Collection: Help Fund the Minocqua Brewing Company Tap Room in Madison
After Oneida County voted to revoke our permit to do business, Owner Kirk Bangstad immediately started looking for a new location because there is a now real possibility that our largest source of revenue will be shut down within a few months.
Focusing on Madison as our "safety-valve" city was a no-brainer because a) Kirk's been spending a lot of time there due to all of our Super PAC's political activism, b) Madison is by far our largest market for #progressivebeer, and c) this city is a model for how local urban planning SHOULD work.
One of the first calls Kirk made was to Chris Welch, the owner of Trixie's Liquor. Chris was an initial supporter of our cause-based #progressivebeer concept, and he resold a TON of our "Biden Beer" when we first launched it a few years ago.
It turned out that Chris had recently closed down the space next door to him called "Growlers to Go-Go," which was a concept he started during Covid to provide customers with to-go draft beer. Since sheltering at home is largely behind us and buying to-go growlers has become less popular, he was happy to offer that space to us.
Kirk took a look at the space and instantly fell in love. Not only is there green space in back that we can build into a beautiful beer garden with a stage for live music, but there's AMPLE parking in front where we can offer food truck options to our customers--basically everything that the Town of Minocqua won't let him do.
As with all new commercial projects, Kirk's team is telling me that construction on this new space won't be cheap, and unfortunately, being forced to open a second location because our town is hellbent on punishing us for being progressive wasn't exactly part of our budget this year.
While we have no trouble asking the public to fund lawsuits to overturn the parasitic private school voucher school system, or chipping in to help us defend ourselves from out-of-control, autocratic, right-wing town/county board members, we don't think it's appropriate to ask for donations to help build our new tap room.
So instead of asking for donations, we have created ways for future customers to invest in this project by buying goods and services that can be used when we open.
Here's the list of what we came up with. Some offerings are pretty wild, but we had to get creative to raise the money we think it's going to take to get this new Tap Room off the ground.