BeerTengoku are creating bilingual coverage of the Japanese craft beer scene
15

patrons

$203
per month
Hi! We’re Joe Robson and Rob Bright, long-time Japan residents and the brains and brawn behind BeerTengoku.

Let us tell you about why we're here on Patreon.

We started BT in July 2014 to introduce English-speaking people to the world of Japanese craft beer, and since then we’ve seen our site grow far beyond our expectations. This year we hit over 90,000 visits to the site! That’s amazing for us.

We love doing the site, and sharing our knowledge and passion about Japanese craft beer with everyone. Over the past three years we’ve realised that we want to keep doing this for as long as we can.

We want to keep doing the site for as long as humanly possible- I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink beer? - but that means:

In order to keep BeerTengoku going for as long as we can, the site needs to be able to sustain itself.

At the moment, we’re paying for everything out of our own pockets from our full-time regular jobs. If you read the site, you know that we don’t run any advertisements, and we’re proud of that. But it does mean that every single bar and beer has been reviewed using our own funds. Not to mention the site administration and maintenance costs, and of course the time spent behind the scenes on the site.

Our current costs look something like this.

With an increase in traffic comes an increase in server costs. Currently our site hosting and naming costs come to $210 a year.

Travelling for brewery interviews and bar reviews comes to about $100 a month.

Actually buying and drinking the beer can cost between $100 and $200 a month, depending on the beer.

So an average month on the site currently costs us about $320, or about $3800 per year.

In the past, costs were easier to cover because the site just wasn’t that big. We weren’t travelling so much or hunting down obscure beers. There was still so much right on our doorstep and in our convenience store for us to review.

But now we’ve reached a point where we’re travelling further afield for bars and breweries and buying way more beers just to keep up with what’s coming out. And that’s where our wallets start to take the hit.

So, we’ve decided to turn to Patreon!

Patreon is a great way for our wonderful and generous readers to pledge whatever they want per month, and the amount is recurring after that. It isn’t a one-time donation, so anything from $1 a month upwards is a huge help to us.

This is what we’ll do with the money.

Our initial goal is $250 a month. This will cover all of the site’s basic costs, and give us a little leeway for any eventualities like broken computers, database tantrums and exploding beers.
It’ll also allow us to work on some projects like the BeerTengoku app, designing merchandise and redesigning the site.

That’s it! Thank you so much for reading and we hope you consider pledging some money to us. Cheers!

-Joe and Rob
Tiers
Pilsner
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You’ve joined the club. Thank you! We’ll send you details about forthcoming competitions, special articles, and also any plans we have for the site first. Just don’t tell anyone else though. 

Rewards include:

- You'll also get access to all of the outtakes from videos and audio that we do, plus the RAW content from them as well. (This all goes for any pledge from $1 up.) 

Hefeweizen
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Coffee keeps us going throughout the day, until it’s time for a beer! Pledge $3 or more to see your name immortalised on BeerTengoku so you can show everyone how cool you are. More importantly, one year at this and you’ve helped pay server costs for a month. 

Rewards include:

- You will also have access to an exclusive Q&A session with Joe and Rob.

Pale Ale
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
At this pledge level, you’ve helped BeerTengoku translate a beer review into Japanese. Every little bit helps and your monthly pledge has brought us one beer closer to our monthly target. 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $3 level

- Discount in the shop when we open it

- Copy of the app for free (iOS now / Android when available)

IPA
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Why just keep an article in English? We want to spread the information to everyone and pledges at this level help us do just that. You’ve helped support one of our craft beer bar articles to be fully bilingual. 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $5 level

- Some stickers, cards, etc we're planning to make and send out every few months.

Dunkelweizen
$25 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Wow! Groovy people who pledge at this level will send us off to review a bar, and also that money also pays our translator for bilingualising (Is that a word? It is now) one of our longer articles. A bar or a translation? Don’t make us choose! 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $10 level

- Every four months, a four pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Amber
$50 or more per month 1 of 30 patrons
We're out and about and going to new places. This will push us to explore our boundaries and help us to get to further places afield.

Rewards include:
- Everything at $10

- Every four months, a six pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- Choose an area for us to drink in

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Barleywine
$100 or more per month 1 of 15 patrons
Seriously. No ifs. No buts. You’ve decided to support us this much, this is the least we can do for you. You’ve helped us reach our goal of being able to interview breweries in far off Japan - think Okinawa and Hokkaido. This pledge level also allows us to work on some fun secret projects as well. Cheers!

- Everything at $10

- Every four months, a twelve pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- Private drinking tour and session

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Imperial Stout
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
What the! Only our mums would pledge this much per month! Unbelievable pledges at this level receive our undying gratitude. This amount helps us to achieve so much on BeerTengoku and we’ll take you out for beers as a small show of our thanks. The site will be amazing because of you. You still can’t make us wake up for school, though. 
Goals
$203 of $250 per month
Our initial goal is $250 a month. This will cover all of the site’s basic costs, and give us a little leeway for any eventualities like broken computers, database tantrums and exploding beers.
It’ll also allow us to work on some projects like the BeerTengoku app, designing merchandise and redesigning the site.
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Hi! We’re Joe Robson and Rob Bright, long-time Japan residents and the brains and brawn behind BeerTengoku.

