Apr 24

New Disability-Led Brewery Opens In Bristol!


The former Tapestry Brewery in Totterdown in Bristol is set to reopen its doors after a tricky period earlier this year, this time to be known as Tapestry by Props.

Props is a charitable organisation that works with people with disabilities to help them gain more work skills – and Tapestry by Props will be the city’s brewery and taproom staffed by people with learning disabilities, the BBC reports.

The charity purchased the brewery after it went into liquidation, with the new owners hoping to build a profitable business that can provide its trainees with meaningful opportunities in the world of work.

It now has complete control over the former brewery and will be involved in the running of the taproom, brewing unique craft beers and building partnerships with other breweries in the local area.

Project leader Tom Medland explained: “The trainees will be serving on the bar and helping to brew beers. Eventually, we want to involve the trainees in every process of the business, providing sustainable, paid work for people with learning disabilities.”

He went on to say that it’s hoped the trainees will be able to run the business by themselves once they’ve built up their skills sufficiently.

Other work being done by the charity includes Project 769, a cafe, exhibition and meeting space, where food, drinks and products are handmade by the trainees. Coffee has been sourced from local roasters Blind Owl Coffee and people will be offered bespoke barista training in the cafe itself.

A two-storey building is now being renovated with accessibility at the heart of its design to ensure that this project becomes a reality.


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