We did it
On 30th June 2018 we successfully raised £28,935 with 125 supporters in 43 days

To create Jersey's first crowdfunded brewery and the Channel Islands' first ever crowdfunded company!

by Bliss Brew Co. in Jersey, Channel Islands, Channel Islands

New stretch target

You blissfully beautiful people! We've successfully raised funds to build the Bliss brewery!

The vision does not end there. Rest assured we have more plans to grow the business and this massively depends on getting our product into a variety of kegs and cans. This would expand horizons to allow distribution of Bliss beers beyond even bars and restaurants AND INTO YOUR FRIDGE and off island.

Beyond that, we’re even seeking advice on growing our own hops. We’ve ear-marked some land... It’s all possible and we wont stop pushing for the dream. We hope you love what we are planning and want to join us on this Blissful journey. There’s still time to get involved.

Thank you again, without you, it wouldn’t be possible.


Introduction

The story is about a passion (bordering obsession) for beer. For the best part of a decade, Ben and Leah Bliss have been brewing, drinking, travelling and talking all things beer. The result is a book bulging with over 200 recipes that they want and need to share! Enter Josh Band and Marcus Calvani, the brains behind Jersey’s first and only craft beer bar JB's as well as the multi-unit Be Served Group, and design guru James Carter of Midnight Industries and we have a pretty awesome team.

JB's Smokehouse and Craft Beer Bar is situated in the centre of St. Helier and since its launch in 2015 has been tantalising the taste-buds of islanders, championing local produce with their signature smokehouse menu and providing an exciting new venue for craft beer. The taps and fridges groan with over 100 offerings and an ever-changing tap lineup ensures no visit is the same. What would further elevate this dream setup? Why a resident brewery of course!

The Vision

The stage is set at JB's and a space allocated to host the Bliss Brewing Company. Behind a glass screen we dream about a shiny brewing kit pumping beer goodness straight to the bar. You’ll be able to see the process in action and even better enjoy anything from easy-drinking pale ales to mouth-puckering sours. Variety is key here folks: we want to take islanders, visitors & Bliss-lovers on a journey to rediscover (or discover) beer. 

This project is about fostering and celebrating local passion and talent. It's about knowing where a product is made and it's about having a say. We want YOU to get involved! Every month our next brew will go to public vote and Bliss Brew Co. will become a hub for ideas and collaboration. We want to enter international competitions and showcase a little piece of our island, Jersey. We're already talking to chefs to create food-pairing menu concepts, producers for homegrown ingredients and fellow home-brewers for ideas and feedback.

How do we do it? 

There's a whole lot of equipment involved in making the perfect beer! We've invested what we can over the past 10 years, but, to get this baby off the ground we want to give crowdfunding a shot to make our supporters integral to the journey. We've compiled a list of rewards tailored to both the individual consumer and also the corporate market. For those that can help, expect a whole lot of love in return. 

Incredibly we are the first ever crowdfunding company in the Channel Islands and due to existing government regulations and offshore banking legalities, it is illegal for us to give equity away in a locally registered company. We're starting small but if success warrants overseas growth in the future, our ‘founders’ (that’s you!) will be the first to be offered equity shares in second round funding.

What do we need? 

Introducing the team ...

Ben Bliss works as a building manager but in his free time has pursued a passion for brewing for nearly a decade. Largely self-taught he has also honed his knowledge through extensive study and brewery work placements in the UK. Locally he has gained invaluable mentorship from Head Brewers at Liberation Brewery.   He loves the alchemy of brewing and likes few things better than donning a lab coat to cultivate his own strain of yeast :-) Through travel and networking Ben has also set-up contact with some of the UK's best breweries. Watch this space for collaboration brews! 

Leah Bliss works as a landscape architect by day and is coordinating the design and procurement of our brewing equipment by night! Leah also heads up brewing and has developed countless recipes to create new, unique flavour combinations whilst chatting to local producers to source varied ingredients and explore exciting recipe collaborations. Her passion also looks to learn from ancient recipes (beer has been around for millennia you know!) so prepare your tastebuds for anything from a medieval mead, to a smokey German Rauchbier or a saison heady with fig and Jersey honey...mmm!

Marcus Calvani has studied and worked both home and abroad graduating from the world-famous Cornell University School of Hospitality Management in New York State, USA. After working on  concept design and development projects, Marcus returned to Jersey with his family in 2009 to take over the family restaurant business, La Cantina, he quickly established The Calvani Group, a hospitality management, consulting and importing company that proudly represents Carnevale fine Italian foods, Castello Banfi Wines, Joes Tea Co., Wild Beer Co., Tiny Rebel, Brew By Numbers & James Clay in the Channel Islands. Marcus is the Vice President of The Jersey Hospitality Association and in 2015 joined forces with Josh Band to create what would become the Be Served Group.

Joshua Band, a former Commonwealth Games professional table tennis player Josh created JB's Smokehouse and Craft Beer Bar in 2015 with Marcus. The venue celebrates Josh's sporting background but was also pioneering being the first craft beer establishment in the Channel Islands and the first Smokehouse. We hope soon it will evolve to host our brewery! Josh and Marcus have also created the Be Served Group, a +40 person, hospitality operations company which currently owns and operates: La Cucina Restaurant, JB's, The Lido @ Havre des Pas, and The Jersey Royal Distillery Company.  

James Carter founded creative company Midnight Industries in Jersey over 10 years ago. James is our design guru, drawing on a background of work with numerous world-class brands. His skillset spans branding, web design, photography, illustration and mural design (we are already benefitting from all of these talents!). His creative flair will ensure that our cans stand out on a shelf and turn heads! Check out our merchandise designs and drool!  

Please peruse our rewards list, we really hope you will become part of our project and join us on this adventure.... oh and vote Mr or Mrs Bliss!... they can't decide what they should brew you first! 

