All female brew brings taste of summer to Craft Beer Festival

Pressure Drop''Heriot-Watt brewing students and tutor, Rachel Sutherland.
Pressure Drop''Heriot-Watt brewing students and tutor, Rachel Sutherland.
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THERE’S an industry first at this year’s Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, which takes place at Leith’s Biscuit Factory this weekend.

One of the new limited edition craft beers to be featured at this year’s event is Rhubarb: A User’s Guide, brewed by an all-female collective.

Rhubarb A User's Guide.

Rhubarb A User's Guide.

Led by brewing expert Jen Merrick, 30 female brewers, including both current brewers and students and lecturers from Heriot Watt University, gathered for just 24 hours to create this unique kettle sour, in a bid to celebrate female brewing, past, present and future.

Described as a sherbet, crisp refreshing beer that’s ideal for the summer, it has been brewed with Yorkshire ‘Pink Gold’ rhubarb juice and infused with fresh lemon thyme, hibiscus and rose petals and dry-hopped with Huell Melon.

Organised by We Are Beer, founders of Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, , the kettle sour was hosted and brewed at Pressure Drop brewery by brewer, Katie McCain.

Merrick, founder of community brewery, Earth Station, says, “It was such an inspiring day to see so many women who contribute to the craft beer industry all in one place, making a beer that drew on the skills of these industry leaders and connecting them with the next generation of brewers.”

Greg Wells, co-founder of We Are Beer, the company behind the Edinburgh Craft beer festivals who commissioned the project, says, “This is a great summer beer that will be a fantastic addition to the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, which is returning to the city for the second year running.

Continuing with the all-female theme, illustrator Tara O’Brien was commissioned to produce the artwork design for the label.

Rhubarb: A User’s Guide will be one of more than 300 beers from the USA, Scandinavia and the UK available at Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival.

Tickets for Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival 2018 are priced from £35 and include entry to the festival, a souvenir glass, multiple tasters of beer, and are available now: https://edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk/tickets/