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Augustino Brewing Crowd “Founders” Project

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Augustino Brewing brings together synergies of craft beer and coffee under one roof in a relaxed family neighborhood pub atmosphere. We’re here for you to enjoy finely crafted beers and espresso drinks along with American and Italian-inspired salads, sandwiches, and pasta.

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Pledge $100 – Worth Opening
40 Founders at This Level
You probably rescue stray kittens and hug random strangers in your spare time. At this level, Your name shall be posted to our online Augustino’s Great Wall of Awesomeness AND our “off-line” perpetual Wall of Awesomeness Plaque, which will hang in our entryway AND You’ll receive the cool stuff at the $50 level AND receive two tickets to the exclusive, really wild, pre-opening party (or $10 gift certificate) AND an exclusive Augustino Brewing paddle bottle opener AND you’ll receive 10% off food and all other non-alcoholic (Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control wants to protect you from shorting them on taxes!) food and Augustino branded swag for 6 months after opening day.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016 (except the pre-opening party, but then you probably read that above…)

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 6 months

“SAY WHAT? I GET TO GO TO A HIP PARTY AND DRINK FREE BEER AND COFFEE FOR AS LOW AS A $15 DOLLAR PLEDGE?”

Why yes my good man, woman, child over 21, superhero, supervillain or… let’s be honest… Pokemon (yeah, I still don’t get it)

Here are the details you need to know:
Where: Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas Ave.
When: October 1st, 2016 (yeah you probably weren’t going to wait until 2017) from 7-9pm
How: You are on “THE LIST” for a donation at any pledge level for you and a guest… no donation… no invite… and we’ll be a little sad too, but don’t worry, we make beer, so we’ll be better soon.
What: Okay, here’s the deal… The party is the first opportunity to get your hands on the prizes for your pledge level. If you cannot make it, we’ll either drop them off at your place of residence, work, watering hole, or leave it on some random street corner if that’s your thing… otherwise, we’ll just send it to you. However, if you miss the party, you’ll miss free beer, free craft coffee (but bring money for tips to show your appreciation for super cool bar staff), and light appetizers. Plus, someone might wind up sending you some “Wish You Were Her” (yeah, Simpsons reference) postcard and that would just be lame.
Who: YOU, if and only if you donate to become a Crowd”Founder” before August 31st.

REAL Local Beer. Not A "Fakery"

Augustino Brewing will manufacture craft beer for our neighbors, by your neighbors. Other area establishments may have “Brewery” or “Brewhouse” in their name, but they don’t brew local beer in-house, effectively lying to their customers. Our beers will be made within 100′ of where you’ll drink them assuring you of the freshest and “real local” beers possible. No gimmicks. No lies. Just REAL local beer.

Gourmet In Your Coffee Cup

Augustino Brewing has teamed up with local roasters to bring in only the finest quality coffee beans, responsibly sourced to ensure a quality cup of espresso every time. Don’t have the time to sit in our bar area with your drink? Stay in your car and take it to go from our “fast lane” drink pickup drive-through window (also good for “beer to go”!).

Italian-American Inspired Cuisine

Good drinks deserve a consistent, reliable and inspired menu tailored to pairings. At Augustino Brewing, our menu will be inspired by Italian and American cuisine. Sandwiches, pasta and many of your classic American favorites will be available. Bring the entire family out; we’ll have something for everyone, including the picky kid. You know the one.

Fun for You. Fun for Them.

Sometimes it’s tough to be a parent and still have a great time on the town with the kids in tow. Augustino knows the feeling and we’re here to help you out by providing board games and “Picco’s Fun Area,” an area of toys and games for kids of all ages to enjoy, close enough to keep an eye on the kids and far enough away to enjoy quality time without interruptions.

Pledge $15 – Worth Sticking
17 Founders at This Level

You are a great human being and your name shall be posted to our online Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness. Because you are clearly an individual of discriminating tastes you will also receive a waterproof (and beer proof and coffee proof) Augustino Brewing super awesome die-cut sticker. Show your pride on your car, beer fridge, or some weird and random location, it’s cool, we won’t tell.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Early October 2016.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker

Pledge $25 – Worth Drinking
18 Founders at This Level
You are an incredible human being and thus have earned the opportunity for digital immortality upon our online Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness AND you will receive a waterproof (and beer proof and coffee proof) Augustino Brewing sticker AND you will receive a first-run custom… NEVER TO BE MADE AGAIN (except as a knock off out of some random factory in China)… Augustino Brewing OFFICAL BACKER Pint Glass.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016… Fill your new pint glass with some Augustino Beer at our Backer Party!

