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Nate Fakler and Ben Mantay have found a higher-profile, more turn-key home for their Faklandia brewery. (PHOTO: Faklandia Brewing)

Faklandia launches Kickstarter for new brewpub in former 42 Ale House

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Faklandia Brewing has launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise $10,000 for its new brewery and taproom, according to brewmaster and co-founder Nate Fakler.

After plans to open a facility in an industrial building at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. in St. Francis fell through, Fakler and his partner Ben Mantay jumped at the opportunity to take over the recently closed 42 Ale House, at 3807 S. Packard Ave., also in St. Francis.

"(The Kickstarter is) for building repairs, furniture, ingredients, and some additional permitting," says Fakler. "Our stretch goal is $25,000 and we plan on doing something special with our backers when we hit that."

Fakler says they expect to have a soft opening in April, and are, "aiming at June for the real deal."

The two still plan to buy the six-barrel system from Colorado Brewing that they expected to install on Crawford Avenue. However, it will go into a much more turn-key space – they can even use the old Ale House tables and chairs – in a much more visible, higher-profile location.

"There is less work to do," says Fakler. "The bar is there, all the taps are in. There is a kitchen. And the neighborhood is really welcoming."

They will utilize the kitchen – something they hadn't planned for the previous location – to become more brewpub than straight brewery.

Fakler and Mantay say they'll keep the 42 Ale House's "geek culture," meaning the gaming aspect, which is a good fit anyway for the brewery, which is rooted in fantasy game culture.

Two previous Kickstarter campaigns last year did not reach their funding goals, but hopefully the third time's the charm for Faklandia.

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