An Aberdeen brewery business has announced its city bar could open as early as March, after a successful crowdfunder raised more than £120,000.
Fierce Beer, launched in 2015 by former oil workers David McHardy and Dave Grant, successfully raised £121,093 from 1,015 generous people in just eight days.
The cash will go towards creating a city centre bar, on the site of the former Henry’s Bar in Exchequer Row in Aberdeen, complete with a 20-tap bar.
All those who have stumped up the funds will be given a range of rewards, from a chance to brew their own beer to a private party at the new bar.
Dave said: “Hopefully we’ll have the bar open in March – obviously to do a crowdfunding website we needed to have a lot of the plans done beforehand.
“The donations were incredible, we wanted to stop it earlier as the money went over the £60,000 we had originally asked for, but people wanted us to keep it open until payday.
“Now we’ve got 1,015 people with Fierce membership cards.
“It really took us by surprise, but we knew that we needed to expand to stay afloat.”
The company is also in the middle of refitting its Dyce brewery with new equipment such as fermentation tanks after the flooring was completed just before the New Year.
Dave said: “We’ve got angled flooring that’s got a polymer coating so that if any beer falls on the floor it won’t make a mess.
“We’ve got a delivery of five vessels coming from the Czech Republic at the end of the month, as well as a canning machine coming from a company called Wild Beer in England, which is top of the range.
“We’re hoping to have it all by February 1.”
The news came after an announcement in December that the Co-op planned to extend a programme of buying local beer after a successful pilot scheme.
Fierce Brewery, which won Breakthrough Brewery of the Year at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards, will supply Co-op’s stores with three of its ales – Easy Shift, Day Shift and Moose Mousse.
Dave added: “2017 was a great year for us, but we’ve got a lot to come in 2018.”