Beer Makes Glasgow raises over £5,000 for local food bank

A popular annual beer festival held in Glasgow this month has announced that it has raised over £5,000 for a local food bank.

Published 13th Sep 2019
Updated 13 th Sep 2019

The organisers of Beer Makes Glasgow, which took place at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow's east end, were delighted to announce the total raised and thanked those who attended the event over the two days.

All in all, founder Conor McGeady confirmed that £5,414 will be donated to the Drumchapel Food Bank - the biggest donation from the festival yet.

Conor said: "We are absolutely over the moon with this year's figure raised. It's hard to believe that three years ago myself along with a small group of independent brewers were running around like mad, trying to make sure this festival didn't die.

"To think that we have raised £15k for the food bank since then is just insane."

The event is the brainchild of Conor and the brewers and people involved in the Glasgow beer scene, who decided to take it upon themselves to attempt to rebrand and save the doomed Great Scottish Beer Celebration after the business behind it went under in 2017.

Eventually going ahead in August that year at the Glasgow School of Art, it was decided that the new event should have charity at the heart of its offering with all ticket profits donated to the Drumchapel food bank.

Beer Makes Glasgow

The money will go to the Drumchapel food bank

When tragedy struck leading to the School of Art burning down, popular brewery Drygate stepped in to offer a new venue for the event.

Conor added: "The support from Drygate these past two years has been phenomenal and we cannot thank them enough. I have to say a massive thank you to Sorcha, Chris and Louisa for all of their hard work. I can't wait to see where this journey takes us next."

Sorcha Scott, marketing assistant at Drygate Brewing Co., added: “Beer Makes Glasgow is one of my favorite events that happens over the beer festival season; there is a real sense of community that sweeps through the whole event.

"Every single brewery helps every other brewery load in and set up, it’s amazing to see everyone - a group of competing businesses - come together to help such a worthy cause.”

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The festival raises much needed funds for Drumchapel food bank and this year's donation will help provide food and other much needed items for the charity right through until Christmas.

Liz Atkinson of Drumchapel food bank said: "We are once again overwhelmed by the hard work and generosity of the beer makes Glasgow team and craft beer community.

"Given that Drumchapel food bank is totally independent and receives no funding, these events are absolutely essential for us. The money raised by BMG will see the project through till Christmas and help ensure that the 100+ families that currently depend on us continue to receive the support and advice that they need.

"We would like to extend our thanks to BMG and all of the Scottish craft beer community that continue to support our cause."

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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