Local sake company seeks funding to open brewery

According to the company’s kickstarter campaign, Blue Kudzu Sake Company would be only the fourth micro-brewery in the US and needs support to get started. Sake is brewed similarly to beer, but packs the punch of an alcohol content more similar to wine. It is also gluten and sulfite free, vegan, and kosher.

From the Kickstarter page:

Why We Need Your Help

We do have several obstacles to overcome. First, it will take us 6 months for licensing, and that means we cannot sell anything for 6 months. The real catch is that we have to have the space leased before we can apply for our permits from the state and the federal governments. That’s 6 months of down time, 5 months to go.

Our second obstacle: We do have a financial backer who will loan us the money to open our brewery, but we have to raise an additional $25,000 or more, to combine with our own cash reserves to be able to get the loan. If we can raise the $25,000 we will have enough to secure funding and move forward!

We are also breaking new ground and have had a difficult time finding equipment suppliers. Most brewery design companies do not know anything about building a sake brewery and do not want to risk their reputation by putting their name on a project that they are unfamiliar with. However, through persistence, we have equipment suppliers lined up and the brewery designed. A brewery is an expensive endeavor. That’s why we need your help.


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