Twin brothers Sean and Andy Arsenault are in the final throes of a Kickstarter campaign that would fund what they promise will be "Philadelphia's next great brewery." Brewery ARS will specialize in "hop-forward Belgian ales," giving Philly what they say it deserves: "More breweries, and more great goddamn beer." And with an end date of Friday, April 10, the project has already raised $28,795 of its $30,000 goal, making it look awfully likely that they'll be moving forward.
According to their Kickstarter pitch, the Arsenaults began homebrewing in 2007, and further honed their skills and knowledge through years of travel and hands-on experience. They created a beer in collaboration with Brewery Eutropia in Belgium, and Andy worked for a couple of years as a brewer at Victory.
The brothers say they've already secured distribution, and would use the crowdsourced funds to buy their fermentation tanks. For backers of the campaign, rewards include growler fills, pizza parties, and chances to collaborate on projects with Little Baby's Ice Cream, Green Street Coffee, and Belgian brewery 'T Gaverhopke.
UPDATED 4/9: The Kickstarter has now been fully funded, though with 24 hours left, there's still time to become a backer if you want. A "Kill the Kickstarter" party is planned for tonight, Thursday, April 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Kraftwork, where you'll be able to try a couple of Brewery ARS beers.