Local community group Preston Beer Girls has collaborated on a special edition beer, just months after its first meeting took place.Advertisement
The beer, Jeans and A Nice Hop, was brewed at Farm Yard Ales in Cockerham with input from New Longton based Chain House Brew Co.
Selected bars in Preston and around the north west will be stocking the 4.5% NEIPA on keg, cask and in cans.
Preston Beer Girls was founded in August 2019 with the aim of encouraging women to try, enjoy and learn more about different styles of beer.
For their first event, the group voted unanimously to brew their own beer.
Emily Livesey, co-founder and one third of the Preston Beer Girls’ organisational committee along with Emma Pulsford and Kally Schubert, said: “We’re really proud of our beer, it’s tasting great and I love the name we chose too – it’s a bit of a joke based on a conversation a lot of women will relate to: ‘What’re you wearing tonight?’, ‘Not sure… jeans and a nice top?’.
“We began Preston Beer Girls because we love beer, but it’s still seen as a little strange for a woman to choose beer over a gin and tonic or a wine around here.
“We wanted to get more ladies interested in the great beer that’s being brewed around the country, and every month we see more and more people turning up to our meeting.
“It’s such a thrill to get everyone talking about beer, our favourite pubs and to get tips on beer-related trips, events and forthcoming releases too.”
Jeans And A Nice Hop uses a new experimental hop from the US called HBC 431. The hop was chosen for its herbal aromas and fruity character that lends flavours of peaches, berries and tropical fruits to the beer, as well as refreshing citrus notes and a touch of bitterness.
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Danny Ellidge from Farm Yard Ales said: “We organised questionnaires and polls to find out which beer style, hops and strength the group would prefer to brew, and then everyone voted on what they’d prefer to make.
“Once the beer recipe was decided on, the group came to the Farm Yard Ales brewery – where member Georgia Hollis is Brewer and Process Assistant – and spent the day mucking in with the brewing process with plenty of beer tastings in between the jobs.
“This means that Jeans And A Nice Hop was brewed by a collective of more than 30 people!”
Preston Beer Girls meet-ups are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Plug and Taps bar on Lune Street, Preston. For more information follow Preston Beer Girls on Facebook.
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