Build a tap room at Kanpai Sake Brewery

by Kanpai - London Craft Sake in Peckham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th September 2018 we successfully raised £11,800 with 129 supporters in 35 days

Join the sake revolution! Be part of building a tap room and new brew space at the UK's first sake brewery.

by Kanpai - London Craft Sake in Peckham, England, United Kingdom

Where we're from

Kanpai exists to create distinct London-style sakes, using traditional Japanese techniques. Following a whirlwind year and a half as the UK's first sake brewery (with awards to boot!) our aim now is to make more of the good stuff and to launch a casual bar in which everyone can come and discover sake.

Since falling in love with sake in Japan on brewery visits and within relaxed izakayas, we've spent years learning the intricate ways to brew it. We're passionate to bring this unique rice brew into the homes and tables of the UK and further afield. We've put all of our energy, blood, sweat and tears into Kanpai to develop unique and creative sakes - such as our hopped sparkling FIZU - and brought sake to new exciting places such as festivals, craft beer shops and burger joints. If you like your flavoursome beers and craft gins, we think you'll enjoy craft sake too, bursting with umami.

We simply wouldn't be here today without the support of so many generous people – in time, taste-buds and consumption! We think it’s time to give back to those who have joined us so far on the sake revolution and officially welcome you to the Kanpai family with a special home we can enjoy together.


Where we're heading (with you!)

We've rapidly outgrown our nanobrewery, and now we’re excited to make the leap to a much larger premises to produce even more craft and experimental sake – and most importantly to build a tap room so you can come and enjoy super fresh sake, overlooking where it's made.

We have located a perfect spot just a stone's throw from Peckham Rye station. Copeland Park is the beating heart of Peckham; a creative hub with a wonderful mix of cultures and many places to hang-out with friends and family. Our unit is a blank canvas and needs some serious TLC to set up a brewery and tap-room bar.

Our dream for the bar is to serve our sakes super fresh – in their truest form: unpasteurised and spritzy, on keg by the glass. We’ll serve our flagship range plus small experimental batches to hear what you think. You can try them at all temperatures and on taster sets to discover your favourite styles, plus mixed into cocktails. But it’s not all about us. We fell in love with sake in Japan and we can’t wait to share with you the fascinating range available, as we champion guest sakes on regular rotation. On top of that we’ll have craft Japanese beer and craft Japanese spirits (did someone say whisky?) and it wouldn’t be right to enjoy all this drink without Japanese soul food – expect ramen, onigiri and much much more as we invite our amazing chef friends down to play.

On top of this, we’ll also have the opportunity to create an events space to host supper clubs, tasting nights and workshops – such as ways to use our sake kasu in ferments, pickles and even soap! We want it to be a platform for anything inspired by Japan so expect some beautiful crafts, food and fashion.


Where your pledges go

Dreams come for free, but creating a brew space from a bike shop certainly doesn’t! £22,000 is the basic funding we need to help get a bigger brew tank, lay new flooring, create drainage and make a start on getting custom steaming and squeezing machinery made. All of this enables us to make more and higher quality sake. And thanks to mates rates, it’ll also get us a way towards the plumbing, electrics, cold room and woodwork required to launch the tap-room bar up on the mezzanine. 

The brewery space needs to be purpose-built to create this unique and special drink with its multiple specialist stages. Also, by having more room we’ll be able to host brewery workshops and tours – something we know a lot of people have been keen to do, and it’s been killing us not to be able to open our doors to you all. With your pledges, we can get in extra kit and ingredients to get you involved. 


Where you get rewards

Not only does your support help drive the sake revolution, we hope you enjoy the range of bespoke rewards as our way of saying THANK YOU: from t-shirts, to events, workshops and new brews. You can also think of it as a wise investment as we’re giving you the chance to increase the value of your money in Kanpai vouchers!


You guys might be asking why we aren’t crowdfunding for equity and the answer is simply that we’re not at that stage yet – we’re still a small start-up (we do absolutely everything just the two of us – including designing labels and delivering our bottles!) so we simply don’t have the means for the legal fees and financial reporting involved. But you can be sure when we’re ready our Kanpai family will have the option to buy in first!

Where we say 'arigato'

We have been truly humbled by the support and kind words on the journey so far - the inspirational people we've met and the energy you provide have kept us going! We’re hoping together we can take this next stride forwards in the sake revolution and enjoy lots of fun, learnings and delicious sake together.

We can’t wait to toast ‘kanpai’ with you soon! 

Thank you so much for joining us, 

Tom and Lucy


Keep in touch with us @kanpailondon and #sakerevolution 

Made from just rice, koji, water and yeast, all Kanpai London Craft Sake is: 

Small batch | High quality | Sulphite-free | Gluten-free | Preservative-free | Vegan


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£15 or more

Kanpai glass

Have it filled to the brim with your favourite fresh sake when you first collect it from the brewery!

£25 or more

Kanpai t-shirt

Select your size and we'll have it delivered to your door [UK only]

£40 or more

Bottle double

Get your hands on two fresh bottles from the new brewery (a special flagship plus an exclusive). Delivered to your door [UK only]

£50 or more

19 of 50 claimed

Launch party ticket - 29th September

Ticket for 1: Join us to celebrate on Saturday 29 September: Talk, tour, sake, snacks – and party!

£50 or more

31 of 50 claimed

Launch party ticket - 22nd September

Ticket for 1: Join us to celebrate on Saturday 22 September: Talk, tour, sake, snacks – and party!

£70 or more

Brewery tour

Ticket for 1: A special visit with ‘Meet the brewer’ talk, sake tasting workshop (including special moromi fresh from the tank) and a bottle to take away (choice of select Saturdays, 2 hours)

£100 or more

Grow your money!

Receive £150 in Kanpai vouchers to spend in the tap room (valid for 1 year)

£150 or more

Sake cocktail class

Ticket for 5: Grab some pals and join us for a special event of umami mixology, with snacks (weekday evening of choice in the brewery, 1.5 hours)

£250 or more

DIY brew day

Ticket for 1: Roll your sleeves up, dive into koji and join us for an intensive brew day course - includes all training for each intricate stage of sake production, plus all materials to take away to make your very own small batch to keep (select Sundays - includes lunch and sake tasting)

£500 or more

Brew crew!

Ticket for 5: Know some other brew enthusiasts or lovers of new experiences? Get together for a day of fun and sake brewing on our kit. Plus you’ll get 2 bottles each of the final masterpiece when it's complete (select Sundays - includes lunch and sake tastings)

£1,200 or more

Private party

Ticket for 10: Exclusive, private sake-paired special dinner hosted in the brewery. We'll team up with incredible chefs that use the very finest ingredients; this will be one to remember!

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