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Project Venus Reloaded

Venus RogueA beer brewed for women, by women, is being officially launched today.

Project Venus, the collaborative brewing project of women brewers (or brewsters as they are properly called) is back in action.Project Venus, the collaborative brewing project of women brewers are launching Venus Rouge which was brewed at Oldershaw Brewery in Granthan.

The brewsters from across the country collaborated on the recipe via Facebook to devise a deep red beer with an ABV of 4.2%.  Venus Rouge uses 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 three aromatic hop varieties.

Project Venus was originally conceived by Grantham brewer, Sara Barton from Brewster’s Brewery.   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 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 renowned beer blogger Marverine Cole (Beerbeauty).

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 incarnation 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.”

Have you tried the beer?  Tell us what you think below.

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Joanna Dring is the communications manager for Carlsberg UK, overseeing all UK PR for the global brewing giant. A former PR Week 29 under 29-er (the 30th birthday is slowly approaching...), Joanna has worked in numerous in-house PR roles including other brewers, the motor industry and local government. Joanna lives in sunny Bedford, once applied for Come Dine With Me and enjoys writing in the third person. Follow Joanna on Twitter

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