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February 22, 2014

Cartel kickstarting new brewery

PLAINFIELD — If doing what you love is the essential building block for entrepreneurial success, Ruari Crabbe and Adam Burk should have a fruitful partnership with Cartel Brewing Co.

Crabbe and Burk expect to open Cartel — which they label a “community-driven brewery” — in June in the 5700 block of East U.S. 40, Plainfield.

Longtime homebrewers, Crabbe and Burk met three years ago and started brewing together at Burk’s Cartel brewing supplies and equipment store near Fountain Square in downtown Indianapolis.

“We clicked right off the bat, and one day we were brewing and found we both had dreams of opening a brewery,” said Crabbe, a 2005 Plainfield High School grad and Siemens technician. “We came together and here we are, opening a brewery.”

To help make the dream a reality, the company is currently engaged in a Kickstarter funding program. Kickstarter, an online crowd-funding website, has helped finance more than 50,000 projects with more than 5.7 million donors. Cartel’s goal is to raise $35,000 by March 2. If that figure isn’t met, no matter how much has been pledged, they get nothing.

The desired funding would be used for fermenters, bright tanks, a cooler and dispensing system. As of press time, 65 backers had pledged $8,660.

“Without that money, we’ll have what we have now, which means we’ll be producing a lot less beer than we want,” Burk said. “I have a bank that wants to loan the money, but that’s not the idea. Pushing everybody these last couple weeks is important. Until it gets to crunch time, most people aren’t going to do it.”

With 10 different levels, Cartel's Kickstarter pledges start at $10 and include perks that increase incrementally. For instance, for $150, donors get an engraved plaque with their name that will hang at the brewery, a custom T-shirt, pint glass, stainless steel bottle opener and two stickers.

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