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We Are Beer People

Brian Spencer | Marketing Manager | Tap Social Movement

Season 1, Ep. 11

Welcome to we are beer people, a podcast all about the many different people who help us enjoy beer.

It's no wonder that reconviction rates are so high (42% of all UK prison leavers will be reconvicted within 12 months). Prison leavers aren't always set-up for success, leaving with just £76, they need to build up skills and confidence, find accommodation, a place of work and prospects for the future.


I chatted with Brian Spencer, Marketing Manager at Tap Social Movement (TSM) in Oxford. TSM is a social enterprise with a craft brewery, bakery (Proof Bakehouse) and five hospitality venues. They're brewing award-winning beer but, perhaps most importantly, they've brewed a business that makes a difference.


Tap Social Movement creates training and employment for people in prison and prison leavers. Having a fulfilling job helps build self-confidence and resilience, and equips people for a productive and happy life. Benefiting the individual, but also wider society.


We speak with Brian and hear about his journey into the world of beer and life as a marketing manager at Tap Social and the amazing work that Tap Social does.


We also get the opportunity to speak with Rory, who works at Proof Bakehouse and we hear about the difference Tap Social has made to him and his life.


Certainly recommend visiting Tap Social and one of its venues when you're next in Oxford.


Tap Social Movement has a couple of cool beer festivals coming up in 2024, one in summer and one in winter. Head to their socials and website for more info:

22nd June (summer) and 30th November (winter)

Change Is Brewing Beer Festival

* 14 leading independent UK breweries

* Curated small-batch cask ales

* Live DJs & music

* Sourdough pizza & street food


So grab a purposeful brew and let’s have a chat with some of the beer people.


Follow us to stay updated:

Website: www.wearebeerpeople.co.uk

Social media: @wearebeerpeople on X (Twitter) and Instagram

Get in touch on email: wearebeerpeoplepod@gmail.com


Tap Social Movement:

Web / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook


United We Are:

Web / Instagram


Intro/outro music: That One Time by Midnight Daydream

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