Ale Syndicate: More Local Beer for Chicago!

We have plans for 3 fermenters, but would crank out a whole lot more beer with 5 fermenters!
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Ale Syndicate
Small Business
Chicago, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

Overview:

Ale Syndicate Brewers is dedicated to crafting amazing beer for the city of Chicago and helping elevate Chicago’s status globally as a great beer city. Ale Syndicate focuses on a collaborative, creative process that engages not just other breweries, but local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Right now, the beer is produced by partner breweries around Illinois; award-winning breweries where Ale Syndicate is an active part of the brewing plan, process and brew day. While these partners have been amazing and a huge help in getting the beer out to the city and suburbs, Ale Syndicate wants to be brewing on their own system. That’s why they’re working on building a brewery in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Ale Syndicate’s plan right now includes three 20 BBL fermenters. In the brewing process, fermenters are one of the big limiting factors to how much beer a brewery can make. This is where YOU come in. With your help, Ale Syndicate can almost double their capacity by buying two more fermenters. That means more fresh beer for the city of Chicago - and you can help us get there!

What we need:

One 20 BBL fermenter with freight is about $15,000. We would only need $10,000 more to afford a second 20 BBL fermenter. So our funding goal is $15,000 with a stretch goal of $25,000. Anything over that will go into getting our barrel-aging program going.  

What you get:

Chicago is a beer-loving city, and, while new and great breweries continue to sprout up, the city still thirsts for many, many more barrels of delicious brew than is currently made. As demand in Chicago continues to grow, we want to grow with it. Whether you can give a little or a lot, we want you to know that we appreciate your passion and support. That’s why every single donor will get a handwritten, hand-stamped thank you note from our team. The more you can give, the more you get - whether it’s brewery swag, your name on the fermenter you helped purchase or an invitation to an exclusive party with Ale Syndicate and our friends. No matter what, know that every bit counts and by helping us, you’re helping Chicago grow into the world-class beer town it deserves to be!

Other ways to help:

Help us get the word out about our project: use Facebook, Twitter, email or the Indiegogo sharing tools to urge your friends to help us out and, of course, go try our beer! You can find it at a few dozen locations around the city and suburbs. Thanks for checking out the fundraiser and for being interested in Ale Syndicate!


$15,378USD
raised by 159 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on December 8, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Thank You!

    You receive our eternal gratitude and esteem, symbolized by a handwritten thank you note signed by the entire Ale Syndicate team.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Ale Syndicate Swag

    How about a handwritten thank you note that includes Ale Syndicate stickers, an Ale Syndicate key chain and a Busy Beaver Button Co. button that proclaims to the world that you helped provide Chicago with more local beer?

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    Ale Syndicate Duds

    You aren’t in Chicago, but want to support us anyway? We’ve got the solution. We’ll send you an Ale Syndicate t-shirt and hat, plus the fun swag like our keychain, stickers and button!

    16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    VIP Tour

    Want to get to know the team? Be an Ale Syndicate VIP! Get a tour of the brewery space, hang with the crew and take home the "Ale Syndicate Swag" mentioned above--plus one of the first cases of beer brewed using the fermenter you helped us purchase!

    30 out of 49 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $60USD
    Party w/ Ale Syndicate

    Second Session: 6pm - 9pm We’ll be throwing a “Buy Our Fermenter Kegger” on December 7th with Ale Syndicate beer (including our soon-to-be-announced new release and the acclaimed Richie Imperial Porter) as well as some guest drafts. Join us for 3 hours of fun, local brews, food from one of Chicago’s best food trucks and more!

    23 out of 35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $60USD
    Party with Ale Syndicate

    First Session: 2pm - 5pm We’ll be throwing a “Buy Our Fermenter Kegger” on December 7th with Ale Syndicate beer (including our soon-to-be-announced new release and Richie Imperial Porter) as well as some guest drafts. Join us for 3 hours of fun, local brews, food from one of Chicago’s best food trucks and more!

    22 out of 35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $75USD
    Live On In Infamy

    Come on our VIP tour described above, but before you depart, leave your mark on the fermenter you helped us purchase - sign your name, leave a message, draw a picture - your call (within reason, folks).

    8 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $125USD
    Infamy, VIP Tour AND a Party

    Infamy, VIP Tour AND a Party (Second Session: 6pm - 9pm) For just $50 more, you can take the VIP tour, sign the fermenter AND party with Ale Syndicate on December 7th! We’ll feature our beer, our friends’ beers, music and kickass food!

    4 out of 55 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $125USD
    Infamy, VIP Tour AND a Party

    Infamy, VIP Tour AND a Party (First Session: 2pm - 5pm) For just $50 more, you can take the VIP tour, sign the fermenter AND party with Ale Syndicate on December 7th! We’ll feature our beer, our friends’ beers, music and kickass food!

    6 out of 55 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $250USD
    Ale Syndicate Wardrobe

    T-shirt and hat not enough? How about we throw in a hoodie and a work shirt? Almost enough to wear a different Ale Syndicate item every day of the week.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    Brewer for a Day

    We left our 9-5s to shovel grain, haul hops and pitch yeast--and you can, too! Learn what it’s like to be a brewer by becoming one for the day. You’ll be our assistant brewer for a day, and you’ll also get to sign our fermenter, take a VIP tour and attend our party on the 7th of December (you can even choose what session you want to attend!).

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Tap Room Takeover

    Get all the perks of Brewer for a Day, PLUS a private party for 10 in our tap room! We can even tap the beer you helped brew! We’ll provide the space, the beer and food - you provide the fun group of 9 friends to enjoy it!

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Design & Name a Beer

    You wish there was a chocolate-jalapeno-Belgian-APA? Here’s your chance to make it! You work with the Ale Syndicate team to design the beer, help us brew it as our assistant brewer for a day and then tap it with a party for you and nine of your beer-loving friends! Plus, you get the VIP tour, we’ll invite you to attend our party on December 7th and your John Hancock on our fermenter.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $7,500USD
    On the Town w/ Ale Syndicate

    Out of towner? Just want to really show your Ale Syndicate love? Well, we’ll repay the favor. We’ll show you the best of Chicago for a whole weekend! Ale Syndicate will fly you and a friend into town (or if you’re just in the suburbs, we’ll pop for a limo), put you up for 2 nights at a hotel in the Loop and our team will show you a fabulous all-expenses paid weekend in the city we love!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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