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Iranian Woman Launches Kickstarter to Open Brewery in Brooklyn

Zahra Tabatabai created Back Home Beer in 2021, renting brewing space in Staten Island’s Flagship Brewery and delivering cans of her beer to a handful of local accounts with her Prius. Now she wants to open her own brewery and taproom and expand distribution.

Back Home Beer produces beer inspired and influenced by the delicious flavors of the Middle East – the birthplace of beer. The founder, Zahra, was born to Iranian immigrants who relocated to the states during the revolution. Zahra heard countless stories about her grandfather making wine and fermenting beer deep in the cellar at their home in Shiraz, Iran. He often malted his own barley, dried the grain in the sun, and worked hard to perfect his craft. Playing music within their walled garden, dancing and sharing his beer with neighbors, Baba Joon (grandpa) was magic in the community. Zahra longed to bring some of his fabled recipes to life, thus, Back Home Beer was born.

Back Home Beer is a first-generation and woman-owned beer company in Brooklyn, New York. They are focused on sharing a little bit of life “back home” with you. Using ingredients like Persian blue salt, barberries and sun-dried black limes – all distinctive to the region they are representing – Back Home Beer hopes to craft flavors that are both diverse and thoughtful in experience. Their mission is clear – empower women, support immigrants and take care of their surrounding communities, all while making deliciously unique beer.

Zahra launched her Kickstarter campaign this week and it is already more than one-third of the way to its $100,000 goal. Reaching this goal will allow Back Home Beer to secure a space in Brooklyn, and simultaneously ramp up production to be able to ship to all 50 states. The campaign also includes a “Dream Goal” of $250,000 that would allow Back Home to purchase some of the necessary equipment like a canning line and fermenters to build out the production facility and taproom and secure a much-needed delivery vehicle.