Love and thanks from Bliss Brew Co.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Believe in Bliss

Thanks for believing in our project. Have your say and vote Mr or Mrs Bliss! What would you prefer we brew first? 1 Vote

£35 or more

Limited Edition Founders T-shirt.

Get your very own Limited Edition Bliss Brew Co. Founders' t-shirt! 1 vote

£40 or more

Limited Edition Founders' Snapback.

Get yourself a Limited Edition Bliss Brew Co. Founders' snapback cap. Wear a smile and share some Bliss. 1 vote

£100 or more

Bank of Bliss. Level 1

Pledge £100 to this Blissful cause and receive £125 worth of credit to spend on Bliss beer or merchandise in Bliss associated bars! 1 vote

£110 or more

Evening for 2. (Or more if you prefer)

Bliss Brew Co. have teamed up with the JB's smokehouse to create a tasting menu for 2. Enjoy a 3 course paired menu with Bliss beer. 2 votes (Can be purchased and redeemed in multiples for larger groups.)

£250 or more

0 of 40 claimed

Beer School 101

Spend a 2 hour session with Mr or Mrs Bliss in our brand new brewery learning the facts about craft beer. How is it made? Why are there so many types? Where do they come from? What makes them different? How do they taste? We’ll give you a few beers to taste as well, as we go! You will also take home a branded craft beer glass and t-shirt. A great gift for any aspiring future brewer or beer geek...

£250 or more

Team Night @ £25/head

It's team night! Bring colleagues or friends to enjoy Bliss beer at JB's. 3 beers per person alongside finger-licking bar snacks! Minimum group size: 10 people. This reward can be bought in multiples for larger groups.

£250 or more

Bliss Brew Co. Bronze Founder

Show your loyalty now and we’ll show ours for life... Get an exclusive ‘Limited Edition Bliss Brew Co. Founders’ t-shirt and 5% discount on Bliss beer and merchandise in our Bliss associated bars and on our website for life when you show your card. 1 vote

£300 or more

Bank of Bliss. Level 2

Pledge £300 to this Blissful cause and receive £450 worth of credit to spend on Bliss beer or merchandise in Bliss associated bars! 1 vote

£500 or more

Bliss Brew Co. Silver Founder

Show your loyalty now and we’ll show ours for life... Get an exclusive ‘Limited Edition Bliss Brew Co. Founders’ t-shirt and 7.5% discount on Bliss beer and merchandise in our Bliss associated bars and on our website for life when you show your card. 1 vote

£750 or more

Bliss Brew Co. Gold Founder

Show your loyalty now and we’ll show ours for life... Get an exclusive ‘Limited Edition Bliss Brew Co. Founders’ t-shirt and 10% discount off Bliss Beer and merchandise in our Bliss associated bars and on our website for life when you show your card. 1 vote

£1,000 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Bliss Beer for a Year.

Bliss beer for a year at JBs. That's right, leave your money at home and enjoy up to 14 units per week of Bliss beer (the recommended medical limit for a Blissful life!). This reward is limited to 1 per person. 1 vote

£1,200 or more

Get your brew on.

You and a friend are invited to design and brew a beer with Mr & Mrs Bliss. Brew it, name it and see it pride of place among JB's tap lineup. We'll also give you your very own 40 pint keg to enjoy with 8 other friends on a night of your choosing, Monday to Thursday. Get your brew on! 10 votes

£1,500 or more

3 of 5 claimed

Deluxe evening for 10.

A brewery tour followed by a 3 course beer pairing menu at JBs for 10 people. Unlimited Ping Pong and you'll each receive a Bliss Brew Co. Founders t-shirt and snapback cap. 10 votes

£5,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

It's Time to Party

Take over half of JB's bar for the night (that’s any night of the week). This will be a private party for 100 guests with six 30 litre kegs of Bliss beer all to yourself alongside an array of bar snacks, JBs style. You'll also have exclusive access to 4 Ping Pong tables & Beer Pong. 100 votes

£10,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Commission a Beer and Party for 200

Commission a beer and choose its name! We'll brew it and create a bespoke tap badge. Take over JBs for a private party of 200 guests any night Monday to Thursday. Finger-licking smokehouse finger foods, Ping Pong and Beer Pong! We’ll brand the screens, play your music of choice and we’ll even bring in a live band for you. Most importantly, you will have your own beer on tap with 4 beers per person. 200 votes

£15,000 or more

Corporate Brewing - The Apprentice.

20 People Challenge: 2 teams of 10 will each create their ultimate craft beer. Split your team up and learn to brew, name and brand, and orchestrate a launch night. Choose music, food pairing, videos... be creative! The 2 teams will then go head to head, launching their beers at JBs and presenting to 180 other colleagues. Expert judges, prizes, JB’s food, Bliss Brew Co. T-shirts and your own beers on tap for everyone that night. 200 votes

£20,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Corporate Charity Challenge

JBs private for an evening & raise money for a charity of your choice. Start a few weeks before with a brewing lesson for 10 people, followed by a branding session to design your perfect beer. On the night, invite up to 220 people & we’ll organise a pingpong tournament for 32 teams, get you a live band & close the entire facility exclusively for you & your guests. We’ll auction off your beer & donate 50% of your bar sales to charity. 230 votes

£150,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Bliss Fest

The ultimate reward. Your own weekend beer festival for 1000 people! Hosted at our associated venue the Lido, an Art Deco gem perched over the sea at Havre des Pas. We’ll brew a mouth-watering selection of beers via team building days with your colleagues & then compliment the lineup with a BBQ, street food stalls, bands and DJs. You can name & market the event with our branding guru & then sell tickets in aid of your chosen charity! 1000 votes

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