Ignition TapRoom: More beer, more sales, more jobs

by Nick O'Shea in Lewisham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th June 2018 we successfully raised £24,195 with 290 supporters in 35 days

Ignition makes great beer brewed by people with learning disabilities. We are Crowdfunding for a community tap-room on Sydenham High St.

by Nick O'Shea in Lewisham, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Ignition Brewery makes great beer in Lewisham brewed by people with learning disabilities. We are a not-for-profit enterprise that sells beer to create meaningful jobs and a positive environment for members of the local learning disabled community. We pay the London Living Wage because we believe all our team are worth it, and the salaries are paid for by our sales to local bottle shops, cafes, pubs and individuals. 

We are a community based brewery, and our tap room will be rooted in the local community, providing not only sustainable jobs and training, but an inclusive place for everyone in the community to meet, learn about our mission, and enjoy excellent local beer. 

   Photo by Glenn Motorshead

We have been on an incredible adventure up to now, learning how to brew from scratch, training the whole team as brewers, bottlers and salespeople, the team achieving their beer sommelier qualifications, and together becoming an effective, happy and aspirational team. Our journey shifted a gear over a year ago when we laid down roots at our own brewery, ripped the windows off (briefly) to install our kit, and scaled up production big time in our new home. So now to the future…

Our brewery is hidden away at the back of a building in Sydenham and at the front, is a large, white room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing on to the busy High Street; our chance to open our doors to the community we serve. Lewisham Council own the building and have agreed to let us transform it into a community tap-room that will provide more opportunities for jobs, offer community events and be a great place for a winning night out.

      Photo by Mark Drinkwater

Ignition's mission is to showcase the talents of disabled people and demonstrate that they can make beer just as well as other brewers. The tap-room will enable us to take it a step-further and have a high-quality venue that sells our beer direct to the public and engages with all sectors of the community. We love being able to serve our beer, watch people enjoy it, and talk to people about what we do.  

                   Photo by Mark Drinkwater

This would be the first brewery and tap-room of its kind, and we believe we can make it as big a success as the brewery.  Our products are popular and our staff have proven that they can learn the skills required. And we are keen to share the learning, being happy to help others to setup similar enterprises across the UK.  

This is a really exciting moment for Ignition and for our team. With your support, we can create something remarkable that helps a good cause by brewing great beer – what better goal could there be!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

A Thank You Card from the Ignition Team

Our Team will send you a beautiful handwritten card thanking you for your support, posted first class, directly to your door.

£15 or more

6 of 100 claimed

Ignition Brewery Hat

Everyone loves a bit of brewery merch and you can be part of the Ignition Team with one of these. Includes delivery to addresses in the mainland UK and Northern Ireland.

£15 or more

Ignition Brewery T-shirt

Show your support for Ignition with a brewery t-shirt. Postage included to addresses in the mainland UK and Northern Ireland.

£20 or more

Taproom Bar Tab

A £25 bar tab redeemable in our taproom after launch. Great as a gift, a treat, or an excuse for a night out!

£50 or more

9 of 50 claimed

Invitation to our Launch Party!

The hottest ticket in town, our launch party will be epic. With complementary beer, tours of the brewery, a chance to meet the Team and our in-house DJ, competition for tickets will be fierce - but you can get one right here, right now.

£50 or more

11 of 50 claimed

Ignition Swag Bag

An Ignition t shirt, hat, and branded half pint glass sent directly to your door, along with a handwritten thank you note from the team. Postage included to addresses anywhere in the mainland UK and Northern Ireland.

£100 or more

13 of 20 claimed

Launch Party VIP!

You will join us at the launch party brimming with excitement, and at the end of the night with a wide smile we will pack you off home with a case of beer, and an Ignition party bag!

£200 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Four Months of Beer!

For four months we will deliver a case of beer to your door (Lewisham and local only) every month together with a branded half pint glass (total of four glasses.)

£650 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Ignition's Mobile Bar!!

Can't get to our tap room? No problem. Our custom-built mobile tap-room will come to you! Bringing 100 pints of the Ignition Beer to the Central or South East London venue of your choosing. Our Team will be there to serve the beers and ensure your celebration is a unique and memorable event.

£3,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Corporate Away Day

Bored of paintballing? Come to Ignition and spend the day brewing with our Team! We can host up-to 8 colleagues for a day brewing beer and exploring the world of craft ale. Use our tap-room to talk business while the beer is mashing in, we'll provide refreshments, lunch and of course, some beer at the end of day. Once the beer is bottled, our team will also deliver a crate each to your office for you to enjoy at home.

£300 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Founding Member

We are seeking 20 founding members of Ignition. Your name and a picture of your choice will be framed on our Founder's Wall in the tap-room and once a year for five years, you will be given a bar tab of £50 for you and your friends.

£1,000 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Celebrate in Style with a Party at our Tap-Room

Celebrate a birthday, wedding or simply a weekend with a private party at our tap-room for you and up to 50 friends. You'll have exclusive use of our venue, a tour of our brewery, DJ, nibbles, and a bar tab of up to £1,000. Full catering available at additional cost.

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