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1st June 2021

Hops & Dots #CraftForAll Crowdfunder Smashes Target Ahead of Final Day

Hops & Dots Brew Co. in County Durham have smashed their original target to raise £4,000 to bring more accessibility to the craft beer industry. The Crowdfunder campaign ends at 10.01 am on Tuesday 1st June, and has raised £6,333 already, thanks to the kind generosity of 91 supporters.

Hops & Dots are an independent craft brewery, set up in Middlesbrough back in 2018, and now based in Bishop Auckland. Due to COVID-19, they reached out to the local and craft beer communities to help raise money so they can raise awareness of a commitment to #CraftForAll, and become the hub of their new community space in County Durham.

The brewery was founded with a love of beer and braille. Before John launched the company with his good friend Hugh, he was known best for his knowledge of braille, especially the production of braille and the use of technology, which is still a large part of his work today.

As the team set up their new brewery and taproom they wanted to expand their approach to making everything as accessible as possible. They also intend to become a community-focused business that engages with all local people, especially with those who experience sight loss. As a small operation with other commitments, they haven’t kept up with demand with regards to the hops and the dots as much as they had planned, but hope both of those things change very soon with the new investment.

Want to help the campaign?

Rewards start at only £1, so that there are affordable options, whatever your budget. Just make sure you pledge your support before 10.01 am on 1st June. Find the Crowdfunder link here.

Notes to Editors


Hops & Dots Brew Co. was founded in 2018 in the North East of England. You know about the hops, but what about the dots? Braille! The tactile code that some people with sight impairment use to access literature. Craft For All!

Our beer ranges from small-batch IPAs and stouts, to collaborations with like-minded breweries (recently our brewery mates at Caps Off, and the team at Horsforth Brewery in Leeds). Sometimes sessionable, sometimes super strong, but always delicious! We believe beer should be accessible to all in as many ways as possible, which is why we’re working hard behind the scenes to improve everything we do to make this happen. Check out our designs and who knows, you may learn some braille!

Disclaimer: we may also try and sell you a speedboat – but there is no obligation to buy! Maybe you prefer Fat Fingers? Either way, make sure you bring your Sim Specs and take care when you flick the Coffee Switch!


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Press release from Hops and Dots

CONTACT: For all enquiries, please email John Chester at