A separatist co-operative in Quebec has launched a beer to support the Canadian province's push to become an independent nation.

Montreal-based L'Independante is now distributing the locally brewed ale, with profits being donated to campaigns calling for French-speaking Quebec to leave Canada.

Vice-president Jacques Leduc told just-drinks today (2 December): "Our official motive is to distribute our beer and the people who drink it are the ones doing the gesture. The sovereigntists don't have a daily way to participate in the cause, so drinking one beer a month would support the movement."

Nearly 40,000 bottles have been sold to date, with around CAD$500,000 (US$402,000) being invested in the project.