Earth Ale Bus Renovation

by Earth Tap and Cakes & Ladders in London, England, United Kingdom

Earth Ale Bus Renovation
We did it
On 3rd May 2018 we successfully raised £6,206 with 53 supporters in 56 days

We are seeking to raise £15,750 to renovate an old double-decker bus into a bar to sell Earth Ale beer and be a community space in Haringey.

by Earth Tap and Cakes & Ladders in London, England, United Kingdom

Bus Update: Thank you for helping us bring the bus to life. Sadly, with COVID-19 now on our door step we need to ask for your help once more to keep the Bus alive. 

If you can, please support our new crowdfunder 'Save our London Bus'.

Thank you!

Bus Renovation

Earth Ale will create an exciting new taproom. A flexible space for events and activities for the residents of Haringey.

There is a fantastic opportunity to renovate this static double-decker bus, in Blue House Yard, Woodgreen.

We want to offer 11 hyper-local, tasty craft brews on tap to showcase the great beer brewed in North London.

On the upper deck, we can envision summer screenings of cult classics and hold intimate gigs to support local bands. It would also be a terrific space for learning  with the ability to hold language lessons or small lectures from subject experts.

Our organisation has strong environmental beliefs.  We are going to try to minimise our impact by recycling more than you thought possible, using bio-degradable cups made from plant starch for our events and glassware for our trading hours inside. 

We plan to install solar panels on the roof of the bus to generate our own electricity.

With the launch of the double-decker bus, we plan to have food truck residencies evolving through the spring and summer months serving delicious food to compliment the great beers we will serve. 

Earth Ale will also be organising some pop-up dinners in the courtyard during the summer involving some guest chef residencies.


We are located in Blue House Yard (shown below). A group of businesses that want to have a positive social impact in our community.

We'd like to offer opportunities for underprivileged local people who have the odds stacked against them and give them a way to build up knowledge and skills. They would start out serving on the Bus with opportunities to learn every aspect of the business such as how to brew and make beer, learn how to sell the products and manage a company. 

Our ethos is heavily focused on fostering entrepreneurship. Our aim is to give someone the confidence and knowledge to start their own business in the future.

Blue House Yard in the recent snow

Foraging is a big aspect of Earth Ale. We gather wild ingredients from Canterbury, Oxfordshire, Surrey and the South East of England's coastline.

Sticky Buns in Pine Forest

We want to share our knowledge with the community by hosting foraging workshops and summer dinners in the yard that will solely focus on sustainable produce. This is a great opportunity for the community to be involved in what we are doing as a social enterprise.


             Artists impression of the potential development in the yard and our planned outdoor area

Top deck of the bus


With your generous help and contribution to the pledges, we aim to raise £15,750. 

Here is what we plan to do with those funds:

  • Bar installation, glassware, storage shed, connect and assemble the beer lines, fund the setup of the cold room and insulation for the kegs and coolers, carpenter work on bar build.
  • Installing solar power for electricity
  • Connect up drainage and electricity to the bus to a professional, clean standard
  • Set up payment services for Izettle, till, and interface.
  • Start the budget for community development projects. For example cost of ingredients for cooking courses, language courses and foraging.

In order to maintain our green approach, we would like to install solar panels on the bus roof to help cover some of the electricity and hot water. We will not use any plastic on the bus and maintain minimum wastage from the space where we will make sure everything will be recycled i.e keykegs, cups and food waste.

Please donate and share our project with your friends!

Thank you for taking the time to read about us. 

See you on the Bus!


  Earth Ale T-shirt, exclusive for backers                    Worst Review Tea Towel - Exclusive to crowd funder backers

Blue House Yard


Alex's journey began here in the UK, progressing through Denmark where foraging for natural flavours sparked his interest in brewing, and more recently onto South Africa, where he learned to create fresh flavoursome beers from natural, often foraged ingredients.

Earth Ale was born as a result of Alex's passion for food, travel and beer.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more


A personalised email will be sent to you to say thank you! If you send us your twitter handle we will tweet you a big thanks too!

£6 or more


Receive an Earth Ale Sticker (posted worldwide).

£10 or more


Earth Ale enamel badge pin using the brand new logo. Show it to your friends or us for 10% off every purchase from the BUS.

£10 or more


Get your hands on one of our exclusively branded tote bags and enjoy a pint on us in the taproom. Includes UK shipping.

