Chapel Down's £1m crowdfunder to build new brewery

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

26 October 2015

English sparkling wine and beer producer Chapel Down has launched a crowd-funding campaign to build a new brewery.

The Kent-based producer is looking to raise £1m in exchange for 5.88% equity. The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) funder will help build the new Ashford brewery and visitor centre, which will be under 40 minutes from central London, and 20 minutes from Dover.

Curious Drinks CEO Frazer Thompson said: 'Over the last few years, our sales have grown rapidly, and we've picked up international awards and trophies along the way. And now we’ve reached the point where we need to build a brand-spanking new brewery and really start to conquer the world. Because make no mistake, Curious Brew is a beer we really believe can conquer the world.'

Sales of Curious Drink’s beer and cider are currently growing at around 40% a year, and are stocked by outlets including Jamie’s Italian, Waitrose, Majestic, Hilton and Marriott Hotels.  The campaign is already 36% funded with £361,900 raised in the first few days of fundraising.

Chapel Down's Curious Drinks range currently includes a lager, IPA, Porter and a cider.

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