Wantsum Brewery The Next Level

by Wantsum Brewery in Birchington, Kent, United Kingdom

Wantsum Brewery The Next Level
We did it
On 6th May 2022 we successfully raised £25,901 with 171 supporters in 34 days

Our aim of this project is to increase production output & continue to improve our ever popular Taproom

by Wantsum Brewery in Birchington, Kent, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Primarily we want to achieve purchasing additional Casks & Improvements too our Taproom, the additional funding will help go towards funding a brand new Brew Kit.


The History

In 2009, James Sandy started brewing “Fortitude” Wantsum Brewery's first of what has become an extensive range of beers all named after people or pivotal events in Kent’s history. Originally a 6 British barrel brewery that brewed 24 firkins a week. In 2012 it had grown to a 12 barrel brewery and the production has risen dramatically to over 200 firkins a week. Beers made with British barley and a variety of hops from around the world including, of course, the excellent hops from Kent.

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At the start of the pandemic in back in 2020 it was hard to imagine how the brewery was going to see it through to the other side as I am sure did many other breweries / pubs / restaurants and food & drink outlets. But we managed to adapt quickly, putting more of a range into Bottles / MiniKegs / Polypins, setting up an online webshop with the help of local customers and a team with the passion and drive to want to see the brewery make it past the pandemic. Not only did we succeed in surviving but launched ourselves out the like a rocket, successfully expanding our customer base and popularity near and far.

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The Present

As it stands now in 2022, we are brewing even more interesting exciting beers bridging the gap between Traditional Ales and Modern Craft Beer. On average producing 10000 - 12000L of beer a week, but we are struggling to keep up with the demand for our products, we recently ordered two band new 40HL Fermenters to increase our capacity.

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The Future

The next stage to take us to another level is to replace our 12BBL BrewKit with a more modern 20BBL Kit, this will allow us to not only produce higher volumes of beer a week, but also improve consistency and experiment with new styles of beer not currently possible with out current equipment. We also need more casks to allow us to continue expanding our customer base & range which is already increasing week on week.

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At the same time we would like to make some improvements to our current Taproom, we have spent the Winter months working with our Beer Club members on improving the look and feel of the Taproom as it grows more and more popular. However, there is still more needing to be done, such as getting a proper chilled stillage room dedicated to the Taproom to pour the perfect pint at the perfect temperature. Increase and Improve our outdoor seating area, build a permanent fixed bar and more!

The Opportunity

We are asking our loyal customers and fans near and far to play their part in helping us to raise £10,000 to help boost our production output, but we have high expectations we will fly past this initial target allowing us to consider looking into upgrading our BrewKit.

So, for every £1.00 you spend, as a thank you, we will give you £1.50 back in Taproom / Shop / Online Store credit to spend on Wantsum Beer & Merchandise! And More! (see our different reward level offerings for more details) as well as a lifetime 10% discount to use in taproom shop and online shop. Finally, everyone who supports us with this project will have their name displayed on our 'Wantsum Wall of Fame' which will be going up on display in the Taproom at the end of this project for those who want their name going up of course.

Thank You in advance for your support.

*IMPORTANT NOTES*

  • The name you use here will be the name printed on your investor card so please make sure it is spelt how you wish it to be spelt, if it is a gift please use the person's name who it is attended for.
  • Please ensure the address that the rewards need to be sent to is correct (We will be offering a collection option)
  • Please check your email & telephone details are correct as this will be our main line of communication for you.
  • We are currently only able to ship within the UK so please bear this in mind if you wish to pledge from outside the UK

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£50 or more

£50 Pin Reward

By pledging £50, you will receive a pledge card & preloaded £75 account that can be used Online or in our Taproom to purchase Wantsum Beer & Merchandise. you will also receive a lifetime 10% discount valid on our Webshop & Brewery shop.

£100 or more

£100 Firkin Reward

By pledging £100, you will receive a pledge card & preloaded £150 account that can be used Online or in our Taproom to purchase Wantsum Beer & Merchandise, a Wantsum Tulip Glass & you will also receive a lifetime 10% discount valid on our Webshop & Brewery shop.

£200 or more

£200 Kilderkin Reward

By pledging £200, you will receive a pledge card & preloaded £300 account that can be used Online or in our Taproom to purchase Wantsum Beer & Merchandise, a Wantsum Brewery T Shirt, a Wantsum Tulip Glass & you will also receive a lifetime 10% discount valid on our Webshop & Brewery shop.

£300 or more

£300 Barrel Reward

By pledging £300, you will receive a pledge card & preloaded £450 account that can be used Online or in our Taproom to purchase Wantsum Beer & Merchandise, a Wantsum Brewery T-Shirt, a Wantsum Tulip Glass, a Brewery Tour & Tasting for 4 people & you will also receive a lifetime 10% discount valid on our Webshop & Brewery shop.

£500 or more

£500 Hogshead Reward

By pledging £500, you will receive a pledge card & preloaded £750 account that can be used Online or in our Taproom to purchase Wantsum Beer & Merchandise, a Wantsum Brewery T-Shirt, a Wantsum Tulip Glass, a Brewery Experience & Tasting for 4 People & you will also receive a lifetime 10% discount valid on our Webshop & Brewery shop.

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