Bardo Brewpub

Vacant lot. Shipping Containers. Brewery. Distillery. Outdoor Party. BBQ Grill. Cornhole. GABF award-winning beers.
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Bill Stewart
Small Business
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
3 Team Members

Tashi Delek, everybody!

We have recently purchased a Beeutiful vacant lot in N.E. D.C., near the H. St. party corridor, in preparation for re-opening Bardo. The liquor license has been approved and construction plans have been submitted to the city. Construction is slated to start in December 2012. Plans for the bar include self serve taps, 500 outdoor seats, a funky building made from shipping containers, and the biggest brewery in the DC area. Bardo Rodeo operated in the 90's as the largest brewpub in the country. The 22000 sq. ft. facility included 900 indoor & 700 outdoor seats and a 25-barrel brewhouse. As one of the first bars in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington VA, Bardo brewed 4000 kegs a year and enjoyed thousands of visitors each weekend. Indigogo provides the opportunity for Bardo to raise money to fund the project.

It's like paying half-price for the beer now but drinking it later.

Bardo currently has 300K in cash and 300K in brewing equipment but we need to raise another 150K (to do the custom programming on the Self-Serve Beer Setup). Our main fundraising focus is HALF-PRICE BEER. That’s right, HALF-PRICE BEER. Don't wanna pay DC prices of  $25 for a pitcher of beer? Get 100 Dollas of Beer for $50 pledge! Think of this as a big Groupon-style offering…

We also got T-shirts, pre-release tasting of the first batches of  Bardo beer, private pre-opening party...

Also included in the fun will be self serve beer taps, outdoor beer garden, cornhole, and lots of other unmentionable happenings…

Grab some Gift Certificates for your buddies for Christmas! Now that's a present nobody will forget!
 

THE CONCEPT

Vacant lot. Shipping Containers. Brewery. Distillery. Outdoor Party. Outdoor BBQ. Cornhole. GABF award winning beers. Bardo will offer more house beers on tap, at any one time, than any brewpub anywhere. How often do you go into a brewpub to find they only have 4-6 house beers available? At Bardo, we have over 20 recipes (most given to us by some of the most prominent, well-known brewers in the country, such as Rogue , Bridgeport, Anderson Valley, Schmidts). In the past, we have maintained an average of 15 house beers on tap. Check out our beer menu.

One of the main attractions of the new Bardo will be self-serve beer taps. Not a couple of taps at a few booths.  TWO WALLS of taps designed for any of our guests to help themselves to beer whenever the urge strikes them… Practice your tap-pouring skills! 

Bardo will also offer over 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor seating. That’s 500 seats. The outdoor beer garden will feature fire-pits, an outdoor grill, cornhole, and of course the sandbox.

Bardo is currently working on getting the law tweaked to allow a distill-pub. Any money raised above the $150K will go towards DISTILLING equipment! wooohoo...

RETURNING CREW:

The Stewart Boys. Bill and Andrew with the next generation boy Dillon making a debut. Ethan Brennan, everybody's favorite manager. Painter/Artists -- Suzanne Pender, Adam Bradley, Eric Sandberg. And Maybe the Brewer-man himself will make an appearance.


FUN FACTS

Back in the late 80's Bill jump-started the Clarendon nightlife scene when he opened the first of his 3 bars, Roratonga Rodeo, on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. By 1993, Bill had converted an old car dealership into the 22,000 sq ft behemoth of a brewpub, Bardo Rodeo. Bardo garnered national attention for:

  1. Being the biggest brewpub in the country
  2. Winning 3 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and
  3. Having William Kennedy Smith arrested after sucker-punching a Bardo doorman.

Bardo is also credited with giving several local brewers their start in the industry. Jonathan Reeves at Port City Brewing in Alexandria, Favio Garcia at Lost Rhino Brewing in Ashburn and Alan Beal at Virginia Beverage Company in Alexandria were all brewers at Bardo.

 
ABOUT US

The Roots of Bardo reach back to DC in the 1980's. Bill first started brewing in his kitchen and giving it away in an old row house near 11th & P in DC. After several months at that location, a bigger spot was needed. Christened the BBQ Iguana, it functioned as a live music venue for bands such as Scream, with Dave Grohl on drums  (“the only drummer who didn't need a mic”). A late night burglary of the sound system forced a relocation to what became the Roratonga Rodeo in Arlington. Roratonga’s opening in 1989 made it the very first bar in Clarendon. Roratonga provided 15 microbrews on tap and was one of the area’s first multitap bars if not THE first.
 
