Find out which drinks made our top ten best social enterprise beverages...
Many of us fancy a tipple now and again. Why not make your choice of drink a social enterprise? We’ve put together a list of our top ten drinks for you to enjoy. Always drink responsibly folks.
1. Ginerosity - A great gin where all profits are poured back into projects that help deserving young adults to build themselves a better future. Ginerosity has partnered with charity Challenges Worldwide to help young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds learn new skills an get training. Being from Plymouth we have to argue that Plymouth Sloe Gin is, by a skinny juniper berry, the best in the world of course!
2. Glen Wyvis - The worlds first community-owned Scotch malt whisky distillery and is 100% powered by renewable energy. Built on history...powered by nature...
3. Heroes - A non-profit organisation, Heroes drinks company was founded by a UK military veteran. Heroes Vodka are proud to donate a minimum of 20% of all profits to UK Armed Forces’ causes and, where possible, to provide employment opportunities for injured veterans
4. Forty Hall Vineyard - Run and managed by local people, this 10 acre vineyard is the first commercial scale vineyard in London since the middle ages. The vineyard produces and sells quality English still and sparkling wines. The vineyard also provides health and well-being benefits and volunteering opportunities to a wide range of local people.
5. Two Fingers Beer - Two Fingers Brewing Company supports Prostate Cancer UK, the leading UK charity for men with prostate cancer and prostate problems. They donate all of the profits they make from selling their beer to Prostate Cancer UK – with a guaranteed minimum of 10p per bottle.
6. Toast - Toast Ale is brewed with fresh, surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted. All profits go to the charity Feedback to support the fight against food waste, making Toast the best thing since… well, you know what!
7. Brewgooder - Drink Beer Give Water: The craft beer that donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects around the world.
8. Buckfast Tonic Wine - Maybe a bit of a controversial choice given recent reports (although as the manufacturers say - it is responsibly drunk by most people). Buckfast Abbey Tonic wine has been produced at the Abbey (a registered charity) ever since the French monks who re-established the Benedictine community in the 19th century, invented the drink as a “pick-me-up”. In modern times it continues to be made at Buckfast Abbey along the same lines and according to the same basic recipe as used in the very early days.
9. Devonport Column Ale - To celebrate the launch and reopening of important Plymouth landmark Devonport Column, local social enterprise Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), commissioned a brand new ale to mark the celebrations. Dubbed ‘Column Ale’, it has been specially brewed by award-winning Plymouth brewery Summerskills.
10. Co-op Fairtrade Wine - Over the years, the Co-op has sold tens of millions of bottles of Fairtrade wine and more than £2.5 million has gone back to support projects that help vineyard workers and their families. They currently sell 25 different Fairtrade wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina, and more are still to come!