Campervan Brewery Community Taproom

by Campervan Brewery in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Campervan Brewery Community Taproom

£15,945

raised of £30,000 target

282

supporters
53% 9 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £30,000 is pledged by December 22nd 2018 at 4:15pm

We plan to create a community taproom which is wheelchair friendly and socially inclusive, to welcome more of our fellow wanderers.

by Campervan Brewery in Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

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Our taproom's been open just over a year now and we’ve already reached capacity. The Guardian recently described us as one of the top 10 taprooms in Europe. We need your help to welcome more Wanderers. We’re planning to create a community taproom by building a mezzanine level, creating a meeting and exhibition space and improving disabled access.

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Since launching Campervan Brewery, we've produced over 60 new beers. On a shoestring budget, and with the generous help of the volunteers from Edinburgh Tool Library, we opened the first taproom in central Edinburgh. It's located within the walls of our working brewery, so customers can see and smell the beer in production. We are delighted to be in the heart of Leith, where the local community has welcomed us with open arms. Campervan Brewery has the best of Leith, both its no-nonsense industrial roots that produce quality goods, as well as its open-minded creative genius that allow the arts to flourish. We want to embrace this more. 

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We are inundated by community groups and charities looking for a venue or event space. Manning the taproom ourselves means we can only open 2 days a week so we are struggling to fulfill their requirements. The industrial space is difficult to heat and the current bar and toilets aren't ideal for wheelchair access. The whole concept of the taproom is to have a social space that EVERYONE can access. We need to create an environment where the needs of all individuals, and groups, are met.

So next year, we plan to launch our fully inclusive Campervan Community Taproom:

- A private, bookable space for local charities and community groups.

- We will donate 5% of the sales from our biggest seller ‘Leith Juice’ to local charities, where you decide on the charity of choice.

- Regular events to support local artists: exhibitions, live entertainment, and musical performances with the aim of promoting that ‘community spirit’.

- Convert a shipping container into a fully equipped kitchen to give local street food concepts a base to showcase their skills. 

- The launch of a training scheme where those who are out of work or disadvantaged learn brewing, catering, business or marketing skills as a support back into work.

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To bring this vision to life we plan to:

- Install a mezzanine for extra seating and create a bookable space for local community groups to meet.

- Install heating in the taproom to make sure we can stay warm and welcoming all year round.

- Develop our barrel ageing project. With the extra floorspace provided by the mezzanine, we can utilise one wall downstairs to stack 50 wooden casks.

- Convert a shipping container into a fully equipped kitchen. With this, we can help give local street food concepts a base to showcase their skills and focus on collaborative projects such as bespoke food and beer pairings and other unique events for the community to take part in.

- Knock through the connecting wall between the brewhouse and taproom, so that you really are sitting amongst the stainless steel of the brewhouse, seeing where your beer is being made.

- Obtain a public entertainment license to allow a wider variety of events.

- Additional toilets and adequate fire exits to accommodate our increased capacity.

Increase the size of the taproom to allow easier wheelchair access.

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1. Our fellow Wanderers got behind the Campervan concept from the outset and we want to show our appreciation. We aren’t going down the usual route of equity and shares to watch you spend the next 10 years looking at the financial times. Life’s for living now, so instead these are real, tangible gifts for you to enjoy straight away

2. We want to welcome more Wanderers to our community. Everyone who pledges will receive their own membership card, making them an official member of the Campervan family, as well as allowing first access to special events, unique discounts and the ability to vote for the charities Campervan donates to.

3. Currently, any free cash we have is ploughed back into the business to help us meet increasing demand. We are investing in new brewing equipment and fermentation tanks to increase capacity. We will be unable to fund the Taproom expansion and do this at the same time, hence the need for help with funding.

On 23rd November 2018, we will launch our Crowdfund campaign which will run for just 4 weeks. This is an all or nothing campaign so we need you to believe in us, back us and big us up. Together we can make this work!

You won’t need to look any further for your Christmas presents as we’re taking all that stress away from you this year. From beer yoga to becoming a brewer for a day - we have everything on your Santa list. Join us on the next stage of this journey

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Wandering, but not lost

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Christmas Gift Bag

Pledge £15 and we'll give you one of our new branded tote bags and fill it with 6 of our beers (330ml x 6). Only available for collection from the taproom.

£15 or more

40 of 40 claimed

Christmas Gift Bag

Pledge £15 and we'll give you one of our new branded tote bags and fill it with 6 of our beers (330ml x 6). Only available for collection from the taproom.

£20 or more

Brewery Tour for 2 + Beer

This pledge offers you and a friend a behind the scenes tour of the brewery. Followed by 5 x 1/3 pints, each in the taproom.

