Name: Konigsberg Seven Bridges Breweries Ltd
Business requirement: Funding for a new brewhouse
Industry: Brewing Company
Product solution: Hire Purchase & Sale and Lease Back Equipment Finance, Long Term Keg Rental
New start-up continental lager brewery, Konigsberg Seven Bridges Breweries Ltd, was established in
2014 by two experienced businessmen in Nottinghamshire and began brewing in June 2017.
Due to his contacts and knowledge of the market in Russia, director Graham Lawrence had already established links with a Russian brewer of premium lager in Kaliningrad. Graham and his partner, Matt Biswas, saw an opportunity to provide a premium continental pilsner lager in the UK and
Konigsberg developed a plan to replicate the brew under their own brand name of "Prussia".
They will use the original recipe created in Kaliningrad, supported by consultancy from the
Russian master brewer to maintain Prussian links and heritage.
Funding was required to finance a new european style brewhouse with a capacity of 50,000
litres initially, expanding to 100,000 by the end of 2019 and ultimately to 200,000 litres. As there were several suppliers involved and different stage payment requirements; Close Brothers Brewery Rentals provided a split facility of sale and lease back and Hire Purchase on the equipment. This enabled Konigsberg to bring its premium "Prussia" lager brand to market at the earliest opportunity and ahead of the competition.
In addition, the business needed a packaging solution so Close Brothers Brewery Rentals
provided a long term rental solution on 500 kegs, all branded in Konigsberg choice of colours.
The colour branded kegs have helped to provide Konigsberg with their own identity and along
with their strong branding will help them to get a foothold in a crowded market.
Close Brothers Brewery Rentals have been involved in the supplier/equipment consultation process with the customer for over 12 months, which has been an ever moving goal, but ensured the best outcome for the customer.