Stroud Brewery, which earlier this year launched a £100,000 crowdfunder to help it get through the pandemic, has smashed its target.
The organic ale brewery needed £100,000 to help pay ongoing costs, and kick start new projects to expand its beer sales. It has now raised £104,000 and is now stretching its target to see if its supporters can help it raise an extra £25,000 to ensure it can get through to the end of April and open its doors for May Bank Holiday.
Greg said: “We are an ethical business which doesn’t just run for profit, but also for people and plant. Since lockdown we have lost 75 per cent of our customers. We champion the pub and those ethical routes to market, and never really established sales to the big multiples, which was an ethical choice for us, but this has come at a cost.”
The craft brewery, which was only established in 2006, opened a £1.2 million pound brewery at Kingfisher Park, London Road, Stroud in 2019.
The new site has increased the brewery’s production capacity and provided a larger office with a canal-side tap, along with beautiful views across the Golden Valley.
Stroud Brewery was established by former marine biologist Greg Pilley. After working for conservation organisations across the world, he spent two years travelling and researching the traditional alcoholic beverages of Africa. Returning to the UK he began working for the Soil Association, but soon decided to pool his interests and establish a craft brewery in Stroud.
Just two months after opening its doors, Stroud Brewery’s launch brew, Budding, was awarded Champion Beer of Gloucestershire at the Cotswold Beer Festival and it remains the brewery’s most popular beer.