Chapter Two Brewing Company is releasing a new beer tomorrow and we’re tickled pink.
“Shut Up, Rose!” is an American Pale Ale that’s citrusy, floral, pleasantly bitter, and best of all…pink. It’s dry hopped with a special Pink Boots hops blend, infused with rose, coconut, strawberry, and other secret botanicals, and finished off with a hint of Ontario red wine.
To create this exclusive brew, Chapter Two Brewer Tammy Joho enlisted the help of some of her fellow female fermenters from around Essex County: Allison Christ and Lauren Brush from Colio Estate Winery, Aislin Henrickson from Wolfhead Distillery, and Tanya Mitchell from Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.
“I thought it would be fun to bring in women in fermentation but also make it like a networking event where you hang out and get to know each other,” says Joho. “It was a great experience and truly a collaborative effort.”
The beer was brewed last month on International Women’s Day in association with The Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization which exists to assist, inspire, and encourage the professional development and education of women in fermentation.
Their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day is an international celebration of women in the alcoholic and fermentable beverage industry. Each year, brew teams purchase a special hops blend created by Yakima Chief Hops and use it to create their own unique beer for the occasion. Funds raised go to Pink Boots scholarships which support the organization’s mission. Since its inception five years ago, it’s become a movement that recognizes the impact women have on the industry.
The beer’s name is an homage to everyone’s favourite Golden Girl, Betty White; a trailblazer in her own right.
“If you’re a fan of The Golden Girls, you’ll remember that they often say, ‘Shut up, Rose!’ and she’s just trying to join the conversation. I felt that was very apropos for most women, especially women in male dominated fields,” explains Joho. “Plus, we really played up the rose notes in the hops and we put actual dried roses in the beer. And Windsor is the Rose City, so the name just made sense to me.”
The beer will be available on tap and in cans starting this Thursday at Chapter Two. The release party begins at 4pm and features a food pairing from Riverside Pie Café as well as raffle prizes. Anyone who orders a pint of the new beer this weekend will be entered into a draw for their chance to win a tour and tasting at Colio, a tour and tasting at Wolfhead, or a picnic basket and wine tasting from Sprucewood.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer will be donated to the Pink Boots Society.