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass

Pledge $50 – Worth Wearing
27 Founders at This Level
Your humanity is nearly unmeasurable and thus shall be etched carefully upon the pixels of our online Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness. Your pride shall be able to be displayed with our waterproof (and beer proof and coffee proof) Augustino Brewing sticker AND you will receive a first-run custom… NEVER TO BE MADE AGAIN… Augustino Brewing OFFICAL BACKER Pint Glass AND you will receive an Augustino Brewing t-shirt of your choosing. Yeah, it’s pretty above average cool.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)

Pledge $50 – Worth Sweating
Augustine’s life was changed in 2014, when he was introduced to the world of running as a “Local Joe” for the Prairie Fire Marathon Race Series. “This pledge level is established to “give back” to the running community that has given so much to me.” In addition to everything at the above $50 level, this level includes a “fun run night” (day/location TBD based upon availability). After the run, we’ll have drinks and partying at a cool place TBD (hopefully, our future location). If you cannot make the established date, no worries! We’ll work out another date/time for you!
ALSO! Upgrade your shirt to a performance (running) T or tank by supporting this level or a higher pledge level.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016. The run will be at a later date that the majority can make it to.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder PERFORMANCE T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)

Pledge $65 – Worth Partying
1 Founder at This Level
You might want to check in with the Avengers to see if they have any openings as you might possess superpowers. Just sayin’. Your name shall be summoned to our online Augustino’s Great Wall of Awesomeness AND you will get all of the above items you’d get at the $50 level AND you’ll receive an exclusive invite to the pre-opening party (& if you can’t make it we’ll give you a $5 gift certificate to use when we open to the public).
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016… except the party, which will brew into its penultimate coolness right before Augustino Brewing opens to the public.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party (or $5 gift certificate)

Pledge $75 – Worth Friending
1 Founders at This Level
Firstly… you’re either a total beer and coffee nerd (to which we salute you), are buttering us up to call in a favor later, or simply like giving away lots of money (hey, there are higher giving levels, by the way!). Whatever your disposition, selecting this pledge level, your name shall be posted to our online Augustino’s Great Wall of Awesomeness and you will get all of the above items you’d get at the $50 level AND you’ll receive 2 exclusive invites to the pre-opening party, so you can invite a friend or be industrious and scalp it for… say $75! (& if you can’t make it we’ll give you a $10 gift certificate to use when we open to the public).
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016… except the party, which will brew into its penultimate coolness right before Augustino Brewing opens to the public.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online only)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)

Pledge $100 – Worth Opening
40 Founders at This Level
You probably rescue stray kittens and hug random strangers in your spare time. At this level, Your name shall be posted to our online Augustino’s Great Wall of Awesomeness AND our “off-line” perpetual Wall of Awesomeness Plaque, which will hang in our entryway AND You’ll receive the cool stuff at the $50 level AND receive two tickets to the exclusive, really wild, pre-opening party (or $10 gift certificate) AND an exclusive Augustino Brewing paddle bottle opener AND you’ll receive 10% off food and all other non-alcoholic (Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control wants to protect you from shorting them on taxes!) food and Augustino branded swag for 6 months after opening day.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016 (except the pre-opening party, but then you probably read that above…)

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 6 months

Pledge $250 – Worth “Growling”
8 Founders at This Level
Your awesomeness is incredible and we’re nearly speechless (only “near” because, after all, there are higher pledge levels and we have to pace ourselves). Your contribution at this level goes an incredible distance toward bringing about more great local beer. Your name shall be posted to Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store) AND you receive each and every one of the unique items above AND you receive a limited edition stainless steel Augustino Brewing growler AND you and up to 9 of your friends can drop in for your very own pre-opening private tour and tasting.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016… except the tour and tasting and preopening party of course…

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 6 months
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler

