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About

THE BREWERY

Vis Major Brewing is a brewery-in-planning in Omaha, NE. VMB will offer a community-centric taproom with 10 taps featuring a staple menu of five flagship beer styles available year round. Five rotating seasonal taps and a number of small batch experiments will be available at various points in the year. VMB produces quality beers with balance, character, and complexity to push the palate of the true craft beer drinker.

THE NAME

The name Vis Major, Latin for “Act of God,” is inspired by the history of fermentation by Belgian farmers.At the end of harvest, farmers would crush and boil remaining grains and leave them in open casks.Wild yeast unknowingly blew in, fermenting the wort, but they believed it was an act of God that turned it into beer.

ABOUT US

VMB Co-founders, Lindsey & Tom Clements
VMB Co-founders, Lindsey & Tom Clements

The partnership between Tom and Lindsey offers a balance of strengths, enhanced by a shared passion for craft beer that has taken this married couple from a home brew hobby to aspiring brewery owners. Like many home-brewers we began with an IPA kit in 2011, and one year later Tom advanced to brewing all-grain. Through extensive research and experimentation we have created 5 flagship recipes and have many more lined up to rock the Omaha market.

At first glance you wouldn’t expect Tom’s background in Aircraft Maintenance and the Marine’s to translate to brewing, but it requires the same amount of attention to detail, mechanical development, leadership, and hard work. Making beer is the perfect combination of art and science. Tom’s technical mindset not only applies to the brew system, maintenance, and cleanliness, but also shines in developing recipes. Tom has diligently researched the brewing process, hop utilization, and yeast biology.Through self-education and trial and error, Tom can now take any beer from concept to tap.

Lindsey has cultivated an understanding of beer markets and trends on a global and national level for the last three years as a Sales Representative for an independent distributor. She applies this knowledge to recipes developed with Tom to ensure that it’s absolutely the best beer it can be. Vis Major Brewing is simply unwilling to put out a beer that doesn’t meet their high standards. Now that VMB has a solid foundation of recipes, Tom and Lindsey are seeking ways to turn them on their heads and push the flavor even further.

OUR BEERS

Flagship

VIs Major Brewing Flagship Beers
VIs Major Brewing Flagship Beers

Amen American Wheat, 5.4% ABV. An unfiltered wheat designed with a rich, malty body in mind with a crisp, citrus flavor. A beer so drinkable, you’ll want to throw your hands up and holler, AMEN!

Psalm Saison, 8.9% ABV. This Imperial Saison captures the zesty-spiced characteristics of a traditional saison, while amplifying the malty body and creamy head, resulting in a high-gravity thirst quencher.

Convert Citra IPA, 7.5% ABV. Designed as a SMASH beer (using a Single Malt and Single Hop), the Convert IPA beautifully showcases all that the citra hop has to offer. With an appearance of pale yellow and crisp clarity, the aroma and flavor capture the luscious tropical, floral and citrus notes with balance and subtle bitterness. If you didn’t love IPA’s before, this one is sure to make you a believer.

9th Plague Black IPA, 8.5% ABV. This Imperial Black IPA was named after the ninth plague of darkness scourging the Egyptians in Biblical times. Bold dark malts with roasted chocolate flavor create a sweet foundation while bold bittering hops create a crisp finale for the finish. We love a good IPA even when it’s a bit sinister.

Almighty Stout, 8.5% ABV. A chocolate oatmeal stout with a velvety smooth mouth-feel and rich chocolate finish. The balance of aroma and flavor makes it easy to savor year-round.

Seasonal

Vis Major Brewing Seasonal Selection
Vis Major Brewing Seasonal Selection

Spring: Righteous Raspberry Tart Saison, 8.4% ABV. A Farmhouse Saison brewed with tart hibiscus, black peppercorn, and fermented with fresh raspberries. The natural fruit esters and spice notes of the Belgian yeast are heightened with a bright lemon citrus finish, a subtle coriander nose, and vibrant pink appearance. Enjoy February – April.

