Welcome to The 12 Days Of Crowdfunding… a celebration of our top picks from 2017 – and trust me, there were a lot to choose from. We take our hats off to all of our project owners, who are a collection of some of the finest changemakers out there. They are working hard everyday to make their mark on communities across the whole of the UK, with the help of the Crowd of course. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and can’t wait to welcome in the New Year with the same resolution that we always abide by (we don’t mind if you want to steal it as yours too)… Make Ideas Happen.
Whilst Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little festive tipple, tasty beer is great for all seasons, and our hop-loving project owners have been working hard all year to deliver you the good stuff.
From bold flavours to brewery extensions, and community brewing education to tackling food wastage, these changemakers set about in 2017, with the help of the Crowd of course, to make their ideas a reality.
Raise a Toast
Crowdfunded to… Add a craft lager and session IPA to their pale ale offering. Toast brew with surplus bread and give 100% of profits to charity. In their first year, they brewed over 2 tonnes of surplus, fresh bread. But that’s just the beginning. Their ambition is to save more than 100 tonnes within 3 years.
Make The Beer Shop Bigger
Crowdfunded to… create a lovely garden space and extend their beer offering at The Beer Shop. Based in Nunhead in South East London, The Beer Shop is about something much more than beer – it’s about bringing a community together.
Crowdfunded to… make new brews with sourdough and rye bread from Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate. Crumbs use leftover bread to make their beer! Their aim is to do something good in the community and contribute to the exciting food culture in their local area.
Gipsy Hill Brewery Community Tap Room
Crowdfunded to… promote social inclusion through organising, running and supporting social and educational events in their new, fully accessible brewery. The Community Taproom will be open for anyone to access during opening hours to meet and socialise.
Opening the Beer Merchants Tap
Crowdfunded to… open a craft beer bar and bottleshop in London, as well as the capital’s first dedicated, barrel-aged sour blender. Their taplist is going to be rammed with incredible beers and so will their huge fridges, where you can take away beer at online prices or drink in.
Building Brick Brewery’s Social Beer Hub
Crowdfunded to… expand the Brick Brewery Taproom through much needed renovations, and also continue to build a social beer hub for their customers and the community to enjoy. Brick Brewery is a local microbrewery, brewing beer out of a railway arch under Peckham Rye station since 2013.
Bullhouse Brew Co Expansion Funding
Crowdfunded to… expand their brewery to have more capacity to make beer and continue their mission to change the way that Northern Ireland drinks. In order to progress, Bullhouse Brew Co. need to have an extra fermenter and a bright tank, to enable them to upscale their production schedule and step up the pace.
Tap Social Movement
Crowdfunding to… expand the brewery and make taproom renovations, which will make their space better suited to hosting such a wide range of exciting events. This craft brewery and community space provides training and employment to people currently serving or recently released from prison sentences.
With such amazing rewards on offer from these beer-boosting projects, and an underpinning ethos of community support, it’s no surprise that they all achieved crowdfunding success.
Rob Wilson, project owner behind Toast, spoke to us about their crowdfunding achievement, “Our Crowdfunder campaign aimed to give our supporters a chance to be part of the rev-ALE-ution, brewing surplus bread into delicious beer. We raised £28k -140% of our target – in just 28 days and used the funds to brew two new beer styles. We’re thrilled that both of these beers are now stocked nationwide in Tesco and many independent stores.”