Pledge $500 – Worth Toasting
3 Founders at This Level
You don’t always pledge $500 to a brewery startup, but when you do, hopefully, it’s with a great drink in your hand. For this mind-blown level (and higher pledge levels), we will tattoo our ass with your name we will put your name on our online Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store) (but hopefully you appreciate that we gave thought to the alternative). In addition, you’ll get all the other amazing goodies above (yeah, you know you read them already). You’ll also get 10% off all non-alcoholic stuff through our 1st Anniversary (That’s 1 full year!). You will also be invited to exclusive tapping/tasting events throughout that 1st year (unless there’s a lot of other really awesome people like you, this will be a pretty exclusive group). If that wasn’t enough, you will be a founding member of our Mug Club, which entitles members to larger than the average beer pours of both beer and espresso drinks… because you need legal drugs on both ends of your day.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 1 full year
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler
  • Exclusive Tasting Events for 1 full year
  • Founding Mug Club Membership

Pledge $750 – Worth Sitting
Okay… so now you’re just showing off. We got that and we’re hooking you up. Your name shall be posted to Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store). You will also get everything above… plus, my friend, change your name to Norm for a year, because you’ll have your own reserved seat at the bar for a year. No matter how busy we are, you’ll always know you’ve got a seat without any wait. Enjoy plenty of Mug Club perks, you’re our VIP for a year. Act FAST, we’re only giving away 2 of these!
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016 for the swag. The other goodies are at or after we open, otherwise it doesn’t make much sense, right?

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 1 full year
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler
  • Exclusive Tasting Events for 1 full year
  • Founding Mug Club Membership
  • Reserved bar seat for 1 full year

Pledge $1000 – Worth Naming
1 Founder at This Level
All joking and nerdy wisecracks aside, this makes you a hero in our hearts. At this level, you are putting a meaningful dent into the remaining funding gap we have to open Augustino Brewing. You’ll get all the goodies above this level and be listed on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store)… except the reserved seat at the bar (yeah, sorry about that). However, here’s what you need to do… find out who reserved those seats, and make yourself a fake ID. Sit in the seat and when some one says, “hey, mate, (yeah, aparently we’re in Australia now) what are you doing in That Guy’s seat?” You just whip out your handy fake ID and you’re set. Just make sure “That Guy” doesn’t show up or he might be pissed. Here’s how you get to make him even more mad… Point out your named fermenter in the brewhouse. Yeah, you rock that. Not only do you get to name it (seriously, do we need to tell you to keep it clean and that we get right of refusal on a name, cuz the lawyers said we did) but we’ll emblazen it with a large die cut decal with the name and/or picture of your choice (again… nothing that’s going to make someone else feel sad or oppressed, so let’s be honest, you have like 10 options left). Oh, and when we become uber rich and awesome and get to upgrade equipment, we will transfer the name to a newer, larger fermenter when and if that time occurs (yeah… it probably will). Oh yeah… and you get to hang out with us when we make the innaugural brew to go into your named fermenter. At this point, you’re pretty much a god in our eyes without the whole sacriligious thing. … oh yeah… we’re only unloading 4 of these, so you know, you probably should get it right now if you’re even thinking about it.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Early October 2016 for the swag. The other goodies are at or after we open, otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense, right?

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 1 full year
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler
  • Exclusive Tasting Events for 1 full year
  • Founding Mug Club Membership
  • Name/custom decal one of our fermenters

Pledge $1500 – Worth Parking
WOW. Pretty much that’s all I’ve got. At this level, we’re giving you your digital immortality on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store), all the goodies at and below the $500 level AND your own reserved parking spot for a year as close as we can get you to the door. Team this up with the $750 ($2250 total) level and your spouse may kick you out, but you’ll have your own bar stool and parking spot at Augustino Brewing, which is still considerably cheaper than paying rent on an apartment. ** worth noting… we will close at the end of each day. So, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. **
When the year of your reserved parking spot comes to an end. You get to keep the exclusive reserved parking sign (that you will help us design!) for hanging on your home walls or bar or wherever you hang oddball items like this.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016 on the swag, but later on the things that don’t make sense until we open… it’s kind of like getting 2 Christmases.

