By James Atkinson
The team behind Sydney craft brewery 4 Pines has launched Brookvale Union, an entirely new brand that currently offers a cider and a ginger beer.
The Brookvale Union brand reprises the name of a trade union-backed brewery that operated in the Brookvale locale in the 1950s, producing pilsener and honey stout for sale to trade union clubs, according to The Dictionary of Sydney.
Bearing the tagline, “Quality Nonsense”, the new Brookvale Union Apple Cider (5.2 per cent ABV) and Brookvale Union Ginger Beer (four per cent ABV) are both available in 500ml bottles from selected bottleshops, bars and pubs.
A small amount of the cider product will be available on draught in eastern states venues.
“Craft beer is growing as a segment but beer as a whole is in decline so as people turn to alternatives, Brookvale Union will be there,” 4 Pines general manager Jaron Mitchell told TheShout.
The Brookvale Union brand was previously used in the 1950s Trade union-backed brewery that produced union pilsener and honey stout for sale to trade union clubs, but was unable to compete with market domination of Toohey's and Tooth's.