CBC, Stone Brewing Co., and Victory Brewing Co. collaboration beer!
What’s in a name? Let’s take the name Venus - it is many things. It is the second planet from the sun and from viewed from Earth, the morning and evening star. It is the name of the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. The Venus symbol ♀ represents female gender. It is an alchemical elemental symbol for copper, which also happens to be the traditional name for a brewkettle!
So why Project Venus? At the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO last September, an idea was hatched among three brewers to collaborate on a recipe together. That’s not such an uncommon occurrence as brewers all over the world are collaborating these days. The unusual aspect of this collaboration is that this trio of brewers is female. This should not be so atypical, but in reality it is. As far as we know, this is the first major collaboration in which all the brewers are women, but that alone is not what is special about this beer. Rather it is the spirit of camaraderie and creativity that makes a project like this come together.
Project Venus is a strong Belgian Dubbel, complemented with the juicy body and slight acidity of fresh oranges, the delicate texture of orange blossom honey, and the rich but obscure, spicy aroma of saffron. Saffron is also considered by some to be an aphrodisiac, a term associated with Aphrodite, the Greek mythological equivalent to the Romans’ Venus.
It was a real pleasure to work with Laura Ulrich from Stone and Whitney Thompson from Victory, putting our ideas together to develop a shared vision. It is exciting to see how other brewers think about flavor and brewing, to see how they approach realizing that vision, and to then bring all those ideas together to make the final product.
Project Venus could be the beginning of a series of collaborations highlighting the women behind the brewkettles around the world. Or it could be a stand alone venture that draws a little more attention to our presence in the field. In the end, either will help make it a little less unusual that three women brewers can get together and bring you a delicious beer. Ultimately, it’s what’s in the glass that we hope you will remember most.
OG: 1.082 FG: 1.013 ABV: 9.0%