Camden Town Brewery — one of London's largest and most successful beer brewers — has started a fundraising campaign to build a second brewery in the capital.
The £1.5m Hells Raiser (named after the company's renowned Hells Lager) was launched by Camden Town founder, Jasper Cuppaidge, and is asking for investments ranging from £10-£500,000.
Currently, although Camden Town's bottled and canned beers are all made at their brewery in Kentish Town West, because of high demand, their kegged beers are brewed in Belgium.
The brewery's PR told Londonist that one of the aims of the second brewery will be to ensure all Camden Town's beers are brewed in London. Cuppaidge, they told us, is currently scouting for a site (preferably in north London), but as yet no decision has been made.
The fundraiser launch party is on 13 February, at O’Reillys pub in Kentish Town.
In other brewery fundraising news, Norwich's Redwell Brewing is trying to raise £30,000 to fight a court battle with... Camden Town Brewery. The dispute is over Redwell's use of the word "Hells" in one of their own beers. According to the BBC, Camden Town Brewery has accused Redwell of trying to "pass off" its beer as Camden's. Redwell, however, says Camden Town have no "direct form of legal claim or right over the names Hells or Helles".
We'd suggest that the two labels in question don't look anything like each other. We also can't help but think Camden Town's dosh would be better put towards their second brewery, rather than attempting to bring about the potential downfall of a relatively small setup in the same admirable field.
When asked about the decision to take Redwell to court, Camden Town's PR told us they had no comment to make.