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Stretch Goal #1 Achieved!

THANK YOU!!!! We've hit $40,000 and have UNLOCKED our LASER ETCHED TULIP GLASS STRETCH GOAL!!! Wow, do we feel the love!!

See our update here to learn how you can increase your pledge by $10 and add this reward to your existing pledge!


Our Story

Born on the workbench of a two car garage in Southern Indiana, Switchyard Brewing Company is a start-up destination brewpub that is a dream of native Hoosier owners, Kurtis Cummings & Michael Korus. Founded alongside family, friends, and tradition, in a passionate pursuit of developing our craft, Switchyard believes that small business can, and should be a catalyst for positive change in their communities.

For two years, we have been visiting breweries and brewpubs across the country. We tell our wives this is "market research", they still don't believe us. We have spent hours chatting with other owners, brewmasters, and employees about what was done right, and what could have been done differently, to make sure that our start is as good as it possibly can be.

We have taken thousands of pictures of shiny stainless steel fermentation tanks, menus, food, glassware, bars, landscaping, and the occasional selfie. 

There have been all-nighters where we have worked on our business plan. We have brewed countless trial batches along the way, and learned what our quality standards are. As a result, we have even dumped gallons of test batches that just didn't meet those standards. We have sat through meeting after meeting with supporters, investors, lawyers, trusted friendly advisers, and even a couple who said we couldn't do it.

And now, here we are.

Two years in and we are so much closer than before. Nestled on the near Southside of downtown Bloomington, Indiana, our 11,000 Sq. Ft., new construction, destination brewpub will be built on the now vacant RCA/Thompson site.

About The Brewery

Opening a destination brew pub has been our dream and unifying vision. We knew early on that we could not accomplish such a task alone and needed help from others. That is what Switchyard is all about: community, creativity, and culture. 

We are creating the perfect setting to share a unique experience with friends amongst great beer, music, and food. We believe that the design and set-up of the physical space in an urban setting sets the stage for that very unique customer experience that only a destination brewpub can provide.

Besides being a production brewery, Switchyard will also feature a full kitchen, expansive outdoor patio space, special event spaces, live music, and also serve as an early morning co-work location. 

THE KITCHEN 

With food that celebrates the Midwestern table, we will support our local farmers and source as many ingredients locally as possible. Once open, spent grain from our brewing process will be given to Dishman Cattle Company and other local farmers. The cattle from their ranch will provide the brewpub with hormone free, free range, beef finished out on our spent grain.

BREWERY SUSTAINABILITY 

We are already placing sustainable techniques by feeding our spent grain to Farmer Joe's cattle across the street from the garage we brew in now. Also, we use the clean water from the brewing process to water our vegetable gardens. We recycle everything, and compost as much as we can. We can't wait to support our community in this way on a larger scale.

PATIO & LIVE MUSIC

Our patio will be a park-like setting, featuring beautiful gardens, a fire pit, live music stage, and plenty of seating for dining. The brewpub will also have a stage to keep the music going in the event of bad weather. Don't worry, we have designed the brewpub to provide spaces where the volume of the live music will be comfortable enough to enjoy a conversation. We believe music should compliment the experience, not overwhelm it. 

On the patio, we will feature laser engraved pavers from our Switchyard Starters. These pavers will tell the story of the community that came together to build the brewery.

CO-WORK SPACE

The Midwestern entrepreneurial spirit is very alive in Bloomington. To support this movement, we will open our doors every morning for other entrepreneurs to work, meet with their teams, or simply come in for a cup of coffee. Our WiFi will be one of the fastest in town, and completely free to users of our co-work space. Come in, hang out, and build something great in a comfortable setting!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Our brewpub will be the perfect setting to host anything from holiday parties to corporate events. We look forward to partnering with local non-profits to host silent auctions and benefit events.

How does this work?  How can I help?

Kickstarter helps start-up businesses, like Switchyard, create projects with support of their communities. 

We need lots of small donations from people who love small business, craft beer, local food, and live music. Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign. So every single supporter is critical to the launch of Switchyard.

Join the grassroots campaign to make Switchyard a reality by following these easy steps

Help Us #ShareOurCraft & Click This Link!

Your credit card will only be charged if we meet our goal of $30,000 by Thu, Nov 19 2015.

Where does the money raised go?

The process of opening a destination brewery is not for the faint of heart. With your help, we will build our brewpub from the ground up. But, before we can begin commercial production of our beer, and sell a single pint, Switchyard needs to be licensed by the State & Federal governments.

The money raised from this Kickstarter Campaign will provide the capital needed to launch us into our construction phase.

The other things we need capital for include:

  • Fees for licensing (city, state, federal)
  • Legal services

Rewards

Kickstarter doesn't allow alcohol as a reward, respecting this policy check our our rewards list to the right of the page, or just below. We have a ton of very unique items and experiences that allow you to become part of our story.