Summer: Eden’s Apricot, 7.2% ABV. A summer refresher, Eden’s Apricot combines fresh fruit flavor and malty body with a subtle spiced finish. Enjoy May-July.

Fall: Proverbial Pumpkin, 7.0% ABV. This Imperial Pumpkin spiced ale captures the season with a splash of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Enjoy August – October.

Winter: Wiseman’s Spiced Stout, 9.5% ABV. This Ginger Bread Imperial Stout captures the essence the holiday season with a bold spiced aroma and a rich, decadent chocolate finish. Spread the Joy November – January.

PROGRESS

Starting a brewery is no easy task. We are proud of our progress over the last few years as we have researched and developed the concept for Vis Major Brewing. It was last fall when we first heard praises as we poured our beers at a public event, and we knew our efforts were paying off. We know our beers are exceptional, but to have a stranger confirm it is the best reward! Since then we have poured at festivals and private events, spreading the word of VMB. We have poured our hearts not only in our beers, but in our branding as well, and have commissioned talented artists, graphic designers, and video producers to help us bring our brand to life.

There are several moving parts in the process to open any business and even more when it comes to one that serves alcohol. We have been actively working with brokers and developers to find the ideal location for VMB. With your support, we will be able to secure a space and begin construction. We have decided on a brewery manufacturer from which we will be sourcing all of our stainless steel. However, we know there is still a long way to go, but we are ready for the challenge. If anything has taught us to be resilient as we work towards this dream, it is our experience in buliding VMB over the last several years. While we have our own personal capital, we are in need of the last $25,000 to make our dream a reality.

FUNDING APPLICATION

Equipment and Supplies – From grains to yeast, and boil kettle to fermentation vessels, we need it all to open our doors. The funds raised through Kickstarter will directly go towards purchasing the heart and soul of our brewery, a $25,000 brew system. Every dollar raised will help us achieve our goal of bringing Vis Major Brewing to Omaha!

REWARDS

Men's VMB T-Shirt
Men's VMB T-Shirt
Women's VMB V-Neck
Women's VMB V-Neck
VMB Glass & Growler's
VMB Glass & Growler's
Limited Edition VMB Screen-Print Poster, 18" x 24"
Limited Edition VMB Screen-Print Poster, 18" x 24"

 HOW DO I DONATE?

We are so glad you asked. With every little bit donated, we are that much closer to opening our doors. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform, so if we do not attain our goal in the designated time, you will not be charged for your donation. But, it won't come to that right? Here is how you can get started

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THANK YOU

If you have read this far into our project, thank you for taking the time to do so. We are not flying solo in this endeavor, and want to thank our friends, family, mentors, advisors, artists, fellow brewers, and community for believing in our dream and helping make it a reality. We promise to make you proud. Cheers!

Risks and challenges

As with any upstart, there are risks involved. Breweries are a capital intensive investment, mostly in stainless steel. There are many possible delays in our build out, such as stalled TTB licensing, lengthy city licensing, and unforeseen build out costs. We have taken the time to understand the risks involved by gathering as much information from experts in their fields, but understand there may be delays. We will keep all who have generously donated updated on our progress.

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    The Tribe Membership package includes your very own VMB 16oz glass for home, a brewery tour, and a drink upgrade at the brewery. How it works: Order a 16oz ale for the cost of a 12oz. This 12-month membership will be activated at any time following our grand opening. As a Kickstarter supporter, you have the opportunity to renew this annual membership at a discounted rate, (20% off)!

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    All about Beer - Taught by brewery owner Lindsey Clements, this class will cover the brewing process, history of beer, how to evaluate beers, beer styles, proper glassware and food pairing information. Following the 60 minute class, apply your newfound knowledge while enjoying a tour of our new brewing system and take home a 13oz Vis Major Brewing Tulip glass.

