Project Venus reloaded

Project Venus, the collaborative brewing project of women brewers (or brewsters as they are properly called) is back in action.

On the 28th July, they will be coming together at Oldershaw brewery in Grantham, to brew Venus Rouge. The brewsters from across the country collaborated on the recipe via facebook to devise a red beer with an ABV of 4.2%. Venus Rouge will use a complex blend of malts largely sourced locally to Oldershaws brewery but combined with some exciting German, Weyermann coloured malts. The malt character will be balanced by 3 aromatic hop varieties.

Project Venus was originally conceived by Grantham brewer, Sara Barton from Brewster’s Brewery. Sara was inspired by The Pink Boots Society and Project Venus US – US groups promoting women in brewing, and so decided to start a group called Project Venus UK and Eire. The aim is simply to show off female brewing at its best.

The first beer, Venus Jade, was brewed at Brewsters Brewery in Grantham and subsequently launched at The Rake bar in London at which two firkins were polished off in two hours!

For this second incarnation, the brewday will be hosted by Kathy Britton, of Oldershaw Brewery (coincidentally also in Grantham). The Venus brewing team will be made up of Kathy, Sara, Michelle Haylock Kelsall from Offbeat brewery in Cheshire, Sophie de Ronde from Brentwood Brewing Company and Sue Hayward from The Waen Brewery in Montgomeryshire.

The brewsters will also be joined on the day by female beer blogger Marverine Cole (aka Beer Beauty). The day will also be filmed for BBC2.

The beer will be on sale by most of the breweries involved. If the previous Project Venus beer Venus Jade is anything to go by, best get your pre-orders in fast!

Sara Barton said “I’m so pleased that the project has some momentum, there are not that many women in the beer industry and to have something like this taking off is great news for all of us”.

Kathy Britton said “We are delighted to welcome the Venus crew to Oldershaws.
I know we will have a great day, create a brilliant beer and share some tips and experience along the way.”

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