£25 or more

£50 in Beer Vouchers

FREE BEER!!! Pledge £25, and we’ll give you DOUBLE YOUR MONEY back in vouchers to spend on beer in the taproom.

£25 or more

The Christmas Bundle

The Christmas Bundle - One of our new t-shirts AND beanie. Or, if you can pick up at the brewery, we can exchange one item for a gift pack with 3 bottles of beer. (Perfect size for under the Christmas tree). If you come down to pick it up at the taproom we'll even give you a pint on us for your efforts.

£25 or more

40 of 40 claimed

The Christmas Bundle

The Christmas Bundle - One of our new t-shirts AND beanie. Or, if you can pick up at the brewery, we can exchange one item for a gift pack with 3 bottles of beer. (Perfect size for under the Christmas tree). If you come down to pick it up at the taproom we'll even give you a pint on us for your efforts.

£35 or more

14 of 40 claimed

Food and beer pairing evening + Gift Pack

Come along to one of our legendary food and beer pairing evenings and enjoy 6 of our beers paired with 6 different cheeses and charcuterie. Plus at the end you'll receive a gift pack with 3 of your favourite beers to take home.

£40 or more

24 of 40 claimed

The Christmas Case + T Shirt

Includes a mixed case of bottles (24 x 330ml) and one of our new t-shirts. Pick up from the Taproom only.

£40 or more

12 of 40 claimed

Beer Yoga + Campervan Yoga Mat - Chill out session

Next year we're going to start hosting monthly Yoga classes in the taproom. This pledge will give you access to 1 of these classes as well as your own unique Campervan Yoga Mat crafted by our neighbours at Ekotex Yoga. If that's not enough to relax you, we'll also talk you through our selection of beers and let you enjoy 4 half pints of beer after your Yoga class.

£50 or more

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£100 in Beer Vouchers

FREE BEER!!! Pledge £50, and we’ll give you DOUBLE YOUR MONEY back in vouchers to spend on beer in the taproom.

£70 or more

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Surf Lesson with Beach Party

We've teamed up with Coast to Coast Surf School to offer this unique experience. You're going to spend the day learning how to surf down at Belhaven Bay in Dunbar.(All equipment and wetsuits provided). Afterwards, join our very own beach party (weather permitting). The beer will be flowing on us and we'll even spark up the BBQ back at the taproom when you get hungry. An idyllic day out with your beer buddies.

£75 or more

10 of 50 claimed

LOST Membership + T Shirt

1 year membership of our quarterly, exclusive club hosted in the Taproom. Led by our brewers, we'll be bottle sharing many of our exclusive one offs from our LOST range of beers. Think bretted, barrel aged, sour and Imperial beers. Includes 12 limited release bottles for you to take away. Can also post in the UK or at cost overseas

£100 or more

13 of 40 claimed

Adopt a Barrel

Have your name on the face of one of our barrels for a year. Throughout the year you'll be kept up to date with what's going on with your barrel. Not only that, we'll send you 6 bottles of the next 4 beers that are aged in your barrel (24 bottles). These can be picked up from the taproom or posted within the UK. Can send at cost overseas.

£100 or more

£200 in Beer Vouchers

Even more FREE BEER!!!! Pledge £100, and we’ll give you DOUBLE YOUR MONEY back in vouchers to spend on beer in the taproom.

£150 or more

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Brewer for the day

Pledge £150 and you and a friend will join our brewery for a full day's hands-on experience. At the end of the day, you will leave full of knowledge about our brewing process as well as a case of beer. Brewing is hungry work so we'll provide the lunch too. Absolute beginners and experienced home brewers ALL welcome.

£250 or more

£500 in Beer Vouchers

Pledge £250, and we’ll give you DOUBLE YOUR MONEY back in vouchers to spend on beer in the taproom. Yep, that's £250 worth of free beer!!!

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Campervan Private Party

We'll drive the Campervan Bar to you for your private party. We'll supply 4 kegs (200 pints) and also include glassware and staff. Limited to a 50 mile radius from Edinburgh, due to the van's age and its regular ill health. Create a unique wedding, corporate event or family celebration.

£2,000 or more

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Brew your own beer

Come and join us for a brew day! We'll help you craft a recipe then you decide on the name and branding. You'll see 1000 bottles of your limited edition beer reach out across the UK, PLUS you'll receive 20 cases. Once the beer's ready to sell, we'll get you and a group of 20 friends back into the taproom to officially launch it with £500 tab at the bar. Don't live in Edinburgh? We'll lend you the Campervan to sleep in overnight!

£3,000 or more

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Private Taproom Hire

Invite up to 80 people to come and have a private party in the taproom. We'll set up a £2000 bar tab and provide street food for all your guests. An ideal way to celebrate life's biggest events and adventures.


Let's make 'Campervan Brewery Community Taproom' happen