On Monday April 4th, we held the launch of the beer we brewed as part of Project Venus UK/Eire at The Rake in London. Despite the school-night-stigma of Monday, plenty of people turned out to taste the beer, and the bar was buzzing. At 7pm the festivities kicked off – we whipped off our jackets to reveal our matching Venus Jade t-shirts, and Sara Barton, the instigator of the whole shebang from Brewsters Brewery in Grantham, clambered up onto a stool and gave a brief overview of the project and beer.
Our host Glyn from The Rake proved to be such a gallant host for the evening that we felt it only fair to award him an honorary Venus t-shirt.
And so the beer itself – a light amber colour, with gentle carbonation, it was hopped with Pacific Jade and Citra, which balanced each other nicely – not too overpoweringly Citra, and with a faint pepperiness from the Jade (although not as much as I had hoped would come through when we first got a whiff of the hops after opening the bag.) At 4% it was a great session beer for a beautiful spring evening. Even on a Monday!
It was great to meet some of the characters on the UK beer scene, having seen so much activity over social media in the last couple of months, including (but not limited to – there were lots of people there and I know I don’t have details for everyone) a.k.a. Shea Luke (Real Ale Girl), Marverine Cole (a.k.a. Beer Beauty), Jane Peyton (a.k.a. School of Booze), Susanna Forbes (www.drinkbritain.com) and Hannah Davidson (a.k.a @lapsed_old_soak)
All in all, we had a fantastic night, and suffice to say we are all looking forward to the next incantation of the Venus project – plans are afoot to brew the beer again this summer, but in a different brewery, and with a tweak or two thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. Keep an eye on the facebook page for updates for now, and we will publish a more accessible website as soon as we have a spare minute or two!
The Project Venus UK/Eire Brewers are :
L-R : Sara Barton (Brewsters), Sara Carter (Triple FFF), Michelle Haylock Kelsall (Offbeat), Gráinne Walsh (Metalman Brewing) and Kathy Britton (Oldershaw)