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 1 full year
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler
  • Exclusive Tasting Events for 1 full year
  • Founding Mug Club Membership
  • Reserved Parking Spot (marked with custom sign you get to keep) for 1 full year

Pledge $2500 – Worth Seasoning
*** Mike Drop *** No one is as incredibly amazing as you (well at least no one we’ve met yet). At this level, you’re scoring all the goods at and below the $500 level. Plus, you’ll get to inspire and name (within reason, you pervert) one of our regular seasonal brews AND be invited to join the brewers in brewing your named beer each year until you die or get sick of us or open your own brewery instead of living vicariously through us. It’s like having your own kid that you get to hang out with once a year and they don’t mouth off at you when they get older.
We are giving away up to 4 of these because the last time I checked Sumwintfalling wasn’t considered a season in Kansas… yet, so they’re only 4 seasonal beers to be had. … Oh yeah, you’ll also be on the Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online and in-store) and we’ll even post an embarrasing picture of you up there as well if you’d like.
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Late September 2016 for the swag. The other goodies are at or after we open, otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense, right? The scheduling of the seasonal brews will be negotiated with the backers at this level, so everyone can have a great beer made for the masses each season, so if we open in summer, but you’re the “spring” seasonal, you’ll be waiting a little while, but we promise it’ll be worth it and EPIC!

Includes:

  • Name on Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness (online AND in-store perpetual plaque)
  • Augustino Brewing Die Cut sticker
  • Augustino Brewing Founder Pint Glass
  • Augustino Brewing Founder (Regular or Performance) T-Shirt or Tank (Grey, Red, Black or Yellow)
  • Invitation to Pre-Opening party and bring a friend or mistress (or $10 gift certificate)
  • Augustino Brewing Paddle Bottle Opener
  • 10% Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Augustino Brewing Branded Swag for 1 full year
  • Augustino Brewing Stainless Steel “Keg-Style” Growler
  • Exclusive Tasting Events for 1 full year
  • Founding Mug Club Membership
  • Name a seasonal beer AND help the brew crew make it

About This Project

Augustino Brewing is a start-up company that intends to be the first casual chain of brewpubs to focus on both locally produced craft beer and craft coffee.

Craft beer and coffee combine for the largest amount of beverage consumption among U.S. adults. Furthermore, American drinkers are migrating to locally made craft beverages, drinks that foster a sense of supporting the local community. While the Wichita craft beer industry is starting to take off, Kansas lags far behind the rest of the nation in craft beer consumption per capita. However, this trend is starting to change and the local breweries are unable to keep up with the growing demand.  This makes headquartering a fast-casual chain of stores in Wichita, Kansas not only a geographic advantage, but also provides the best opportunity for explosive growth for the brand in its early years, which will make it more attractive to future investors wishing to apply for area franchise rights in other parts of the region and beyond.

About The Team

Ownership Team

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Bianca Iacopelli – Co-Founder – Equipped with experience and understanding of quality from 7 years as a lab QA analyst, Bianca also understands the bottom line through costing and distribution as a financial analyst for 8 years.

Augustine Iacopelli – Co-Founder – Award-winning brewer of 18 years and university director, Augustine brings together managerial, organizational and brewing science. He has provided start-up support to 3 successful Kansas breweries.

Geoff Finn – Co-Founder – Brewer of more than 20 years and graduate of Portland State University’s Business of Craft Brewing program, Geoff had developed brewing process controls and best processes for brewery quality control.

Kara Finn – Co-Founder – Found a love for craft beer after travelling to Germany both for work and for pleasure. Kara started in the food industry at an age of 14, then moved into aviation at 19, and now has over 15 years experience in leadership.

Project Consultants/Support Team

Tony JacobsStudium Architecture – Tony and the team of architects and designers at Studium are the local and regional experts on design and layout of microbreweries and brewpubs, understanding key code issue and concerns for the brewing industry.

Schane Gross – Restaurant/Kitchen Consultant – Schane owns The Anchor, Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, and Fork & Fennel Restaurant in Wichita, Kansas and has a deep understanding of the restaurant, kitchen, and food service needs. She is providing key support and guidance with menu selection and kitchen needs and layout for success.

Andrew Gough – Coffee Service Consultant – Owner of Reverie Coffee Roasters in Wichita, Kansas, Andrew brings a knowledge of sourcing quality coffee and understands the flavor profiles that lead to the perfect cup of espresso. He is providing training and coffee service needs consultation to assure Augustino Brewing has the right equipment and training for success.

