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99
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 2 2018 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Sawbriar Brewery brews
Sawbriar Brewery brews

Who and What is Sawbriar Brewery?

Hi folks, my name is John Paul, and with my awesome wife, Jessica, we are opening the first Louisiana state-licensed microbrewery in the heart of Cajun Country. We need your help by backing this Kickstarter project to make it a success. 

Jessica and John Beer Trippin'
Jessica and John Beer Trippin'

Sawbriar Brewery will be a friendly neighborhood microbrewery and taproom in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, where we responsibly craft artisanal beer from unique ingredients while celebrating local art and music. 

Why Sawbriar? 

The name “Sawbriar” reflects our Louisiana roots. The sawbriar is a native plant common around the swampy woods of South Louisiana. They are deeply rooted in the Louisiana soil, tough and stubborn - kind of like us. Despite the thorny exterior, the sawbriar plants are a vital part of their ecosystem, providing food to the native wildlife and, historically, used to soothe the ailments of the local peoples. Like the sawbriar, we want our brewery to be a vital part of the community (and beer has been known to cure what ALES you!) 

Sawbriar Plant
Sawbriar Plant
Mad Monkey IPA
Mad Monkey IPA

Our mission is to brew better beer for a better world. We make great beer while focusing on using responsible techniques and local ingredients. 

With your help, our taproom will be your place away from home and work where you can interact with neighbors, make memories, live life, and have fun. 

Sawbriar Beer  

What kind of beer do we make? We make better beer because you deserve better.

Peach Blueberry Sour
Peach Blueberry Sour

The advantages of having a taproom where everything made is small batch and nothing distributed are flexibility, spontaneity and craft. We make a large variety of lagers, ales, stouts, porters, and sours. Some are classically inspired and others way out in left hop field. All of our beer uses the freshest local ingredients we can find. There will also be a constant rotation of seasonal surprises. (What can we say, we like to experiment!)

Experimentation is fun!
Experimentation is fun!

Some of the many brews you might encounter on our taps include:

  • Love Bug Lager:  5.4% ABV, 29 IBU, 2.4 SRM · Perfect summer time brew for the hot and humid days of South Louisiana. Cold, clear and crisp, this lager is influenced by the pre-prohibition recipes of Old West settlers. Great for cooling down after cleaning the bugs off the windshield. 
  • Cypress Stout: 6% ABV, 15 IBU, 50 SRM · A different take on Irish Extra Stout brewed with local coffee. Cypress stout pours thick and creamy but goes down smoothly with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and oak. Perfect as desert at the end of a meal or a warmup on a cold day. 
  • Crawnado Amber Ale: 4.5% ABV, 22 IBU, 8 SRM · Easy drinking amber ale made with Louisiana wheat and sugarcane that makes the perfect all-occasion pint. Great with crawfish, crab boils and hurricane parties. 
  • Mad Monkey IPA: 10% ABV. 90 IBU, 9 SRM · A creation of momentary madness and an aggressive hop schedule, this IPA uses seven different hops from all over the world. It is an exploration of the dark and hazy, juicy and spice. Far from a bitter hop bomb, Mad Monkey is a balanced explosion of flavors and aromas that will drive the sense from the senses.
  • Fightin’ville Brown Ale: 5.7% ABV, 43 IBU, 27 SRM · Slightly sweet, American take on English brown pub ale, made with English and specialty malts, and US hops. Great to quench the thirst with lunch or sipping with friends in the taproom after work. Named in honor of the rich neighborhood history surrounding Sawbriar Brewery.

The Plan

Sawbriar Brewery will open in late 2018. Before we get there, we need your help to finish some things: 

We need a bar!
We need a bar!
Warehouse needs love
Warehouse needs love
  • Next comes the equipment. We have planned for a 7-barrel, steam-fired brewhouse and plenty of fermenters and brite tanks to provide plenty of choices of the freshest beer. 
The Brewhouse
The Brewhouse
  • Oh, and don’t forget about the taproom! There will always be plenty of room for you at our taproom bar. And because we support drinking local, you will also be able to get brew choices from other Louisiana craft breweries. 
You can name the tanks!
You can name the tanks!
  • We will also have a stage dedicated to hosting local musicians, because we know you like to dance! 
  •   We are fixing up this abandoned warehouse that currently blights the otherwise awesome historic neighborhood of LaPlace, also known as Fightin’ville

 Still it seems like I forgot something else we needed… 

This is our bathroom area. Yikes!
This is our bathroom area. Yikes!

