Brewery raises additional funds

Innis & Gunn exceeds funding target by £1.5m

Dougal Sharp (centre) : delighted (photo by Terry Murden)
Dougal Sharp (centre) : delighted (photo by Terry Murden)

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn exceeded its equity crowdfunding target by £1.5 million, raising a total of £2.5m when its campaign closed last night.

The Adventure Capital fund-raising exercise through the CrowdCube platform aimed to raise £1 million in equity, with Innis & Gunn selling 2% of its share capital.

Strong demand from investors saw the £500,000 mark surpassed in under 48 hours and the target of £1 million reached in under 72 hours.

With the initial target met, the campaign moved into ‘overfunding’ for the rest of November, which meant Innis & Gunn accepted further investment in exchange for releasing additional equity. At the close of the campaign, the brewery has sold 4.79% of its share capital to 2,012 investors.

The additional funds will enable Innis & Gunn to accelerate its growth plans and open a Beer Kitchen in England in 2017, a full year ahead of schedule.

The Beer Kitchen brand is Innis & Gunn’s award winning bar and restaurant concept serving a wide range of craft beer alongside a specially curated menu, creatively developed for food and beer pairings.

Innis & Gunn currently operates three Beer Kitchens Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews and plans on opening a further three in Scotland over the next 12 months in addition to a site in Toronto, Canada.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn’s founder and master brewer said: “Raising £2.5 million is an amazing achievement and is testament to the belief the public has in our potential to affect and change the future of beer in the UK and abroad.

“We’ve worked tremendously hard over the last 13 years to brew great tasting, award winning beer and this campaign has given us the opportunity to do even more. I’m most looking forward to our next annual general meeting where I can meet many of these investors in person.

“This is not only an exciting chapter for Innis & Gunn, I believe this is clear proof that the public desire beer that stands out from the masses, beer that is flavoursome and beer brewed with passion.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with our AdventureCapital community to keep innovating, keep experimenting, and keep brewing brilliant beers.”

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