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Wild Card Brewery is the latest craft brewer to turn to the crowd to raise cash to fuel rapid growth.

The London-based brewery and bar operator is seeking £250,000 from a Crowdcube campaign in return for a 7.2% stake, valuing the business at about £3.2m. As The Grocer went to press, Wild Card had raised more than £183,000 from 274 investors.

Wild Card, which started five years ago brewing 800 litres a month, is now producing more than 8,000 litres of beer a week. It plans to use the money to expand its production at the main site in Walthamstow to more than 21,000 litres, as demand currently outstrips capacity.

The company will also open a second bar at its brewery, refurbish the existing bar and launch a barrel-aged beer programme.

“We’ve been operating at capacity for some time,” co-founder William Harris said. “Opportunities are on hold until additional capacity is in place.”

Wild Card has grown turnover to almost £700,000 this year, with its core range of five beers available in the off and on-trade in London.

Harris added the brewery had ambitions for supermarket listings.