Help Hops & Dots Brew Co. to make #CraftForAll

by Hops & Dots Brew Co. in Bishop Auckland, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st June 2021 we successfully raised £6,363 with 93 supporters in 55 days

Help raise £4,000 to secure the future of Hops & Dots brewery, and be a part of the #CraftForAll community!

by Hops & Dots Brew Co. in Bishop Auckland, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With any extra pledges we can invest even more time and resources into our kitchen and outdoor seating area. 

We will also look to purchase in house braille technology allowing us to emboss braille for our labels and products. 

Who are Hops & Dots Brew Co.?

We are an independent craft brewery, set up in Middlesbrough back in 2018, and now based in Bishop Auckland. Due to COVID-19, we’re reaching out to raise money so we can raise awareness of our commitment to #CraftForAll, and become the hub of our new community here in County Durham.

Hops & Dots Brew Co. was founded with a love of beer and braille. Before John launched the brewery with his good friend Hugh, he was known best for his knowledge of braille, especially the production of braille and the use of technology, which is still a large part of his work today.

As we set up our new brewery and taproom we want to expand our approach to making everything we do as accessible as possible. We also intend to become a community-focused business that engages with our local people, especially with those who experience sight loss. As a small operation we haven't kept up with demand with regards to the hops and the dots as much as we had planned, but we hope both of those things change very soon! 

There have been a lot of changes at Hops & Dots recently, and with the COVID-19 pandemic decimating craft breweries up and down the country, we need your help. 

We moved to our brand new brewery site in Bishop Auckland to make our brewery even bigger and better for you all! To take Hops & Dots to the next level, we’re asking for your assistance, and we’re offering some great beery rewards in return!

What are we planning?

We’re aiming to raise £4,000 before the pubs are able to fully reopen in mid-May (fingers crossed!). This money will help our very small team to be able to focus on what’s important - brewing quality craft beers and helping to share our #CraftForAll message even further. At a time when isolation is ending for most, we want to raise awareness of the impact visual impairment has, and make a taproom and beer community based on accessibility to a greater number of people.

We’ve recently invested in a brand new canning machine, to be able to compete with the bigger breweries who already have these systems in place, and we’re trying to incorporate braille into our beers and taproom as much as possible, whilst sharing information to help others understand braille and the impact sight loss has.

Why do we need your help?

This past year has been incredibly difficult for the brewing industry, especially us little guys. With pubs that we rely on to sell our beer being closed or very restricted with how they can trade, we lost a load of revenue, which we’ve done our best to recover through our online store and direct deliveries, but this isn’t how breweries sell most of their beer. Our move to Bishop Auckland sees us sharing a space with our friends at Caps Off Brewery, and feels like coming home to us; we want to be a thriving part of the local community and share our #CraftForAll ethos across the country.

We’re looking ahead to the future and pubs being able to open inside again this summer (fingers crossed), and want to make Hop & Dots the very best it can be - from our beers, taproom space and events, to our commitment to making craft beer more accessible, especially to those with visual impairments.

Want to help us out?

There are so many ways you can help Hops & Dots right now. From pledging to buy rewards for yourself, family, friends, or workmates, to sharing info and the link to our Crowdfunder on your social media - it all makes a difference. Rewards start at only £1, so that there are affordable options, whatever your budget.

And if you’re reading this and are unable to help financially right now, we completely understand. Times have been tough on so many, but you can show your support in other ways. By liking and sharing our posts and the Crowdfunder link on your social media, you’re really helping us out! 

Got any questions?

Get in touch with us at [email protected]

Want to play a part in the future of our brewery? Check out our rewards!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£25 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Barrel Aged Oliebollen Belgian Style Dubbel

Olibollen are Dutch Donuts eaten over the festive period, especially at New Year. Subtle hints of freshly baked doughnuts compliment the Belgian malt backbone along with traditional dried fruit additions. Limited Edition and individually numbered. Super limited edition - barrel aged.

£1 or more

Get more taproom credit on us!

For every £1 pledged with this reward, you get £1.50 credit to spend in our taproom (for example, pledge £20 and we’ll give you £30 taproom credit on Hops and Dots Beers Only).

£10 or more

£15 online credit for our webshop

For every £10 pledged with this reward, you’ll get £15 credit to spend online. You can use this credit to redeem against our beers, guest beers, merch, and more!

£15 or more

4-Pack of Cans

A set of 4 of our latest limited edition and collaboration beers.

£20 or more

5 of 100 claimed

Limited Edition T-shirt

A Hops & Dots limited edition t-shirt, delivered to your door with one of our latest beers.

£20 or more

Beer & Braille Evening

Join us for one of our monthly events when we reopen the taproom. Beer tasting and braille basics (and games, too!). Taste some of our beers, and add your name to the braille book of beer...true #CraftForAll.

£50 or more

3 of 100 claimed

A Year of Glassware

A Hops & Dots limited edition glass, featuring artwork from a local artist every 3 months, delivered to your door with a can of one of our latest beers (4 glasses + beers in total).

£80 or more

Online Tasting for 4

You and 3 of your friends or workmates will have 4 of our beers delivered to your door, then we’ll take you through a guided tasting of the beers with our team online.

£100 or more

Stout Nerds Brew Day

Come and brew a stout with us! Play your part in developing the recipe and the name. After the brew day you’ll be sent a case of your beer (12 cans), featuring your name on the can, alongside fellow stout nerds. Please note, the number of brew days offered will depend on the number of interested nerds.

£135 or more

6 Months of Beer

Keep them coming...6 months of beer delivered to your door (8 cans each month). Tailor the beer styles to your tastes - choose dark, pale, or mixed cases.

£260 or more

A Year of Beer

No need to worry about placing a beer order - get 12 months of beer delivered to your door (8 cans each month). Tailor the beer styles to your tastes - choose dark, pale, or mixed cases. You’ll also get 10% discount to use in our taproom and on our online store for the year if you’re in need of some top-ups.

£500 or more

2 of 4 claimed

There Ain’t No Party Like A Hops & Dots Party

How does a private party for you and 19 of your friends sound? When restrictions are lifted, choose from a range of dates, and get your nearest and dearest to our brewery for a great day out! You’ll get exclusive use of our taproom for your party to enjoy for 2 hours, alongside 3 kegs (or casks) of your choice from our range, you can also choose an activity to do during your allocated time: want to learn some braille, have a brewery tour and quiz

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