UKIP campaign ale and hearty

By Matthew Mckew

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


UKIP campaign ale and hearty

A bottle of EU Freedom Ale, produced on the Isle of Wight for UKIP candidate Iain McKie

A BEER-LOVING UKIP candidate on the Isle of Wight is launching his own ale, featuring the face of party leader Nigel Farage, in a bid to boost his election chances.

Iain McKie, who plans to stand against Andrew Turner in the 2015 general election, has worked with Ryde-based brewery Goddards to create the four per cent strength bitter, EU Freedom Ale.

The bottles feature a smiling Nigel Farage, with the slogan 'Isle drink to that.’

Mr McKie said: "It is a little bit of Christmas fun, but its also a great marketing tool to broaden our appeal.

"Nigel told me he would certainly be having some next time he comes to the Isle of Wight."

It will be officially launched by UKIP’s Isle of Wight branch on Saturday and sold to raise money for Mr McKie’s campaign.

The branch has invited former Eastleigh bi-election candidate and 2014 European Parliament hopeful Diane James to a launch event at the Unitarian Hall, Newport, between 11am and 2.30pm.

Patrick Birley, owner of Goddards Brewery, said: "It was just business for us. We would be very happy to produce beer for anybody, it in no way reflects our political views. We produce beer, that's what we do."

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