After a few years of homebrewing and dreaming of opening a brewery in Dubuque, I enlisted my good buddy Dan Caraway in helping to turn my dream into a reality. We formed a partnership and Jubeck New World Brewing was born. We had a unique vision for a vibrant social space and a few good beer recipes to start with, but we had very little startup capital. So, in May 2013 we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for our startup costs. We also used the campaign to launch our Community Supported Brewery (CSB) membership program. One of the first places we pitched our idea was a community crowdfunding event called Art Gumbo. We won second place and used the seed money from Art Gumbo to buy a stainless steel pot we found on Craigslist (which became our mash tun!) and to make a video for our Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter campaign was an incredible success: funding went $7,000 beyond our goal thanks to 175 backers from the Dubuque community and beyond. We were so thrilled!
Energized by this amazing show of support from the community, we went to work pulling together all of the equipment, licensing, permits and insurance required to run a commercial nano brewery. We knew the space and location would be very important to realizing our vision for the business. We eventually chose a gutted storefront in a historic building in downtown Dubuque that was being restored to the original exposed brick walls, tin ceiling, and wood floors. Within that shell, with the help of some generous and talented friends and family, we built almost everything ourselves including reclaimed wood bar and tables, custom back bar, and a custom 2 barrel brewing system.
In July, 2014, Jubeck New World Brewing opened its doors with six beers on tap and a beer menu written on a flattened cardboard box. Despite our modest start, the enthusiastic and unflagging support of the community fueled the growth of the business and membership renewal funds have been put straight towards important upgrades to our brewing system. And, in early 2015 we added to our team by hiring some amazing bartenders. These folks are now the faces of Jubeck New World Brewing and we feel so blessed to have them working with us.
Today, we continue our commitment to providing a welcoming social space and to brewing consistently great beer while experimenting with new styles and recipes. Our customers tell us often how much they appreciate the unique atmosphere that’s been created here. With soft lighting, no TVs, and vintage tunes spinning on the record player, our tap room has become the perfect place to relax, unwind, and reawaken your senses to the taste and aromas of craft beer, to the sounds of warm conversation, and to the sight of friends old and new.
A long, non-exhaustive list of people who contributed their time and talents to help us get our doors open. We will be forever grateful to each of you.
PS Our memories aren’t so good these days. If you think you belong on this list, let us know!
funding our mash tun and Kickstarter video
Jerry Anderson of Bluff St. Brew Haus
technical expertise/moral support
Chuck Andracchio and Ali Levasseur
buildout help (flooring scraping)
all the globes, second hand stools, and other decorations
Kickstarter strategy, equipment hauling
buildout help (drywall, etc)
reclaimed maple flooring
graphic design, original website and Kickstarter campaign marketing
reclaimed wood for bar and tables
buildout help (flooring scraping)
Bryce Parks, Mike Ironside and the 365ink crew
spreading the word during our Kickstarter campaign
our bar and tables
welding, fabrication for brewing equipment
buildout help (filling holes)
All the friends who held tasting parties during the Kickstarter campaign
Paul Opperman and Paula Connors
Holly and Michael Flood
Michael Loebach and Candace Eudaley
Tony Schmidt and Rachel Miller
Andy and Jenny Parker
Steve and Kelsey Anderson
Last but not least, everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign