A 'festive' beer festival is being staged on an Oxford industrial estate.

Following the success of the second annual Change is Brewing Beer Fest in August, craft brewery and social enterprise Tap Social Movement is hosting a festive edition on Saturday from 2pm to11pm at the Tap Social Taproom in the Curtis Industrial Estate in North Hinksey Lane, off Botley Road.

The Festive Beer Bash features seven leading independent craft keg breweries from around the UK, with many of them making their very first appearance in Oxford – none of the guest breweries have previously appeared at a Change is Brewing festival.

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This is the line-up: Gravity Well Brewing (London); Signature Brew (London); BMAN Brewery (Oxford); Tap Social Movement (Oxford); Three Hills Brewing (Thrapston); Two Flints Brewery (Windsor); Siren Craft Brew (Wokingham).

Oxford Mail: Drinkers at a Tap Social beer festivalAs well as the guest beers there will also be a full bar, non-alcoholic beers and soft drinks, baked goods and hand-stretched sourdough pizza from Proof Social Bakehouse, and live music.

Dave Richardson, of the Oxford branch of real ale group CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), said he welcomed the festival.

"It's all craft keg beer rather than real ale but it's good to see this sort of collaboration between independent breweries," he added.

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"We support Tap Social Movement and I think they will add in a real ale to their beer festival next summer.

"They are very well established now in Oxford and as well as the beer they are known for their work helping to rehabilitate offenders."

Oxford Mail: Tap Social co-founder Amy Taylor at Market TapTap Social Movement offers employment and training to people who are serving prison sentences or have recently been released.

In May it opened a new bar in the Covered Market called The Market Tap.

The opening coincided with the market launching new extended opening hours.

The Tap Social pub in the Covered Market was planned several years ago but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Staff also run White House by Tap Social in Abingdon Road.

Tickets for the festival are £10 inclusive of festival glass.

Ticket holders will have access to street food and live music, and info and tickets are here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/596491

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