Hackney bar celebrates Living Wage Week with beer festival

By James Beeson contact

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Festival: the bar will be showcasing the UK’s independent living wage breweries across their taps this weekend
Festival: the bar will be showcasing the UK’s independent living wage breweries across their taps this weekend

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Mason & Company, the craft beer bar in Hackney Wick, east London, is celebrating Living Wage Week with a beer festival dedicated to breweries that pay their workers the national living wage.

Run by Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company, the bar will be showcasing the UK’s independent living wage breweries across their 20 beer taps this weekend.

Both Mason & Company and the Five Points Brewing Company are officially accredited national living wage employers. Five Points was the first brewery in the country to be accredited, and the count of accredited breweries in the UK now stands at a total of 18.

'More motivated, happier staff'

The breweries on tap will include Weird Beard, Hackney Brewery, Orbit Beers, Signature Brew, Tempest, Lost And Grounded, and Gipsy Hill. Among the beers available will be Five Points’ Railway Porter and Fourpure’s Beartooth American Brown.

“We pay the living wage because we believe it is the right thing to do, and it’s just a part of our commitment to investing in our staff,” said Five Points Brewing Company founder Ed Mason. “I believe it also helps contribute to a more motivated, happier staff team, with lower staff turnover.”

New living wage rate

The festival will run from Friday 10 November until Sunday 12 November at Mason & Company, a short walk from Hackney Wick railway station.  

Living Wage Week started on Sunday, 5 November and runs until Saturday, 11 November. The new rate for the UK is £8.75 per hour, and £10.20 per hour in London. It is paid voluntarily by more than 3,600 employers in the UK. 

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