Johnathan Wakefield has been making unique craft beers since 2007. Now he wants to take his passion to the next level and he has launched a crowdfunding campaign to achieve that dream. The J Wakefield Brewing campaign is crowdfunding on CrowdBrewed, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to beer. The campaign to raise $55,000 was launched on September 9th and as it stands less than two days later that number was quickly surpasses. Over 200 backers have showed their dedication to the brand by contributing over $63,000.00 – with 43 days left to go. The funds will be used to fire up their brewery in Miami.
Johnathan Wakefield began with a simple home-brewing kit that was purchased and installed in a garage. There was no formal training, just culinary instincts and passion for the art of brew. For three years recipes were designed, fermented, and enjoyed by friends and family. Finally came a day of reckoning when this small garage brewer was invited to Tampa. There he had the opportunity to brew his beers in a professional environment and on a large scale. The results were astounding and Johnathan’s brews began to garner the attention of craft beer aficionados and earned two of the top five spots in the 2013 World Rankings.
“I’ve had a lot of time to work with the craft and create some brews that I’m really proud of! Now, it’s time for me to take it to the professional level and open up the doors of the J Wakefield Brewing down here in Miami. I’m here to share my passion for great beer and to bring professional craft beer to a new level here in Miami,” stated Johnathan.
As for Johnathan’s future plans, he envisions a Miami-style brewery in the dynamic and rapidly growing Wynwood Arts District. This unique, home-grown concept will fit in perfectly in with the 70 or so art galleries, funky thrift stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and amazing outdoor graffiti that define Wynwood.
The rewards based crowdfunding campaign experienced broad support with most contributors coming in at teh $300. At that reward level contributors got to be part of JWB “OG” Membership society which includes six (or more) beers over the course of one year plus other perks.
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