Brewery in Caledonian Road seeks crowdfunding for permanent tap room
06 July, 2018 — By Billie Manning
Lee Hammerton pouring out some award winning brew
MULTI-AWARD- winning brewery is crowdfunding to open a taproom. Hammerton Brewery, opposite Caledonian Road and Barnsbury Overground station, needs to raise £35,000 to permanently open up their brewery tap.
The money will help transform a newly vacant unit directly opposite the premises. Hammerton currently opens its warehouse space as a brewery
tap on the last weekend of every month, but the reorganisation means it’s difficult for the brewers to keep up production.
Owner Lee Hammerton said: “It’s always been our dream to have a permanent taproom on site but we haven’t been able to because of space, so it’s great that this unit has become available.
“A lot of industrial spaces are being knocked down and turned into flats. The new unit will give us space to grow into, and means we won’t have to move out of Islington.”
Lee founded the business in 2014, and in four years Hammerton brewery has produced more than 2.2 million pints, and received a number of impressive awards.
“I was fed up with what I was doing, working in IT, and when I came up with the idea of starting a brewery, Islington was always going to be a part of that. I came here for university in 2006 and never wanted to leave.”
It’s Lee’s love for his local community that led him to crowdfunding: “We could go to the bank for the funding. But why give them free money, when we can reward you with free beer?”
Some options on the crowdfunding page are based on a reward system, whereby for every pound donated to the building of the taproom (starting at a minimum donation of £50) donors receive £2 to spend there – plus an invite to the launch party.
The team also dreams of installing a kitchen in the new taproom, in order to give local street food companies a base.