Want to own your own brewery? Is crowdfunding good for the British brewing industry?

This rise in popularity of craft ale has brought with it a desire and passion for many to start brewing their own ales. This isn’t like the homebrews of the 80’s, rancid strong liquid only fit for stripping wallpaper. These guys are cooking up some seriously sophisticated, flavoursome beers.

And now with social networks and crowdfunding websites home brewers can realise their dreams becoming successful nano-brewers, craft brewers or even brewpubs.

America is seeing a huge trend in nano-breweries with hundreds popping up across the country. And the UK is hot on their heels.

Kickstarter, CrowdCube or self-funding projects publicised through social media channels are becoming more prevalent. But what effect will this have on the British brewing landscape? More choice, innovation, collaborative working and small businesses having access to funds that wouldn’t normally be available?

Or on the flip side what’s the potential negative impact on the sector? Inexperienced people jumping on the craft ale bandwagon with no real expertise or business sense damaging the renaissance the sector is currently enjoying. What about market saturation, is this a risk? And let’s not forget many of these ales won’t reach enough people with limited distribution and will probably lack spare funds after investing in their brewing capabilities to actively market their products.

But enough of the negatives. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the successful recent initiatives;

1. Hop Stuff Brewery – London

In one month the London’s newest nano brewery has raised £58k in one month to help. The company is using the funds raised to increase capacity to 3,000 litres of beer a week. Putting them firmly on the micro-brewery map.

2. Brewdog – Scotland

The bad boys of beer recently re-launched their ‘Equity for Punks’ campaign giving shares back to their fans. For your investment Brewdog will grant you access to their legendary AGM, lifetime discount their bars and online shop

3. The Brew Gentlemen, USA

Two college students with a love of craft beer used their final years of study research, creating a brand and brushing up on their business skills. To fund their dream they turned to Kickstarter achieving a $32k investment

4. Brupond Brewery, London – successfully raised £35k through 45 investors on Crowdcube. The money funded new beers and growth.

Brupond Brewery

Crowdfunding helped Brupond brew new beers

What do you think? Could crowdfunding redefine the size and shape of the UK brewing industry?

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