Cheers to a Great Cause!

Last night we took part in the Raygun Young Professionals Event to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Mid-America Chapter.  We shared our Extra Pale "Patio" Ale and blonde brews with the crowd. 

It was a great turn out and awesome to see Kansas City come together to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Thanks to everyone who came out, chatted with us about our brewery and taproom opening this fall, and most important helped us support a great cause!

4 Recipes to Upgrade Your Super Bowl Party

Are you throwing a Super Bowl party this weekend? Looking to kick it up a notch? Try these beer-infused recipes to take your game-day festivities to the next level.

Sticky Guinness Chicken Wings

First rule of Super Bowl parties: You must have chicken wings. However, that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Take your wings to the next level with Guinness and soy sauce. Grab chicken wings, shallots, black peppercorns, soy sauce, sugar and Guinness for this crowd-pleaser. To get the entire recipe here.

Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

Be careful. This dip is very addicting. Grab olive oil, boneless chicken thighs, sour cream, cream cheese, Franks Red Hot sauce, your favorite IPA beer, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, cornstarch and blue cheese crumbles to put together this dip. You can serve it with pretzels or chips, and of course, wash it down with an IPA. To get the entire recipe, click here.

Beer Candied Bacon

This is another snack that is sure to be a hit! It's also simple to make with only three ingredients - bacon, brown sugar and stout beer. If you want to get fancy, grill up burgers and add this bacon to the top of the burgers for an extra kick. To get the full recipe, click here.

IPA Lemon Bars

No party is complete without dessert. Forget the store-bought cookies this year. These Lemon IPA bars provide just the right amount of beer flavor with a flaky crust and gooey inside. Grab your usual baking ingredients - flour, sugar, eggs, cornstarch, salt, butter - along with some lemons, your favorite IPA and powdered sugar for dusting. To get the complete recipe, click here.

Are you hungry for even more beer-infused recipes, check our our Pinterest board for more recipes and all-things beer.

Tell us, who are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl?

A Different Kind of Brew Tour

We all know how a brewery tour goes - you see the impressive machinery, learn about the detailed process and taste some delicious beer. But there's a company in San Francisco that does things a little differently. Vantiago takes customers on a brew tour that offers more than a view inside the brewery. In fact, you'll get a great view of San Francisco on this tour.

Let us explain. The North Bay Brew Tour allows you and your friends to experience beer and food, while traveling in the comfort of a classic Volkswagen Van. That's right - for $100 per adult, you can have a fun-filled afternoon riding in the red, Volkswagen Van, visiting three breweries in the San Francisco Bay area.

The North Bay Brew Tour takes passengers to 3 breweries in the San Francisco Bay area. 

First stop on the tour is Lagunitas Brewing Company, where you'll get an educational tour of the brewery and lunch. After Lagunitas, the road trip continues to the Iron Springs Brewery to taste what the charming town of Fairfax has to offer.  Finally, you’ll end the trip by visiting Marin Brewing Company.

Of course, tastings are provided at each brewery and you'll take one brewery facility tour. The entire tour lasts 6 to 7 hours, but there sounds like no better way to spend your day in San Francisco!

We love the idea of a brew tour done differently! Tell us - would you go on this brew tour? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Beers on Tap

The week is looking great for us here at Border Brewing Company! We have our Red Ale and Extra Pale "Patio" Ale on tap right now.

The Red Ale Beer, which features a balance of sweet and toasted/biscuit-like malt characteristics and light hop presence, is ready just in time for the Kansas City Chiefs game on Thursday. The Extra Pale "Patio" Ale provides a light, citrusy taste that is great for this warm weather.

What beer would you like to see from Border Brewing Company next? Leave a comment below with your suggestions.