Let us tell you about why we're here on Patreon.

We started BT in July 2014 to introduce English-speaking people to the world of Japanese craft beer, and since then we’ve seen our site grow far beyond our expectations. This year we hit over 90,000 visits to the site! That’s amazing for us.

We love doing the site, and sharing our knowledge and passion about Japanese craft beer with everyone. Over the past three years we’ve realised that we want to keep doing this for as long as we can.

We want to keep doing the site for as long as humanly possible- I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink beer? - but that means:

In order to keep BeerTengoku going for as long as we can, the site needs to be able to sustain itself.

At the moment, we’re paying for everything out of our own pockets from our full-time regular jobs. If you read the site, you know that we don’t run any advertisements, and we’re proud of that. But it does mean that every single bar and beer has been reviewed using our own funds. Not to mention the site administration and maintenance costs, and of course the time spent behind the scenes on the site.

Our current costs look something like this.

With an increase in traffic comes an increase in server costs. Currently our site hosting and naming costs come to $210 a year.

Travelling for brewery interviews and bar reviews comes to about $100 a month.

Actually buying and drinking the beer can cost between $100 and $200 a month, depending on the beer.

So an average month on the site currently costs us about $320, or about $3800 per year.

In the past, costs were easier to cover because the site just wasn’t that big. We weren’t travelling so much or hunting down obscure beers. There was still so much right on our doorstep and in our convenience store for us to review.

But now we’ve reached a point where we’re travelling further afield for bars and breweries and buying way more beers just to keep up with what’s coming out. And that’s where our wallets start to take the hit.

So, we’ve decided to turn to Patreon!

Patreon is a great way for our wonderful and generous readers to pledge whatever they want per month, and the amount is recurring after that. It isn’t a one-time donation, so anything from $1 a month upwards is a huge help to us.

This is what we’ll do with the money.

Our initial goal is $250 a month. This will cover all of the site’s basic costs, and give us a little leeway for any eventualities like broken computers, database tantrums and exploding beers.
It’ll also allow us to work on some projects like the BeerTengoku app, designing merchandise and redesigning the site.

That’s it! Thank you so much for reading and we hope you consider pledging some money to us. Cheers!

-Joe and Rob

Recent posts by BeerTengoku

Tiers
Pilsner
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
You’ve joined the club. Thank you! We’ll send you details about forthcoming competitions, special articles, and also any plans we have for the site first. Just don’t tell anyone else though. 

Rewards include:

- You'll also get access to all of the outtakes from videos and audio that we do, plus the RAW content from them as well. (This all goes for any pledge from $1 up.) 

Hefeweizen
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
Coffee keeps us going throughout the day, until it’s time for a beer! Pledge $3 or more to see your name immortalised on BeerTengoku so you can show everyone how cool you are. More importantly, one year at this and you’ve helped pay server costs for a month. 

Rewards include:

- You will also have access to an exclusive Q&A session with Joe and Rob.

Pale Ale
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
At this pledge level, you’ve helped BeerTengoku translate a beer review into Japanese. Every little bit helps and your monthly pledge has brought us one beer closer to our monthly target. 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $3 level

- Discount in the shop when we open it

- Copy of the app for free (iOS now / Android when available)

IPA
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Why just keep an article in English? We want to spread the information to everyone and pledges at this level help us do just that. You’ve helped support one of our craft beer bar articles to be fully bilingual. 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $5 level

- Some stickers, cards, etc we're planning to make and send out every few months.

Dunkelweizen
$25 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
Wow! Groovy people who pledge at this level will send us off to review a bar, and also that money also pays our translator for bilingualising (Is that a word? It is now) one of our longer articles. A bar or a translation? Don’t make us choose! 

Rewards include:

- Everything at $10 level

- Every four months, a four pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Amber
$50 or more per month 1 of 30 patrons
We're out and about and going to new places. This will push us to explore our boundaries and help us to get to further places afield.

Rewards include:
- Everything at $10

- Every four months, a six pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- Choose an area for us to drink in

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Barleywine
$100 or more per month 1 of 15 patrons
Seriously. No ifs. No buts. You’ve decided to support us this much, this is the least we can do for you. You’ve helped us reach our goal of being able to interview breweries in far off Japan - think Okinawa and Hokkaido. This pledge level also allows us to work on some fun secret projects as well. Cheers!

- Everything at $10

- Every four months, a twelve pack of curated beers (limited to Japan addresses)

- Choose a style of beer for us to write about

- Private drinking tour and session

- This is going to be limited due to time constraints - if Joe and I can do this more, then we may increase the numbers.

Imperial Stout
$250 or more per month 0 patrons
What the! Only our mums would pledge this much per month! Unbelievable pledges at this level receive our undying gratitude. This amount helps us to achieve so much on BeerTengoku and we’ll take you out for beers as a small show of our thanks. The site will be amazing because of you. You still can’t make us wake up for school, though.