Flagship Beer - Brewery Expansion

by flagshipbeer in Liverpool, Merseyside, England

We are Flagship Beer. We're moving from supplying in-house beers for The Ship and Mitre, Liverpool, to bigger kit and more beer.

by flagshipbeer in Liverpool, Merseyside, England

We did it
On 21st November 2017 we successfully raised £2,375 with 43 supporters in 35 days

We are Flagship Beer

We’ve been brewing for the Ship and Mitre, Liverpool’s premier real ale pub, for almost a year now and your response to the beer has been amazing.  Our cask and bottle-conditioned beers have been popular, rapidly becoming regular choices for our fans. Right now, we brew for the Ship (and a few small beer swaps with national breweries), which is fantastic. We rent most of our brewing kit at a local brewery, and to expand we need your help.

We have £10,000 to begin our expansion for the brewery and we need £20,000 more to fully build out the rest.  We hope this is just the beginning of Flagship Beer.  We have loads of stuff we’d like to do, like getting some fresh, chilled keg beer out to drinkers. And we’ve never been able to get our hands on the kind of hops used in great, modern American style pales and IPAs. Then we’d like to brew some German and Belgian styles, and that will mean investing in more expensive conditioning equipment. And at that point we'll have run out of cold storage space!

Timeline & Goals

 We've already rebranded, redesigning our pump clips and bottle labels for our new logo and designs. And we've developed some new recipes launching at our Wirral Beer Festival in Port Sunlight, October 26-29th. 

What's next?

If we reach this level...... we can do this thing... ...including:When?
£1000Bottling RunsAt this level, we can bottle lots of our core range along with specials, all rebranded as Flagship Beer, and distribute to bottle shops across the country.
This buys us bottling kit we can reuse, labels, printing and marketing
December 2017 in time for Christmas gift packs!
£2500Cask Expansion ProjectWe own just enough casks to fill with beer, deliver to the pub, cellar and serve.
To distribute beyond the pub, we need a good quality stainless-steel cask population.
December 2017 - January 2018
£5000Carbonation, kegging and conditioningWe want to brew German and Belgian styles, which don’t suit low-pressure casks (though we’ve tried!)
This goal covers complex kegging kit, a population of reusable stainless steel 30l kegs.
March 2018
£10,000New fermenters Our three sturdy stainless steel fermenters have been great for traditional styles, but we can’t use them for modern styles.
This goal expands our capacity hugely. This also includes new pumps, hoses, all kinds of gaskets and clamps fittings and a really big box to keep them in!
May 2018
£15,000Cold Storage SpaceOur current storage space is pretty small, with just enough room for a few week’s production and no room at all for storing bottles and kegs.
This will get us long term rental of a cooled storage unit where we can keep all that extra production.
June 2018 before the weather (possibly) picks up.

The Team

Brewer Joe  started fermenting all kinds of stuff 4 years ago, starting with tooth-meltingly bad mead. After a stint as Assistant Brewer at the Baltic Fleet pub, then Lead Brewer at Liverpool Craft, he took some time working with the Ship on their launch. As a huge fan of traditional styles from England, Ireland and Scotland, he's also keen to expand into European styles.  

Designer Andy has worked hand in hand with the Ship for years on branding, product design, logo and our new site. With years of experience, he’s put a modern, urban face to the brand.

Ben & Steve of the Ship pitch in with deliveries, distribution and (their favorite) suggestions for new recipes. They're the brains behind the pub plus the regular Port Sunlight festivals where we've launched new beers that have gone on to become regulars.

The Ship's team (including the amazing Clare in the video) ensure every last drop of the beers are cellared properly - time and temperature is everything for cask beers. We'd be nowhere without their quality control!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

2 of 500 claimed

£5 Reward

DINGHY - Keeping us afloat - your pledge makes all the difference. We'll put your name on our website with a big thank you and we'll have a bottle opener available for you to pick up in the pub or our bottle shop.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

MAN OVERBOARD! - No-one left behind! Thank you for your pledge. We'll put your name on our website as thanks.

£25 or more

5 of 100 claimed

£25 Reward

DAVY JONES LOCKER - A comfy t-shirt emblazoned with the Flagship design. Available at the pub.

£25 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

GROG - Your pledge nets you 2 free tickets to our next Wirral Beer Festival.

£30 or more

4 of 50 claimed

£30 Reward

SHIP MATES - We'll put your name pride of place on our wall forever. You'll also get a mention on our website.

£40 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£40 Reward

CASTAWAY (Fizz & Food OR Burger & Beer) - Look what washed up! You can while away your time on a desert island with either a bottle of wine OR two draught beers PLUS two mains from the Ship & Mitre Galley.

£50 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

SINKING (DRINKS) - Come visit the pub for a guided tasting session of five beers from across the world plus food matching.

£125 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£125 Reward

X MARKS THE SPOT - Just tell us where to come to. You let us know the party, garden, kitchen or potting shed and we'll set up a cask bar for you - two fresh, unfined beers from our range (20 litres each) with all the taps and tubes you need to pour.

£150 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

DEPTH CHARGE - our Head Brewer will take you deep into the brewing process. Bring up to five friends for a tour of the brewery, followed by a guided beer tasting back at the Ship.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

CAPTAIN'S TABLE - Free tickets and a VIP table for you and five friends at the next Ship & Mitre beer festival. We'll choose the best six beers for the table to get you started.

£250 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

BURIED TREASURE - we'll set up two casks of beers (41 litres each ) plus ice-packs for your party, garden, or underground lair.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£1,000 Reward

BOARDING PARTY - Wow! For your incredible pledge, we think you deserve something epic. We'll set up an event's beer with two keg and two cask beers, two crates of bottles, and loads of snacks and crisps.

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