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Invest in Blinking Owl Distillery

Beloved brand with international acclaim has big growth opportunities

Last Chance
Closing on Dec 9 @ 11:59 PM ET
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EARLY BIRD TERMS: $66,302 LEFT

$183,698

raised from 90 investors
INVESTMENT TERMS
 $25M  $20M pre-money valuation Priced Round
Early Bird Bonus:

Investors in the first $250,000 will receive a pre-money valuation of $20M.

$5K, $10K, $25K, $50K
LEAD INVESTOR
Investor and patron
HI, I’m Dr Jason. I have been an investor in the Blinking Owl Distillery since 2017. I am proud to be the lead investor on this Wefunder raise to help the Distillery’s continued growth. I originally became an investor in the distillery because I could feel how much of a special place they created in downtown Santa Ana. I was sold on Robin and Brian’s philosophy of high quality grain to glass spirits made with all Californian grown products. From the start, the Blinking Owl Distillery has been making waves, they were in fact the very first distillery in Orange County California. The accolades and awards started to come to this small craft distillery for producing fantastic gins, vodkas and aquavits. Once the whiskeys came of age, you realized how amazing the spirits really were. Their 4 grain straight bourbon was written up by Forbes whiskey guy as “The best bourbon you’ve never heard of.” There was year over year growth of distribution while you could see Blinking Owl spirits throughout OC, LA, SF and SD. They had placements at the LA Rams games, Fivepoint Irvine Amphitheater concerts, and were chosen for Masters of the Malt advent calendar. Blinking owl spirits were even distributed internationally to the UK and had started in Taiwan. Then the Pandemic happened, with everything shut down, Robin & Brian switched gears to producing hand sanitizer. Dirty Bird Hand sanitizer could be seen everywhere! Almost weekly, the Blinking Owl was being mentioned in the media. Their bold decision helped keep the distillery profitable. Wanting to come back bigger, the Blinking Owl opened its own restaurant. Since opening their restaurant, the Blinking Owl Distillery has become a destination in Downtown Santa Ana. Publications such as Sunset, Riviera, Orange Coast Magazine and Eater LA have written rave reviews about the craft cocktails, delicious food and atmosphere. I'm excited to see the next direction Robin and Brian have in store for the distillery. With a licensing deal in the works with a very large powerful spirit portfolio, there will be massive increase in sales distribution across the USA. I’ve always placed my trust in Robin & Brian to make the Blinking Owl Distillery what it is today and would like to invite you to join us on the growth of this amazing distillery.

Highlights

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Our spirits are in HUNDREDS of bars, restaurants and retailers worldwide.
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We are the real deal with a stunning facility, acclaimed restaurant, and commitment to quality.
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Well crafted reputation: multiple awards + medals earned by nearly every product in our line.
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Heaps of Press: Featured in Forbes, Fortune, Eater LA, Whiskey Advocate, Bloomberg, and many more.
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Strategic licensing + production deals in the works with a major US + International portfolio
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Majority of funding + ownership by amazing women.
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Co-Owner Kirsten Vangsness: Criminal Minds Star, has a broad fan reach of millions and is just FUN
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LOI signed for potential new Blinking Owl restaurant/bar licensing deal in a brilliant location.

Our Team

With a bootlegging heritage, founder, Brian Christenson, dreamed to carry on his family's legacy by providing “good spirits” to his very own neighborhood. Drawing from the craft cocktail and the farm-to-table movements and rising interest in craft spirits, the husband and wife launched Orange County, California's first distillery in 2016.

INTRODUCING BLINKING OWL DISTILLERY

The essence of Blinking Owl Spirits continues to shine through our thoughtful RESTAURANT. We offer distillery tours, a menu with hyper-fresh + local ingredients  highlighting our spirit profiles. With items such as our hand ground organic California rye grain (also used in our whiskey) in our artisanal pizzas along side show-stopping cocktails and tasting flights, it is no wonder why we are a highly sought after destination.

With a much anticipated launch in Q4, we are finalizing negotiations for a licensing + production deal with a renowned company that is committed to quality and sustainability. Their prestigious portfolio, international sales force and bottling/branding capability opens a streamlined route to market for nearly every state as well as major international markets.

*Government relief income not included. Web and Direct to Consumer (DTC) bottle sales are included in restaurant revenue.

Industry-wide craft spirit distribution sales were hard hit by the pandemic. However, our sales are finally returning to pre-pandemic revenues. The addition of our restaurant has catapulted our revenue with not only food + beverage sales, but consumers are buying a record number of bottles at our facility. While we've experienced some profitable months, consistent profitability is hoped by year end. 

PROJECTIONS ARE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING ASSUMPTIONS:

1. Anticipated licensing deal beginning in Q4 2022: increased distribution/ case sale profits to become our largest revenue stream by 2024.

2. Anticipated increased contract distilling revenue beginning in Q3 2023: we'll have greater capability for contracting by adding equipment to handle the volume.

3. Kitchen + patio upgrades exponentially increase service + event capability: private dining areas, better coverage for cooler months, and upgraded kitchen space will enable us to increased dining capacity, to-go capability and expansion of hours of operation.

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