I'm a huge craft beer fan, there's no denying that (even though I'm on a bit of an alcohol hiatus, but more on that in another post). I've easily had a beer from every brewery in Ireland, and the last time I checked I'd had over 500 different types from around the world. Yes, good beer is delicious. The one thing that I never managed to get into though was brewing my own. Not because of a lack of interest, but because of the barriers involved: expensive equipment, lack of knowledge and nowhere to get stuck into the process (and mess). But now there's something that solves all that. If you solve a problem, you've got a business.
JohnnieBongos Brewery is Ireland’s first membership access brewery, located in Dublin city's north strand area.
"It's a place where craft beer enthusiasts can come to learn and brew their very own, high-quality beer using our industry-standard equipment in a fun, open, community-driven space.".
They've just launched their Kickstarter campaign and are looking for backers to raise €15,000 to get some top class equipment for their new premises. Perks for backing them range from limited edition t-shirts to full-year memberships, so make sure you get in early to grab yourself something special.
The idea is solid and we recently had them in our office to do a brewing day with our team. It was such a great success and the beer we made was seriously impressive. It's the perfect idea for work team bonding, birthdays, stag/hen parties and any other excuse you can think up in order to spend a day in your own personal brewery. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in getting involved with, just click here to visit their Kickstarter page. More info in the video below too (yours truly makes a few appearances so keep your eyes peeled!).