Stone & Leather Coaster with Leather Koozie
Stone & Leather Coaster with Leather Koozie
#ShareOurCraft Exclusive Pint Glass
#ShareOurCraft Exclusive Pint Glass
Alko Hauler Switchyard Logo'd Insulated Growler Carrier
Alko Hauler Switchyard Logo'd Insulated Growler Carrier
#ShareOurCraft Exclusive Double Wall Insulated Growler
#ShareOurCraft Exclusive Double Wall Insulated Growler
4X8 and 8X8 Commemorative Pavers (Yes, those are pavers above)
4X8 and 8X8 Commemorative Pavers (Yes, those are pavers above)
Rare Jim Maire Signed Monon Railroad Switchyard Prints
Rare Jim Maire Signed Monon Railroad Switchyard Prints


STRETCH REWARDS:
At $71,890 we will make history as the most funded brewery on Kickstarter! 

Once we reach our initial funding goal of $30,000 the work isn't finished. A brewpub is a very capital intensive project. We are excited to offer four stretch goals that will be unlocked as we reach each goal. 

Risks and challenges

As with opening any new business, some degree of risk does exist and as responsible business owners, we feel obligated to explain them to you. A brewpub business model comes with licensing and permitting risks. Brewpubs are very equipment and infrastructure intensive, requiring the highest levels of sanitization and mechanical maintenance.

As with any journey, we have already encountered many obstacles that have caused us to reflect, adjust our thinking, and even go with a slightly different path. While we are sure that we haven't thought of every problem that we will encounter, we have assembled a team of individuals that are experts in their respective crafts that we can trust and rely on. It truly "takes a village" and we have assembled the best team to help us navigate through our journey.

Many of our rewards rely on vendors for fulfillment, a problem with any of them could lead to delays or a change in plans. We would seek new vendors as soon as a problem arose, but there are no guarantees that we could produce identical rewards in some cases.

The greatest risk for backers comes from the nature of the start-up business. Switchyard Brewing Company is young, has no revenue, and still faces many challenges to opening. These circumstances often create cash flow problems for young companies.

We have planned our campaign finances and rewards very carefully, however no start-up is immune to cash flow issues. Such circumstances could threaten our ability to deliver rewards, although we would do absolutely everything in our power to avoid such a situation.

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    KEYCHAIN & STICKER PACK

    #ShareOurCraft and we will send you a stainless steel Switchyard bottle opener key chain and a Switchyard sticker pack to stick where you like to stick stickers!

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    STRETCH REWARD #1
    LASER ETCHED TULIP GLASS!!

    These will be laser etched with the Switchyard Logo on one side and I'm a Backer on the reverse side. They can also be added to any current pledge. See the Updates section for instructions on changing a pledge! (If you want a set of 6 add $60 to your current pledge) We'll get a new update in ASAP. Thanks! You are AWESOME!!!

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    PINT GLASS, STICKER, & KEYCHAIN PACK

    Use our stainless steel bottle opener keychain to pop to the cap on your favorite craft beverage, then pour it into your very own first run, Switchyard Brewing Willi Becher 20 oz. logo glass. Includes a Switchyard sticker pack, sticks to most everything.

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    SWITCHYARD TRUCKER OR STRUCTURED CAP

    Your choice! A classic trucker hat for fishin’, drinkin’, workin’ and of course, truckin’, or the classic structured cap, both premium hats feature the Switchyard logo in front and “Brewed In Bloomington” on the back.

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    LEATHER COASTER & KOOZIE PACK

    Crafted in Indiana, this set of four premium leather coasters and two koozies will stand out as a unique talking piece as you entertain friends in your home.

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    SWITCHYARD T-SHIRT, HAT, & LOGO GLASS

    Help us #ShareOurCraft by sporting our T-Shirt & hat while holding a first run Switchyard logo pint glass in your hand. Your friends are sure to be jealous.

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    STONE COASTERS

    Indiana made, these extremely limited edition stone coasters will make a great gift for the craft beer enthusiast in your life. Set of four (4) included.

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    HANDMADE GROWLER CARRIER

    This ultra durable, insulated growler carrier is handmade by Alko Hauler, a midwestern startup business. Featuring hand & bicycle frame straps & the Switchyard logo, your friends will love the style & appreciate the ice cold beer on a hot summer night!

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    INSULATED STAINLESS LOGO GROWLER

    This isn’t your grandfather’s beer growler. You'll turn heads when you bring our insulated stainless steel growler to be filled with local, handcrafted beer. Featuring high quality double wall construction and a stainless handle this growler will prevent condensation and will keep your beer cold for hours.

