carry our product.
This is why we need your help.
It's time for bottling! With your help, we plan to purchase all of the equipment necessary to begin bottling our product, making it available to retailers, restaurants, and the general public within a few short months.
How are we going about this transition? Well, first off, we have leased an amazing commercial space on Chattanooga's NorthShore in which we can establish our bottling facility. Our new 4,500 glorious square feet will give us ample room to cook, bottle, and serve all of your favorite Pure Sodaworks flavors.
However, as you might imagine, bottling sodas requires a lot of specialized equipment and supplies. We have the facility, and we've started compiling some equipment... but, we still need your assistance to make this dream a reality. Funds derived from our Kickstarter supporters will go directly toward purchasing these items:
- The highest-quality organic ingredients (like fresh fruits, berries, herbs, and cane sugar... locally-sourced when possible)
- Fruit press (so we can get every last drop of goodness out of our fresh ingredients)
- Water distiller (so we can create the crispest, cleanest water for our sodas)
- Large kettles (for cooking our soda syrups)
- Carbonating stones (for, as you may have guessed, carbonating our sodas)
- Kegs (for storing our carbonated sodas)
- Automatic bottle filling and capping machinery
- Longneck glass bottles (old-school, because the sodas in glass bottles were always the best)
- Twist-off metal caps
- Bottle labels
We plan to launch our new venture by bottling four of our most-popular soda flavors:
Root Beer #4: We traveled back in time for this one. Based on an ingredient list created in the 1850s, this soda boasts 14 herbs and spices in its recipe. Unfortunately, the ingredient list we acquired did not include any proportions, so it took us four tries to get the recipe just right... but, when we did, we got it oh, so right.
Hibiscus Lemon: A simple and sweet infusion of tropical hibiscus flowers and lemon peel. A consistent favorite of children and adults alike for its unique, refreshing flavor.
Apple Pie: With a name like that, how could it not be delicious? Every time we have had this soda at our cart, it has been a rapid sell-out. A mouth-watering combination of fresh-pressed apple cider, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. You'll swear you can almost taste the buttery crust.
Strawberry Jalapeño: A hands-down bestseller from the day we introduced it. This amazing strawberry soda is enhanced with fresh jalapenos, providing a delightful spicy green finish that will keep you coming back for more. Our customers claim that it's addictive. We're inclined to agree.
Just click on that big green 'Back This Project' button! Every single dollar that you contribute is greatly appreciated, and will go directly toward helping us get this show on the road.
We can't wait for you to try our sodas. We just know you're going to love them. We simply need your help, so we can get those chilled glass bottles of fizzy goodness into your hands. Together, we can move our business forward, and reclaim the soda! Who's with us?
- (42 days)