AMA Chad Wiltz (Garagiste Meadery)

Discussion in 'TalkBeer AMA' started by domdomdomdom, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. domdomdomdom

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    I just want a place where we can bug wiltznucs without using moc513 's failed trade thread.
     
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  2. trickytunadicky

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    Mouth hug?
     
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  3. moc513

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    Semi fail.....I did not procure mead, but was convinced to join the membership
     
  4. wiltznucs

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    Lol, just saw this... Crack me up...
     
  5. Hookemhops13

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    Did the question on expected price for the bottles ever get answered? Too lazy to go find that thread...
     
  6. wiltznucs

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    We've answered a lot of questions in a lot of places. Lol...

    The Cliffs Notes version is we aim to make a premium product. If you want low ABV, mildly flavored and watery meads please look elsewhere! We'll price them according to the quality and our cost to make. I envision 375ml bottles ranging from $15-20 each. Some costing less and others more. We will not be catering to the entry level/low cost mead market. It's simply not who we are or what we do.

    Cheers!
     
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  7. trickytunadicky

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    DDB Translation: No Poverty Tier meads here.
     
  8. jivex5k

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    Those exist? I must be lower than poverty then because B Nektar is out of my price range.
     
  9. moc513

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    As long as I can order extra bottles being out of state still, I'm good with paying more cash if the quality is there (and based on the recommendations and reviews from people, it is)
     
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  10. lurchingbeast

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    This is really my only hold up. Without an e-commerce site, I know whoever I get as trustee will have to balance my wants with other members'. As a non-local without full use of member benefits it sits around $45/bottle with a generously priced shirt.

    That said, all of my friends rave about your stuff so I'm sure everyone involved will be happy.
     
  11. moc513

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    I'm hoping there is a work around for at least reserving bottles and just the actual purchase is at the physical location.
     
  12. domdomdomdom

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    Yup... I don't need anything shipped to me, just a way for me to purchase product to be held for pick up by proxy.
     
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  13. wiltznucs

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    Sounds like some clarity is needed here. The way I see this working out is a bit like this. We will create an Owners Group FB page after the campaign ends. This will serve a few purposes, it will be a platform for updates and also to advise you as to what's coming. It also gives you the opportunity to network with other members for bottle pickup and trustees or to ask questions/communicate with us directly.

    To be sure, the Owners Group will be given several days lead time. Payment will be taken via PayPal/Venmo for the bottles and they will be pulled aside to await pickup. Alternatively, you or your trustee can pick up and pay for the bottles in person during this period. Once the deadline passes we'll sell the unsold bottles to the public. It's really that simple.

    I want to be clear, we cannot act as a warehouse and hold bottles for you indefinitely. I'll need them to be picked up relatively promptly. Space will be at a premium and we need them gone as new batches and bottles will be coming soon thereafter.

    Solid concerns, I hope this clears up the situation a bit.

    Cheers!
     
  14. Beerontwowheels

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    Ahh, I'm a member who doesn't use Facebook. I know, I'm a dullard who refuses to get with the times.

    I'd appreciate a non-FB means to reserve bottles. Kind of like the email system Schramm's utilizes?
     
  15. wiltznucs

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    I understand the reluctance to use FB, the truth is I joined only a year ago. It took some prodding from friends and family for me to jump aboard.

    We do intend to do a periodic newsletter using the email list provided to us by Indiegogo. I see this being a monthly newsletter much like that from Perennial. This will certainly shed some light as to the happenings at the Meadery and details about the membership bottles.

    Communication is important, and we'll do our best to be sensitive to that. No single medium is perfect. Emails often get shuffled to junk mail files. People could change their email address leaving us in the dark. Social media has its stallworts too. To that end, we'll do our best to get the message out. If this program isn't working we'll adapt and make it better.

    Cheers!
     
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  16. Jb123

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    I too don't use Facebook, nor will I ever. You're not alone bb:oops:
     
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  17. JulianB

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    Knowing who's already in the club, I suspect TB will be a pretty solid venue to look for information.

    wiltznucs what's the last day to purchase GO memberships, assuming they don't sell out first? I'm really interested but March is shaping up to be an -expensive- month with travel and other purchases that are "due" beforehand. May need to stretch things until pay day.

    All that being said, I'm guessing that if I get to try anything at Cycle BA Day I'll probably end up on my phone purchasing a membership. :D
     
  18. wiltznucs

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    Basically we've sold 100 memberships as of today. We've had several folks express interest in joining as well. When we assigned a limit of 300 memberships we knew it was a lofty if not unattainable goal. Our realistic goal was to land around 100-125 members and raise $50K.

    To be clear, $50K isn't going to put us on easy street but it sure takes a lot of pressure off. We also aren't planning to build a Meadery solely from other people's money. We'll have our own skin in the game too.

    Barring an unexpected rush at the eleventh hour I suspect we'll get another dozen or two members total. The campaign is scheduled to end on April 2nd although we have the option of closing it anytime. Afterward, I don't see us adding much if any additional members. Those who bought in paid a premium for the exclusivity and our intent is to honor that.
     
  19. moc513

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    wiltznucs What is your anticipated timeline for things? Getting a license, selling mead, opening a spot, etc. Just curious if you had goals in mind that you would be willing to share.
     
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