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Beer-brewing Saracens rugby stars backing BBQ chain

20th June 2016

Porky’s BBQ has raised over £112k in two weeks through Crowdcube.com, and was recently given a boost by two Saracens rugby players. Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, domestic and European cup winners (as well as international players for South Africa and USA respectively), have invested for their part of the business, and will also become drinks partners after introducing their Wolfpack Lager to the restaurant owners.

Those who have been to a Saracens game will recognise the Wolfpack bus that serves its popular lager to fans. Team players and businessmen, Alistair and Chris, are already selling their beer in 15 bars across London, and will add all 5 of Porky’s BBQ restaurants to their roster of taps in the coming weeks.

Simon Brigg, Owner at Porky’s BBQ, said: “We caught up with the boys at Wildman Craft Beer recently and managed to taste their brew – it was an instant winner. Naturally we mentioned our exciting Crowdcube raise to them and they were keen to jump onboard. Having them as both business and beer partners will be great for future events and collaborations.”

Chris Wyles, Wildman partner and Saracens and USA rugby player, added: “Beer and BBQ have always been a perfect match. I personally love BBQ and knew of the Porky’s restaurants in London. They have a great opportunity reach their target on Crowdcube, but they need investors of all sizes to come onboard. We were sold from the start but we’d love people to join us.”

Porky’s BBQ and Wildman Craft Beer Co. will be hosting a partnership event at BOXPARK on August 4. This will be Porky’s BBQ’s first effort to gain outside investment after self-funding an impressive first three years of growth. The target raise will be £650k in exchange for 7.5% of the business, and it will launch on May 18 via Crowdcube – the platform that helped Brewdog fund its well-publicised Equity for Punks scheme.

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