Brewery Expansion & Tap Room (Melksham, Wiltshire)

by Malcolm Shipp in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

To improve our process and efficiency at the brewery, and to build a smarter customer friendly tap room.

by Malcolm Shipp in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

We did it
On 6th November 2017 we successfully raised £15,310 with 152 supporters in 45 days

New stretch target

If we hit all or even part of our stretch target, this will simply allow us to do more things and do them quicker. We'd like to introduce more of our beers in bottle format to the market. We'd like to do barrel aging and we'd like to find ourselves another outlet similar to our associated pub The Vaults in Devizes. We'd be incredibly grateful if you keep on bidding after the initial target is met and encourage friends and family to do so too!  CHEERS! Malcolm, Dave, Karen, Andy & Mandy


We're a small but growing brewery, bottle shop, online store and tap room in Melksham. We produce a range of core beers in both cask and bottle, several seasonals, special brews. We have already won a number of awards for our products.

The rewards we are offering in return for your support are far greater than the donation amount! Rewards can be used on Gluten Free Beer Store but only on our beers which are both gluten free and vegan.

Please note: All vouchers once received must be used within 24 months. 

What great Christmas presents these would make! All vouchers come in £5 and £10 denominations and can be given as presents to multiple people!

We've got some great ideas, some unusual revenue streams and award-winning beers, and we'd love to get our local and national community involved to help us grow and expand in to new territories!



We are specialists in gluten-free beer and, in addition to all our own bottled beers being gluten free, we also hold the largest range of gluten free beers in the UK, which we sell through our succesful online store GlutenFreeBeerStore 

Our production capacity in our Melksham brewery was until recently very tiny.  Demand had outstripped supply so, in May this year we expanded to six times the original capacity.  This allows us to brew 960 litres per brew, up to 3 times per week, and therefore enables us to supply a wider area.  It also allows us to keep our beer on the bar of our associated pub, The Vaults, Devizes, where you'll always find two to three of our beers on draught.

One of our most important customers is Pieminister, a large pie company based in Bristol.  At the end of 2015 they asked for samples of our gluten-free beer for to help them to develop their gluten-free pies.  Following successful trials, these launched recently in selected Waitrose stores across UK. Sainsbury's followed soon after, and then online through Ocado. This has seen an increased demand for our award-winning Savernake Stout, which we are only just keeping up with.  We now have interest from other food manufacturers to use our beer in their products.  This is an excellent revenue stream, as it is regular and constant, because the product is needed more so than it would be as a guest ale in a pub.

Whilst we have increased our capacity, we need more equipment to improve our processes and efficiency. An automated cask washer, kegging equipment and conditioning tanks would improve capacity further by freeing up fermenters and casks.  The majority of funds raised would be used for these improvements, and the rest would go towards improving our tap room experience.

We also have the ambition, the ideas, the designs, and the expertise to execute our plan. Now we are asking for your support to help us to fund this exciting venture!

If you're using a smart phone and can't see the rewards, just click support us below and then you'll see them listed.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A big thanks from us, and a one-off voucher for 10% off - either in our bottle shop or an entire evening of drinks at the brewery tap. No limit on the amount you can purchase with this voucher as long as it is in one day.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Simply invest £25 and get a £25 voucher plus a branded t shirt! Voucher can be spent in the brewery shop or either of our 2 online stores.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You'll get £60-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on any of our own bottled beers to take away from our shop or order online, or draught beers in our tap room. These vouchers can be used over a number of visits. You'll also receive a branded t-shirt. The t-shirt can either be collected from us or will be posted out with your first beer order if you order online.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Vaults Reward. You'll get £60-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on anything you like at The Vaults Pub in Devizes and either a Vaults or a K&A T Shirt. The t-shirt can be collected from the bar in November. You can purchase as many of these offers as you like and you have 2 years to spend the vouchers.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You'll get £130-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on any of our own bottled beers to take away from our shop or order online or draught beers in our tap room. These vouchers can be used over a number of visits. You'll also receive a branded t- shirt. The t-shirt can either be collected from us or will be posted out with your first beer order if you order online.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Vaults Reward. You'll get £130-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on anything you like at The Vaults Pub in Devizes and either a Vaults or a K&A T Shirt. The t-shirt can be collected from the bar in November. You can purchase as many of these offers as you like and you have 2 years to spend the vouchers.

£250 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£250 Reward

You'll receive an invitation for yourself and up to three others of your choosing to attend a brewery tour, followed by a fully tutored beer-tasting session. This session will include beer-matching with food. At the end of your session, each participant will take home a branded t-shirt and half-pint and pint glasses, and a 3-beer gift-pack of our wonderful beers.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Vaults Reward. You'll get £325-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on anything you like at The Vaults Pub in Devizes plus either a Vaults T Shirt or K&A T Shirt. The T Shirt can be collected from the bar in November. You can purchase as many of these vouchers as you like and you have 2 years to spend them.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

You'll get £325-worth of beer vouchers to be spent on any of our own bottled beers to take away from our shop or order online or draught beers in our tap room. These vouchers can be used over a number of visits. You'll also receive branded pint and half-pint glasses, and a branded t- shirt. The glasses and t-shirt can either be collected from us, or will be posted out with your first beer order if you order online.

£500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

You'll receive a full brewing experience for yourself and up to four friends. Spend a day at our brewery and help our head brewer to create a special beer. From mashing-in through to when the beer is sitting in the fermenter, you'll have a full hands-on day. We'll provide lunch and, you'll each get a branded t-shirt,half-pint & pint glasses. When the beer you brewed is ready you will receive 20ltrs of the beer each.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

You'll receive an invitation for yourself and up to nine others of your choosing to attend a brewery tour, followed by a fully tutored beer-tasting session. This will include beer-matching with food. At the end of your session, each participant will take home a branded t-shirt and half-pint and pint glasses, and a 3-beer gift-pack of our wonderful beers.

£1,000 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A full package of rewards. You'll receive not only £500 in vouchers to spend in our bottle shop or online, but also a choice of EITHER a full-day brewing experience for yourself and up to four others, with lunch included, OR an evening's tutored beer-tasting and food-matching for yourself and up to nine others. You and your friends will also take away branded t-shirts, branded half-pint and pint glasses, and a gift pack of our wonderful beers.


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