By 1991, Roratonga had become too small. Bill sold it (to the Galaxy Hut people), opened the 2nd bar in Clarendon, Amdo Rodeo. Amdo’s 23 taps eventually proved too small and sold that business (which eventually became IOTA).  In 1992, an old car dealership became available. It was here that the crew finally realized the dream of opening a place where they could brew beer. So started the 22,000 sq. ft. brewpub, Bardo Rodeo. After waiting tables at Amdo during college, Bill’s brother Andrew graduated and came on board to manage Bardo.
 
In the new millennium Bill was on to his next project. When the City condemned the old part of the building, the brewery was moved to his farm then put into storage. He moved to Australia & checked out the Brewery scene… (and the swimming scene!) Frustrated with the level of bureaucracy, he decided to pursue another passion: Campaign for Tibet. Bill spent the next 3 years working with TIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) in Dharamsala.
 
In the meantime, members of the Stewart family downsized and renovated the Bardo site, renaming it Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse. it served as a multitap bar until the building’s demolition in 2008. Efforts to re-open another bar were scrapped when Andrew sent word to the high Himalayas convincing Bill to stop studying the manufacture of Chang-ger, bust out the brewery and start making beer again.
 

PRESS COVERAGE

Check out this week's Washington City Paper article complete with a photo of Andrew modeling blueprints in the lot, and go to the press page on bardodc.com for more coverage on the old and new bar.

Note: All shirts available to pledges are LIMITED EDITION. These shirts will only be available through our indigogo project. None sold to the unwashed masses. In the past, our limited release shirts shot up in value once they went out of print.

And don't forget to send this along to your buddies too….

Also: If you have old Bardo paraphernalia, contact us. We will give you lots of free swag (Free beer! t-shirts! Parties!) if you bring it on by. Our personal archive of goodies got ruined in a storage flood.

Thanks! and see you in the spring for a mug of Centennial IPA!!

The Stewart boys: Bill, Andrew and Dillon

 PS: Check the Gallery tab above for T-shirt pics, renderings, beer list, etc... 

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$4,870USD
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This campaign ended on December 13, 2012
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  • $15USD
    Pint glass

    You receive a limited edition, Bardo grand-opening logo pint glass filled with your favorite beer.

    13 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $25USD
    $50 Gift Certificate for Beer

    Give this one for Christmas... $50 worth of beer... we send you a deeluxe printable coupon, and you give it to your favorite beer drinker !!

    19 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $25USD
    T-Shirt!

    T- Shirt seen in Gallery... Only available here... None sold to the unwashed masses... Get one NOW...

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $50USD
    100 Dollars worth of Beer...

    100 dollars worth of beeer.. Pitchers, Pints, growlers... Whatever you want...

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $100USD
    Private Pre-Opening Party

    You receive an invite to our private pre-opening party -- and all the fun of testing out the self-serve beer dispensing system

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $100USD
    200 Hunnert dollas of Beer

    200 dollars worth of beeer.. Pitchers, Pints, Growlers... Whatever you want...

    8 out of 1300 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $150USD
    Pre-Opening Party & Shirt

    You receive 1) An invite to our private pre-opening party, 2) A limited edition, Bardo grand-opening logo T- shirt.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $200USD
    25 Pitchers of Beer....

    You receive 25 pitchers of beer...

    1 out of 1111 claimed

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  • $500USD
    Big Kahuna

    You receive 1) A private, pre-release tasting of the first batches of beer, 2) An invite to our private pre-opening party, 3) A private tour of the brewery and facilities immediately preceding the pre-opening party, 4) 10 pitchers of beer

    1 claimed

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  • $2,000USD
    private party

    Have your very own Private Party!! Company Launch, Retirement, Wedding, Solstice, whatever you like. Bring your whole crew and run a $4,000 Tab. Your crew will remember you! Available any day of the week

    1 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Private Party

    We Close the place down and have your very own Private Party!! Company Picnic, Wedding, Christmas party, whatever you like. Bring your whole crew and run a $10,000 Tab. Yea, your compatriots will remember you as the best boss of all time! Available any day ( sunday thru thursday)

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