Local Businessman Offers Beer To Investors

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local businessman is offering people a unique business opportunity, invest in his company and what you may get in return is not money.

It’s cramped, tight and time for the East End Brewing Company to tap into a bigger space.

But $100,000 short of buying and moving into a larger home, owner Scott Smith says he and his wife have brewed up an intoxicating offer.

“It’s something we’ve been hatching for a while,” said Smith. “I haven’t seen anything else out there, another brewery doing anything like this.”

Call it beer money in advance. A $1,000 investment will get you essentially two years worth of pre-paid beer.

“If people are coming in every two weeks and getting two growlers of beer, they’re probably spending about $500 a year with us,” added Smith. “What we’re looking for people to do is to take two years worth of their beer budget and spend it upfront.”

Smith says some of his regulars are already drunk on the deal.

“What we’re doing is really what we’ve done all along, which is sell beer,” he said.

East End Brewing Company produced 1,800 barrels last year. Smith is hoping in the new space, he’ll double the amount of ale they pour out.

“There’s a lot of beer that we do now that we only sell in house because we don’t have the capacity to ship that to the distributor around town,” Smith said. “Those offerings and the one off small batch we do will become more available around town.”

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One Comment

  1. Dave says:

    Chapter 11 would seem to get them out of this at the expense of the investors if anything goes wrong.

  2. Capitalism says:

    2 years ago the city probably would give them the old Pittsburgh Brewing site if they wanted it plus Ed Rendell would probably give them $200,000 seed money even though they just need $100,000. The secret to success is in grant writing for printed money at the expense of the greater good.

  3. Sally Sanker says:

    It’s a SUPER idea! Based on my past experiences with your company, I have no doubt that my “investment” will pay big dividends.


  4. Michael S'Moore says:

    A big problem with American business today is that while we salute shoestring companies like East End Brewing for going creative finding their expansion capital, we meanwhile let huge corporations with fully funded “creative divisions” use their “mental assets” to squeeze public grant money, state/federal matching funds, or hold the community hostage with threats of relocation until it diverts tax money their way.

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