Mark Hislop and Daniel Vane discuss their plans over a beer
Founders Mark Hislop and Daniel Vane were brewing in a shipping container outside a nightclub until recently, but have outgrown the space and want a permanent, more sustainable base to expand.
Having found a site and secured funding for the brewery itself, the pair are now raising money for the taproom with a non-equity campaign on Crowdfunder. Everyone who donates will receive double their investment back in the form of a bar tab to spend at the brewery, and Exale hopes to raise at least £40,000 before opening in December.
Without a trestle table or pallet in sight, the founders will use the money to open a comfortable space that will also reduce waste. The taproom walls will come alive with plants grown on an aquaponics system, fed with waste water from brewing, growing produce for local food banks and brewery snacks, and botanicals for brewing and distilling.
The spent grain will be tuned into biofuel, while waste beer will be made into soap and shampoo bars, to help the business and locals cut down on plastic.
Mark said: “There are so many great places to go out and drink amazing beer in Walthamstow now, so we want to make sure we add something new. As well as offering a really comfortable space, we wanted to make sure we were minimising our effect on the environment, and a sustainable taproom is a great way to do that.”