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May 19, 2015 7:00 AM ET

Archived: Crane Brewing Company: An American brewery inspired equally by both the bold craft beers of home and the rustic ales of Europe

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2015

Crane Brewing Company











Initial Thank You
We at Crane Brewing would like to begin by thanking everyone that supported us so far. Whether you offered your support online, in print or in person, we could not have gotten this far without you. Over the past year we have had the pleasure of serving our beers at beer festivals and fundraisers throughout the Kansas City metro and beyond.

Aaron at the Nelson showing people our yeast

Pouring for an event at the Nelson Atkin Art Museum.
Our Mission

We have managed to accomplish a great deal without asking for much from our fans, but we need a final push to get our beer in your hands. If we had a nickel for everyone who has offered their help we would have enough money to push us past our goals. So far, we have raised most of our money through private investors and put in our own sweat equity to get where we are. We have made significant progress: our brew house and fermenters are on their way, we have done demolition on our building, and we have accepted bids for construction. By the time you read this, construction will have begun, cutting trench drains, waterproofing walls and laying and hanging pipe for gas, water and sewer. Our 15 barrel brew house is being manufactured for a May delivery, and we are sourcing wine and spirit barrels to fill a 3000 sq ft space for both barrel fermentation and aging.


Our Focus

We are focusing our efforts on those wild and vibrant beers you all love so much. We want to bring you dry and rustic ales like those of Wallonia and the Senne Valley, fermented with your favorite little beasts in wood and steel after the style of the old country. In order to produce such wild and sour beers we will be harvesting yeast and propagating it in our in-house laboratory. We take traditional methods seriously, but we also have a few ideas of our own.

We want to begin our brewery right, and in order to do this, we are taking some extra steps in the design and construction to ensure we produce exciting beer at the level of quality you expect. Since we also makes clean beers, our sanitation is of the utmost importance. This will require extensive testing with sophisticated equipment. Additionally, we are designing the brewery with an eye to quick expansion to meet the demand of the Metro area. All of these extras have added to our cost, but we feel strongly that these are necessary expenses.

A pellicle atop our Israeli Wild Ale, Hippy Moses.

Brett going into one of our oak barrels.

Who We Are
The inspiration for Crane Brewing started with a man named Michael Crane. Michael, never much of a drinker due to a low tolerance, started home brewing with sons, Joey and Jonathan. He brewed as a hobby that occupied his time and brought his family together.

Eventually it would bring Michael into a larger community of home brewers. Michael brewed what those around him enjoyed, focusing on the exotic brews that grabbed the attention of the beer nerds that gathered to discuss home brewing once a month. He gained notoriety as he branched outside his local competitions and won awards nationally. Finally, he met the home brewers who would lead him to brewing as a career.
The rest of the Crane Brewing team comes from a myriad of backgrounds: brewing, engineering, and business. This team has the skills that will help Crane become a successful business, brand and brewery. Importantly, we love beer with bold flavors and delicate textures that conjure images of local agriculture and brewing tradition, and we are ready to work hard to bring those beers to you.

Founder, Michael Crane, and Lab Master, Chris Meyers at Westport Beerfest 2014

In costume at Rock and Run Brewing's event Rot n' Ruin
Our Beers

Crane Brewing Company is focused on three styles, Saison, Berliner Weiss and Lambic. No matter what styles, hybrids or experiments we pursue in the future, these styles will be at the heart of our efforts and output. We believe that these three styles are the foundations upon which we can place a variety of hops, wild yeast, souring bacteria, wood-aging, spices, fruit, and specialty malt. We see a desire for more beer of these styles, and we promise to challenge your expectation of what these styles can offer in relation to seasonality and flavor combinations.

While we will distribute five standard versions of these styles year-round in 750 ml bottles, we will offer brewery-only special releases and one-off experimental batches throughout the year.


The first Beet Weiss in a Crane glass


What You Get
We want you to understand how much we appreciate your contribution. This is why we are offering exclusive custom gifts to anyone who helps us reach our goal. Depending on the level of your contribution, you will receive a number of gifts from a custom sticker marking you as a supporter of our campaign for Crane Brewing Company to bottles of four special releases happening throughout 2016 to a private party at the brewery.

The demoed and painted brewery space before construction

The trench drain being dug out




Crane Brewing Company

An American brewery inspired equally by both the bold craft beers of home and the rustic ales of Europe. We strive to build on this grand tradition that never stays the same for too long.

Crane Brewing, Tradition Evolving.


Contact Information:

Michael Crane
Chris Meyers

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