Who We Are
The Two Kids Brewing company is a nanobrewery located in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. The Two Kids are Rob and Sam Dufau, the owners and brewers. We’re just a couple of kids who love brewing beer and want to share our passion with the world. Our parents always told us to do what we loved, and the rest would work itself out. It's time for us to take that advice and make something for ourselves and our community.
What We Do
Two Kids wants to bring people back to craft beer. We say "back" to craft beer because once upon a time, there wasn't just "beer" in red, white, and blue cans, most beer was brewed by a small local brewery and sold only in a small region. That's what we think needs to happen again, and we're on our way, but there's more work to do.
Two Kids believes that there is a beer out there for everyone, and for most people it's not a macro brewed light lager. We just want to help everyone find their beer, and the best way to do that is without snobbery or condescention. We're beer geeks, not beer snobs- get it right.
What We Brew
With that in mind, we plan to offer an extremely wide variety of delicious ales in interesting styles we think many may not have even heard of. We'll specialize in easy drinking brews with wide appeal, but limited fame. California Common, American Cream Ale, an Ordinary Bitter, and a Chocolate Stout will be prominently featured, as will a classic San Diego Style IPA.
Like we said, though, there's something for everyone. Ordinary Bitter's big brother ESB will be a common fixture, as will our amped up San Diego Imperial Common. Expect lots of new and interesting beers- Rob's a farmhouse nut so you'll definitely be seeing lots of Saisons, French Ales, and funky sours too. Sam has a sweet tooth- so look out for more dessert beers, a small batch barrel-aging program, and her wicked Honey Blonde.
How We Do It
If that sounds like a lot of different beers for two kids to make by themselves, it is, but that's kind of our thing. We plan to brew on a TINY system, just 2 barrels at a time; that's 60 gallons, or just four full-sized kegs. Small batches means LOTS of batches. That means we can keep our core beers on tap and constantly rotate out new exciting beers. We hope that every time you visit the Two Kids tasting room, you'll be able to try a beer you've never had before.
What We Need to Do Now
Now it's time for the hard part: building the tasting room. Once the Kickstarter is over it's time to pick a space to call home and start construction. We need your help to do that. Every pledge you make will go towards something that makes or serves beer. Everything else (and most of the construction costs, to be honest) is us: rent, utilities, insurance, ingredients (you know, all the boring stuff).
What You Get
Cool stuff! Everyone gets something! From cool Two Kids gear to private dinner parties, you name it. Do you have an idea for a new reward you'd like to see? Let us know! Apart from all the swag, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped a pair of young Craft Beer emissaries live their dreams. So, if YOU have a dream that you would drop everything for if the chance came along, help Two Kids grab this chance and make something amazing.
What IS Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a "crowdfunding" website that allows creative people to reach out to their friends, family, neighbors, and prospective customers to help get their ideas off the ground. Whether it's a musician pressing a new album, an inventor looking to fund a first production run, or a brewery looking to build a tasting room, each creator sets a goal to reach. If the total pledges don't reach the goal, then the project is not funded at all. The pledges aren't an investment in the business in that you don't get a share of the company- this fundraiser is just for the construction of the brewery. Kickstarter has a great FAQ here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics.
Risks and challenges
Once we reach our goal, things will really kick into high gear. We'll finalize our search for a permanent location and actually begin the buildout of the brewery and tasting room. This includes:
Constructing Cold Storage space and fermentation Area
Commissioning a custom bar
Assembling the brewhouse and draft equipment
Any renovations to the tasting room (ie bathrooms)
The next big hurdle will be getting licensed by the state ABC and TTB. That can take as long as 3 months, and all the while we have to be paying rent, testing our equipment, buying up ingredients, and paying our utility bills all while not being able to sell beer!
After that comes the fun part- if everything goes smoothly and we are licensed without a problem, we can start brewing beer for sale. Once we have enough for our grand opening, we'll open our doors officially!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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