Looking for a Logo

On the list of things I'm seeking help on - developing a logo.  I have a good feel for the brand of this brewery, but creating graphics to represent that brand is a skill I was not blessed with.  I want it to be edgy and modern, but timeless and traditional.  Eye-catching, but not too bright.  I want it to have its cake, and eat it too.  I see a few options here: 

  1. Have a friend/mutual friend/family member do it that has graphic design experience
  2. I pay a graphic design company big $$ and get an awesome logo
  3. Crowdsourcing

Option 1 - Family/Friend Logo 

This is probably the most enticing right off the bat since it would likely be free (or very cheap), but there is always the risk of not getting the desired logo out of the deal. I'd like to avoid having to have the "we went another direction" conversation with a close friend or family member if possible.  Who knows though, this could end up being perfect and low cost!

Option 2 - Graphic Design Comapny

On the other end of the scale,  would all but guarantee an excellent, high-quality logo - at a premium price.  From what I understand, a good company would be able to sit down with me and truly understand what the company is all about before starting on the design, which would be great.  Since I am already anticipating other significant start-up costs (legal, accounting, licensing, etc.), however, my gut tells me this should be the last choice simply due to the price tag.  If I've exhausted all other avenues and still don't have something that's nailed the company image, then this may be where we end up.

Option 3 - Crowdsourcing

I hadn't even heard of this concept until fairly recently, and I think it is a really good idea.  Here's what I've learned about how it works.  I would submit information about what I'm looking for, my company, etc. to the crowdsourcing website (crowdSPRING, 99designs, DesignCrowd, there are many others).  Also I would select a pricing option, which it looks like would be anywhere between $200-$500+, though it could be just about any amount I wanted.  Freelance designers would then have the opportunity to see my info and submit a design.  If I'm willing to pay more I'd get more interest my project, and thus more logo designs to choose from.  It's an interesting concept that I think could be a good middle-ground solution.  Oh, and the best part - if I don't get something I like, I don't have to pay a dime.   No awkward "another direction" conversation, no buyer's remorse.

Stay tuned!  Hoping to have a working logo in the next few weeks.  Then it'll be time to get some business cards

Our Fake... Ahem, Fictitious Name

I've come to realize as I plan this business is that it is just as important to be aware of what you don't  know as it is to know how to get a start-up going.  Most of the legal side of this startup is in the "don't know" category for me.  I've been reading what I can on getting a fictitious name (DBA) and setting up an LLC, as well as the differences between an LLC, LP, LLP, etc.  The more I read, the more questions I have.  (By the way, "fictitious name" does not mean "fake name" contrary to my first impression)

Long story short, it's time for a lawyer.   There may be areas that I can cut corners to save a little money during this process, but getting legal advice will not be one of them for this business.  I'll be contacting a lawyer this week to discuss setting up the LLC and set up private investment agreements.  It will probably be expensive, but will be worth getting right the first time.

On a related note, Border Brewing Company now has a registered fictitious name in Missouri!   This means we can officially do business as "Border Brewing Company" - I think...Pretty sure... Don't want to get in trouble... Again, time to get with a lawyer who actually knows what they're talking about.

Family Weekend

Spending some time with family this weekend, so probably won't have much time to work on the business plan... Going to try and get some work done Sunday evening on it, then really get crackin' starting Monday!  Also on the docket for this week - contact lawyer about setting up an LLC.   

So much for "frequent" posting...

Turns out the business planning process is pretty involved - who knew?  Right now, we're working on getting the business plan written, as well as scoping out potential locations.   

Finding the right location for a brewpub is tricky.  The ideal spot is a for-lease former restaurant (easier to meet building code) with high ceilings (for brewing equipment) that is in a high-traffic location.  Also, we're narrowing our search down to the downtown/crossroads/river market areas, so this could be a formidable task. 

Also, a new Missouri law was passed (thanks Gov. Nixon) that allows non-commercial beer to be taken and shared in public at festivals - as long as it's free.  Great news for home brewers everywhere, and hopefully this means it will be easier to get some of my pilot batches out to any "taste testers" out there!

That's it for now.  I promise I will be better about posting and keeping the blog updated on the process from here on out.  Cheers!


First Post

Check in here for updates on the planning process!  I'll do my best to update as frequently as possible.  You can also check us out on twitter @borderbrewco

Thanks to everyone who came out on June 1 for the Beer & Food Pairing event.  We had a great turnout, and I appreciate everyone's great feedback!  Stay tuned for another tasting later this Fall.