A brewery unlike any other will be opening in London at the end of January 2015. UBREW is a crowdfunding initiative which will allow members to brew their own beer. The brewery will open on the Bermondsey Mile (near London Bridge) and is looking for £75,000 (10%) equity to purchase equipment, rented accommodation and operational staff as well as to enable further growth.
UBREW will enable a wide group of people to brew their own beer whether they are hobbyists, home brewers or pub staff as well as established breweries wanting to use the equipment for pilot brews. There will be the option to brew cask, keg or bottled beer and to either sell it on the premises or to take it back to their pub, brewery or home and brews can range from 50 litres to 5 barrels.
This surely represents an exciting opportunity for licensees and pub companies to brew beer for their own customers and there is already interest from pubs in London and York. Brewing sessions can be facilitated by expert brewers and UBREW will also run training courses including a three month “Beer MBA” which will teach practical brewing and business skills.
Already UBREW have a community of 300 paying members and have had investment interest from over 20 beer lovers. This includes a number of microwbreweries wanting to use UBREW as their home. UBREW is currently operating as a pop up in Bank, London whilst their equipment is being manufactured in Bristol.
Earlier this year, UBREW founders Matthew Denham and Wilf Horsfall (pictured below, Matt left and Wilf right) saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between home brew and craft beer or cask ales – and the market responded by overfunding by over 300% to raise more than £12,000 in pre-sales. You can find out more about investing here. Early supporters will also be part owners of the brewery which is the first of its kind in the UK.
Matt Denham said: “We’ve built a great community of hobbyist and expert brewers alike – we want to enable our members to own their own brewery. We want to provide a space whereby we help launch the next set of cask brewers and continue the beer revolution in the UK.”
Wilf said “The pubco reform will give more freedom to pubs to sell cask ales and help give them an extra lease of life. We want to liberate the means of beer production.”
Nick Fletcher, founder of Summer & Winter Brew Fest and master homebrewer at Brewdog’s Bottledog store: “UBREW will help give home brewers the chance to become the next generation of micro brewers with professional equipment and a community of expert brewers.”
Monthly membership costs start from £40 for a twelve month contract (with enough time to brew 210 bottles = 19p per bottle) and all pre-launch memberships are shared between up to four friends. More information can be found here: https://www.crowdcube.com/ubrew