Augustino Brewing Concept Art

Studium Architecture, a local and regional expert in brewery and restaurant design has provided consultation and initial conceptual artwork for this project. While we expect the final layout to look somewhat different than these first designs, these images can provide some insight into the concept and layout expected in Augustino Brewing. We are currently planning for approximately 3500-5000 sq ft and table and bar/community seating of approximately 100 patrons.Augustino Brewery - View 3 Augustino Brewing Conceptual Layout from Restaurant Seating Area Augustino Brewing Conceptual Layout From Bar and Community Seating Area

Some of the Amazing Augustino Brewing Prizes

The higher your pledge, the more swag you get and the warmer that feeling will be in your heart that you’re helping birth a brand new baby brewery. But, yeah, we know its also about the prizes, so here are some of them. Read the right column for the full listing of everything you can get.

Official Augustino Brewing Sticker – All Pledge Levels

Official Sticker of Augustino Brewing Craft Beer and Coffee

Just stick it. At all levels, you’ll receive a fantastic Augustino Brewing sticker. It’s just the right size to put onto your car or beer fridge or some random stranger’s forehead. These are the best-manufactured craft beer stickers you’ve encountered. You can even put one of these bad boys onto a coffee mug and run it through the dishwasher over and over and over again and it’ll stay in place and won’t fade a bit, unlike cheaper lower quality beer stickers. This is one to be proud of and is built to last.

Augustino Brewing Founder’s Pint Glass – Pledge Levels $25 and AboveAugustino Brewing Official Pint Glass

Elegant in its simplicity, the classic pint shaker mirrors the top of our glasses in our logo (woah, dual meaning in your logo, now I know I can be one of the cool kids). This pint glass has been retrofit with nanotechnology to repel macro beers from being poured into it. Don’t believe us? You’ll just have to pledge and find out.

Augustino Brewing T-Shirt or Tank – Pledge Levels $50 and Above

Jared Estes and Angie Webster in Augustino Brewing shirts

Angi Webster, founder of #healthieselfieICT health movement, and Jared Estes, Motivational Speaker and U.S. Military Resilience Trainer.

Show off your coolness in an Augustino Founders T-shirt or Tank. Made of light 50% cotton/50% polyester fabrics these will keep you feeling and looking cool. Available in mens’ and women’s cuts and in red, yellow, grey or black. If you’re a runner, you can also select a performance T or Tank option, made of 100% polyester.

Metal Paddle Bottle Opener – Pledge Levels $100 and AboveAugustino Brewing Bar Key Bottle Opener Prize

Augustino Brewing Bottle Opener. Open your craft beers with class. Multi-faceted, this mild-mannered bar tool can also double as a makeshift weapon or a replacement spinner on an old board game. In spite of it’s potential as an all-in-one, multi-use tool, it is still best suited for it’s primary function of accessing your favorite craft beers.

Augustino Keg Specialty Growler – Pledge Levels $250 and Above

Augustino Brewing Keg Growler Prize

Augustino Brewing’s keg style 64oz. growler. Perfect for when you want to be that cool person who brings the keg, but you spent most of your paycheck on Friday night. This growler will make other’s eyes bleed with envy and keep your beer ice cold for hours.

Augustino Brewing Mug Club Founder – Pledge Levels $500 and Above

Augustino Mug

When 16oz pours aren’t enough… This 20oz stoneware mug will serve as our mug club vessel. Pledge at or above our Mug Club level and you’ll have one of these to toast with every time you visit Augustino Brewing. Fill it up with any of our core beers and you’ll get a few extra ounces at the same pint pricing, for life. Don’t live near where we’re opening an Augustino? We’ll ship the mug to you to enjoy great beer from the comfort of your own home.

Augustino Brewing In-House Wall of Awesomeness Perpetual Plaque – Pledge Levels $100 and Above

Augustino Wall of Awesomeness Perpetual Plaque

 As if being on the online Augustino’s Wall of Awesomeness wasn’t enough, in addition to all the great other things you receive for donating $500, you will also have your name added to a perpetual plaque to be displayed in our entryway. It’s a constant reminder of how cool we think you are and that you are part of the reason we are in existence.

LIMITED EDITION – Reserved Seat at the Bar – Only 2 Available – $750 Level

Augustino Brewing Reserved Bar Stool

No matter how busy we are, you can rest easy knowing you always have a reserved spot at the bar for the first year we are in operation.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY – Only 2 Available – Reserved Parking Spot Near the Door – $1500 Pledge Level

Custom reserved parking sign for 2 lucky backers!

 In addition to the items at and below the $500 level, you will have your own reserved parking spot for a year. As a bonus, you get to work with us on designing your custom sign and, at the end of the year, you get to keep the sign to put up in your home bar or other place you hang random cool things.

