Gipsy Hill Brewery Community Tap Room

by Gipsy Hill Brewing Company in London, Greater London, England

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On 21st November 2017 we successfully raised £20,225 with 152 supporters in 28 days

We want to promote social inclusion through organising, running and supporting social and educational events in a fully accessible space.

by Gipsy Hill Brewing Company in London, Greater London, England

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The Project - Social Inclusion

“Social inclusion is about offering opportunities to people to engage in society, where they have previously been excluded as a result of being a member of socially, and/or economically, deprived community.” – Charity Commission.

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Going for a drink with friends is the most popular way British people socialise, celebrate, and build relationships. As a brewery, we know pubs, and we know how many of them are lacking in appropriate facilities to support vulnerable people. We know how many events happen that are unaffordable for individuals.

The aim of our project is to build an accessible space that actively promotes social inclusion. The Community Taproom will be open for anyone to access during opening hours to meet and socialise. There will be a private, bookable space for local NGOs and Community groups to hold education and awareness sessions, training, and fundraisers. On top of that, we will run one event per month that will focus on:

  • Regeneration activities to highlight and improve social/economic circumstances (workshops, fundraisers);
  • Co-ordinating and increasing opportunities for local communities to participate in society (awareness and education sessions);
  • Linking community groups together that have a shared interest, encouraging social growth (music evenings, comedy, lectures, seminars and events).

To achieve this we will:

  • build a space that delivers more than the minimum legal requirement for disabled access (recommended size disabled toilet, wheelchair access bar, wheelchair access tables, level access throughout with pathways);
  • work with the communities around us to plan and deliver events that are important to them;
  • subsidise activities and events where possible to ensure they are affordable to individuals with lower incomes.

The funding we are looking for from Crowdfunder will help us deliver each of these elements.

The Brewery:

Back in 2014 Charlie, Simon and Myself (Sam) opened the doors to The Gipsy Hill Brewing Company. Our initial vision was to create medium strength, full flavoured beers. Beers that you could enjoy throughout the week, with friends. Our message was ‘Drink it and talk to people’.

1b443991622450e3549a7230d1480045f221aaefNow three years in, the brewery, the team and the product range have grown, developed…matured even. We make strong beers now alongside our core range of mid strength craft ales. The guiding principle of ‘Drink it and talk to people’, or to be enjoyed with others, remains core to our philosophy.

From the start, when we used to roll our casks up and down the hills and pavements of South London, we’ve had incredible support from our local community. We couldn’t have achieved this without them. Now we’ve decided it’s time to do something for them.

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We’ve just been given the keys to a new unit, literally across the yard from where we make our beer. The aim to is create a space that is accessible to all.

Certitude:

Certitude are a charity that work with people who have learning disabilities, autism and mental health. We were approached by their outreach services, that focus on social exclusion. Last year, we worked with one of their groups to produce a small batch beer to launch at our yard party and raise money. We planned the brew day in a way that was more tactile and accessible. Swapping out paper and pen, for tasting ingredients and building recipes through what flavours we liked the most. Sam Mason, Community Fundraiser, Certitude wrote A wonderful, inclusive occasion, capturing perfectly what we’re all about: coming together to enjoy time with each other. Not a disability event, just an event, one that’s better because we are there.”.

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The Site:

We want this space to be an immersive nirvana for beer enthusiasts and craft newcomers alike.

  • We want this site to be haven for craft beer in South London. Alongside the 20 taps that will offer the best beers from around the world, we’ll have beer education sessions - sensory training, recipe building and brewing workshops; a host of Meet-The-Brewer, beer launches and other events for our friends in the industry.
  • We will open a nano-brew site, making small batch beers for R&D purposes. We will open this out to the public to do collaborations with us, or for individuals and homebrewers to do their own brews, which we’ll keg at the end and serve through the bar.
  • Along the walls, we will have our barrel-ageing program. We plan to dive head first into old techniques of ageing using traditional vats, foeders, and barrels, alongside cement eggs and other wild ideas to mature our beer.

