At hampers.com, we are really proud to support British producers and suppliers. In this short series, we are showcasing some of our key producers – supporting local companies and minimising our carbon footprint, by purchasing from within the UK.
This time, we are introducing three of our British beer suppliers, who are doing amazing work in their communities and with their production processes.
Freedom Brewery is based in a small village in Staffordshire, UK. All of the beers are proudly made ‘without compromise’ and ‘with a conscience’. The beers are also naturally carbonated and unpasteurised, which protects the delicate individual flavours of each of their beers. The brewery uses a special technique of fermenting at low temperatures, and long mature, to draw out the taste. Sustainability is important to this independent brewery. They use their own water supply, from a spring beneath the brewery itself and recycle their waste water through a natural reed bed filtration system. They have also adopted the latest in brewing technology to reduce their carbon foot print and use methods that maximise their efficiency and have helped reduce their energy consumption by 30% All of Freedom Brewery’s beers are also 100% vegan certified and there is an array of subtle flavours to choose from.
Tap Social is based in Oxfordshire, just like hampers.com. They have two brewing sites and an incredible story and ‘raison d’etre’.
Tap Social was founded by three individuals who have experience across the criminal justice system, as well as brewing beer. They profess to combine a ‘passion for good beer and social justice’. To do this, they not only make craft beer, but also create employment opportunities and offer training for ex-offenders, those who struggle to access education, training and employment, unfortuantely.
As well as being a brewery, Tap Social also offers community spaces; has a ‘Brew School’ for brewing courses and equipment hire to make your own beer; has opened The White House, which is a community café, bar and kitchen, just outside Oxford’s city centre; and now has a flagship bar in Banbury too, in Lock 29, which is a multi use space and independent food market.
You have to check out their ‘criminally good’, great tasting beer and learn more about what they offer.
Loose Cannon Brewery
Loose Cannon Brewery is another local brewery, based down the road from us in Abingdon on Thames. They've been brewing excellent tasting beer and real ales since 2010. They have a great Tap Room, often featuring live music nights, and also a shop.
The brewery was founded by Will Laithwaite, following completion of a ‘pretty useless’ ancient history degree, and the start of the brewery’s succsess was through collaboration with the locals asked them to vote on some trial brews to see which would suit their taste buds best.
Loose Cannon have now gone one to produce over sixty-eight different beers, many of which have won awards. In a single year, they aim to produce twenty-one different types, across their ranges, which include seasonal and even monthly additions. Check them out now.
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