Who knew we’d ever see those two words together. As most of you know, I love a good craft beer. Locally, I’m partial to the Portsmouth Brewery because we know the head brewer, Matt Gallagher. He is the nephew of our good friends from up north.
Last week, the Portsmouth Brewery introduced a new gruit beer, Libeeration. If you need a definition of a gruit beer, you are not alone. It is basically a beer that uses an herbal mixture as a flavoring in lieu of hops.
Liberation is the first craft beer brewed for menopausal women. Cue the chuckle here. 🙂
Portsmouth Brewery is c0-owned by Joanne Francis, and she has been involved in brewing beer for 26 years. She thought it was time there was a beer for women in this age group. So, together with Matt, they consulted with female health practitioners and herbalists to come up with a recipe for relieving some of the symptoms associated with menopause.
Liberation is golden in color with earthy flavors. It contains Lemon Balm, Stinging Nettle, Mugwort, Rose, Motherwort, Chamomile, Chickweed, Damiana, and a small amount of Sphir hops which provides a nice tangerine finish.
It was introduced on Thursday at 6 p.m. I was at the store the next morning to pick up a couple of bottles where the clerk told me they would probably be sold out by Saturday.
If you’ve stopped chuckling by now, I have to tell you it is quite good and has received a lot of press here in New England. I even ran across a great article from the Kansas City Star.
What’s next? I don’t know, but last summer he created Selkie, which was a Scottish Red Ale brewed with 60 pounds of locally harvested sugar kelp. I’m thinking Matt probably has some more ideas up his brewing sleeve. Stay tuned.
I hope everyone is safe and dry this week from the new storms coming up the coast. We have a rainy week forecasted, but that is okay because we really need the moisture.
We currently have a forest fire burning in the White Mountains that they think was started by a meteorite. ☄️ I think I need another beer.