2016 Barrel Society FAQ
SIGN-UPS FOR 2016 ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED. 2017 BARREL SOCIETY SIGN-UPS BEGIN IN OCTOBER OF 2016. QUESTIONS? EMAIL SOCIETY@NIGHTSHIFTBREWING.COM CHEERS!
We created the Night Shift Barrel Society to offer our loyal supporters the most unique and memorable beers that our brewery will produce in a given year. Your membership directly helps the ongoing growth of Night Shift Brewing - we hope you'll share in this next chapter of our brewery’s story.
Q: How can I purchase a 2016 Barrel Society membership?
A: You can purchase a 2016 Barrel Society Membership here.
Q: What beers can I expect?
A: We’re still finalizing a few details, but here's an initial preview (subject to change):
- Wheat wine aged in bourbon barrels
- Imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels
- Smoked baltic porter aged in rum or bourbon barrels
- Mixed ferment farmhouse ale aged with fruit in white wine barrels
- Berliner weisse sour aged with brettanomyces and fruit in wine barrels
- Flanders-style sour ale aged in red wine barrels
- Sour dark ale aged in sherry or port barrels
Q: All right, that sounds pretty awesome. But, what are you doing with my money?
A: A certain percentage of the Barrel Society money will be used to fund the creation of all these beers. The other portion will be used to expand our Taproom! We are currently planing the buildout of 1500 sq. ft. of additional Taproom space - this will include a second bar, more bathrooms, a new floor, better live music staging, more funky furniture, and (along with it) the option to host private events for all of our awesome customers!
Q: What does a membership include?
A: Membership includes the following:
Seven different barrel-aged beers (750ml bottles) exclusive to the 2016 Barrel Society (option for 1-bottle, 2-bottle, or 4-bottle tiers)
Two 2016 Barrel Society glasses
One 2016 Barrel Society membership t-shirt
Option to purchase extra bottles of each beer release (if applicable)
Exclusive access to the Taproom's Barrel Society draft line
End-of-year party for all 2016 members
Exclusive access to purchase leftover 2015 Barrel Society bottles
First rights to renew your membership for 2017
Q: Barrel Society draft line? Please explain!
A: We have a draft line exclusively devoted to draft pours for Barrel Society members. The 2016 draft line will feature a rotating variety of funky, awesome beers, from Barrel Society offerings to experimental batches to cellared favorites. We expect to offer more rotation and variety on the 2016 draft line than any year so far. Note: as long as the 2016 member is present, one guest of theirs can also access the Barrel Society draft line. Trustees do not have access to the Barrel Society draft line.
Q: Can I split membership with a friend or significant other?
A: All memberships will be treated as individual memberships. We request that each membership be associated with only one person. Trustees are not considered members (unless they are also members themselves).
Q: Where can I get my beers?
A: We'll only be releasing these beers directly from the Night Shift Taproom. You can pick them up from the brewery anytime after each release, and we’re happy to hold them for you until January 31, 2017. Any questions can be directed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can you ship the beer?
A: Sadly, we are not legally allowed to ship beers. The Barrel Society is currently designed for local residents, non-local residents who have someone picking up the beers for them, or non-local residents who plan to pick up the beers in one or two trips.
Q: When can I pick up my beers and/or merch?
A: The beers will be released throughout the year, about one every other month starting in early 2016. The beers tell us when they're ready, so it’s a bit hard to predict exact dates. Of course, we’ll notify members via email about the release date for each beer. If you can’t make that date, no problem at all - we’ll hold your beer until you’re able to pick them up (last possible pickup date: January 31, 2017).
We hope to have merch (glassware & t-shirts) ready for pickup in January or February 2016. We're aiming for January, but if memberships are still coming in on December 31, 2015, we can't place our order until after that date, and shirt/glassware delivery can sometimes be more than four weeks. We'll keep members posted either way.
Q: How long will you hold my beers?
A: We'll hold any and all of your beers until January 31, 2017. Anything leftover will be considered forfeited, and likely be sold to 2017 Barrel Society members.
Q: I’m not local, but would like to join anyway. Can I just pick up all my beers at once?
A: If you’re OK waiting until the end of the year to pick up all of your beers, we’re happy to hold them for you. Keep in mind that certain releases will be seasonally-timed, but if you don’t mind the wait, neither do we. You can also schedule a couple pickups (instead of seven) over the course of the year. Please note that final pickups must be by January 31, 2017.
Q: Can I send a trustee to pick up my beers for me?
Yes. On the 2016 Barrel Society Membership product page, you can specify the full name and email address of the person who will be picking up your beers. Please know that, in doing this, you are authorizing the release of all Barrel Society items to this person. We cannot take responsibility for ensuring this person's trustworthiness, and are not liable for what happens to the items once they leave the brewery.
Q: Do I have to designate a trustee now / can I change my trustee?
You don't have to designate a trustee during checkout, but we recommend that you do if you plan on having someone else pick up beers for you. You can definitely add a trustee or change your trustee at a later date as well. This year, we hope to allow members to make this change online, but you can also email us at email@example.com. This can be done anytime during your membership. Please keep in mind that we only allow 1 trustee per membership, and we ask that you notify us of any trustee changes at least 48 hours in advance of that person coming by the Taproom to pick up your bottles.
Q: Can I buy a Barrel Society membership as a gift for someone else?
Yes. During the checkout process, you can specify the membership as a gift. Please still fill out your own billing and contact details. In December of 2015, we'll email you to collect the information of the person being gifted. We won't reach out to that person until after the holiday season has passed.
Q: Is there anything I can give my giftee ahead of time?
A: If you'd like to provide something for your giftee ahead of 2016, please follow this link for a welcome card that you can print out or email.
Q: Will you be selling extra Barrel Society t-shirts this year?
A: We will be selling extra Barrel Society t-shirts in early 2016. All members will get email updates about ordering extras.
Q: Will you be selling Barrel Society hoodies this year?
A: We unfortunately won't be doing Barrel Society hoodies, but we will be adding to the variety of regularly available hoodies in our Taproom and online store in late 2015!
Q: Will non-Barrel Society members be able to buy these beers?
A: We're structuring the Barrel Society so that we bottle about as many beers as we have memberships. If we do produce additional bottles, we'll contact Barrel Society members about priority purchasing from the taproom. We don't anticipate selling any Barrel Society beers to the general public.
Q: How did you come up with the price?
A: Because members are taking a chance on beers that don't exist yet and supporting our creativity, we offer Barrel Society beers at a discount. Next year's beers, aged in oak a minimum of six months, would retail to the general public for $18-$20/bottle; we are offering them for $17/bottle. We came up with the full membership price based on the following:
$17 discounted price for each bottle of beer (retail value $18-$20)
$20 retail price for 1 Barrel Society t-shirt
$15 for 2 Barrel Society glasses
Online processing fees (flat rate plus % of online sale)
Aficionado: 7 bottles ($119) + swag ($35) + fees ($6) = $160
Connoisseur: 14 bottles ($238) + swag ($35) + fees ($7) = $280
Cellarmaster: 28 bottles ($476) + swag ($35) + fees ($14) = $525
Q: Can I cancel or get a refund for my membership?
A: All sales are final. We cannot issue a refund for any reason. Our goal is to make sure you won’t want one.