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20th April 2023

The Five Points Brewing Co. and Women for Refugee Women release charity beer

A special charity beer is raising funds to support women who have had to flee persecution and seek asylum in the UK.

At Wits’ End is a special edition beer, brewed collaboratively by The Five Points Brewing Co. and Women for Refugee Women on International Women’s Day. Through a programme of empowerment activities, Women for Refugee Women supports a network of over 300 refugee and asylum-seeking women to rebuild their lives in the UK, developing their confidence and skills. A proportion of funds raised by this special beer will support the London-based charity in its work.

At 5.5% ABV and pale sunshine yellow in colour, the beer is a refreshing offering for spring. The team brewed with Citra hops alongside coriander, lemon and orange peel, and elderflower was added-post fermentation. California Ale Yeast was used to create a fruiter iteration of a typical witbier. Floral aromas, cantaloupe and white grapes lead on the nose, before gentle sweetness on the palate.

Five Points Marketing Manager Rhona McKeran said of the partnership:

“With this beer, we want to shine a light on and support great women doing incredibly important work. The beer’s name – At Wits’ End – represents the fear and desperation asylum-seeking women must endure when fleeing their homes, while the colour and the profile of the beer signifies hope for a positive future.”

Women for Refugee Women Communications Manager Carenza Arnold said:

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Five Points Brewery on their special edition beer, At Wits’ End, to mark International Women’s Day 2023. We support women who are seeking safety in the UK from persecution, war, rape, gender-based violence and other torture, to rebuild their lives and advocate for change. At a time where there is increasing hostility towards people seeking safety, we’re extremely grateful for this collaboration which will shine a light on our work and what it means to be a refugee woman.”

At Wits’ End will be available to purchase through The Five Points Brewing Co. by trade customers from Monday 24th April, with £10 from every keg sold donated to Women for Refugee Women. The first pints of At Wits’ End will be poured to the public on Thursday 20 April at The Five Points Taproom, E8 4RG.


Notes to editor:

The Five Points Brewing Company is an independent brewery based in Hackney, London, brewing with a commitment to quality and the community since 2013.

Championing flavour, provenance and consistent quality in everything it makes, the brewery’s beers are award-winning modern classics.

Just as important as beer-making is the company’s commitment to community. Five Points was the first brewery in the UK to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, and the company strives to continue supporting its community through charity partnerships and making more sustainable choices.

Women for Refugee Women is a London-based charity which has been supporting women who are seeking safety from persecution, including rape, gender-based violence and torture, to rebuild their lives for over 15 years.

Women for Refugee Women works in three main ways:

to support and empower women seeking asylum through our creative and educational activitiesWhether it’s at English class, knitting or drama, our empowerment activities offer a welcoming and friendly space where women can come together to build their skills and confidence, enjoy a cup of tea and make friends with other women who understand what they have been through;

to communicate with wide audiences by supporting refugee and asylum-seeking women to share their stories and experiences through the media, events and arts projects to change hearts and minds;

to influence policy by informing policy makers and politicians about how to build a fairer asylum process for women seeking safety.

Contact: Rhona McKeran, Five Points Brewing,