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Trio of businesses partner to launch charity pop-up tap room

Big Hug Brewing, Taps and Tents, and FMLY Agency have come together to launch Hobo House, a pop-up tap room that will raise money for rough sleepers and those less fortunate this Christmas.

Hobo House Taproom is happening from Monday 9 until Thursday 12 December at South London’s impressive 26 Leake Street, a venue housed in the cavernous tunnels beneath Waterloo Station.

The event will combine craft beer, street food and the worl'ds best DJs and will raise money for Only A Pavement Away, Sleep Pods Bristoland the Refugee Community Kitchen amongst others.

A selection of beers from breweries with social enterprise, or sustainability at their core, will be on offer alongside the Big Hug Brewing range. Indie rock legends Foals and Friendly Fires will perform a special back to back DJ set alongside some of the world’s very best DJs including Daniel Avery, Skream, Imogen, Simian Mobile Disco, Bondax plus many more, all playing for free.

Matt Williams, Founder of Big Hug Brewing, said, “Hobo House is our pop up Tap Room and space where people can come together to engage, eat, drink and make a difference along the way. We want to take over different spaces across the UK and make it our home for a while before moving on.

'Each space will be different and what works in one venue, might not work in the next, but one thing they all have in common is that they will allow us to make a difference to individuals and organisations in that local area by supporting chosen charities.”

Not having brewing premises of its own, Big Hug Brewing are ‘hobo’ brewers - moving from brewery to brewery to make its beers. The team are currently brewing in London, Sussex and the North.

Hobo House will function as a Tap Room with a cause to showcase the Big Hug range of beers along with beers from other brewers that have a social enterprise (beer made by those with learning difficulties, sex offenders, minority groups) or sustainability (beer made from bread waste, minimal environmental impact etc) at the heart of their business.

Included is Big Hug’s Only A Pale Ale Away beer which has been brewed to raise awareness and funds for the Only A Pavement Away (OAPA) homeless charity.