Social enterprise is shaking things up in the world of booze from bars and beers to wines and spirits, it seems like it may be possible to drink and do good at the same time…
Two Fingers Brewing Co. is “the only beer brand that gives back to the men that drink it”. Established in 2012, all profits from Two Fingers Brewing Co go to Prostate Cancer UK. They claim that their beer is “not only better tasting, but better for men everywhere”.
Brewgooder – “Drink Beer, Give Water”
Brewgooder – “a craft beer label that gives back”- will donate 100% of its profits to clean water projects around the world. Founded in 2016 by Josh Littlejohn, the founder of Social Bite and the Social Bite Academy. Josh has recently been in the press for his plans to build the Social Bite Village. In partnership with Edinburgh City Council, Social Bite will construct 10 purpose-built houses as part of a supervised “village” that will provide access to counselling, addiction therapy and other support. Accommodation will be provided for up to a year before residents move on to more permanent accommodation. Read more in this Guardian article.
Hophurst Brewery – “crafted with a conscience”
Hophurst Brewery is a “pioneering microbrewery producing finely crafted ales from the heart of Wigan Borough”. As a social enterprise it works to reskill over the age of 50 enabling them to reenter the labour market either through employment at the brewery or elsewhere.
Charity Tap is a new Australian social enterprise based in Melbourne that turns beer into money for charity. Every time you buy a beer from a Charity Tap, between 10c and $1 will be donated to charity.
Good Beer Company
The Good Beer Co. is Australia’s first social enterprise beer company. Recently launched, it aims to donate at least 50% of its profits to good causes with its charitable trust overseeing the allocation of profits to charity partners.
100 Percent Wine is a US-based wine brand that donates all profits to non-profit organisations working to create jobs for people living with disabilities. Its goal is “to create jobs, challenge stereotypes and benefit businesses by connecting them with an enormous untapped human resource: the millions of productive people living with disabilities.”
Forty Hall Vineyard
Forty Hall Vineyard is a social enterprise which has established a 10-acre organic vineyard in north London. Run and managed by local people, the vineyard is the first commercial scale vineyard in London since the middle ages! Forty Hall’s vision is to “help build a community where everyone has the opportunity to be happier and healthier.”
Wines for Humanity
Wines for Humanity is a US-based wine sampling events company that raises funds for charities while introducing people to wines from award-winning vineyards from around the world.
Beer, wine and cider…
Sparkke is an Australian social enterprise that raises awareness and funds for important social issues through beer, cider and wine. It follows BCorp principles and plans to apply to be a certified BCorps in December when it is eligible. Its team is made up of eight young female social activists in Adelaide that aims to disrupt a male dominated industry to create “booze with a social conscience – the refreshing taste of a better future”.
Sprirts, well spirit…
Ginerosity – “Drink responsibly. Live generously.”
Ginerosity is the world’s first social enterprise gin. All its profits are donated to projects that help disadvantaged young adults in the UK and overseas.
Harry’s Bar (Edinburgh, UK)
Harry’s Bar is Edinburgh’s first social enterprise pub. Originally opened in 1986 it relaunched in 2016 as a social venture serving craft beers, boutique spirits and good food. Harry’s Bar provides mentoring, training and support to its young staff to build their skills and experience for a future in the hospitality industry. It also sources its products from other social enterprises.
Malt Cross (Nottingham, UK)
The Malt Cross in Nottingham is one of Britain’s last Victorian Music Halls. This historic building houses a vibrant cafe bar and music venue, a modern gallery space, a heritage, arts and crafts workshop and a pop-up craft consortium. It is also home to Street Pastors who offer support to young and/or vulnerable people on Friday and Saturday nights. In 1997 the Malt Cross was redeveloped as a modern music and arts venue with support from Heritage Lottery funding and in 2003 it was set up as a charitable trust with the vision “loving people, serving Nottingham.” It runs a non-profit arts and crafts workshop and gallery space which aims to provide education, exhibition and employment opportunities for artists and makers across the Midlands.
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