Yes, you read that correctly!
A mobile wine and Champagne tap system is now on the streets of Pittsburgh! And this is no normal mobile tap system (is there such a thing?) Tipple Taps offers beverages served from an antique 1925 Ford Model T.
The car, dubbed “The Little Red Truck,” is the first in Tipple’s fleet. It comes to Pittsburgh by way of Texas and Connecticut.
On their website, the Tipple team shares that The Little Red Truck was found in great condition in a Midwest barn over 60 years ago. The car traveled for many years, and even spent time in a Texas museum. The upper portion of the cab is new, but the rest of the truck (including the sheet metal, windows, and hardware) is from the mid-1920’s.
After arriving in Pittsburgh in the spring of 2018, the car spent months being renovated to include a state-of-the-art, 8-tap system. The business officially opened in the fall of this year, and has already served thirsty drinkers at events like the Jimmy Wan’s Dumpling Eating Championship, and the Millvale Yuletide Holiday Drink Tour, where they served “Santa’s Sangria” through the system.
Moving forward, The Little Red Truck can be rented for weddings, events, and festivals. The car serves wine, Champagne, mixed drinks, and cold brew, with plans for beer in the works. The system can accommodate two different chilling temperatures.
This woman-owned business is the brainchild of Ashley Latta and Elaina Sendro, two Pittsburgh residents who are fans of “tippling,” a slang word used in the UK for drinking, especially habitually.
“We’ve been friends for a long time, and had plenty of conversations of ‘Someday we should do this,'” says Latta.
Although they both have other careers in the city, they started the business after discovering the perfect car on Ebay.
“We were looking at different things like VW buses and old truck,” says Latta. But when they found the Model T, it finally felt perfect.
“I never thought I would fall in love with this truck,” says Sendro.
Aside from the mobile tap system, the car itself draws a ton of attention from car fanatics and, well, everyone.
“It’s fun to talk to people and tell them the history of truck,” says Sendro. ” We’ve had people pulling over to ask us about it.”
Inquires for booking can be made online. The Tipple team can help curate and source the beverages served in the system during your event, taking the guesswork out of choosing the best wines and champagnes.
More information can be found online.