On Sydenham high street, there's a hip microbrewery – with one major difference. Ignition isn’t just sating south-east London’s endless appetite for craft beer. It’s also a social enterprise, training and employing people with learning disabilities to brew top-notch fruity pales, classic porters and zingy IPAs – all made on-site.
Around 65 percent of people with learning disabilities would like to have a job, but only 6 percent are actually in paid employment. And so the Ignition team (who’ve built the place from scratch) aim to fix that by training up their staff every step of the way and paying everybody the London Living Wage.
Whatsmore, you barely need to lift a finger to help out the cause – in fact, you just need to raise a pint glass. Every time you drink at Ignition or pick up a bottle to take home you’ll be helping the cause directly. You can also sample their beer at various local stockists. South-of-the-river pizza champs Mamma Dough, and nearby local boozers The Greyhound and Catford Bridge Tavern also serve up Ignition brews. See, beer does solve problems!