‘Open brewery’ launches in Bermondsey

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‘Open brewery’ launches in Bermondsey

There's something of a revolution going on in the UK beer market with craft beers and independent brewers going from strength to strength. 

But up until now if you wanted to make your own ale, you'd probably find yourself stuck in a corner of your kitchen or garage, with plastic tubs and tubes taking up valuable space. And that's where U-Brew come in. Based in Bermondsey, it's the UK's first "open brewery", giving members the chance to create their own beer in a professional setting, with industry standard ingredients and expert advice.

U-Brew's Co-founder, Matthew Denham said: "In London we try to live and brew in shoe boxes. It's also very much a solitary activity that you do at home. We're bringing people out of their kitchens and into a real brewery."

After coming up with the concept, Matthew and fellow U-Brew founder Wilf Horsfall launched a crowd funding campaign to get the business off the ground. They raised £12,000, almost 3 times more than they were aiming for. They now believe they have a successful business model which will enable them to grow and also help others in the beer community to make a profit.

"Through our memberships, U-Brew creates a predictable monthly income and gives our members a platform to create their own business," said Matthew.  

"So they can learn their trade and then turn their passion into their own beer business," he added.

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