Thanks for taking the time to look at our project! We won't waste your time telling you about us, because if you're interested you can just read up on our profile (at the right) or our Facebook page. Instead, let us tell you about the Shade Tree Brewing Company project.
Shade Tree: Short and Simple
Much like many other breweries on Kickstarter, our project is to get our humble little nano-brewery off the ground. Over the past two years, we've spent a lot of our own money, time, and [especially] elbow-grease scraping together the equipment we need to get a very small brewery off the ground. We've built an entire 3 barrel brewing system by hand and from scratch, including the brewhouse, 3 head peristaltic pump, and HERMS (that's Heat Exchanging, Recirculating Mash System). We've also managed to acquire a plate chiller, diaphragm pump, and 12x12 walk in cooler (which we will be converting to a two-chamber fermentation/cold crash facility).
But despite all of this effort and do-it-yourself determination, our labor of love has finally reached the point in our endeavor in which the DIY attitude can go no further. We need kegs, fermentors, and licenses...and we need help getting them.
Why Shade Tree?There are quite a few little breweries that have gone the Kickstarter approach. Some have been successful, some haven't. So what makes us different? And why should you dedicate some of your attention and donations to our cause?
The answer is straight forward: We want to do more than just make great beer. Shade Tree Brewing Company was launched by a vision that intended not to launch a brewery that serves a community, but rather a brewery that is a community. To every extent possible, our intent is to include our community in the brewing process. Some of our approaches to achieve this will include:
- Buying local ingredients
- Supplying local farms with our spent grain to use as feed or fertilizer
- Sponsoring community-created beers
- Facilitating the craft beer and homebrew movements through education, competition, and festivals
In summary, we don't want this brewery to be about us. Nor do we want it to be about our beer alone. We want it to be about creativity and community in appreciation of good beer everywhere.
How Can You Donate?It seems complicated at first, but in reality all you need is a Kickstarter account and an Amazon account. Both are free, and only require an email address, a password, and a few seconds to set it up. With those in hand, simply click on the bar to the right, select the amount you want to pledge, and Kickstarter will walk you through the rest!
THANK YOU for taking an interest in our project!
David and Andrew