For those who are unfamiliar with our brewery, you might be unaware of the major hurdles that needed to be overcome in order to open Ghost Hawk. One of the biggest challenges that we faced was getting the proper power into our building to power our brewing equipment.
After months of talks with PSE&G, it was determined by their team that our unit would require three-phase, 400 amp service. Since this type of power did not currently exist in our building, the utility company needed to install a new pole and transformer on our property, and pull three-phase power from the lines across the street. This was a huge project that took many months to complete. It required a busy road being shut down for periods of time, hiring off-duty police officers to park behind utility trucks, and all material and labor costs. We were sent a bill for just shy of $21,000 that needed to be paid up front, or no work would begin. Essentially, we were strong-armed into paying this exorbitant amount of money, or our business could never open.
With this challenge looming over our head, we explored many options, including bringing in an additional investor or taking out a loan. But our final decision was to release exclusive merchandise, glassware, and perks through an online crowdfunding campaign. The campaign was a huge success, and we were able to raise $20,085.. nearly the full amount of our PSE&G bill. This could have never happened without all the amazing people who donated to our campaign, BEFORE WE EVER MADE A SINGLE DROP OF BEER.
Here we’d like to honor all the FOUNDING MEMBERS, who helped get our brewery off the ground. Cheers and much love from the Ghost Hawk team!
OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS:
Adrienne Doyle . Alaina Scordilis . Alan Paris . Alberto Aguiar . Alex Vicente . Alf Bartone . Alfred A. Russo . Allene Barlow . Amanda Gorman . Andrew Di Guglielmo . Andrew Gusciora . Andrew Wilson . Andy St. Clair . Anna Myers . Anne Mari Calabrese . Anthony Belotti . Anthony Giaguzzi . Anthony Minervino . Anthony Stolarz . April Graham . April Graziano . Aragorn Eriador . Ayden "Ike" MirSamedsade . Ben Ritacco . Benjamin Kalinkowitz . Beverly Cholewczynski . Bob Pepitone . Bobby Fischer . Bobby Knol . Bri Hafelfinger . Brian Firstmeyer . Brian Marszycki . Bryan Straube . Carmen Spina . Casey Gordon . Charles Bedi . Charles Ingraham . Chiarina Donato . Chris Cash . Chris Lake . Chris Rainwater . Chris Robinson . Chris Skel . Chris White . Christina Kata . Christina VanNess . Christine Coghlan . Christine Guarnera . Christine Trumbour . Craig Cirinelli . Craig Kostick . Dana Stemcovski . Daniel Garcia . Daniel Loeb . Danielle Doman . Danny Letts . Darrell Gurrieri . Dave Kopic . David Hyde . David O'Brien . David Zicchinella . Debbie Salvatoriello . Deidre Hollywood . Denise Swedeski . Dennis Maguire Jr . Dennis Rutkowitz . Donald Brown . Donna Sheridan . Doreen Hawkins . Doug Ward . Duane & Nevenka Rivers . Ed Bersano . Edward Luipersbeck . Emily Zoller . Eric Davis . Eric Liaci . Eric Priehs . Eric Zacherau . Erin Ford . Frank Garcia . Fritz Mineus . Gabrielle Garritano . Gene Rachelski . George Kacprzyk . Gerald Zecker . Gina Caporaso . Heather Gartland . Henry Hess . Heru Keonte . Hugh Taft-Morales . Ian Detrick . Iwona Rachelski . J. Cunningham . Jaclyn Auriemma . Jacqueline Smith . Jake Blochinger . James McGrath . James Tassillo . Jan Paul Moisa Jalil . Jaroslaw Strycharz . Jason Borys . Jason Reyes . Jax Van Etten . Jay Ghirtsos . Jay Vernaleken . Jeff Mucha . Jeff Scheibl . Jeff Will . Jeffrey Morales . Jen Bobal . Jen Tangas . Jennifer Desanto . Jess Quintana . Jessie Wickliffe . Jill McGuire . Jim Chambers . Jim Hartmann . Jimmy Grant . Joan Bayer . Joe Alvarez . Joe Calabrese . John Pierson . John Proce . John Wyman . Jojon Kiley Tamir . Joseph Cerabona . Joseph F Malone . Joseph Neyman . Joshua Hascup . JP Dal Pan . Juan Tejada . Julie Malloy . Justin Fillmyer . Justin Moranski . Justin Pekarsky . Karen Paicer . Katarzyna Gebicz . Kathy Genakos . Keith Paladino . Kelley Newman . Kelly & Nuno Rodrigues . Kelli Coghlan . Ken Kneis . Kenneth Tanis . Kevin Donahue . Kevin Donovan Jr . Kiefer Handschuh . Kimberly Olmo . Kirsti Knodle . Kristi Beighley . Kristin Piccolo . Kristin Rittenhouse . Lance Abrams . Lauren DePhillips . Lauren Fletcher . Lauren Grof-Tisza . Lauren Smith . Le Nguyen . Leah Gallagher . Linda Torres . Lisa St. Clair . Lorenzo Castaldo . Lorissa Vazquez . Luis Alicea . Magdalena Sarnas . Marc Berman . Maria Garrido . Maria Hess . Mark Blazejewicz . Mark DiPisa . Mark J. Saharig . Marta Baker . Mary Ann Cluney . Matt Lepek . Matthew Jovanis . Matthew Miktus . Megan Morales . Meghan Murray . Mehmet Kadiev . Melanie Belford . Melissa Casey . Melissa Drabik . Michael Brennan . Michael Graziano . Michael Grehan . Michael Hart . Michael Schmon . Michael Suto . Michael Szarek . Mike Brennan . Mike Greig . Mike Kenny . Mike Kivowitz . Mike Monochello . Mike Skrinak . Mike Sobers . Nicholas Colavito . Nick Giglia . Nicole Masiuk . Nikita Sourine . Nikki Conway . Norman Vandiver . Patch Webster . Patricia Fiks . Patrick O'Brien . Patrick Santosuosso . Paul Bayer . Paul Giardino . Paul J. Bauer . Pawel Cholewicki . Pete Zest . Peter Dziopa . Peter Welles . Phil O'Donnell . Phyllis Davis . Rachael Sall . Rachel Greer . Rae Baum . Randy Webster . Ray "Rayzor" Korman . Rebecca Fitzgerald . Reid Caster . Rene Catalan . Rich Guinther . Richard Ashton III . Richard Peterson . Rita Todd . Rob Dykenga . Robert Baylock . Robert Giaconia . Robert Simpson . Roman Kosz . Ron Lillman . Ryan Lee . Sage Ratliff . Sal Portelli . Scott Bauer . Scott LeDuc . Scott Mayers . Scott Zayatz . Sean Honan . Sebastian Perez . Sergio Spina . Shane Watner . Shaun Guglielmi . Shayla Papalia . Siddharth Iyer . Sosse Stepanian . Stephanie Hall . Steve Albin . Steven Collins . Steven Kauffunger . Susan Morales . Suzanne Bauer . Tara Feola . Tara Rao . Ted Chan . The Bizarro Family . Thomas Calhoun . Tim Hassert . Tim St. Clair . Tres Williams . Valarie Decker . Veraanne Lahotsky . Victor Coghlan . Vinay Patel . Walter K. Maier . Will Winton . William Coles . William Drozdowski