I know, I know. There are a lot of breweries that have tried to raise money on Kickstarter. I know that funds are tight, the economy remains in the dumps, and we are most likely spiraling towards the collapse of modern industrial civilization. I know all this. Still, you should consider pledging some money to help our friends get Lucky Town Brewing off the ground. Brother Barley and I interviewed them last month, and here are ten damn good reasons for you to consider helping them out.
Plus in a peak oil, post-apocalyptic world, money will most likely hold no value. You might as well spend it now.
1. Mississippi makes Alabama’s beer laws look progressive.
It’s the final frontier for craft beer. 5% maximum ABV. Homebrewing is illegal. Self distribution is illegal. Thinking about beer is illegal. I think. Anyways, it’s bad. What do I look like, a lawyer?
2. There is only one (1!) production brewery in the state.
Lazy Magnolia. I like their Southern Pecan, but this is fucking ridiculous. Portland has 35 or-so breweries. I’m pretty sure this state can support another.
3. They are good people.
I know most craft people are good people, but still.
4. Homebrewing is illegal!
Homebrewers are not allowed to pitch yeast; only cook wort. Lucas, the brewmaster, has been cooking wort for nine years. Imagine how badly he wants to (legally) pitch yeast.
Despite that, there was a homebrew competition that took place next to the governor’s mansion that drew 3000 people last year. This is a market that is ready to explode.
5. Interesting beers.
Jalapeno Smoked Stout. Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Stout. The Flare Incident. Hop Fiasco. Have I tried them? No. Do I want to? Yes.
6. They know how to party.
Lucas burned his front yard down after a long day of homebrewing by setting off a signal flare. No beer was damaged during the Flare Incident (which would have made it a Flare Accident)
7. Lucky Town is a translation of Gluckstadt, (MS).
Lucas’s hometown, and also a famous German brewing town. There is a poetic quality to all this.
8. Pretty girls are involved.
Angela Blackburn, their Events Coordinator, was the first female to appear on our podcast. LJ fulfills a role with the brewery that is unclear to me, but she says a lot of raunchy stuff on Twitter and she loves beer. Does this make their beer better? No. Is this behavior we want to encourage? Yes.
9. Sweet video.
They put a crapload of time and effort into it. Go watch it.
10. A bunch of cool gifts are available for helping them when they really needed it.
So go do it.
Here’s the Kickstarter link. Be generous, and let them know the Aleheads sent ya.