WI group’s own pale ale

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A Sheffield-based Women’s Institute has teamed up with Abbeydale Brewery to brew their own pale ale.

Members of Seven Hills WI have been closely involved in brewing the beer, called ‘Not Just Jam,’ including zesting 100 lemons by hand.

The lemon and earl grey tea flavoured pale ale has used 20kg of earl grey tea, from local Birdhouse Tea Company, and all profits of its sale will go to charity.

Seven Hills WI president Kirsty Bowen said: “Far from the stereotypical image of the WI, our group has lots of members who love beer.

“We’re so excited that we got the chance to brew our own beer with Abbeydale Brewery and it’s fantastic that we can help our fantastic charity of the year in the process.”

10p from every pint will go to Light Sheffield, a local charity providing support across Sheffield to families affected by perinatal mental health illnesses, including post natal depression and anxiety. Seven Hills WI was established in the city in 2009 as part of the WI ‘new wave’ revolution and is South Yorkshire’s largest WI group with 135 members. The WI group’s members voted to support Light Sheffield as it’s charity for 2016.

Richard Baxter, Brewer at Abbeydale Brewery said: “Spending the day brewing with the Seven Hills WI was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It was great to be part of the brew day and to work with people who had a clear passion for the brewing process, beer and getting stuck in. I can’t wait until the beer is ready so that we can enjoy the fruits of our labour and raise some money for Light in the process.”

The beer debuted at Sunfest Beer Festival at the Rising Sun in Sheffield last week and is now available at a selection of pubs in Sheffield and across the UK.