Phase 3. Done. New Boards, Bar and Bench
When we set out to renovate the IBB, one of our main objectives was to make the bar more efficient. That meant having a chalkboard system that could be easily modified without needing to use a ladder or stand on the counter. Yes, we know this was a funny sight to some and a disturbing sight to others, and for us it was always a pain in the ass. Finally though, we have a functional board that also gives us much needed storage. It is also a unique design that you won't find anywhere else.
We've also increase the floor space by narrowing the bar. The new bar covering creates a unified feeling from outside the bar into the bar. the new bar top is also more refined than our last and a beautiful surface on which to set your beer. Behind the bar the new liquor shelves have dimmable LED lighting for improved bottle displays and a nicer atmosphere.
The bench along the wall offers more seating for guests and unifies the garden and the bar. It's practical in the summer and in the winter. Currently, we're still deciding on what we should do for tables.
We've also wallpapered the walls in the same wood pattern adding a coziness and lightness to the bar that we did not have before. It tones down the orange but looks modern and not too rustic.
Our pride and joy is of course our giant metal shield hanging above the bar. Welcome to the improved IBB. Thank you again to all of our Crowdlending supporters!
Phase 2. Done. Keg Fridge installed.
For the past two weeks, I've been waking up with nightmares. Coordinating the kitchen builder, electrician, plumber, cooling technician and beer tap technician is a ton of work. The unexpected "This can't be done" and "This will never work" startled me and were causes for sleepless nights. This was true especially last Wednesday, as I was in bed with the flu but woke up at 3.30 with my head spinning with thoughts of: "Did we just buy a fridge that won't fit in the space it needs to?" Fortunately, after a group pow-wow last Thursday everything was back on track and everyone was committed to making this project happen.
Yesterday, I got into the bar shortly before 5.30 am and started prepping the area. Thomas, our beer tap technician arrived shortly before six and started dismantling the existing system. At seven the kitchen builder arrived and started cutting out drawers. An hour later the drill drew arrived to bore a 10cm hole through 60 cm of reinforced concrete. From there it plumbers and electrician moved existing pipes and power lines. By 2 the fridge was in place and the cooling technician was hooking the fridge up to the central cooling. Around 5 the fridge was commissioned. Then Thomas started working on running new beer lines.
At midnight, Thomas and I walked out of the IBB with the work, apart for some minor aesthetic additions done. It was a long day, but it will be so worth it.
Why did we do this?
- To improve the quality of the beer we serve.
- To lower our energy costs.
- To lower our CO2 consumption.
- To gain space at the front of the bar and make the bar more comfortable for you, our guests.
- To never need to come out into a bar full of guests to change a keg.
- New front of bar
- New board and storage
If all goes well and according to plan, we should be finished by the start of June this year.
New Stools & Fridge Update
On February 17, 2018 our new bar stools arrived. They look great and promise to last a lifetime and then some. A huge thanks goes to Sehmby Inneneinrichtung in Dübendorf for helping us get these. If you're in the market for new furniture for your home, office, or restaurant, we highly recommend working with Amrit.
We've finally found a fridge solution that works and it has been ordered. The delivery time is between 4-6 weeks. That said, we hope it will be installed by the end of March. Fingers crossed.
Phase 1B. Done.
Since Saturday, our terrace has been fully finished and it looks fantastic. We couldn't have done it without the support of our backers with 3circlefunding.ch. Of course, the garden wouldn't look this great if it weren't for the long hours and careful craftsmanship that was dedicated to it by the team at Holzwerkstatt Schmocker. W highly recommend their services and look forward to having them accompany us on the next phase of our renovation project.
Phase 1A. Done.
Yesterday, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 our beautiful corner bench and custom lighting were installed by the team from Holzwerkstatt Schmocker. The rest of the garden furniture is set to arrive on Saturday this week. Here's a little time lapse and some impressions of the finished product.
