New Hampshire Brewery Creates First Ever Craft Beer Made For Menopausal Women

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Ingredients said to relieve sleeplessness, hot flashes, mood swings.

The Portsmouth Brewery has developed a craft beer designed specifically for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and to celebrate the liberating aspects of this stage of life. The new brew, called LIBEERATION, is being released on October 5, 2017.

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“In a heavily male dominated industry, this is a breakthrough,” said The Portsmouth Brewery Co-owner Joanne Francis. “It’s taken years to bring this idea to market. After consulting with women health practitioners and herbalists, our team came up with ingredients believed to relieve symptoms like sleeplessness, hot flashes, and mood swings. And, we want to shift the mentality from focusing on the negative aspects of this stage in life, to celebrating the liberating aspects! Fun, crazy, wildly different: that was our goal to reach women who truly know what it means to be hot!”

Joanne Francis is Creative Director and co-owns The Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company with her longtime partner, Peter Egelston, together brewing craft beer for 26 years. Francis says when she first floated the idea of a brew for menopausal women six years ago, the reaction from her staff was nothing short of disgust and horror. Often the only woman in the room in an industry dominated by men and focused on selling to 21 to 35 year-old male consumers, Francis says she didn’t give up, enlisting the expertise of Head Brewer Matt Gallagher.

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Head Brewer Matt Gallagher & Owner Joanne Francis.

“Let’s take the needle off the record,” said Francis. “A whole world of women love craft beer and many more will discover it.  For new consumers, this could be an awakening. But remember, many of us have been enjoying craft beer since the whole movement began in the mid-80s. We have purchasing power and we deserve this empowering elixir!”

LIBEERATION is a unique gruit style ale that’s golden straw in color with fruity, spicy, earthy flavors. It contains a combination of ingredients herbalists use to help women dealing with hormone shifts that come with age, including: Motherwort, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Stinging Nettle, Mugwort, Rose, Chickweed, and Damiana.  A small dose of saphir hops in the secondary fermentation adds a pleasant tangerine note to the finish and can help with sleep, according to Head Brewer Matt Gallagher.

“I’ve always been intrigued with the concept of this beer, but it was only after having a daughter and beginning to view the world differently that I felt the importance of putting this ale on the front burner,” said Gallagher. “This has been an amazing collaborative process and so much fun to work with a group committed to offering women something new and delicious.”

The brewery will host a special release event for LIBEERATION from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 5th, with remarks and a toast beginning at 6:45. An honorary, TBA, first pour special guest will be in attendance to accompany owner Joanne Francis.

LIBEERATION will be available on draught and in bottles until it runs out. It could be days or weeks.  There will be bottles available for a limited time in the retail store at 56 Market Street, Portsmouth NH.

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