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Beer with a woman’s touch

By Hayley Gastmeier

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A group of women commandeered the Martinborough Brewery on Tuesday to make a beer to suit their tastes.

The wives of craft brewers Hayden Frew and Stephen Fox (known as Fish), along with front of house staff of the Ohio St brewery, prepared a salted caramel and hazelnut gose as a team-building exercise.

Brewery co-owner Janalle Frew said it was the first time the brewery had created that style of beer – gose – which is slightly salty and sour with origins dating back to medieval Germany.

“All the girls that work at the brewery decided that we’d like to come up with a brew of our own and it gives the team a bit more insight into everything that happens,” Mrs Frew said.

“It was good to get everybody on board and run through the whole process together.”

The beer has been named Lady Gose.

A smaller 50 litre kit was used to make the experimental beer, rather than the usual 1200 litre kit used for the boutique brewery’s tried and true range.

“It will be a couple of weeks until its ready,” Mrs Frew said.

“It’s quite a different style so there’s a few more stages we have to do, and then that will be the telling at the end.”

Once the four woman – Amanda Fox, Wendy Potts, Rowena Reay and Mrs Frew – had settled on a flavour, Mr Fox created the recipe, while Mr Frew oversaw the beer’s creation.

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