There’s a lot of crowdfunding about at the moment. Robson’s brewery in KZN have a campaign running and I covered the crowdfunding campaign to help a Woodstock distillery get their tasting room off the ground. Well here’s the latest craft booze-related crowdfunding plea and it’s one that really could do with your help.
Sister Melanie and Tania Nieuwoudt launched their Cederbrew brand in 2014, with their Chubbyhead Stout winning a spot in the top 10 at the 2014 Craft Brewer Championships. Shortly after this high, the girls hit a low – they were being taken to court by a fellow Cederberg brewer who had beaten them to it and trademarked their brewery name. A legal battle has ensued, but the Nieuwoudt sisters lost and are now asking for help to cover the legal costs.
The crowdfunding campaign started on December 23rd, 2015 and runs until February 21st, 2016. In that time, Melanie and Tania hope to raise R50,000 to cover their legal fees and of course, to rebrand their beers. You can pledge R200, R500 or R2000 and as with all crowdfunding campaigns, you get more for your money that just the knowledge that you helped someone achieve a dream.
For R100, you get a full tasting of the [formerly known as] Cederbrew beers when you visit the farm.
For R500, you can add a [insert name of rebranded brewery here] cap to the tasting
For R2000 – the most expensive option but I think the one that’s definitely worth snapping up – you get a two-night stay for four people at the gorgeous Kromriver Farm in the midst of the Cederberg Mountains – and of course, a beer tasting while you’re there. (There are only 10 of these available and they’re, understandably, getting snapped up quickly!)
Check out their crowdfunding page here and dig deep to help make 2016 a much better year for Tania and Melanie than 2015 was.