Strangers Brewing Co. needs you

by Brett Welch in Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 8th September 2021 we successfully raised £20,407 with 170 supporters in 42 days

Your chance to become part of a local, sustainable brewery based in Linlithgow. Help us to buy equipment and grow our own local ingredients.

by Brett Welch in Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are so pleased to have reached our original target of £15,000, as this was the minimum we really needed to get the brewery going. Going beyond that will allow us to buy bigger and better quality equipment, and the more support we get from our crowd means the less funding we'll need to find (or borrow) from elsewhere. 

Reaching our stretch target will allow us to invest in better equipment from the start, which means we can brew a wider variety of beers, and make more beer per year! 

Thanks so much for all the support so far, and let's keep going!


At Narrowboat Farm on the outskirts of Linlithgow, we are in the process of converting an old vegetable shed into a new craft microbrewery - Strangers Brewing Co. 

What are our plans?

We want to bring brewing back to Linlithgow, making distinctive, delicious beers that are clearly rooted in the local landscape. Our artisan, hand-crafted beers will use local ingredients, and take their flavours from what’s growing on the sustainable farm and the surrounding Scottish countryside.

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Building a community

We really want people to join our Strangers Brewing community, so this crowdfunder is stuffed with unmissable rewards that give supporters an opportunity to be part of something incredible. As well as raising money for the project, you'll have opportunities to be part of the Strangers story as we grow over the coming years - by being part of exclusive tastings, giving us feedback and creative ideas on what we should be brewing, or helping create more amazing habitats at the farm itself. 

Your support will help us to:

  • Buy microbrewery kit and fermentation tanks to help us make amazing beer! The more pledges we receive, the bigger and better the kit we can buy;
  • Create a new wetland habitat on the farm, to help us increase biodiversity at the farm whilst managing our drainage sustainably. This will be great for the environment and will also help us practically manage the water from the brewery; 
  • Plant fruit trees (and other edible plants) to provide delicious, local ingredients for the beers and create even more habitats for birds, pollinators and animals; 

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We want to make beer that’s full of flavour yet balanced, interesting without being ‘wacky’. We'll make beer that we enjoy drinking, instead of just following what everyone else is doing. Our beers will take their inspiration from the seasons, and their exciting flavours from what is growing on the farm - so that might mean a summer ale with home-grown raspberries, foraging elderflower for a pale ale, or adding our own coriander seed to a wheat beer.

Where this began

While Strangers Brewing Co. is just getting started, our founder Brett has been making beer for himself, family and friends for many years. His love of brewing with natural, local ingredients began when his granny passed on some old brewing equipment and her recipes for homemade wine. He has been making interesting brews ever since.

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...and why Strangers?

Linlithgow's motto is about being 'kind to strangers' - that is where our name comes from, and we'll be living this ethos by giving back to the community that we are part of. 

For now, we ask that you be kind to Strangers Brewing Co. too, by donating to help us get off the ground. Thank you!

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Our signature Strangers Brewing Co. glasses

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These glasses are perfect for a 330ml can.

*Terms and Conditions for Prize Draw

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Open to anyone (over the age of 18) worldwide except employees of the Promoters, their families, agents or anyone professionally connected with the draw.  
  • Entries will be accepted between 1200 hrs GMT on Wednesday 28th July 2021 and 1800 hrs GMT on Sunday 12th September 2021. 
  • Entrants may enter as many times as they like.
  • To enter, make a pledge on this project and select a reward which includes prize draw entry when you make your pledge. Pledges which are donations without rewards will not be entered.
  • Entrants can pledge to this campaign without entering the prize draw.
  • To enter the draw without pledging, please send a postcard with your name, address, email address and contact telephone number to: Strangers Brewing Co., Narrowboat Farm, Linlithgow, EH49 6QY. Entries must be sent on a postcard or on or within an envelope. Entries received on anything other than a postcard or within an envelope will not be accepted. In the case of multiple entries received in a single envelope or postcard, only one entry will be entered into the promotion. Entries sent by post must be received by the closing date and time for receipt of entries. Postal entries without correct and sufficient postage paid will be invalid and will not be considered. Personal and hand deliveries will not be accepted.
  • Three winning entries will be chosen at random once the closing date has past. Whilst entrants may enter multiple times, any one entrant is only eligible to win one of the three prizes.
  • Following the closing date, the winners will be chosen at random and contacted before 31st October 2021. They will be contacted by email on how to claim their prize.
  • The winners will be sent their prizes once commercial production begins (likely to be early 2022).
  • By entering this draw, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter only for the purposes of the administration of this draw and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented.
  • The Promoter will keep entrants' personal details for a reasonable time so that it can send any prize that an entrant has won, to verify that these rules have been complied with, and for accounting purposes. 
  • The Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in Promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in Promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the prize draw, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants or a representative of Promoter.
  • The Promoter is Strangers Brewing Co. LTD (company registered in Scotland SC690749).  
  • These terms and conditions are governed by Scottish law and the courts of Scotland will have exclusive jurisdiction.
  • By entering into this draw, each entrant consents to these terms and conditions.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£150 or more

