Who We Are:
Local Microbrewery opening in Columbia, Maryland.
We make great beer and have proven that time and time again by holding tastings to friends, family and even strangers who simply have a passion for craft beer! We are all about locality so being able to bring something "home-made" to Maryland is an incredible opportunity as well as a privilege.
The idea behind the name Bulk Head Brewing came from a place I, Josh Matthews, grew up in Virginia Beach, specifically Sandbridge, which is the most southern part of Virginia Beach. This is a place that erased my stress, erased my worries and made me always feel at home and relaxed. This is exactly the vibe I aim to bring to Bulk Head Brewing at our location in Howard County, MD, Howard County who I hope and believe is ready for some character!
Holy Cow, This is Expensive!
We are already so close to finishing the build out of the tasting room and the production facility but have ran into a stand-still due to lack of funding. We ended up with a much larger build out cost as well as paying rent while the build out is underway has truly slowed us way down. It is money that we need which is unfortunate but is a complete necessity to get open and satisfy our already thirsty customers!
We have a 7200 square foot building that is located in an industrial park off of route 108 and route 100 in Columbia, Maryland. We are right by two major highways, route 100 and route 29. We also have a large number of commuters who pass our brewery daily right at rush hour who I know for a fact would rather wait out some traffic with a cold one and some awesome food truck entrees then in their car at stop lights! The building is cut into half, one half being the tasting room featuring a stone wall behind the bar as well as a 36 foot long bar top made out of rustic, wood burned oak that comes from a house built in 1811! That same wood will also be featured as the table top slabs that will run down the bar and up to the giant window looking into the brewery!
Family Friendly Fun!
As mentioned previously, we will have rotating food trucks coming in when we are open to satisfy any hunger out there and to compliment the beers on tap, which there will be 10 of constantly rotating. Of course you are welcome to bring your own snacks in as well and we are family friendly so we will have juices, sodas and waters available as well!
We intend to have local musicians perform each week as well as some cool events like latin dance night with a latin cuisine food truck on that night. We will have corn hole available always with streaming lights over top for some outdoor feel and on nicer days we will definitely be having some corn hole tournaments so bring your A-game! Instead of your tradition paint night, we will have a "build your own mini surf board" night which is made out of repurposed cedar wood.These are mini boards as in 6 inches long but are extremely cool in that you build them exactly as they wood be in a life size manner. The boards are easily made and come in small kits that require little artistic ability to enjoy making the surf board! They are wooden so painting them is also an option for those who enjoy the art of painting!
Josh is committed to making great beer, pouring every bit of blood, sweat and tears into his brews (well, not actually into the beer). Josh's love of the beach and surfing inspires both his recipes and his brewery, where he strives to capture the feel of being at the waterside, enjoying life.
Though only brewing for a little over two years, Josh is continually developing new beer recipes, refining his classics and introducing novel styles. His approach is simple: make great beer and give beer drinkers a memorable experience.
Jonathan was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. His family moved to Virginia Beach during his high school years, where he became a part of the skate and surf culture. After a chance meeting with Josh, Jonathan saw a great chance to partner with a unique brewer and build on the solid foundation at Bulk Head Brewing. Using Jonathan's experience in the hospitality and business world, Bulk Head Brewing can begin to expand the brewery's reach - taking it out of Josh's home and into yours.
Jonathan lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Hilda and their 7 children and operates Vanish at Black Hops Farm in Lucketts, Virginia.
Carlos has been in the world of beer for a long time now and has also established himself in the art of running a restaurant. He has been brewing for years using his knowledge of the Peruvian culture from where he is from to influence his beer making at the same time.
He has brewed for Growlers Brewpub as well as Jonathan Staples's new brewery Vanish Brewing in Luckettes, VA. He is now excited to be a major part of Bulk Head as the Co-Head Brewer.
What about the beer you ask?
A hoppier rendition of a classic Brown Ale. Our award winning Brown Ale has put a smile on peoples faces all around and not only for the name, but also the eruption of nutty flavors as well! We call this big brown ale Macker IBA because its like a wave being so big you could drive a Mack Truck through it!
He'enalu Honey AleIBU: 85
Brewed with copious amounts of organic honey. This is a classic Red Ale with a bit more kick. We upped the IBUs and also dry hopped this beer for two weeks straight! He'enalu means "wave slider" in hawaiian and universal surf lingo.
Organic home made Amish guava jam is added to the boil to bring this almost robust porter a new exciting flavor to a classic beer.
Have you ever had an imperial half fruit half Wit beer? No? Well now you can! The nicely hidden alcohol hides quietly until your a few into this perfectly peachy "Fwit" beer. This was made to appeal to those who may like a cider but don't want to lose the entirety of the "beer taste." This is well balanced with an amazing peach aroma and taste!
