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Verdant Brewing to quadruple capacity with £500,000 crowdfunding campaign

On Tuesday 20th November, Verdant Brewing Co will launch an ambitious Crowdcube campaign to quadruple capacity and open a taproom in Falmouth.

Guild members are invited to meet and interview the Verdant team this Friday, 16 November at the Experiment,  Unit 19, Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU. Please email carly@verdantbrewing.co for details.

As one of the leading craft breweries to focus on hazy New England IPAs, Verdant has struggled to meet demand over the last few years. Currently producing around 3,000hl a year in their warehouse in Falmouth, expansion plans will take them three miles down the road to a 17,500 sq ft site, with the capacity to brew up to 15,000hl.

Verdant was founded in 2014 after a chance conversation about homebrewing during a five-a-side football game. Since then the team has created explosive growth thanks to their quality core range and exciting, big New England IPAs. The brewery has had to move twice already to keep up with demand, and recently branched out into lagers and even barrel-aged stouts, showing the ambition the directors Adam Robertson, James Heffron and Richard White have for the company. After exploring many funding sources, the brewery settled on crowdfunding to protect its independence in a market being closely monitored by macrobreweries and large capital finance companies.

“We need to expand but we also need to do it right,” explains Robertson. “Crowdfunding gives us the independence to make the right choices for our business and our customers, as well as letting us give something back to all the people who have supported us from day one. We’ve valued the company fairly and have some really exciting rewards, so we hope people get involved.”

The new site will allow the brewery to quadruple in size while offering both quality and consistency benefits, thanks to the addition of two lauter tuns and a centrifuge. Equally exciting is the space reserved for a taproom looking over the brewery, which will make a unique place to drink the tank-fresh beers.

“We have made a name for ourselves by producing delicious one-off beers time and again, but the new brewery is going to take that to a whole new level, as well as help us really dial in and grow the core range,” says Heffron. “We also hope the taproom will allow us to show the beers at their best, while the larger volume means we can finally fulfil all the orders we get.”

Verdant are looking to raise £500,000 in the next 30 days, and will be touring the country in support of the campaign, including the following tap takeovers.

The Experiment, London – Friday, 16th November

Small Bar, Bristol – Wednesday, 21st November

Northern Monk Refectory, Leeds – Thursday 22nd November

TBC, Manchester – Friday 23rd November

Hand Bar, Falmouth – Thursday 20th December

The whole team are available for interviews at these events or over the phone, simply email  carly@verdantbrewing.co. For more information, please head to the Crowdcube page, read our latest blog on the website or just get in touch with us at @verdantbrew on social.

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