Beer52 branches out into spirits

Beer52 branches out into spirits

Start up craft beer club Beer52 is looking to branch out into selling spirits after securing support from some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs.

The Edinburgh-based firm has landed financial backing from business figures including Skyscanner founder Gareth Williams; Secret Escapes founder Andrew Bredon; and Alex Carlton, who recently sold his Funkin Cocktails business to AG Barr for £60m.

After generating a turnover of £2.6m last year, the company are furthering their growth, with plans including a move into craft spirits and launching a fast delivery e-commerce model.

The firm is also creating five new full time jobs.

James Brown, founder of Beer52, said: “To get backing from such a group of distinguished entrepreneurs is all we could wish for.

“It does far more than simply funding our ambitious expansion plans – it also provides an invaluable wealth of expertise to draw on and represents a huge vote of confidence in our business and its prospects.”

Beer52, an Entrepreneurial Spark nurtured business, has seen rapid growth since its beginning in 2013, now offers routes to market for 15,000 microbreweries around the world that are ynable to compete with mainstream brewers, via its subscription service for beer lovers.

Jim Duffy, chief executive and founder of Entrepreneurial Spark, added: “We are all raising a glass to Beer52 as this funding, from such an illustrious group of entrepreneurs, is an excellent result for James and his business.

“It's wonderful to see businesses that joined us as little more than the seed of an idea growing into world-beating companies”