Unity Brewing Co has launched a crowdfunding campaign as demand for its beers outstrips supply.

The Southampton-based brewery, which started in 2016, is now preparing to expand the business into new premises in Northam. To aid this expansion it has released a new batch of shared for customers to buy.

Founder and head brewer, Jimmy Hatherley, said: “We are really proud to be representing Southampton’s fast-growing beer scene. It made perfect sense to us to give our customers the chance to invest in us and become a part of the brewery – and it is definitely in keeping with our spirit of bringing together people, ingredients and ideas to create delicious beer that is more than the sum of its parts.”

Unity currently produces 4,000 pints per week, sold nationally in bottle shops, bars and restaurants, as well as at the brewery’s on-site shop and taproom. It has four core beers – Conflux pale ale, Collision South Coast IPA, Congregate Belgian pale and Nocturne oatmeal porter – and these sit alongside a range of Belgian and American-influenced special seasonal and one-off brews.

Production will immediately double in the new premises, with the team planning for the first brew on the new kit to happen in September 2019.

The brewery employs five members of staff including lead brewer Jim Fullegar, who set up Broken Bridge brewery in Swanmore – and sales and logistics manager Bolo Hooper, formerly of The Rockstone in Bevois Valley.