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    SWITCHYARD STARTERS PACKAGE

    "Switchyard Starters" - a exclusive members-only program, available only through this Kickstarter. Benefits of membership include:
    - A special invitation to an exclusive Switchyard Starters party prior to opening our doors to the public
    - Member's only special event reservation rates
    - First opportunity and notification of special and limited releases
    - Switchyard Starters exclusive T-Shirt
    - Exclusive e-Mail discounts
    - Exclusive membership card

    Membership in this program is included in every reward $75 and above.

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    COMMEMORATIVE PAVER (4X8)

    So you want to be part of history and help build Switchyard?

    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and we will place your customized, laser engraved paver on our patio or walkway.

    Complimentary Switchyard Starters membership included.

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    HOLIDAY GIFT PACK
    Guaranteed Delivery Before The Holidays!

    Perfect for the craft-beer fanatic in your life, our holiday gift pack includes:

    - Switchyard T-Shirt
    - 2 Logo Pint Glasses
    - Certificate for a 4x8 Custom Engraved Commemorative paver that will be used to help build the brewery

    We will even include a special holiday greeting form the Switchyard crew in the box!

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    COMMEMORATIVE PAVER (8X8)

    So you want to be part of history and help build Switchyard?

    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and we will place your customized , laser engraved paver on our patio or walkway.

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    TRIAL BATCH EXPERIENCE

    Brew a batch on our pilot system with our team and experience how Switchyard began. You and one guest will join us for a brew day, enjoy a great lunch or breakfast with the crew and you will receive a Switchyard Starters membership complimentary!

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    COMMEMORATIVE BRICK

    So you want to be part of history and help build Switchyard?

    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and your customized brick will be used to actually BUILD the brewery.

    Complimentary Switchyard Starters membership included.

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    REWARD COMBO 1

    You asked, we listened. With this pledge level, you can get the best rewards, for one pledge.

    Includes:
    4 Stone Coasters
    Stainless Insulated Logo Growler
    Handmade Logo Growler Carrier
    T-Shirt
    2 Pint Glasses
    Hat (Trucker or Fitted)
    2 Keychains

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    REWARD COMBO 2

    Includes everything from Reward Combo #1, but includes a customized, 4x8 paver that will be used to help build the brewery!

    Includes:
    Custom Engraved 4x8 Paver
    4 Stone Coasters
    Stainless Insulated Logo Growler
    Handmade Logo Growler Carrier
    T-Shirt
    2 Pint Glasses
    Hat (Trucker or Fitted)
    2 Keychains

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    COMMEMORATIVE BLOCK

    So you want to be part of history and help build Switchyard?

    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and your customized block will be used to actually BUILD the brewery.

    Complimentary Switchyard Starters membership included.

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    CORNER BREWERY BLOCK
    with 2 sides engraved.

    So you want to be part of history and help build Switchyard?

    Prominent placement on the Main Entrance corner or the Outdoor Patio corner of the building.

    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and your customized block will be used to actually BUILD the brewery.

    Complimentary Switchyard Starters membership included.

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    JIM MAIRE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED 17x22 MATTED PRINT "A" (1 of 4)

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    JIM MAIRE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED 17X22 MATTED PRINT "B" (2 of 4)

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    JIM MAIRE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED 17X22 MATTED PRINT "C" (3 of 4)

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    NAME A VESSEL

    The Feds require that each of our fermentation vessels is named or numbered. This is your opportunity to leave your mark in the heart of our brewery. You & a friend will also sport your own Switchyard polo shirt and brew a batch of beer with our team on the system you helped build. Surprise a loved one this holiday season with the gift that will create lifelong memories!

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    STONE COASTERS

    Lowest price for this item so don't miss out! Indiana made, these extremely limited edition stone coasters will make a great gift for the craft beer enthusiast in your life. Set of four (4) included.

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    COMMEMORATIVE PAVER (8X8)

    Lowest price for this item, so don’t miss out!
    Help us #ShareOurCraft at this level and we will place your customized paver on our patio or walkway.

    Complimentary Switchyard Starters membership included.

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    SWITCHYARD TASTING PANEL & TAPROOM RESERVATION

    This pledge level is perfect for the craft beer fan in your life.

    Not only will we place your custom 8X8 brick on our patio, your party of 10 will start with a private tour of our facilities, followed by a catered dinner and entertainment in one of our special event spaces.

    Each guest will receive a commemorative tasting glass and membership to the Switchyard Starters club.

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    JIM MAIRE EXCLUSIVE SIGNED 17X22 MATTED PRINT "D" (4 of 4)

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    NAME THE BREWHOUSE
    The Ultimate Switchyard Experience

    You will get to name the brewhouse and a plaque will proudly display your significant contribution to the brewpub project for all to see!

    You will don your very own Switchyard brewer’s shirt and enjoy a day with our head brewer, learning the entire brew day process. To top it off we will have a Switchyard catered party for up to 20 of your closest friends at the brewpub.

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Funding period

- (30 days)