Support a Pioneering Small Island Brewery

by The Isle of Eigg Brewery in Isle Of Eigg, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th December 2020 we successfully raised £195,706 with 605 investors in 42 days

We're making pioneering craft beer on the Isle of Eigg for social and environmental good. We need your help to make it happen!

by The Isle of Eigg Brewery in Isle Of Eigg, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Excitingly, we’ve reached our target with a breath-taking TWO WEEKS left. 

With two weeks still to go we have an amazing opportunity to reach our maximum target of £190,000 getting us up and running quicker and allowing us to rapidly meet all our social and environmental objectives.  This is where real gains for our community and our environment begin to fly.



Island.           Community.              Beer.

A Brewery with a Difference.

The Isle of Eigg Brewery, Scotland’s 1st Co-operative brewery, wants to forge a fairer future. We'd love for you to join us on our journey as we build a brewery that: 

  • Is for people not profit
  • Gives back to the environment
  • Explores a world of taste

Together we’ll make beer that’s truly more than the sum of its blurb.

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Beer.

For 5 years our predecessor, Laig Bay Brewing Company, braved rough tracks, uncompromising weather and the logistics of transporting anything to a brewery-perched-above-the-highest-residence-on-a-wild-island, to make exceptional beer. We brewed for the Highlands and, in partnership with ALDI, for all of Scotland. But we could never make enough, such was our size. This phoenix enterprise, Isle of Eigg Brewery, will redress this.

We want to build an environmentally-friendly brewery to meet the demand for our beers on and off Eigg. Our new site in the heart of the island is perfectly located for both brewing logistics and local and tourist footfall. A bespoke brewkit and a new building will allow us to meet projected and future interest. Our energy requirements will be met using PV solar panels and Tesla Powerwall technology which will also fuel our electric vehicle.

A total of £230, 000 will cover us from foundations to first brew. To fund this we’ve applied for various grants, but need to raise at least £125, 000 in this community share issue.

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The Eiggality

The Isle of Eigg is a tiny island off the West coast of Scotland home to around 100 people.

In 1997 the community famously raised the funds to buy the island and put an end to hundreds of years of Laird rule. For the last twenty three years, Eigg has been a successful model for Scottish land reform and community ownership. Eigg’s pioneering spirit is instrumental in our vision.

We want to explore community ownership beyond Eigg’s borders, helping to increase our economic diversification and future resilience while sharing our remote island experience. We see beer, the great social leveller, as the ideal way to begin this.

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The Benefits

Here's what we can create together:

A brewery that’s for people rather than profit

  • 3 jobs in 3 years to help secure a tiny island’s economic future
  • Annual grant investing in local, entrepreneurial start-ups to increase island resilience
  • Owned and run by our investors, the people who drink our beer and share our success 

A brewery that gives rather than takes-from the environment

  • Our beer will be brewed using 100% renewable energy
  • Our used raw materials will support local farming and Eigg’s tree nursery
  • We're working towards zero-carbon deliveries throughout the Highlands

A brewery that adventures in beer

  • Taking our inspiration from the US and Belgium-styles, we’ll brew year-round beers, seasonal exclusives and limited edition longer-fermented ales. And we can’t wait to brew collaboratively with brewery friends across the world.
  • We’ll send our beer to pubs, restaurants and specialist beer shops throughout the Scottish Highlands and beyond, while our online shop will allow everyone access to our beers wherever they live.
  • We’ll host a brew kitchen where you can come and brew your own beer in an idyllic location, and there'll be plenty of time for the odd tasting session.


For more information check out the Offer Document at the bottom of this page or on our website:                                                    www.eiggbrewery.com 


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We can only deliver this amazing project, designed to add massive, sustainable value throughout the Highlands, with your help. Please consider investing in our project.


Choose Your Reward!

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  • The minimum investment is 50 x £1 shares for Eigg residents and 100 x £1 shares for everyone else. 
  • You can invest an amount of your choice above the minimum investment by clicking to add more on the Crowdfunder payment page and selecting the option 'Other'. 
  • Shares are being sold in £10 blocks. So, if you wanted to invest more than £100, but less than the next reward at £250, you could invest any sum between £110 and £240.
  • Everyone has a say in the future direction and strategy of the brewery and the chance to stand for the Board.
  • It’s projected that 1.5% interest will be available after Year 3 for everyone who invests
  • SEIS and EIS Tax relief has been applied for and our advisors are very confident that advanced assurance will be received. 

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What are Community Shares?

Community shares are withdrawable shares that cannot be sold, traded or transferred between Members, unlike shares in a typical company. All Members are entitled to one vote – regardless of how many shares they hold.

Members can be paid interest on their shares if the Board believe it would be sensible to do so, and can also withdraw their shareholding (in effect, have it bought back by the society), along with any interest accrued, subject to the approval of the board after the first 3 years of trading. 

Investors can also claim tax relief on their shares, provided they are eligible UK income taxpayers and meet the investment requirement. 

The rights and responsibilities of members are detailed in the Share Offer Document and the Rules of the Society, which you are advised to read before committing to invest.

68e8788e03c04054715f45c0aafcd23f6e560ddbThe Community Shares Standard Mark is awarded by the Community Shares Unit to offers that meet national standards of good practice. For more information about community shares, the Community Shares Standard Mark and the Community Shares Unit go to www.communityshares.org.uk

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Levels of Investment

£100 or more

Join the Brewery!

Welcome! With this investment you'll become a Member of the Isle of Eigg Brewery and have an equal voice in its direction, receive a share certificate detailing your shares and a Lifetime 5% Discount Card to spend in our brewery and online shop.

£50 or more

The Go for It!

You love the idea of a green craft brewery on Eigg and want to be part of our story. A lifetime 5% Discount Card for our brewery and online shop is yours! Please note this level does not include shares in the brewery.

£250 or more

The I am the Eiggman

With this investment you'll receive all of the above plus a limited edition Isle of Eigg Brewery T-shirt and a 12 pack of beer on your 1st visit to the brewery. Goo Goo G'joob!

£250 or more

Business Investment

If you're a pub, restaurant or specialist beer shop keen to invest in and have a say in the The Isle of Eigg Brewery's future, we'll offer you a Lifetime 5% wholesale discount card. Email us at [email protected] for more information.

£1,000 or more

The Independence IPA

With this investment you'll receive all of the above plus 30% Tax Relief on your investment, an invitation to our launch event for you and a friend, a 24 pack of beer on your 1st trip to the brewery as well as a free tour for 2. Hurrah!

£5,000 or more

50% Tax Relief on your Investment

Sláinte Mhath! With this investment you'll get 50% SEED Enterprise relief (more if you use capital gains to invest) plus all the previous rewards. Note that only the first £150, 000 invested in this reward or in sums greater than £5, 000 will be eligible and taxpayers must qualify for relief.

£7,500 or more

3 of 5 claimed

The Wonderment

This investment receives all of the above plus the opportunity to create, brew, name and drink your own beer. You'll discuss what beer you'd like to make with the team then come to Eigg and brew it! On the day, we'll have a special taster session with our top secret prototypes. And when your brew's ready, we'll send a case of your sustainable, bespoke beer direct to your door (for UK Members only).

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