AN award-winning brewery has turned to the public for help in an attempt to create the biggest beer venue in its home city.

Brew York opened its brewery, tap room and event space in Walmgate, York, in 2016, and now launched crowdfunding campaign to fund a major expansion.

And customers who back the project can double their money in beer vouchers or choose from a range of other unique experiences.

Co-founders Wayne Smith and Lee Grabham say they have achieved their five-year targets already, and are now ready to build on that success.

Beer-lovers can help fund their growth by choosing from eight investment options. At the entry level, people contributing £50 will receive £100 back in beer vouchers. At the top end, people or groups who invest £3,000 can invent and brew their own beer at the brewery, design the packaging, receive ten cases of it and bring 50 guests to the official launch party.

Mr Grabham said: “Our first two years have been incredible. When we were home-brewing a few years ago, we dreamt of having our own brewery but we couldn’t have imagined just how popular Brew York and our beers would be."

The campaign runs for three weeks from today and the first target is £40,000 - but the more that is raised, the quicker the work can be carried out, subject to planning permission.

The new plans involve:

• A permanent street food kitchen and bar

• The biggest on-tap beer range anywhere in York

• A new "hoptail" lounge, serving beer cocktails and running masterclasses

• Trebling of brewing capacity, to increase production

• Brewing classes for amateur enthusiasts

• A new pilot brewery kit, to allow more experimental beers, or to allow companies and groups to brew their own beer for events

• A new lift to ensure the new rooms are fully accessible

• A canning machine, to improve quality control and increase canned production

• Around seven new jobs

To find out more about the campaign visit