Milestones 

We’ve gotten much done already! 

  • Licensing and permitting is on schedule for opening in late 2018. 
  • Our starting recipes are fully developed, and even won a few awards! 
  • We have a lease for our building and construction is about to start. 
  • Some of our equipment is already here, and more is ready to ship. 
  • The final plans are complete, and we just need your backing to finish up. 
  • Right now, we estimate it will take about $25,000 of your support to get enough of the remaining work done to open. 
Crappy Warehouse to Better Brewery
Crappy Warehouse to Better Brewery

Cool Swag for Your Support 

Ever wanted to brew beer? Ever wanted to tour a swamp? Like seeing your name in awesome places? We have some awesome rewards to match every budget, because everyone deserves better beer! 

Cool Swag
Cool Swag
Awesome Rewards for Awesome Backers
Awesome Rewards for Awesome Backers

You Deserve Better 

We are asking for your help on Kickstarter because we know you deserve better. Without it, we would have to cut some corners, and that does not make for better beer. Our $25,000 project goal is much less than we have put in personally, and doesn’t cover all that’s left, but it does get the doors open. We've worked hard to get this far; we are 100% local and self-funded – no help from the big beer monopolies (ever) - just a happily married couple of beer nerds trying to live out our dreams. 

What makes us different? Nothing. We are probably just like you, working hard as we can every day to make things better where we can. Jessica and John are your average folks –two parents: a teacher and an Army vet. But Lafayette is the best city in the best state in the world. We just want to make better beer for you. Because you deserve better.  

Risks and challenges

With all great ventures there is risk. Here’s what could go wrong & what we can do about it.

1. You may not like our beer.
- That’s OK! Like Louisiana weather, our beer is constantly changing. Unlike Louisiana weather, it will change. We use our taproom customer feedback to constantly improve our recipes.

2. We could run out of money and be personally ruined.
- A harsh reality indeed, but with your help and our solid plan, we are sure to make it!

3. The laws may change and prohibition return.
- We certainly see crazy things in politics lately, but regular voting will keep this from happening. That's also why Sawbriar Brewery is a member of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild.

4. Our schedule may slip.
- Late 2018 is an estimate subject to final approvals, contractor performance, and a little luck. Brewer John happens to also be an accomplished project manager, so we are pretty good at adjusting to changes and meeting the goal.

5. Meteors, evil robots, alien takeovers and zombies.
- Acts of God are unavoidable, but I guarantee we are praying daily for a favorable outcome. We wouldn’t mind you sending a few prayers our way too. And a map to your bunker. (We promise our beer won’t make you a zombie.)

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    "I Drink Local" Sawbriar T-shirt

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    New Release Tasting with Brewer John

    You deserve a special tasting event hosted by Brewer John to test the latest new release. Oh, and we'll do it 4 times. You also get a shirt, koozie and bumper sticker!

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    You tagged the bar and now you deserve your name on one of our hand-crafted tables. Tables will have plaque with dedication of your choosing. You also get a shirt, koozie and bumper sticker! (Sorry, no reservations).

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    Hang out with the Sawbriar Brewery team for a day, learn to make better beer, and get put on a commemorative plaque in the taproom! You also get a shirt, koozie, growler and bumper sticker!

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    "Name of Thrones" - This warehouse has no restrooms - oops. Adopt-a-toilet in honor of your favorite drinking buddy or yourself and we'll put a dedication plaque on the throne. You also get a shirt, koozie, growler and bumper sticker!

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    Ahhh, the romance of the Louisiana swamp. We will set you up with a local swamp tour for 2, plus a tasting party for 10 at the brewery. You also get a shirt, koozie, growler and bumper sticker!

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