Phil Waite (BH 1994-99) and Katie Coakes (EL 1992-97) – Lister’s Brewery
Lister’s Brewery is a truly family run brewery run by brother and sister, Phil Waite (BH 1994-99) and Katie Coakes (EL 1992-97) as well as their father, Alan. Phil brings a visionary approach to the business as well as being the Head Brewer. Katie, who has more than a decade of experience working in food and drink PR and in-house communications, runs the PR and marketing for Lister’s. They are based in West Sussex and brew beers for the mass market – traditional ales that appeal to the largest group of beer drinkers.
They are about to launch a crowdfunding campaign to expand the business, move to a larger site and to fund growth in the business and open up new markets.
They will be offering equity in return for investment. The campaign proper will kick off in early December but they are currently looking to tie down some cornerstone investors to get the ball rolling. They are hoping to raise a minimum of £75k and hoping to overfund to £300k giving away between 5 and 20% of the business.
Their crowdfunding video can also be viewed here.