Southampton’s fast-growing Unity Brewing Co has launched a crowdfunding campaign, giving customers the chance to invest in the brewery.

Unity launched at its current Portswood premises in late 2016, and has since built an award-winning national profile, as well as a dedicated local fanbase.

With demand for its beer significantly outstripping supply, the brewery is now preparing to expand into new premises in Northam, and to raise the funds, it has just released a new batch of shares for customers to buy.

Founder and head brewer, Jimmy Hatherley, said: “We’re really proud to be representing Southampton’s fast-growing beer scene. It made perfect sense to us to give our customers the chance to invest in us and become a part of the brewery, and it’s definitely in-keeping with our spirit of bringing together people, ingredients and ideas, to create delicious beer that is more than the sum of its parts.”

Four core beers, plus specials

Unity currently produces 4,000 pints per week, sold nationally in bars, restaurants and bottle shops, as well as at the brewery’s popular on-site taproom. Four core beers — Conflux pale ale, Collision South Coast IPA, Congregate Belgian pale, and Nocturne oatmeal porter — sit alongside a range of Belgian- and American-influenced special seasonal and one-off brews.

Production will immediately double in the new premises, with the team planning for the first brew on the new kit to happen in September.

The brewery employs five members of staff, including lead brewer Jim Fullegar — who set up Broken Bridge brewery in Swanmore — and sales and logistics manager Bolo Hooper, formerly of The Rockstone in Bevois Valley.

Hatherey said: “We’re so excited about our next phase of growth and can’t wait to bring our customers along with us on the journey as investors.”

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