I wrote here a few months ago about how we wouldn’t be looking to set up our own physical brewery. How times have-a-changed!! We’ve been lucky enough to brew at three different breweries and have made some great beer that’s been very well received, but the inflexible nature and lack of control have taken their toll. We can no longer produce the volume of beer to meet demand, and we want to produce our beer in a very exacting way – which can only be made at our own premises due to commercial considerations of other breweries.
We would love to carry on down the ‘Mikkeller/Evil Twin/Omnipollo route’ of cuckoo/gypsy brewing, but our experiences so far have shown that this direction is either holding our progress in beer quality or growth back. Therefore, we have taken the decision to build our own brewery – very exciting, but very scary!!
We’ve spoken to various people about the pros and cons of creating the infrastructure around a brewery and have decided that we’re happy with the risk in order to create the beer we want and to get it into people’s hands. We’ve been able to finance our progress to date by using savings, but we’re now looking for funding in order to acquire our own brewing kit.
Having looked at the options available, we’ve decided to go down the crowdfunding route. This process not only helps us to raise the necessary finance but allows us to reward the people that pledge and contribute towards a bourgeoning brewery’s first major purchase; we’d much rather the people that drink our beer benefit from rewards than anyone else.
We are looking to raise £20,000 to buy our own brewing system that will allow us to make 1,000 litres of beer per brew. This UK manufactured stainless steel & varnished wood cladding brewery installation means we can brew up to 3 times per week - which would meet current demand as well as giving us capacity to increase our distribution.
If we reach our target, we will be able to acquire the following services and equipment, essential for a new brewery: hot liquor (water) tank with controllable digital temperature display/infusion mash tun/copper (boiling kettle), all insulated and clad in decorative varnished timber; full specification stainless steel plate heat exchanger with wall bracket; three stainless steel fermenting vessels with three identical stainless steel hygienic transfer pumps; hop filter and automatic underback; Clean in Place (CIP) system for fermenting vessels and copper; full installation; all brewery equipment in stainless steel; digital display and fully automated temperature controlled fermenting vessels, as well as all heaters, valves and pipework.
As well as assisting our purchase of a new brewing system, pledgers will also be:
1) Supporting UK based manufacturers: as well as the brewery manufacturer and installation firm being UK based, we source the vast majority of our ingredients and packaging from local and UK wide companies where possible.
2) Contributing to the growth and success of a burgeoning craft beer scene: there has very rarely been a more exciting time in the history of UK and global beer. Your support will directly contribute to the continued innovation of beer.
3) Receiving rewards that are either of greater financial value than the pledges, or are exclusive to this crowdfunding project: not only do we include cool branded items (such as bottle openers, tote bags, beer mats and glassware) and mixed cases of our beer as rewards, but some of the items are exclusive to this specific crowdfunding project, and almost all of the rewards are of a greater retail value than the pledge... Nice!!
You can find out more about our crowdfunding project and rewards here.
We are still in discussion reagrding premises, but there a number of possible sites which fit the bill and I'll update you here asap.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed,
Paul Greetham | Founder & Brewer | Beatnikz Republic Brewing Co.