This is it!


Less than 20 hours left until the You be the Judge Kickstarter Campaign comes to an end. It’s been an exciting 30 Days since we kicked it off at our Patio Pour Party at Jim’s house. There were 100 people at that launch party who tried 5 of our brews we had on tap.

Since then we have poured at 3 events, including a paired dinner, a Food & Fun event, and a summer solstice party. We also entered multiple homebrewers competitions, and shared beers with new friends at various brewers meetings. This past week we hit 400 Likes on Facebook, and hit 100 Followers on Twitter. And lastly, we had a great business meeting with a brewery we are planning to contract brew with on the southside, and we can’t wait to announce that.

We are still looking for the perfect location, and figuring out what size brewing system works best for us at this time. The success of our Kickstarter will help us in so many ways to start moving forward in that decision.

We hope you will help us get through the home stretch today. We have come so far with only 25% left to go! If we are even $1 short of $30,000, we get nothing. So, we appreciate each and every one of you for helping us get to where we are.

The BGB Team

1 DAY! Pledge Today!



$9K to go until we reach our goal of $30K. The Kickstarter Campaign ends Monday, June 23rd at Midnight, CST. Pledge today.

$100 and the $250 levels for the  Class Action Mugshots Mosaic Beer Label, Repeat Offender Bash and the VIP Dinner are the most popular rewards. There’s still more room for your photo in the mosaic. Join the Class Action Today!

Cheers! BGB Crew

Dos días más for our Kickstarter


Yesterday, 6-20-14, we hit 400 likes on Facebook. It may not seem like a lot, but for us, that is awesome! We are so excited to share this experience with you all from the start. We hope you feel the same way.

Our Kickstarter has increased as well, so we are now at 52% funded. We have a long way to go with 2 days left for contributions. It’s been cool getting messages from our supporters including big social influencers who have tweated about us and sent us facebook thumbs up, fist pumps, and chest bumps. We appreciate you all. Keep it coming, it’s our fuel to stay focused.

We’ll repay you however we legally can. Well, at least according to what our lawyer says we can.

3 DAYS until the campaign ends


Our Kickstarter has been picking up speed the last few days, so thank you all who have been supporting us and spreading the word. We want to be able to show our appreciation very soon.

While, we are happy that we have been reaching people who enjoy great tasting beer, there is still more to do. We feel a lot of stress knowing that if we don’t hit our goal, it doesn’t matter how far we have gotten. It is humbling to be honest; we’re a competitive bunch and want to succeed. We’re pushing to the end. Hope you will join us.


Kickstarter Class Action Beer Label Update


We will create a mosaic  of all our $100 supporters and use it in the design of the beer label for “Class Action.” It is a  tribute to our crowdfunding supporters at that specific level. When the time comes, we will contact you to collect your mug shot to include in the design. Check out our Pinterest Board to see what a mosaic looks like.

At this level, you also receive a subscription to our Brew News “You’ve been Served,” a sticker, a coaster, a pint glass, a t-shirt, and a signed poster of the Class Action label. We also grouped this reward with an invite to our Repeat Offenders Bash in the Fall of 2014.

If you have any questions about what this entails, please email us. In order for it to happen, we need to reach our goal of $30,000 by June 23rd. Help us spread the word about our brewery, and be part of the action.

Vie Homebrewer’s Dinner

The Homebrewers Dinner, last night at Vie Restaurant in Western Springs was a blast. The food portions were generous and the beer pairings were unlike any other.

The talented chef, Paul Virant,  along with a few judges at his side, chose 6 beers to be paired with his Homebrewers Dinner Menu. Banging Gavel Brews’ Russian Imperial Stout, Chicanery, was paired with a baked chocolate mousse, malted milk ice cream, raspberry-chocolate jam, and salted popcorn.

Some of our favorite brews paired with the 6 course dinner were: the IPA by Zane Fulton, the Brown Porter by Dustin Wakeman, and a Hibiscus Witbier by Ryan Choado & Alex Stankus.

We want to thank Paul and the Vie staff for a wonderful evening and the honor to serve our beer at the dinner. We’ll be back. ¡Salud!

Kickstarter Pint Glass Update


A mockup of the Banging Gavel – GUILTY AS CHARGED Exclusive Pint Glass

They come with pledging $25 or more, but only if we reach our goal of $30,000.* At this level of contributions, you would also get a sticker, coaster, and subscription to our Brew News “You’ve Been Served.”

*These and all Mock-ups for the Kickstarter are not final art. Please keep in mind the materials, colors, and small adjustments may be made based on production specifications with our vendors.

Kickstarter T-Shirt Update


Check out the Kickstarter Updates page this week, each day we’ll be sharing what rewards will look for our contributors.*

 * Rewards only provided if the campaign reaches the $30,000 goal.

Fathers Day Rewards


Father’s Day is coming up quick. Reward your dad with one of our YOU BE THE JUDGE Kickstarter levels.*

  • REWARD 1: Pledge $10 or more*
    • Get a Banging Gavel Brews Sticker & a Subscription to Banging Gavel Brew News. That way he’ll always know what new brews are coming out before everyone else.
  • REWARD 2: Pledge $25 or more*
    • Get a Banging Gavel Brews –YOU BE THE JUDGE Limited Edition Pint Glass.
    • A BGB Coaster.
    • A BGB Sticker.
    • And a Subscription to Banging Gavel Brew News.
  • REWARD 3: Pledge $50 or more*
    • Get all of the above… plus, a limited edition T-Shirt.
  • REWARD 4: Pledge $100 or more*
    • Upgraded (w/CLASS ACTION): We have combined our 2 most Popular Rewards CLASS ACTION and Repeat Offender. Have your mug shot immortalized in the mosaic label for Banging Gavel Brews upcoming “CLASS ACTION” Brew. Trial date is tentatively scheduled for late 2014. Having your mug shot immortalized will also entitle you to a limited edition signed, numbered poster-sized print of the Class Action brew label. As well as a special invitation to Banging Gavel Brews “Repeat Offender Bash” to be held in early fall in the Chicagoland area (exact location TBD) and items from REWARDS 1, 2 & 3.

Other levels included unique experiences. Invitations to special VIP parties, trips to Breweries across the country, and more. See it all on the Kickstarter Page.

If you decide to do any of the rewards for you dad,  we will work with you to provide a gift certificate to gift on Father’s Day since the Campaign doesn’t end until June 23rd.


La Ley Brewday

Just another day working out in the garage. Doing a test batch with Mangos and Chili Peppers… it’s got some kick. We call it La Ley, translation… The Law.