At the Glasgow Brewery Collective, our raison d’etre is social inclusion, accessibility and creating jobs for people with disabilities who might otherwise be struggling to find work. That’s why we’re running this campaign. But we also care about beer! We're brewers, it's what we know. That's why we're going to be doing it all by opening a taproom. We'd like to take a minute (just sit right there) to tell you all about the beery side of our plans.
"But what exactly IS a Taproom??" I hear you say. Well Google has got us covered:
It's, "a room in which alcoholic drinks, especially beer, are available on tap; a bar in a pub or hotel". Or in this case in a brewery. It's simply somewhere that you can go and hang out with friends, have a chat, maybe listen to some live music, but most importantly enjoy some top quality beer.
The taproom will showcase the best of beer made in Glasgow. The city and it's surroundings have somewhere in the region of 20 breweries, from cuckoo nano breweries to big macro lager producers. Together they make some of the best beer in the world!
The Glasgow Brewery Collective will have 10 taps dedicated to pouring beer from the Glasgow Area. We won't be tied to any one brewery or distribution company, so we can pour exactly what you want to drink.
We'll also shout out about other breweries who are doing good in the community. We will have a tap dedicated to beers from the likes of Brewgooder, Spotlight Brewing, Gipsy Hill, People Like Us, and Street Car 82 - so we can help support them and raise awareness of their various projects.
The rest of the taps will pour the best of other beers from Scotland and beyond.
We're aware that there are some people out there for whom beer isn't quite as important as it is to us. Well we’ve got you covered too. We’ll be stocking the very best from other Glasgow drinks producers, such as Rapscallion Soda, Clever Kombucha, Illicit Spirits, and Wester Rum. Our coffee will also be roasted right here in the city. There are even rumours that the brewery elves at our very own Ride Brew Co are cooking up an alcohol free beer in their labs ( I admit that alcohol-free beer is still beer, but I figured the info fit better in this section). If there is someone you think we should be working with, get in touch with us and we'll see if we can sort something out (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We've got exciting news for you! We've got out location sorted. We get the keys later this month and will start moving the Breweries over as soon as possible. It's in a railway arch (of course it's in a railway arch) in the Gorbals near the south bank of the River Clyde. Just a hop over the bridge from the city centre, it’s the perfect spot to grab a drink before a visit to the O2 Academy or the Citizens Theatre.
This taproom will be an asset to the community. It will be a not-for-profit social enterprise. It will provide jobs for those that need them most, it will have a special focus on accessibility and social inclusion. It will support local and socially concious businesses. And on top of that, it will be an amazing venue to enjoy a drink.
But we can't do it without your help. Pledge now to show your support.
We've promised to make the taproom accessible, to provide jobs for people with disabilities and to be responsible employers. We don't want any half measures, so we've decided that this campaign is all or nothing, if we don't hit the full £25,000, we can't create the space we've committed ourselves to creating, and everyone gets their money back. So it's really important to show your support, we literally can't do it without your help.
But don't worry, your money isn't going to be wasted, here's a breakdown of where it's going to go:
We’ve all been working in the industry for a while, we’ve got lots of friends who are very supportively the project, with their help, we'll be able to reduce a lot of these costs. We’ll also be buying what equipment we can second hand. Any further shortfall will be covered by the breweries.
These costs also don't take into account utilities, staffing whilst getting things set up and rent. All of these are being covered by the breweries or us as individuals.
Thanks for your support everybody! We look forward to pouring you a drink. Don't forget to pledge!
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