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    Brewery Poster - Designed by local artist Josh Audiss, this 18"x24" limited edition screen-printed poster captures the essence of our brand identity and embodies the art behind the way we craft our beers. Additional posters will be available in the future for each flagship and seasonal beers.

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    Amber Growler Package - The Amber Growler Package is perfect for the beer connoisseur who wants to take a little bit of us home with them. Showcase your refined taste with a 64oz Amber Growler with the VMB Logo, Canvas tote with logo, and a custom VMB key chain.

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    Ramen Beer Dinner - Nothing compliments craft beer better than a great meal. Claim a seat at, Ramen pop-up beer dinner prepared by the 2014 Ramen Fest winner, Sunday Night Ramen.
    This four-course dinner to remember includes a starter of furikake popcorn, followed by a pork meatball bahn mi steam bun, and seasonal vegetable with miso butter and sesame. For main course, tonkatsu ramen, a creamy pork belly ramen served with pickled ginger, marinated egg and more. For dessert, a, Nutella wonton dusted with matcha and served with homemade green tea ice cream. Take with you a VMB tulip glass to commemorate the evening and enjoy a brewery tour following your meal!

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    Apparel Package - Do you love craft beer and swag? Then the Apparel Package is perfect for you! Receive a custom VMB T-shirt, a trucker hat or beanie, and a keychain to show the world you know beer and style.

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    All-Grain Homebrew Class - This 6-Hour course is an introduction to all-grain homebrewing. Learn about the process of brewing, ingredients such as malted barley, hops and yeast, the required equipment, the fermentation process, proper sanitation, bottling and kegging, and of course enjoying! The class will be taught by our owner and head brewer, Thomas Clements. Includes lunch, a t-shirt, and a up-close look at our new system.

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    Apostle - Start your journey to beer sainthood by becoming a VMB Apostle: Receive a 64oz stainless steel growler, canvas tote, pint glass, 25% off fills for 2 years, and an invite to our Members Only Grand Opening (includes 1 guest ticket). Also enjoy Early RSVP access to special events, dinners, tapping’s, and special bottle releases. And the icing on the beer glass? Enjoy 50% off membership renewals.

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    Name the Fermentation Vessel - The TTB requires that each of our fermentation vessels is named or numbered. This is your opportunity to leave your mark in the heart of our brewery. What better way to honor a loved one, or simply have some fun? Apparel Package included.

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    Saint Membership - The most elite membership we offer is only available for Kickstarter supporters and never expires! Receive all that the swag the Apostle Membership has to offer, and in addition an invitation to our Annual Brew Review to give pertinent feedback on recipes, branding, and learn about future plans of the brewery.
    Display your VMB fandom with all limited addition screen-printed beer posters for each flagship and seasonal beer.

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    Brew Apprentice - Interested in how your favorite beer is born and raised? This is your opportunity to learn more about beer making and immerse yourself in the process. Brew your favorite VMB flagship beer alongside head brewer, Thomas Clements. You and a friend will join Tom for an in-depth look behind the scenes as you work to brew any of our five flagship beers. Lunch will be provided along with the Amber Growler package.

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    Brew Master - Design a recipe from scratch alongside head brewer, Thomas Clements. Spend the day brewing and get an in-depth look at the process of beer making from start to finish. Includes lunch and a Beer-ciple Growler package. Extend your creativity by helping us name your creation (must follow branding guidelines). Invite up to 10 friends to the brewery for the special tapping. (Does not include barrel-aged or sour beers).

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    Monarch Package - Create your own legacy with the VMB Monarch Package. You will design an exclusive beer with brew master Thomas Clements, which will be available on tap in our brewery. A special perk of being beer royalty? Your brew will also be available in an annual, limited run release, in a gorgeous 750 ml format, perfect for holidays and special gifts. Invite family, friends, and commoners alike for your own private party in the brewery upon each release. (5 year run)

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Funding period

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