Tap Social Movement was founded out of a passion for good beer and social justice. Set up in 2016, the brewery provides training and employment for people currently serving and recently released from prison sentences, and provides one-on-one support to secure permanent employment, helping to reduce reoffending rates.
The brewery works with HMP Springhill, HMYOI Aylesbury and HMP Huntercombe, each in a number of ways. First, Tap Social offers work opportunities for prisoners on day release, teaching programmes in brewing and business start-up in addition to offering ongoing post-release employment. All of the artwork used for branding and design (in particular on product labels/pump clips) is created by people currently serving and recently released from prison sentences, showcasing the immense talent of these artists and building their art portfolios. Tap Social also operates Jobs on Tap, a programme dedicated to placing ex-offenders in employment opportunities outside of the brewing industry, such as construction (including work on the imminent HS2 railway) and hospitality (including working in restaurants). To date, the brewery has trained and employed over 25 ex-offenders on site in the brewery, has placed 5 ex-offenders in permanent employment with partner companies in other industries, and has showcased artwork from over 40 artists in prison.
The social enterprise started brewing on a 1000L brew kit out of an industrial estate in Botley, Oxford. In addition to the brewery itself, the warehouse is home to a taproom hosting a range of community focused events including live music gigs, comedy, yoga, charity fundraisers, music/food festivals, business conferences and more. The business has now also expanded to a second site in Kennington, Oxford, brewing on a 2300L brew kit.