Founded in 2016, Tap Social Movement grew out of a passion for good beer and social justice.
When they went out looking for hops to use in their brews, they came across Brook House Hops and over the years since, a flourishing working relationship has developed.
Head brewer, Jason Bolger explains: “I searched online for hops and found Brook House, who had a great selection of varieties and a really easy to use online shop. I ordered the hops and they were delivered the next day, fresh and smelling great. I love the Brook House story and we’ve never looked back. Owner Will Kirby even drove some over to me in Oxfordshire once when I was let down by a supplier!”
Tap Social Movement were one of Brook House’s first major contracts and Jason says he was impressed with their business ethos as well as the quality of their hops. “The Brook House team are always helpful, knowledgeable and well organised. We have brewed with US, New Zealand and European hops supplied by Brook House over the years and they have helped us make some stunning beers. Our customers have loved every brew, and in the brewery, we’ve all been really struck by the gorgeous aromas and freshness of the hops, not to mention the pretty competitive prices.
Tap Social Movement use Brook House Centennial hops in their flagship, Good Size Eh – American Pale Ale (APA), which has the perfect chemical and aroma profiles for IPAs and American-style pale ales; giving citrus, floral, resinous notes with a focus on lemon.
Along with brewing, Tap Social Movement provide training and employment for people serving custodial sentences, helping them rehabilitate by offering support in brewing and business start-up, and providing 1-to-1 support to help them secure permanent employment. As a craft brewery dedicated to not only brewing, but also social justice, Jason appreciates having everything easy to hand.
“After a long day, it can be a struggle when you remember you needed to order some supplies, like hops. It’s very helpful that using the online Brook House Hops system can be done once the kids are in bed! I can check stock and look for new varieties, order whatever I need and pay online, check in on my account information and know the hops will arrive fresh the next day, ready for brewing. It’s very convenient!”
Tap Social Movement have big ambitions and after a recent expansion tripling their brewing ability and upping their fermentation capacity to 14,000 litres, Jason is looking forward to the future: “You’ve got to brew something which you love and you know your customers will love too. And sometimes, it’s all about the hops! Working with Brook House Hops gives me flexibility, choice, quality and expediency.
I introduced Brook House Hops to another UK brewery supplier, Paul’s Malt – and together their products make fantastic beer for us here at Tap Social. These working relationships give me the chance to do something I love, whilst maintaining my ‘support independent, support people’ ethos. And now Brook House have invested in a pellet mill, I’m really excited to try their homegrown UK varieties in pellet form next!”