Well, we launched our new ale 'Trade Union Pale Ale (TUPA)' last weekend in some style, with over eighty Trade Unionists joining us in East London (Brick Lane to be exact) for a night of curry and ale and it became a night of curry, ale and song! The FBU's General Secretary Matt Wrack dazzled us all with a superb rendition of the ballad of Casey Jones, followed by Steve Hedley of the RMT who contributed a song about Irish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.
For us the day started a little earlier when we had to help load a van with casks of our beer for delivery to the restaurant, but we were well rewarded when (after some begging) a few of the limited edition bottles of TUPA were opened as a reward for our heard work! (Those casks weigh a hell of a lot by the way!)
The FBU's Matt Wrack- singer and model too!
We would like to thank everybody who came and made it a magnificent evening. There were people there from all of the sponsoring Trade Unions (TSSA, ASLEF, RMT, GMB, FBU and Thompsons Solicitors) and even welcome guests from Unison and Unite also.
They got pissed and nicked the posters, too!
ASLEF brought their banner and an MP with them. Very welcome they all were too, even if they declined to sing us a song.
The beer is currently making its way around the country as there are a couple more launches, but we have a few casks of our fine ale still left in London. So, here is the deal; get your pub/social club/licensed venue to get in contact with us and we'll even driver it over and deliver it to them (in London) and we'll make sure by the power of social media that Trade Unionists (and there are quite a few of us) know where it is at!
Home delivery of cans will begin in the next month or so- we can deliver these all over the country!
This is a Trade Union beer, so if you are a Trade Unionist and want to help raise funds for the causes we hold dear, talk to your landlord or landlady about getting in some TUPA. We're pleased to announce that The Cock Tavern in Hackney (Mare Street, E8 1EJ) has already taken us up on the offer and we'll be letting you know as soon as it is tapped and ready to be respectfully consumed!
Trade Union Pale Ale
London Launch on January 27th
First of all, happy new year. We'll be continuing with Brigadista and even have some ideas to help improve its availability!
For the new year we have been working with some very fine and clever young men in London on producing a Pale Ale that will help raise funds for both HOPE not hate and others who wish to partake in the ale. We're also working on ensuring it is available for delivery at (very) competitive prices- in cans of all things!
Yes, TUPA will be a session ale available in cask, but also- as is the rage, in cans! You'll even be able to buy it in can at some of your favourite curry houses (TUPA IPA) and we'll supply it to any curry house that wants it.
We'll keep you updated as we go along. This ale would not be possible without the support of the Trade Unions and Trade Union Solicitors who have helped fund its production and launch. We'll be opening the first casks and bottles in January and February before throwing it open to home delivery. It tastes, great, too! I hope you enjoy. It's brewed to support the workers, not the bosses! We only produce progressive beer, and that's why we need your help.
Saturday 1st Ocober Philosophy Football in asociation with HOPE not hate presents The Signal Was Spain :
A Night for the International Brigade and Cable Street 80th Anniversaries. The evening will be introduced by Mark Thomas with historian Richard Baxell providing an illustrated talk to bring the historical period of Cable Street and the Spanish Civil War of '36 to life.
Will Kaufman takes us back in time with his extraordinary performance of Woody Guthrie originals. Post-punk singer-songwriter Louise Distras. Mixing red-hot rhythms with ska and singalong anthems The Hurriers.
And from Scotland, The Wakes bring their unique mix of Celtic traditional music with all the angry harmonies of punk. Three to get everybody marching, and dancing, with their feet.
Plus, performing poetry and music specially commissioned to celebrate Cable Street and the International Brigades- Potent Whisper and Lánre.
It's an astonishing bill, the very best in modern protest music paying their tuneful dues to the inspiration of Cable Street and the International Brigades of eight decades ago , brought together for a night out to remember.
In association with the RMT trade union and Thompsons Solicitors the event is in partnership with the International Brigade Memorial Trust, R2 magazine and Brigadista Ale.Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm at the superb Rich Mix Arts Venue in East London. Tickets just £9.99, with discounts on group tickets, fromwww.philosophyfootball.com
‘Union Day/International Brigade Memorial Trust Day:
Dulwich Hamlet vs Bognor Regis Town FC, 8 October 2016
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust are pleased to announce that we will be holding a Trade Union day which will be raising funds for the International Brigades Memorial Trust to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War and the Battle of Cable Street, Dulwich Hamlet in conjunction with the Supporters' Trust will be putting on a Trade Union day on Saturday 8th October 2016. This will coincide with the Ryman League Premier Division game versus Bognor Regis Town FC.
Funds will be raised for the International Brigade Memorial Trust, set up to remember all those who lost their lives fighting fascism in Spain. As part of the day:
●Anyone producing a Trade Union card on the gates will get in for our concession rate of £4
●The match will be sponsored by ASLEF and Hope not Hate.
●Local trade union branches will be encouraged to bring their banners and they will be displayed pitchside.
●The International Brigade Memorial Trust will have a display showcasing their work and will be holding a bucket collection.
●The guest beer will be Brigadista Ale, a special edition beer brewed by Black Hill Brewery in County Durham for this year's commemorations.
We would like to invite all supporters to come to the game and remember the bravery of those who travelled over land and sea to fight fascism.
The day is being supported by the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust. Its Chair, Duncan Hart said “Over the past few seasons, we have helped put on numerous community initiatives from Rainbow Laces day to support the fight against homophobia in football to fundraising for those in need of humanitarian support in Calais and Dunkirk. We are more than happy to commemorate the actions of these brave individuals and raise money for the International Brigade Memorial Trust.”
David Rogers, Trust Board member for Community Development commented:
"The Football Club has always made sure that we welcome everyone to our games and the club have always taken a strong stance against discrimination in all forms. We are delighted to be partnering up with ASLEF, Hope not Hate and the IBMT in order to commemorate these brave people.”
“We would like to invite members of all Unions to the commemoration event and we would be more than happy to display your banners around the ground and the pitch.”
Liam Hickey, Football Club chairman, enthused: "Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is delighted to hold its first Trade Union Day and we hope to welcome lots of people who want to experience the club for the first time.”
“I would like to thank ASLEF, Hope Not Hate, our own Supporters' Trust & our committee member for Community Development, Mishi Morath, for their work in setting this up.”
“This is another example of the various parts of club working as one to engage with all sections of our community and celebrate the achievements Both past and present did make up the fabric of society today. "
Whilst Mishi Morath added: "This is another great example of the Football Committee and Trust Board working together to stage a focused day, did is so much more than a 'token gesture' All those Decades ago many of our fans would have supported the. International fight against the rise of fascism in Europe, with dozens of our fans undoubtedly, paying the ultimate price in the Second World War, did led after the Spanish Civil War. This day is for them as well. "