More Pictures of the Bench & Garden Lighting
The master carpenters in Rohrbach are busy putting the final touches on the big L-bench that will grace our garden as of Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Their craftsmanship with wood is equal to that shown by the brewers, whose beer we serve. Get ready, it's a new chapter for the IBB.
New Garden Tables and Stools
In the Engadin, the foresters are busy at work carving out our new garden tables and chairs. Lukas Müller from Holzwerkstatt Schmocker was able to source this Swiss Douglas Fir for us. We're hoping that the garden will be installed before mid-October.
First pictures of bench production
We're working with the expert craftsmen at Holzwerkstatt Schmocker from Rohrbach. They've sent us these pictures of the outside bench as it's being built off site. Hopefully it'll be delivered and installed by mid October 2017.
Crowdlending Campaign - Successfully funded
As some of you may have already heard or read, we are running a Crowdlending Campaign with 3circlefunding.ch. The International Beer Bar opened its doors almost three years ago. In that time we have become The Craft Beer Bar in Zurich. We've optimised a lot of our processes and are profitable. But we want to do more — we want to make the bar more comfortable for you - our guests and supporters. This takes money and that is why instead of going to the bank, we thought we'd go to you, our guests, friends and supporters.
What we are looking for is CHF 100'000, because we only get one chance to improve the bar at such as big scale.
Where we stand right now
What do we want to do?
1. Move keg storage into a new custom-built fridge behind the bar. (Save on foam loss and improve quality of beer further)
2. Improve the use of the space at the front of the bar. Low comfortable seating that can accommodate groups. (Increase seating and revenues)
3. Make our signature board more functional. (Easier for you to see what we're serving)
4. Redesign the garden with a large and comfortable L-shaped bench, lighting and new furniture. (Increase seating and comfort and attract more guests)
What are we offering?
We're offering 4.5% p.a. based on an amortised loan. This means we start paying back the money over the 5-year period.
For people lending us CHF 5'000 or more
1. You'll receive a special +1 invite to the opening apéro once the renovations have been completed
2. You'll receive a personalised IBB glass that will stay behind the bar
3. For the duration of the loan, you personally will receive a 20% discount on tap beer for themselves.
These perks will start once the campaign has been successfully funded.
For those lending us CHF 1'000 - 4'900
1. You'll also get an invite to the opening apéro once the renovations have been completed
Have we caught your attention and interest?
If this sound like something you would like to be a part of, please sign up and lend to us now. The campaign is running till the end of August 2017 or fully funded. We will not take more funding than we need.
Things have changed
Up until August 1, 2017, Swiss law was very clear when it came to Crowdlending. No more than 20 people could lend in 1 campaign. However, since August 1st, the 20 rule has been lifted. That means you can get in on the Campaign with just CHF 1'000.
Because this is an amortised loan, you'll start getting payments after the first month that the loan has been taken out. We've opted for 6 months interest only payments. Which means in the seventh month, you'll start to receive interest and principal repayments.
Can I see your finances?
Yes, our accountants at Lenz Treuhand, Seefeldstrasse 35, 8008 Zürich, have done all of the reporting. As we were founded in late 2014, the reporting includes the long year 2015 and 2016.
The important investment ratios are available on 3circlefunding.ch to registered users interested in lending. If you would like to invest and need more than these numbers, you can contact Christian Langenegger (email@example.com) for a private meeting to look at the accounts.
How much will you make?
Let's take a CHF 5'000 investment as an example.
For the first 6 months you'll get monthly interest payments of CHF 18.75
Starting in the 7th month you'll get monthly interest and principal repayments of CHF 102.46
To do the maths:
6 x 18.75 = 112.32
54 x 102.46 = 5'532.84
Total interest and repayment: 112.32 + 5'532.84 = 5645.16
Therefore, on your CHF 5'000 loan, you'll get paid back CHF 5645.16 or make CHF 646.16 in interest. You can see all the details here and play around with different amounts as well.