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Thanks for your support,

The Gipsy Hill Team

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Gipsy Hill Crowdfunder Badge Wear it with pride knowing you have helped us on our way to our community taproom.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Gipsy Hill Crowdfunder T-shirt An exclusive run for the campaign. The t-shirt is eco friendly and organically sourced cotton so you can feel good about helping the planet as well as us.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Gipsy Hill Beanie Eco friendly and organically sourced materials to keep your head cosy and conscience free.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Gipsy Hill 'Crowdfunder' Hoodie Our way of giving you that warm feeling you gave us from donating. All from eco-friendly and organically sourced materials.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

£25 Gipsy Hill Online Shop Voucher Go nuts and stock up with beer.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

5 x Gipsy Hill Taproom Beer Tokens Each token is worth one pint of Gipsy Hill Core Range beer (£5 value for a pint of Hepcat - a 20% discount!). Redeemable at the Taproom.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Gipsy Hill Brewery Tour and Tasting for one person A guided tour through our brewery, followed by a guided tasting through 5 half pints of beer with our experienced brew team.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

The Christmas Bundle - 1 x Beanie, 1 x Tee, 1 x Hoodie, 1 x Gipsy Hill Glass and 6 x beers. We'll even wrap them in delightful Christmas paper ready for under the tree.

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£50 Reward

Part of our Crowdfunder week - £100 tab redeemable at our Taproom for any drink consumed on the premises.

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£50 Reward

Part of our Crowdfunder week - £100 tab redeemable at our Taproom for any drink consumed on the premises.

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£50 Reward

New Year's Party Hamper - Got a party to go to? Be that legend that turns up with the decent beer. The new year hamper includes 1 x case of beer and 4 x stemmed glasses.

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£50 Reward

Your name on Gipsy Hill's Taproom Wall Be immortalised in the finest 'Community Taproom' the UK has to offer. It comes with 5 x beer tokens (£25 value)

£50 or more

£50 Reward

1 x Ticket to Gipsy Hill's VIP Backers Party 5 x beer tokens & a plate of smoked meat from Gipsy Hill Smokehouse. Once the 'Community Taproom' is built, you can bet we are going to throw a big ol'bash to celebrate.

£75 or more

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£75 Reward

Part of our Crowdfunder week - £150 tab redeemable at our Taproom for any drink consumed on the premises.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Lifetime Locals Discount at Gipsy Hill Taproom Near, far, wherever you are, become our local and get discounts out of our Taproom FOR LIFE! You'll receive a keyring and get a 5% discount on all draft beer (only one keyring required to get the discount per group). (Postcodes included in the locals discount are SE27, SE21, SE19, SE20, SE26...)

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Be a Gipsy Hill Brewer for a day (one person) Always fancied seeing how the sweet stuff is made? We will get you right into the midst of it, getting you hands on and making beer - include lunch on the day and a 3 pack of cans of the beer you helped make.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

£125 Gipsy Hill Online Shop voucher Go nuts and stock up with beer, merchandise, posters, anything and everything you want... Can be used in multiple purchases.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Gipsy Hill x Ben Spalding Pop-up Experiential Dinner for Two Ben is an incredible chef and one who's meals you will never forget. Five course meal with 5 x half pints and 1 pint on entry included.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Part of our Crowdfunder Week - Get your name on one of hand made barrels, some as old as 120 years old. Included 5 x Beer tokens (equal to 5 core pints).

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

Office Bar-ty!!! Fancy a keg to serve up at your office. 100 cold pints with a trained barman and proper glassware. Be the best boss you can be!

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Gipsy Hill Office Beers Are you the best boss in the world? You will be if you treat your team to this. 4 x cases of Gipsy Hill beers, chilled and delivered to your office on a Friday afternoon.

£500 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£500 Reward

Gipsy Hill Nano Brew Day for you and four mates Get hands on experience of how to brew a small batch beer from start to finish. When the brew has finished, come back to the Taproom and enjoy your brew on our taps for free! Lunch on brewday included plus a pint.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

Become part of Gipsy Hill Beer Label History. Marcus Reed, our legendary designer, will mock up (almost) whatever you want into label form. Promote a cause, promote your own face, give the gift of the limelight to a loved one. Our special beers are up to 6,000 cans and travel the length and breadth of the country. Perfect to raise awareness for a cause close to your heart. Includes a case of beer.

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Reward

Gipsy Hill Private Taproom Party for You - Perfect for Christmas parties The whole taproom to yourself and your buddies, colleagues. lovers...whoever. £1000 bar tab and catering for 50 people included. We can arrange for more catering separately if needed. Max capacity 150.

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