Ignition Brewery: Foodism 100 winner

This Sydenham-based brewery does way more than just make good beer for the inquisitive craft-lovers of South East London, it helps provide jobs in the industry for people with learning disabilities, too

Ignition Brewery: Foodism 100 winner

Who are they?

Ignition Brewery is a not-for-profit business that started as an offshoot of a weekly Mencap meeting in Lewisham back in 2015. It provides living wage jobs for people with learning disabilities in the Borough of Lewisham, giving them the opportunity to develop skills in both brewing and customer service. After a successful £24,000 crowdfund last spring, owners Will Evans and Nick O’Shea opened the taproom at the front of the brewery building on Sydenham High Street.

What's on the menu?

Ignition’s range of beers covers most modern-day craft touchstones. There's South of the River, a medium-light session pale that’s packed with crisp hoppiness and fruity citrus notes, while Well Oiled Machine is a traditional London porter with solid smokiness and bold flavours of chocolate and coffee. Completing the core range is Jump-Star – a fully-hopped 4.6% IPA that has a punchy, full-on floral flavour. The brewery also makes the odd collaboration brew with other UK breweries, too: a particular fave of ours being white-wine-barrel-aged cask ale they made for last year's London Craft Beer Festival alongside much-loved experimental Somerset brewery Wild Beer Co.

Where can I find them?

The brewery and its flagship taproom can be found slap-bang in the middle of Sydenham High Street, but if you can't make it out there, Ignition sells in plenty of bars, bottle shops and restaurants across London, including Bottle Cave, Bob Wines, Mamma Dough pizza restaurants, Rox Burger and The Poodle Club.

44A Sydenham Road, SE26 5QX; ignition.beer