SCOTLAND’S ONLY female-owned non-alcoholic brewing company, Jump Ship Brewing, is setting plans in place to open a new purpose-built 20-hectolitre brewery in Midlothian, allowing it to quadruple the amount of the 0.5% ABV beer brewed.

Managing Director Sonja Mitchell is about to secure the new site at Rosemain Steadings and has launched a campaign to raise the final £300,000 required for the move with crowdfunding partner, Seedrs.

The funding will also see an additional three full-time equivalent jobs created at the site this year with the team set to expand by a further 10 over the next three years.

Independent firm Jump Ship, which is one of only a handful of female-owned breweries in the UK, has tripled turnover over the past two years and the new brewhouse will enable it to produce up to 800,000 litres a year. In addition, the site would provide a stable and renewable energy via a biomass generator.

Sonja, a keen sailor, beer-lover and mother of three, decided to “jump ship” from her marketing job to launch the business in 2019.  

“The ‘no and low’ category is a huge growth area and, as the only non-alcoholic brewing company brewing and headquartered in Scotland, this move is hugely exciting for us.

“We always focus on inclusivity, with all of our core range of non-alcoholic beer also being gluten free and suitable for vegans. This funding bid allows our crew of shipmates to take an even greater stake in Jump Ship as we fulfil our ambitious growth plans.”

Jump Ship Brewing has a strong charitable focus at its heart with a commitment from the outset to donate at least 10% of profits to charity.