Belfast Telegraph

Belfast beer maker's sights set on brew sales at Disney resort

By John Mulgrew

Belfast beer maker Boundary Brewing has raised more than £100,000 in less than a week, and is soon set to sell its brews in none other than Disney World in Florida.

And after raising more than £100,000 last year, the co-operative brewery opened up its share offering again, doubling its membership, with plans to expand exports across the globe.

This week, the east Belfast brewery will begin selling its first beer in Paris.

Matthew Dick (31), from Belfast, left a PhD behind and a full-time job as a brewer to start Boundary Brewing.

And he's already smashed the £100,000 mark for fresh funding, raising £90,000 of that in just two days.

"I was confident we would get £90,000 in two days. But I was a little concerned, because you are asking people to come on the journey to make something better.

"We will have reached more than 1,000 members by the time we are done."

He's now planning to grow exports, add a bottling line to the business, and hire an assistant brewer and someone to help with sales.

At the moment, he's a one-man band, aside from help from members.

"In the first quarter of next year, we will be selling beer into different, and new markets." He's also in the process of selling his beers at Disney World in Florida.

"There's a bar in Disney that does craft beer from different countries, and we were recommended by another brewery. But it will be a long process."

Boundary produces three core beers, an American pale ale, big hoppy IPA and an export stout.

It's also one of Northern Ireland's most adventurous breweries, producing interesting one-off beers - using ingredients such as elderflower and coconut - and working to create special collaboration beers with other companies

Demand couldn't be stronger for craft beer. There are now more than two dozen microbreweries in Northern Ireland alone.

Earlier this year, Connaire McGreevy, a former SDLP councillor for Newry and Mourne District Council and founder and managing director of a successful engineering firm, Cts Projects, launched Mourne Mountains Brewery.

Other breweries are also expanding their own exports, including the Hercules Brewing Company. Yardsman is the beer brand from the Hercules, and it's tripled its capacity in the last six months.

One of the latest additions to the beer scene here is Gallopers, a beer brand release by Declan Holmes (26).

He's ploughed his experience in the drinks industry into the new brand with a little help from his dad, seasoned Sky News broadcaster and This Morning host, Eamonn Holmes.

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