The pub is a UK institution. Our drinking establishments are an integral part of British society - for many of us, they sit at the centre of our communities, providing a space to socialise, relax and unwind. Too many people with disabilities find they are often excluded from this side of life due to insufficient facilities and a lack of awareness.
Glasgow Brewery Collective is an organisation made up of a group of breweries based in and around Glasgow. Our objective is to improve accessibility in beer. By Easter 2019, we aim to open a taproom in the south side of Glasgow, run as a social enterprise, with the goal of being 100% accessible for people with disabilities. We will have a special focus on providing well-paid, meaningful employment for people with disabilities who are otherwise struggling to find work.
The taproom will be in the same unit as the breweries and will naturally have a focus on beer. We think Glasgow has some of the best breweries in the country; from small cuckoo breweries to producers of big macro lagers, we’ve got it all. Many breweries struggle to find pubs that aren’t restrained by contracts which prevent them from selling their beer. We want taps dedicated to breweries from Glasgow and the surrounding area - a place for people to come taste the amazing beer brewed in the city.
For the non-beer drinkers, we will also be serving a selection of wines, spirits and soft drinks. If we meet our stretch goals, we’ll also be able to serve gluten-free and alcohol-free beers; we’ll install a kitchen so we can serve quality food, and an accessible stage so we can host live events.
We will ensure that the taproom itself will have far more than the minimum requirement for disabled access. We are already consulting with people with disabilities to find out what facilities and services we can provide and how we can meet their needs. This process will be ongoing throughout the campaign and beyond so we can be sure to be as inclusive as we can
At this stage we are planning at a minimum:
Fitting, and maintaining, a T-loop
Having a lowered, frontless section of the bar for wheelchair accessibility
Autism hours, with quieter music and, the bare minimum of brewery noise. We plan to further make sure the brewery is as autism friendly as possible during all of its open hours.
Staff trained in basic BSL
Large print and easy read menus
As well as our regular opening hours, will provide a bookable space available to Community Groups and NGOs for events and to help promote social inclusion.
Who we are
Ride Brew Co, a social enterprise founded by Dave Lannigan, who is disabled through loss of hearing and suffers from ADHD and Dyslexia. “My disabilities have given me personal experience of being excluded and the struggles that people with disabilities face when trying to find work,” he says. “I’m keen to do something to help people in a similar situation to me find meaningful employment.” In 2018 their IPA ‘I Drink Your Milkshake’ won gold at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards Scotland Region for premium strong beers. Ride Brew co-sponsor two rooms at Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity.
Late Night Hype Brewing Company, founded by Mike Shaw and Sam Turner. Mike Shaw previously worked as an Additional Support Needs Learning Assistant at Craigmarloch School in Port Glasgow before starting the brewery. He says that, “despite the incredibly hard work by the young people and support staff at the school, once graduated, the young people might struggle in an increasingly tough jobs market. When setting up Late Night Hype, I vowed to myself to create appropriate jobs with good support and development opportunities for people with additional support needs.” Late Night Hype were founded in 2017 and are fast gaining a reputation for their bottle-conditioned beers as well as their barrel ageing programme.
Bute Brew Co. Head brewer Simon Tardivel will be temporarily moving production off the Isle of Bute to Glasgow to allow for an improved premises to be built on the island. “While it’s not ideal that Bute Brew Co beer will be produced off the island in 2019, it is serendipitous in that it allows us to work as part of the Glasgow Brewery Collective to get this amazing project off the ground.” Bute Brew Co has a special focus on Environmental Sustainability. In 2018 they were finalists in the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards in the ‘Best Eco Friendly’ category and in the Scottish Beer Awards for innovation with their Thorough Bread Beer and focus on the Circular Economy.
How can you help?
We already have three successful businesses, a viable plan, and a lot of interest in what we want to do. There is a genuine need in the community, but it will take a long time for us to sell enough beer to raise the funds to finance the project ourselves. That’s where you come in. With your help we can get the Glasgow Brewery Collective up and running by Easter 2019!*
The money that we raise through crowdfunding will allow us to realise our vision for a fully accessible taproom. We also have a long list of stretch goals which will allow us to better equip the space, allowing us to host more events, do more for social inclusion and provide meaningful employment for more people with disabilities. We will continue to work in consultation with people whose lives are affected by disabilities to add to this list, and after we have the taproom up and running, we will continue to work towards them. These include, but are not limited to:
An accessible stage and sound system so we can host live music.
Working with the breweries to make good alcohol-free and gluten-free beers.
A kitchen so that we can provide food as well as beer.
Everyone who funds us will get an invite to a party next year to see how we are doing in our aims.
*This date is dependent on Glasgow City Council granting us a premises licence. Currently this process is likely to take around six months. We’re very fortunate in that the best licensing lawyer in Scotland has agreed to help us. We’re aiming for Easter, but it might take a bit longer if this process is delayed.