£15 or more


Tea Towel with a quote from a valued customer. Get yourself an exclusive to crowdfunder tea towel printed with our worst untappd review. "Probably the worst beer I have ever drunk, appaling” 0.25 stars Arfur D. These are an exclusive to crowdfunder design. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Collect from the bus. Have a ⅓ of a beer on us when you come to collect from the BUS.

£20 or more


Receive an organic Earth Ale t-shirt (charcoal grey with black logo.) Please mention your size and male or female when ordering. Collection from the bus.

£20 or more

This round's on me ;)

Pledge £20 and you’ll get £30 worth of beer in our bus taproom! Perfect for the regular taproom visitor and perfect for when you’ve got the next round…

£20 or more


Here's a chance to have a ticket to our first language course evenings. This ticket will be based on a date tbc and will happen on the top deck of the bus. Enjoy a free 1/2 pint of beer with us on your arrival :) Please state which first language lesson you would like to be involved with. (Russian, French or Spanish)

£25 or more


Each person can choose 4 x ⅓ pint beers on tap at the bus.

£30 or more


Collect a card from the bus to use on your birthday for 50% off everything at the Bus. Create a tab and have fun! Valid only once. Have a ⅓ of Earth Ale beer on us when you come and collect.

£35 or more


A selection of 6 of our beers, in one of our exclusively branded tote bags. Including an Earth Ale T-Shirt. Collection only but enjoy a pint in the taproom on us when you come by!

£50 or more


Become an Earth Ale tap member for a year! 10% off in the bus, an Earth Ale t-shirt, a pint on your first visit and a high five from one of the team!

£50 or more


Pledge £50 and you'll get £100 to spend on draught beer in our taproom! That's right - double the beer! Half the money!

£100 or more


You and a friend spend an afternoon touring the brewery, learning about our exciting brewing process seeing and learning about our wild ingredients and tasting our beers. Walk away with an Earth Ale T-shirt each.

£100 or more


6 Beers, quality chocolate, wild cheese, foraged ingredients and teas and one epic sourdough loaf from Dusty Knuckle bakery. Collection from the Bus.

£100 or more


Be notified via email when our collab brews are ready. Collect one bottle of every collaboration that we brew with other breweries and companies for 12 months. Collection from the bus, enjoy a pint of beer on us when you come and collect.

£150 or more


Pledge £150 and you and a friend get to come party with us! We’ll say thank you with an evening of live music, friends, fun and most importantly BEER, all on us

£200 or more

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Have your name engraved on one of the tap handles at the bar and receive two tickets of the EARTH BUS BACKERS PARTY.

£250 or more


Pledge £250 and you and a friend will join our head brewer for a full day's hands-on experience. At the end of the day, you will leave full of knowledge about our brewing process and the ingredients that we use, as well as a case of beer. ALSO INCLUDED an Earth Ale t-shirt and a ticket to our EARTH BUS BACKERS PARTY.

£500 or more


Beer and snack pairing night for 8 people on the bus. Our founder Alex Lewis will create 5 delicious snacks involving wild ingredients and pair them with 5 unique rare beers.

£500 or more


Brew, design and make a beer with our head brewer and have it served at Earth Ale’s tap room. You will receive two cases of your designed beer and two tickets to the EARTH BUS BACKERS PARTY

£700 or more


Receive a case a month of each different beer we brew for 12 months including our collaborations. Price Includes Postage. UK ONLY

£1,000 or more


Brew, design and barrel age a beer for one year with our head brewer. Receive an exclusive Earth Ale backers t-shirt. Have the beer on draft at Earth Ale’s tap room once released. You will receive 4 cases of the beer once ready. 2 tickets to the EARTH BUS BACKERS PARTY.

£2,000 or more


Design your own recipe with our head brewer, brew it yourself and pick up 5 kegs and 5 cases once it's ready. All bottles will be branded with custom labels and we will provide one-night free loan on our Lindr Beer machine so you can pour your expertly designed beer at your own party! Included also are TWO tickets to our EARTH BUS BACKERS PARTY.

£3,500 or more


Pledge £3500 and we will throw a bespoke private party for you and 50 guests in our taproom with a fully stocked OPEN bar and delicious street food catering for all! Perfect for birthdays, a post-Christmas office party or team off sites! Party to be organised on a mutually agreed date and time

£5,000 or more

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Gets you and your guest free beer at the tap room and exclusive access on any Earth Ale events, 2 tickets to the Earth Bus backers party and a case of every collaboration brew we make. One of three black cards. Subject to terms and conditions which can be requested via email.

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