Where We Are and What We Still Need

We’re about 80% of where we need to make the deal make sense to us and to the commercial lenders who will put their faith and trust in Augustino Brewing. The co-founders and current investors are together investing approximately $150k in the project, but in order to lessen debt servicing, which is necessary for us to promote future growth and additional locations, we need to aim for approximately $200k or more. This will significantly lessen the monthly break-even point and allow everyone to breathe easier with the project.

For this push, we wanted to focus on 2 key needs, one for our coffee service and the other for the brewhouse.

  • Espresso Machine – La Marzocco Linea 2 Group AV Automatic Espresso Machine – Appx. $13,200 – This machine will be our workhorse for churning out high-quality espresso. It is as sleek as it is stable and consistent.

Augustino Brewing La Marzocco

  • 7bbl Fermenters – Appx. $7000 each – We will have either 2 or three of these along with 2-15bbl fermenters. In total, we will have a maximum capacity for approximately 1000-1200 barrels/year, which will be enough to both meet our initial expectation of in-house consumption as well as limited area distribution in other craft beer establishments.
  • Crowler Sealer – Appx. $2000 – While we will have super-spiffy glass growlers available to fill, our plan is to have 32oz. Crowler cans available for convenient purchase. Aluminum cans are are superior barrier to keep out beer skunking UV rays and make Augustino Beer easier to travel with.

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Risks and Challenges

Like every new business, we are sure to encounter roadblocks, stumbles, and challenges on our path to bringing the first craft brewery and coffeehouse to Wichita. These are outlined below:

  • Location:
    • While we are seeking and have letters of intent with locations on the west side of town, we currently are still negotiating a lease that will prove to be workable for our business plan and proforma, as well as provide for the growth we need to expand the company as quickly as possible to bring Augustino to other areas of South-Central Kansas and beyond. Real estate deals fall through all the time and if ours do, we may find ourselves back to the drawing board searching for a location, which could delay opening significantly.
  • Federal, State, and Local Licensing and Zoning: 
    • Starting a brewery requires a great deal of time, sweat equity and a lot of tedious and expensive licensing/bonding. To ensure we do things properly and licenses are obtained, we’re working with friends already working in the industry as well as legal and accounting support to assure this process is as smooth as possible.
  • Changes in Costs and Competitive Environment:
    • The craft brewing industry in the United States is one of the most rapidly expanding consumer markets. It is expected to continue to expand through 2020 and beyond nearly unabated. However, like a fantastic party with close friends, it is likely that the growth will at some point come to an end and possibly show a contraction in the future.
    • There is a chance that the craft brewing industry is a current consumer fad. Perhaps people like your friends and family (because of course this wouldn’t be you) will bore of the awesome, flavorful, creative goodness that is the craft beer movement in the US and return to consuming the flavorless macro beers of yesteryear.
    • The cost of food, coffee, hops, malt and other needed ingredients for the products Augustino Brewing will produce exist in a volatile environment. Many agricultural, industry and even geopolitical events could impact either supplies available and/or costs.
  • Legal and Regulatory Landscape Changes:
    • Craft brewing is a highly regulated industry by the Federal Government (Tax and Trade Bureau, Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchanges Commission), State Government (Alcohol Beverage Control and Kansas Department of Revenue), and local governments (zoning, permits, etc). It is possible that future changes made by any of these entities could threaten Augustino Brewing’s ability to operate in the future. However, Augustino Brewing Co. is a member of the Brewers Association, which assists both in alerting member businesses of possible changes that may impact the industry and also provide lobbyists to help educate politicians to the importance of supporting the craft brewing industry.
  • Unforeseen Acts of God:
    • Once our doors open, anything is possible! This is why we’re doing this… there is no cap to the possible upside of our operation. Unfortuately, a lot of bad things can happen that are unforeseen or otherwise out of our immediate control. While we will do everything within our power to minimize the risks associated with these issues by holding the insurance to mitigate our risks to those we can sustain and maintain operations, the truth is, we cannot control everything and events may transpire which prevent us from contininuing to operate and cause us to have to close the business. In spite of this reality, we appreciate your willingness to follow us and assist us in our adventure all the same.

