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Hackney Brewery to re-release charity beer: Unicorn Rodeo

Unicorn Rodeo raises funds & awareness for LGBT+ Helpline Switchboard

Photo credit: Hackney Brewery

Now being released for the fourth year, a portion of the proceeds from Hackney Brewery’s Unicorn Rodeo are donated to Switchboard, an LGBT+ helpline that has been giving advice and lending an ear to those who need it for over 45 years.


Along with raising funds for Switchboard the annual release helps raise awareness of the vital support that they provide 365 days a year.


  • Due to its popularity, this year Unicorn Rodeo will be brewed twice for the first time. The first brew will be released in May available in cans & kegs, with the second coming out in keg in July.

  • Hackney Brewery has been brewing Unicorn Rodeo since 2018, and it has been partnered with Switchboard since 2019.

  • This year, the Switchboard helpline number will even feature on the label for the cans.

  • The beer will first be available exclusively at Hackney’s High Hill Tap from Friday 6th May with the general release on Monday 8th May. Cans will be available to purchase online from the Hackney Brewery webshop.


Unicorn Rodeo is an easy drinking 4% DDH (Double Dry Hopped) Extra Pale Ale with Simcoe, Mosaic & Citra hops for a light & refreshing combo of citrus, mango & grapefruit.


Stephanie Fuller, Switchboard General Manager says:

"Through our listening service, we've been supporting LGBTQIA+ communities right across the UK, since 1974, with calm words when they are needed most. Our trained listening volunteers create a safe space for people that need to have sensitive and non-judgemental conversations on matters relating to sexuality and gender identity. The support of Hackney Brewery will make a real difference to the help we're able to provide"

Editors Notes

Hackney Brewery celebrated 10 years of brewing in 2021. Founded in a couple of railway arches in Haggerston back in 2011, Hackney Brewery is an independently-owned brewery now based on Blackhorse Lane, E17.


After a successful Crowdfunding campaign in 2021 Hackney opened its High Hill Tap, a modern, US-inspired 300 capacity taproom situated right in the heart of the brewery. Featuring a cosy indoor bar, grand beer hall & spacious outdoor yard, serving 20 taps of the freshest Hackney beers alongside the finest UK & US craft.


Hackney Brewery are known for their modern and hop-forward styles, colourful illustrations, and always inventive experimentation.


More Info & History on Hackney Brewery & High Hill Tap can be found here.


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