62 of 100 claimed

£150 Reward - Founder member

Be part of our exclusive Founders Beer Club. 10% discount for 2 years (from our first beer release), as well as 'First chance to buy' each new beer. Exclusive Founders-only online tasting and feedback events. 12 cans from our first beer batch along with 2 of our signature Strangers Brewing Co. glasses, within a stylish gift box. Entry to the 'beer for a year' prize draw, a Founders certificate and your name on our Founders Wall in the brewery.

£20 or more

£20 reward - Prize draw - Beer for a year!

Everyone donating £20 or more will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three 'Beer for a year' prizes! The lucky winners will get a case of 6 beers every month for the first year after we start full production, which is likely to be from early 2022. *Full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page. To ensure compliance with Scots Law, there is also a route to enter the competition for free by post.

£40 or more

£40 Reward - Our First Beer: gift pack

You'll receive a case of 6 cans from our first commercial beer batch along with two of our signature Strangers Brewing Co. glasses, all within a stylish gift box, as well as having your name added into our 'beer for a year prize draw'. Cost of postage included within the UK.

£40 or more

7 of 25 claimed

£40 Pledge - Wetland plants

By pledging here you'll be helping to build our new wetland habitat at the farm. Your support will go towards buying native wetland plants and helping the groundworks we'll need to create the new habitat. This will help increase biodiversity on the farm, whilst also helping us to manage the water from the brewery. Your name will also be entered into our 'beer for a year prize draw'.

£40 or more

£40 Reward - Our First Beer: GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Our First Beer' reward as a gift for someone else. Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends, followed by the reward.

£40 or more

£40 Reward - Wetland Plants - GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Wetland Plants' reward as a gift for someone else! Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends.

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward - Online beer tasting evening

You're invited to an exclusive beer tasting evening (online), where our founder Brett will talk through the brewing process and the ingredients we use, whilst we taste a range of Strangers Brewing Co. beers. You'll give your feedback on the beers, hear about the recipes and the inspiration behind them, and talk beer with like-minded folk. The event will be in Spring 2022, cost of postage of the beers is included within the UK.

£50 or more

£50 Reward- Online beer tasting - GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Online Beer Tasting' reward as a gift for someone else. Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends, followed by the reward.

£60 or more

7 of 20 claimed

£60 Reward - Plant a tree

For every pledge we'll plant a fruit tree at Narrowboat Farm. As an average apple tree might grow for 40-80 years, you'll be making a difference for a long time into the future! Your name will also be entered into our 'beer for a year prize draw'.

£60 or more

£60 Reward - Plant a tree - GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Plant a tree' reward as a gift for someone else. Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends, followed by the reward.

£150 or more

£150 Reward - Founder member - GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Founder Member' reward as a gift for someone else. Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends, followed by the reward.

£180 or more

£180 Reward - Beer for a year - GIFT CERTIFICATE

Buy 'Beer for a year' reward as a gift for someone else. Gift certificate sent to your lucky recipient (with your name on it) once the crowdfunder ends, followed by the reward.

£300 or more

3 of 6 claimed

£300 Reward - Sponsor a beer

A 'thank you' message with your company logo or name/message on the label of every can and case of a full batch of Strangers Brewing Co. beer (a batch will be around c2800 330ml cans, sold in cases of 6 or 12). Please note that this reward does not include the beer itself, and that nothing political or offensive will be allowed! Thank you message and logo will be up to 3cmx4cm on each can, with a larger label on each case.

£1,200 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£1200 Reward - Personalised beer batch!

Ideal for big events, weddings, businesses and sports clubs, this reward gets you a personalised batch of 60 cases of beer (12x330ml - 720 cans in total) with your own name and label on each can. You'll work with our founder Brett to agree a beer style of your choice (within a range of mainstream styles and strengths) which will then be brewed and packaged just for you.

£180 or more

25 of 25 claimed

£180 Reward - Beer for a year

You'll get two of our signature Strangers Brewing Co. glasses, as well as a case of 6 cans of beer each month for the first 12 months of production (likely to start in early 2022), cost of postage is included within the UK.

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