FAQ

Q) Is my pledge refundable?
A) If you made a mistake when placing your pledge, please let us know as quickly as possible, so we can make it right. Once we have closed the window for crowdfunding, it is important for us to have a set amount that we have to work with for securing the rest of the financing required to launch Augustino. Therefore, we cannot give refunds on contributions unless we are unable to open and the contributions were not spent by the time the decision will have been made (see next question).

Q) What happens to my pledge should Augustino Brewing never open?
A) While we fully intend to open and have already spent thousands of our own money toward this endeavor, there is always the possibility we may never open our doors. Unlike with a Kickstarter, we will, within our capacity to do so, refund as much of the money entrusted to us (less prize level costs) as we are able to. The amount we would be able to refund, if any, would be impacted by whether any of the critical expenses pursuant to opening our doors have been incurred,  which would prevent us from opening. However, we are unable to guarantee any refund of money pledged could or would be returned in the event we do not open.

Q) Do you plan to bottle/can Augustino Brewing beer now or in the future?
A) Brewing for distribution can be an excellent way to increase cash flow and revenues for a brewing company. It is also a fantastic method of educating savvy beer drinkers that your product exists (and that they should visit your location for more selections to try)! However, with distribution comes with significant challenges, especially for a new startup company trying to stabilize product availability and flow within the primary (and most profitable) outlet for product sales, which is direct to consumer via our storefront. We have discussed distribution with local wholesalers and plan limited keg distribution to begin to local bars and restaurants near the end of year 1 of operations. In the future, we intend to expand our available capacity which may include canning our product for distribution in area and regional high-end craft beer stores. In the short term, fans of Augustino Brewing will have the opportunity to purchase growlers, and possibly crowlers (larger than average cans of beer), at our restaurant location for consumption at home.

Q) What kind of food do you plan to serve?
A) Some of the direction regarding our menu may be dictated by our space. However, we intend our menu to be a consise, but tasty, inspired menu of sandwiches, soups and some and hardier selections of American and Italian-inspired cuisine.

Q) Why are you not skipping the food and relying on food trucks? Wouldn’t that be WAAAYYYY easier and less frustrating?
A) Food trucks are awesome and if you’ve not experienced the greatness that are food trucks, you need to check it out! However, Augustino Brewing intends to maintain primary control of it’s tap handles. The best way to do this (at least initially) is to grow volume within a restaurant setting and expand locations. What makes food trucks great can also be their downfall for a brewery relying upon them. Part of the brand becomes the food trucks and with this some of the branding is muddied. Further, food trucks can (and occasionally do) not show up when they are supposed to. We do not want to threaten our customer experience by relying on whether or not a food truck will show up. Our wish is to provide a laid back, comfortable and reliable consumer experience and we do not believe that is fully possible without having our own menu in house. This does not, however, preclude us from potentially hosting food trucks as we feel that some variety is the spice of live, but our customers can be assured that the high-quality menu of beers and food will always be available when they choose to come to Augustino Brewing to drink and dine.

Q) Why beer AND coffee?
Beer and coffee are like yin and yang, they represent the duality of American societal consumption. According to Gallup, sixty-four percent of American adults drink at least 1 cup of coffee on average each day. Gallup has also reported that sixty-nine percent of American adults have had at least 1 alcoholic beverage in the past week. The number 1 alcoholic beverage? You bet it’s BEER! Bringing together these two seemingly different product categories provides a greater likelihood of brand recognition with a wide audience and also allows Augustino Brewing to attract clientel both during the AM and PM hours. Many craft beer drinkers are also craft coffee drinkers, which also affords Augustino Brewing the opportunity for incentive and bounce back programs to, for example, attract customers back for a coffee the morning after an evening of great food and beers to rev up after an evening of craft beers with friends.
Sources: http://www.gallup.com/poll/184388/americans-coffee-consumption-steady-few-cut-back.aspx and http://www.gallup.com/poll/174074/beer-americans-adult-beverage-choice-year.aspx

Q) So, what’s with the glasses and lightning?
A) The eyeglasses in our logo represent the fact that we reserve the right to serve everyone. From the novice casual drinker to the nerdy beer snob and all customers in between. The left top of the glasses represents our craft coffee and the right, our craft beer. The lightning represents the creative infusing of these two elements together into everything we do, stretching definitions of each of these beverages and bringing to life both beers and coffee drinks not easily accessible by either craft breweries or craft coffee houses.

Do you have a question not answered above? Please feel free to email Augustine at ai@augustinobrew.com and one shall be provided!