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(Literally!) Help us bring our business to small local brewers.
Jenn Coyle
Small Business
San Francisco, California
United States
5 Team Members

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Meet The Can Van

The Can Van is a mobile canning service for craft breweries. We can good beer for good people! We are raising money to buy the trailer and truck that will allow us to transport our canning equipment, which will make our business truly mobile. The Can Van is based out of San Francisco, CA and we plan to begin canning for area breweries in January, 2012.

Our company was founded by five friends who met at Presidio Graduate School in the Sustainable Management MBA program: Jenn Coyle, Lindsey Herrema, Kate Drane, Jake Blackshear, and Heath Cox. We raised money from our friends and family to fund the business while we planned our operations, approached customers, and ordered our canning equipment.

Now we need just a little bit more funds to get a trailer, customize it with everything we need, and secure a truck to pull it. This is why we're reaching out to you, to help us keep the can van rolling!

Jake, Jenn, Kate, Heath, and Lindsey love beer in cans!

The Impact of The Can Van

The Can Van makes it easier for small, local breweries to can their beer, which can have a real impact. The majority of craft beers are currently available only in bottles or kegs, but cans are becoming a popular choice among brewers because cans offer advantages over bottles in significant ways. Cans are lighter than bottles and easier to stack, so they're more efficient to ship. They keep beer fresher longer, and they are the most recycled beverage container in the US.  Cans are also preferable in certain places like airplanes, camping or the pool. For breweries, offering their product in cans opens up broader markets. For you as a consumer, it means that you can enjoy your favorite craft beers anywhere, anytime.

Craft beer in a can makes an afternoon at the park even more refreshing!

Many small breweries don't have the resources or space to purchase their own canning equipment. The Can Van is based on a collaborative consumption model that allows many breweries to use the same equipment. The Can Van brings the canning equipment to the breweries, allowing them to save time and money. With one less packaging worry, brewers can focus on what they do best, making great beer.

Our market research included the arduous task of visiting numerous local breweries.

Where The Money Will Go

The $10,000 we raise will roughly break down like this:

  • $5000 - 12' cargo trailer
  • $2000 - interior and exterior customization, like storage, waterproof lining, and our logo on the outside
  • $3000 - down payment for a pickup truck to pull the trailer!

If we don't reach our goal, all the money raised will still go towards the trailer and truck. Whatever happens, you can know that when you see The Can Van rolling into your favorite brewery or you enjoy a new craft beer in a can, that you helped make it happen! Of course, starting a business is expensive. If we do reach our goal, you can still contribute more! In fact, we would love it, and it would help us out immensely in our formative months.

A canning line in action at Anderson Valley, one of 
the breweries leading the market for craft beer in cans!

The Fun Stuff: What You Get!

In return for your contribution, everyone will get a "Thank You" tweet or shout-out on Facebook AND we will send you exclusive updates about when and where new canned beers are available. 

Everyone who contributes over $25 will also get an awesome logo sticker and invitations to special events with The Can Van.

Look on the right for our other exciting (and limited) perks.

Other Ways You Can Help

Tell you friends! Share this page and our video to get more people on board with The Can Van.

Even More Details

We're so happy you've read this far, are you curious about more details of The Can Van? Want to know how much beer we'll can in a day? What kind of truck we're getting? How many cans on a pallet? What are our favorite canned beers? Drop us a line at hello@thecanvan.com - we're happy to chat on the phone or meet for a beer to talk shop!
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raised by 52 people in 1 month
40% funded
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$10,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 7, 2011
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Tweet & Canned Beer Updates

    We will thank you on Twitter or Facebook and let you know when and where new canned beers are available.

    7 claimed
  • $25USD
    Sticker & Parties

    We'll mail or hand-deliver a vinyl logo sticker that looks great on your bicycle, bag, laptop, or lunchbox. You'll also be invited to events with The Can Van!

    13 claimed

    Slap Koozie - First 10 people!

    The first 10 people to claim this perk will get a Slap Koozie for a lower minimum contribution.

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $50USD
    Mystery Perk!

    This mystery perk promises to be fabulous. Some possibilities include stickers, temporary tattoos, coasters, or...?

    4 claimed
  • $75USD
    Slap Koozie

    The Can Van Slap Koozie: everything you love about koozies and slap bracelets rolled into one! It slaps on to your beverage to keep it cold and fits a variety of can sizes. Check out our Facebook page for a photo.

    7 claimed
  • $100USD
    Trucker Hat

    Sweet logo trucker hat. Need we say more?

    5 claimed
  • $150USD

    Show everyone how much you love The Can Van with a limited edition T-shirt, only available through the IndieGoGo campaign.

    1 claimed
  • $200USD
    Five Twins Bicycle Tour

    Jenn will personally take you on (arguably) the best bike ride within the San Francisco city limits: ride up Twin Peaks followed by ice cream at Three Twins! Approximately 3 hrs.

    1 out of 2 claimed
  • $300USD
    Your Name on Our Trailer

    Have you always wanted to see your name on a billboard? Well this is close, we'll put 10 lucky people's names on our trailer with a big thank you for your support!

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD
    Can With Us!

    Come on a ride-along with The Can Van. You'll get a private tour of the brewery where we're working and the opportunity to can some beer. Or you can just sit back and watch us do it.

    1 out of 5 claimed
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