This Session IPA is one to be desired. We didn't just make a common session beer, we took it an elevated level of taste and flavor. We incorporated grapefruit zest into the beer multiple times during the process of brewing it. This beer explodes grapefruit aroma right in your face as you drink it and the citrus style hops we use only help that flavor and aroma come to fruition.
This IPA is but one of a three brew Double Hop Series featuring an American India Pale Ale, a Double IPA, and a Triple IPA. Amacitra got its name from the usage of two different hop varieties, Amarillo and Citra. This combination gives a beautiful citrus taste and aroma that just hits you right away!
Crazy Hazy IIPA
Here we have one of our Double Hop Series. This bold Double IPA is made with both Mosaic Hops and Simcoe Hops. Both have huge tropical notes, but specifically the Mosaic Hops give off a huge mango/Melon flavor that is irresistible to the senses. Any hop lover will be hazed and confused by this wondrous beer!
First Barrel IPA
Another addition to our Double Hop Series. This IPA is made for the person who loves a nice grapefruit citrusy beer with the perfect amount of bitterness. This is just the right amount in both ABV and in IBUs! Due to the intense dry hopping you get that amazing array of tropical fruit aromas hitting you immediately in the face!
Cassinook IIIPA (Collaboration w/ Organarchy Hops)
This majorly big Triple IPA will melt the enamel off of your teeth! Coming in at 140 IBUS and a whopping 11% ABV this beer is massive and delicious. The tropical array of hops will be the first thing you smell and the last thing you taste. What makes this beer special is the collaboration with Organarchy Hops located in Old Town, Maryland. They are USDA Organic Certified and gave us fresh off the vine hops to be added in this beer making it extremely dank! This beer is for the true hop lover through and through.
Exactly what we are asking the funds for:
- Small Equipment Parts i.e Butterfly Valves, Fittings, O-Rings, etc.
- Large Equipment Order
- Walk-In Cooler - $6,884.00
- Glass Washer - $2,071.39
- Beer Wall Mounted Tower Head - $1,676.10
- Furnishing The Bar:
- Stools - $1,199.00
- Table Top Slabs - $5,755.00
- Bases for table - $718.00
- Grain - $880.00
- Hops - $230.00
- Yeast - $50.00
- Growlers - $286.56
- Flight glasses - $272.16
- Belgian Tulip Glasses - $150.48
Exact Total Needed: $20,941.69
*Info on our Bulk Head Founders Club Membership is below*
$150.00 per Membership with only 140 Memberships Available limited to one membership per person.
Includes: Non-transferable Benefits along with Exclusive Access to Limited Releases and Parties
*The Bulk Head Founders (BHF) Club will only be available for the first year of BHB being in business. After that we will offer annually-recurring membership program that will offer many of the same benefits. All original Founders Club Members will get first dibs and a discounted price on the new membership program that will take place after the first year ends.
The BHF Goods:
- Beta Taste Tester
- Taste each new beer and play a major role in their respective recipe development
- Help with the recipe development on the Founders club member's exclusive release beer to be on tap just for members.
- Founders Only Glass
- A glass with the exclusive Club membership emblem developed by our artist.
- Early Release Options
- Get news first on parties, can releases, new beers to be tapped and more!
- Private Members Only Email List
- Specific email list only for club members to receive updates on new beers to come, beta tasting dates, event dates, etc.
- Half Price Tickets to Exclusive Events
- 50% off a ticket to any event held at Bulk Head Brewing.
- Comes with an automatic front of the line early entry pass
- Complimentary End of Year BHF Members Only Party
- Will have exclusive beers made specifically for the End of Year Founders Party.
- Discounted Merchandise
- 15% off select items
- Short Sleeve Tees
- 15% off select items
- One free 32oz Growler along with a 5 time per month fill-up Discount
- 25% off the fill-up
- Limited to 5 discounted fill-ups per Month for the entire year.
- Shared Discount Cards
- Each Member will receive 10 individual “$2 off your first pint” gift cards for the BHF club members to hand out to 10 friends each (must limit one gift card per friend).
- Each Bulk Head Founder member will receive one free glass of beer with any friend who uses their $2 off gift card given to them by that Founding Club Member.
- Exclusivity to the Founders Tap Handle.
- For the duration of the annual membership, this handle is dedicated to pouring an exclusive beer just for Bulk Head Founder members.
- At the end of year Bulk Head Founders party, each member’s name will be engraved into the handle and put on display in the Taproom.
**When selecting this option as a reward, please provide us with your mailing address so we may send you your gift cards as well as your glass and members only ID card. You will pick up your growler on your initial visit to the brewery!
Please email your name and mailing address information to [email protected]
If we succeed in getting this amount raised within the next 4 weeks, we will be open with beer and a great venue in the next 6-8 weeks! We need your help! We understand this is a lot to ask for but just know we intend to be around for along time and always thinking of our community that we love and have lived in our whole lives. I love where I am from and wish only to keep making it a better place for generations to come!