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Local nano brewery hopes to grow with Kickstarter campaign

A screenshot from the breweries Kickstarter video.

Sacramento’s first nano brewery is looking to become a little less nano, and they are turning to the internet’s beer lovers for help via their  Kickstarter campaign.

Device Brewing Co. has only just started commercially manufacturing beer, with the first batch expected to be delivered to bars around town on Sept. 7. However, brewing has been a long-time passion for co-owner Ken Anthony, who first became interested in the culture while studying at University of California, San Diego from 2005 to 2009.

“We’re really going for beer with a different flavor profile,” Ken Anthony said.

They currently have four different beer styles, including one of the few Russian Imperial Stouts being brewed in Sacramento.

Anthony and his wife Melissa want to expand the operation from producing 31 gallons each brewing session to 93 gallons per brew. They also hope to open a tasting room at their location, 8166 14th Avenue in the Granite Park neighborhood.

“It’s important to know that we are a husband and wife, and not investors,” Ken Anthony said. “What really sets us apart is that we’ve done this on our own.”

Anthony decided to open Device Brewing here in Sacramento because he and his wife are natives to Northern California, and because his day job as a bridge engineer is also located here.

In 2012, the couple started to look at different industrial locations where they could start their company and they eventually found their current space.

What qualifies Device as a nano brewery is, obviously, the size. Nano breweries are defined as breweries that operate with less than four beer barrels. Even after the expansion, Device brewing will have only three and will be able to retain their nano status.

“We’ve got so much interest in our product that we know we need to be able to brew faster and more efficiently,” Ken Anthony said.

They have a fundraising goal of $24,500 that will be used on everything from three new barrels for brewing to a delivery van. The campaign is set to end on Friday, Sept. 20 and has raised $3,838 at time of publication, with 21 days left to reach their goal.

“We’re just a husband and wife who love brewing,” Ken Anthony said. “The goal is to offer a place for people to go and get quality beer. It’s an opportunity for people to have something very small and intimate.”

More information and the brewery’s Kickstarter can be found here.

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