Blackened Sun Brewing Taproom

by Gary Morse in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

We did it
On 29th June 2018 we successfully raised £6,791 with 126 supporters in 27 days

Our idea is simple - open a taproom & community space at Blackened Sun Brewing Co. To serve great fresh beer while serving the community

by Gary Morse in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

New stretch target

Additional funds raised with be used for adapting the toilets to be wheelchair friendly and a mural to be painted by a local artist in the taproom.


By reaching £6,000 we can begin to develop our dream of a taproom and community space

This money will allow us to fulfill our ambition of creating a taproom and community  space within the brewery for customers to visit and drink our beer.  Drinking fresh beer where it's made is the best way to consume.  As well as creating a taproom we want a true community feel.  When the taproom isn't open to the public we will offer the space up for local community events and charities to allow them a space to meet.

Who are Blackened Sun Brewing Co.                

Blackened Sun Brewing Company Ltd is a brewery based at 3 Heathfield, Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes. We are all about creativity, skill and precision, only using the best ingredients crammed full of flavour and passion. Our beers are neither fined, filtered or pasteurised, they are left to mature and condition naturally to create a fuller flavour.

Established in September 2017 by Gary and Sharon Morse, all our beers are based on our love of Belgian yeast. Our styles are not traditional Belgian beers, they are hybrid styles we have created (some more traditional than others). For us it's all about big flavours to produce balanced beers. We also brew a range of seasonal beers (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) reflecting the relevant seasons.

Added to this range is a year-round Mixed Fermentation Project beer. Fermented with our own house yeast culture (which has 6 separate strains of Brettanomyces yeast), these beers are aged on a range of different locally sourced products and packaged in 750ml bottles.

All our beers are suitable for Vegans.


Why are we crowdfunding?

Starting a brewery is an extremely capital heavy venture. We are unable to borrow any more funds from established financial services. Raising capital via crowdfunding will give us the opportunity to interact with our customers and community, creating a local independent hub for not only beer lovers but for charities and community projects to use the space free of charge supporting people trying to make a difference.

What will be in the Taproom

The taproom will consist of 6 keg lines showcasing not only our own beer but other smaller craft breweries from around the UK.  We would like to introduce our customers to new beers that are not currently available in our area. We will also extend the range with bottles and cans from our favorite European, American and UK breweries.

How we currently contribute to our community

Every time we brew the spent hops are collected by Branch-Out MK,  a charity that provides workplace training to adult with learning difficulties.  The hops are used as fertiliser to aide the growth of their flowers.

We hosted a charity night earlier this year for 'Big Shop Friday'.  A group of local artists exhibited their posters within the brewery donating all the money  raised to the local Winter Night Shelter.  Our mission is to support more local charities and project enterprises where we can.

What we will do with the money we have raised from your support

Install a bar area with 6 keg lines, tables and chairs for our customers, refrigeration storage for kegs, Till and glass washer services, heating for year round usage, branded glasses, large commercial fridges for bottles / cans, purchase stock of bottles and cans from other breweries, art work for the tap room area, adapt the toilet to make it accessible to everyone by widening the door way and adding hand rails.

Please have a look at our range of rewards, we feel their is something for everyone (over 18 of course). Thank you for your time and support.  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Your name on the tap room wall

Your name name displayed on the backers wall in the Taproom to show our gratitude for your support.

£17 or more

Your name on the backers wall + pint glass

Your name displayed on our backers wall plus a Blackened Sun logo pint glass. Collection from Taproom only - free half of Blackened Sun keg beer on collection.

£23 or more

3 beers in a gift box + pint glass

A gift box of 3 beers (from our core range). A Blackened Sun Brewing branded pint glass your name on the backers wall and our gratitude. A free half of Blackened Sun keg beer on collection.

£25 or more

£40.00 tap room credit

£40.00 bar tab in the taproom on all keg/bottled beers for consumption on site only. Name on the backers wall and our gratitude.

£25 or more

16 of 30 claimed

Admits 1 person to a beer and pizza night

Limited to 30 people. Sample a range of Blackened Sun beers on keg (half pint of each beer included) Tasting talk from our head brewer Gary Pizza to be supplied by a local independent company. The bar and bottle shop will remain open after the event should you fancy more beers! Name on the backers wall and our gratitude. The event will take place on a Thursday evening in late Sept / early Oct.

£28 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Brewery tour/talk and beer sampling

Welcome and talk about company ethos – free beer sample on arrival Brewery tour and explanation of each stage of the brewing process Chance to sample half pints of all Blackened Sun keg beers with nibbles and guided tasting. Gift box of 3 beers to take away with you. Name on the backers wall and our gratitude. Bar / bottle shop to remain open after event if you fancy another beer. To be held on an Mon, Tues or Wed evening from October 2018

£50 or more

£80.00 tap room credit

£80.00 bar tab in the taproom on all keg/bottled beers for consumption on site only. Name on the wall of the tap room and our gratitude.

£50 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Your own tankard behind the bar

Limited to 20 places only. Provide your own tankard which will take pride of place behind the bar. The tankard's will be displayed on named hooks. Your tankard will be here for the live of the taproom. A free half of Blackened Sun Keg beer when you first bring your tankard in. Your name on the backers wall and our gratitude.

£80 or more

Become a Disciple of the Blackened Sun

12-month membership to the Disciples of the Blackened Sun 10% discount on all keg and bottled beers, including take outs. Swanky membership card Exclusive access to new releases 24 hours before general release. Name on the wall of the tap room and our gratitude Blackened Sun branded pint glass and limited edition T-Shirt only available with this reward.

£100 or more

£175.00 tap room credit

£175.00 bar tab in the taproom on all keg/bottled beers for consumption on site only. Name on the wall of the tap room and our gratitude.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Host your own party with up to 29 guests

Exclusive use of the taproom on a Friday night (from Oct 2018) for you and up to 29 guests. Between 7pm - 11pm. Each guest will receive a free half pint or small house wine on arrival. A small selection of nibbles on each table. You are welcome to decorate tables and bring additional food if you wish. Create your own playlist for the evening which we will pay via our bluetooth speaker. Over 18's, parties not available in December.

£1,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Beer and pizza night – Exclusive taproom event

Up to 25 guests – (Mon-Thurs evening) Exclusive event - closed to the general public Sample our range of Blackened Sun beers on tap (half pint of each beer included) Tasting talk from our head brewer Gary. Pizza to be supplied by a local independent company. Everyone will receive a gift box of 3 beers Blackened Sun branded pint glass to take home The bar will remain open after the event should you fancy more beers!

£1,325 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Corporate brew day

This reward would make unique marketing gifts for your business. Reward as follows - Up to 4 people can brew one of our recipes under the expert guidance of head brewer Gary. Lunch provided on brew day. Design your own bottle label, it will be professionally printed and added to your final bottles Once beer is ready you will receive 10 cases (240 labelled, 330ml bottles) for your business. Take away 3 bottled beers per person on the day.

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