CEDAR CITY ─ Cedar City is growing up and with it there are some great changes on the way including the first nanobrewery.
Policy Kings Brewery is scheduled to open at the end of August next to the Cedar Post Pawn Shop located at 223 N. 100 West. The business is owned by Deandre and Sara Ridgel who both grew up in Cedar City.
The couple have been homebrewing for five years. For a few of those, they’ve dreamed of the day they would be able to open their own brewery where they could share their craft beer with others. When that time finally came,, the two decided to move back to their hometown and bring their business back where “it all started.”
“We are from Southern Utah,” Sara Ridgel said. “Our families are from here. Our children were born here. We have been living up north and homebrewing for five years so, when we started working on a business plan we decided we wanted to bring it back to Southern Utah where the market wasn’t saturated with breweries but also because its home.”
Besides the brewery, Policy Kings also plans to have a tap room where visitors can come in and enjoy one of the six different styles of homemade beer brewed on site.
“We are not just building a business or a brewery. We are building a community where people can gather and enjoy a beer, a snack and good conversation,” Sara Ridgel said. “We want to help build tourism. We want Cedar City to be a place where people come and stay not just drive through.”
The Ridgels want to help improve the economy by bringing a new business to Cedar City, but also plan to contribute to the community by partnering with local farmers and businesses.
“We are trying do everything we can locally,” Sara Ridgel said. “We are buying fresh organic foods, taking our grains to feed the farmers’ animals and working with local restaurants. Our remodeling efforts of the building have also been done using local contractors. We want to be a business that contributes to our community and gives back.”
Like all startup businesses, the Ridgel’s dream has come with a price tag. To help with some of these costs, the couple have set up a fundraiser account at Barnraiser to raise $5,000. The only catch is, the couple must meet their financial goal by July 4 or all of the money that has been raised thus far, is returned to the donors and they receive none of it.
The couple has already raised more than $4,500 but with only a few days left the Ridgels are pushing hard to make up the difference. They have also offered different options for donating that cost as little as $10 and go up to $275. They aren’t asking for donations however, without giving something in return. Each donation comes with individual rewards and gifts depending on the size of the financial commitment. The higher-priced packages are geared toward businesses and offer some creative advertising opportunities for those interested in contributing.
All funds will go toward finishing construction to the building and equipment for the brewery. Reaching their donation goal will also help get the doors open faster. This isn’t the final goal, but it’s the minimum needed to keep the project alive.
The Ridgels are asking for the public’s help to reach their financial goal by July 4 when – win, lose or draw – the fundraiser closes.
“Our goal is to share HAND CRAFTED BEER with Cedar City. Our admiration for the different styles of beer is what drives us,” as stated on their fundraiser page. “We also have discovered a community in Cedar City, that also enjoys craft beer.”
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