Our Journey

Our brewery is bursting at the seams. We started in our current premises in May 1996 with just one unit. We have since expanded into two more – which sort-of neighbour our original one. It’s a higgledy piggledy operation but we’ve always managed to make it work for us, sometimes by employing the most innovative methods!

HOWEVER.

We cannot fit in any more big tanks in the brewhouse.  We have a new bright beer tank arriving soon and possible plans for a keg washer/ filler, which we desperately need to keep up with the growing demand for our keg beer, and that really WILL mean we will have officially run out of all possible space!

So we can manage maybe 15% more growth where we are, but we are losing efficiencies as we become ever more crammed. We can’t fit in grain silos, tankers wouldn’t cope with our access anyway, and we’d love to add in a canning line too. We also want to grow the Funk Dungeon, our barrel aging and souring programme, something which we’re massively excited by but just don’t have the floorspace available to explore as far as we would like.

And so, we are planning to move…

The Dream

We are looking at sites all over Sheffield. We would love to stay in Abbeydale but sites are few and far between. We have a dream to build a production brewery capable of doubling our current production with, attached to it, a proper brewery tap. In our dreams this has a pilot brewery, a substantial Funk Dungeon and a roof terrace.

We could do this the way we have grown so far, slowly and organically, but we would love to do this more quickly and set the brewery up as a real asset for Sheffield, a tourist destination and a real go-to local amenity. We also want very much to step out of our hidden “shed” and play our role as Sheffield’s premier brewery.

We want to host your parties, do regular brewery tours, offer home brewers a chance to play on our pilot plant and release ever more interesting beers out of the brewery and especially the Funk Dungeon.

So to do this, we are planning to launch a crowdfund this autumn where you will be able to buy shares in Abbeydale Brewery. You could get to own your very own piece of Moonshine! Depending on how many shares you buy there will be the opportunity to earn rewards such as discounts, access to special edition beers, even your very own brew-day as well as dividends on shares and the obligatory AGM party, for which the prototype “Piss Up in a Brewery” was held on Saturday 6th May!

Over 500 of you came through the doors, drank our innovative event exclusive beers alongside pints of Moonshine from the tank, and showed us more than ever how much our community means to us.

We can’t wait to take you along on our journey!

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