Three months after launching in a blaze of curry, Trade Union Pale Ale has been a huge success! We've managed to get distribution up and running in London and there are plenty of pubs now selling our lovely product. If you follow us on Twitter (@brigadistaale) we try and keep you up to date with where the beer is. It's not always easy as some pubs do not tweet and sometimes the distributor or brewer forgets to tell us where the beer is. Still, it is going well! The second launch of the beer was in Manchester and was also a massive- if not slightly messy success. For a real treat we had both Brigadista and TUPA on tap and all pints were just £2. It was a great way to also coincide with 'Love Unions' week.
Brigadista and TUPA together in Manchester
In early April we were really pleased to be one of the sponsor's of Philosophy Football's Clash night. So much TUPA was drank that the bar had run out by 10pm! Still, the artists all had their own supply of TUPA in bottle and there was an almost iconic moment when Punk Poet Attila The Stockbroker took to the stage with a bottle of our beverage. Still, we only half managed to catch the moment due to it being dark. And Paul Rutland being bladdered.
Attila misses the money shot
We have not forgotten about Brigadista, either. We're desperately working behind the scenes to see what we can do to get it back out and into pubs, but also, more importantly, get it ready and accessible for you to take home and own. To that end, we're happy to announce that TUPA will soon be available in can and off license. If you're in London this is particularly good news as we are able to offer free delivery if you order three or more cases of it. Cask in a can is all the rage, apparently. So if you and your colleagues at an office or wherever fancy ordering some in, or you are are planning on pounding the streets in the coming elections, we're hoping you'll be refreshing yourselves with Trade Union Pale Ale. Email us through the website or contact us on Twitter for more details.
TUPA Beer tent for Levellers Day
We're pleased to announce that we will be running a Trade Union Pale Ale beer tent at the forthcoming Levellers Day festival in Bursford, Oxfordshire. Not only will we have TUPA and Brigadista for sale on tap, we are also going to unveil a one-off special for the day. Il Postino is a pale ale with a hint of cherry. It will be available for that one day only. You can read more about Levellers Day here. Please do try and come along, the organisers have made a massive effort to build this valuable contribution to the commemoration of the movement's radical history and as well as having a beer tent for the first time, they are laying on lots of other activities for the family on the day.
Appearing for one day only...
GMB 100th Congress in Plymouth
The GMB are holding their one hundredth congress this year in June and it will be in sunny Plymouth. Look out for the special limited edition brew we have made for them!
We're pleased to announce that we'll be on Tap at Tolpuddle this year. last year we had Brigadista on tap, this year it will be TUPA. We're also planning a series of beer giveaways too (if we're allowed by the Workers Beer Company who run the excellent tent there. ) Pop along to our stall if you are down there anyway, we have lots of lovely merchandise as usual.
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