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Help get Raleigh’s first craft distillery since prohibition off the ground and running!

The craft beer scene in Raleigh has completely taken off over the past few years and we are big fans. Craft beers are great, but when you drink local why should it just be beer? We are three guys with a dream of bringing local, handmade craft spirits to the capital city.

Who we are:

Each of the founders of Raleigh Rum Company grew up in the area and are proud to call Raleigh home. Two-thirds of us went to NC State and the other third had to settle for UNC. We love the growth Raleigh has seen over the past several years and want to contribute to Raleigh’s local community. Our focus is on making delicious rum with local ingredients and helping it find its way into our favorite watering holes.

It’s up for debate who is the real brains of the operation, but we each bring something different to the table. Chris has the most background knowledge of distillation. He has been homebrewing for years and is eager to take the next step into distilling spirits. John is our manufacturing expert. If something breaks or needs to be built, we are counting on him to carry it out. Matt has the business background to keep the books balanced and the dreamer’s feet close enough to the ground. Despite our different backgrounds, one thing we all have in common is a passion for this project and for making some great rum.

Sample Bottles, Flavors TBD
Sample Bottles, Flavors TBD

Why Rum?

Short answer: We love it. The longer answer is that we can get going with a great white rum product immediately and then play with aged/spiced/flavored varieties after our initial start. We would love to branch out to other spirits down the road, but for now we want to stick to one thing and do it really well.

What we need help with...

Raleigh isn't just in the name of the company. We fully intend to be an integrated part of downtown Raleigh and work closely with local establishments. However, this is a complicated project with a lot of moving parts. These are the things we plan on doing with Kickstarter funds:

Increase the capacity of our still. Our current plan includes starting operations with a 26 gallon still. However, with a successful Kickstarter we can increase that to a 50 gallon still. Either way it will still be a small hand crafted batch of rum, but the additional capacity will go a long way to helping our production.

• Attain permits. Unfortunately for everyone who likes rum, the timeline to obtain the necessary distilling permits can be very long. We cannot even begin the application until all of our equipment is set up in the distillery. After applying, we can’t distill a single drop until all approvals are complete. Kickstarter funds will help us cover all of the costs associated with pulling this off.

• Barrels. Bourbon barrels for rum aging can play a big part in giving rum added flavors. Unluckily for us, they do not come cheaply.

4inch pot still with 50 gallon kettle - Your pledge can make it happen!
4inch pot still with 50 gallon kettle - Your pledge can make it happen!

How you can further help:

Help us get the word out. Share our kickstarter link with your real friends, facebook friends, twitter followers, weird relatives, favorite bartenders, forum buddies & coworkers!  

We appreciate all of the support so far and this Kickstarter is a big part of getting our business up and running. We could not do this without you.

Swag:

*Tshirt colors are TBD
*Tshirt colors are TBD
*Awesome lime wedge sold separately
*Awesome lime wedge sold separately

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is A LOT of paperwork, evaluation, and permits to open a distillery. If we could distill paperwork and make rum out of it, then we would have a warehouse full of booze already. Our equipment will also be custom made to order. We will do our best to avoid any delays and stay on schedule to complete our first product by our target of the end of this year.

See you at the finish line - It will be one hell of a party!

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    You will be guaranteed your choice of a classic high five or a firm handshake upon your visit to our new distillery (let us know which form of hand-to-hand contact you prefer upon arrival). Or if you want an electronic fist bump, simply hold your fist up to the screen right now, we're doing the same on our end. Look at you... making good things happen!

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    You will receive a printable certificate showing your support of RRC signed by all of the company's founders. In addition, you get the RRC sticker and your name will also be listed on our "Supported By" page on the website. You are the hero that Raleigh deserves.

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    You know what would look good on your generous-self? A flipping awesome tshirt with the kickass RRC logo for you to proudly display around town. In addition to the tshirt, you will also get the sticker and your name on our "Supported By" page.

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    The amount of good karma coming your way is astounding. You will receive a custom RRC rocks glass in order to enjoy your favorite local spirit in fashion. In addition to the glass, you will also receive a tshirt, sticker, and your name on our "Supported By" page as a SILVER Level supporter. Karma will be shipped immediately for free.

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    We can see that you are a one-upper. We like that. We will one-up all of the rewards, up to this point, for you. You get 2 rocks glasses, 2 tshirts, 2 stickers, along with your name on our "Supported By" page as a SILVER Level supporter. Cheers.

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    You ready to party? We definitely are, thanks to you. You will receive 2 tickets to our ribbon cutting party for yourself and a guest, where you will enjoy food & drink with the RRC gang. You will also receive your goodie bag with all of the lower level rewards. As well as your name on our "Supported By" page as a GOLD Level supporter.

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    You will receive 4 tickets to the ribbon cutting party as well as your name on display at the distillery as a permanent thank you. Plus, all of the lower level rewards. You will also be on the "Supported By" page as a Gold Level supporter.

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    Now we are getting down to some serious business... and your business deserves some recognition for your pledge. You will have your company, your name, and a link to your business or any other website placed near the top of our "Supported By" page as a PLATINUM Level supporter (Great for restaurants/bars). One of the RRC founders will also give you a personal call to say thank you and compliment your beautiful family, even though we've never seen them.

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    Rules on Kickstarter will not allow us to offer you free booze (ie. 2 bottles of rum). So we will not offer that here. An empty RRC oak barrel would also look great at your home bar (2-3Liter). Also, if you have a business, we will place your logo (linked to your website) and a short blurb about your company at the top of the "Supported By" page as a Platinum Sponsor.

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    Are you kidding me? You are amazing! Rules on Kickstarter will not allow us to offer you free booze (ie. 6 bottles of rum). So we will not offer that here. If you'd like, you also get a front page ad on our website for 2 years (~240x400pixels). You make the world go 'round.

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    You must really want some rum... and you obviously enjoy being distinguished. We will give you a private lesson in distilling and discuss recipes. Who knows? You could influence the next few batches of RRC rum to be released to the public! Rules on Kickstarter will not allow us to offer you free booze as a reward (ie. A case of custom rum). So we won't offer that here.

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    You deserve to be part of history. Your name will be engraved into the first legal still in the Raleigh area and it will forever be synonymous with Raleigh Rum Company. We will take you on a craft beer tour of Raleigh to commemorate the occasion.

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