At the beginning of March, we were approached by the Portsmouth Historical Society and Discover Portsmouth to create a special beer for an upcoming exhibit featuring Gertrude Fiske. Fiske was a well known but under appreciated artist from the 20’s and 30’s who summered in Ogunquit, Maine and often painted the surrounding seacoast. Discover Portsmouth thought we would be a good fit since during the Fiske exhibit they would also be featuring a companion exhibit of local living female artists.
At about the same time as this request came in, we had already placed an order for Pink Boots Blend – an exclusive hop blend put together to celebrate women in the beer and brewing industry. For those of you not familiar with the Pink Boots Society, it is a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession. They offer scholarships that help women in the industry advance their careers through education. In fact, a portion of the Pink Boots hop blend that we bought would be going to these scholarship funds.
It didn’t take us long to put these two things together. We would brew a special beer to honor women pursuing artisanal careers – whether that was brewing or the arts! The name for the beer – Air-Time – actually comes from the curator of the Fiske exhibit:
“And I can’t remember a time when I did not recognize the fact that women and girls did not get the same air-time, shall we say, as their male counterparts.” Lainey McCartney curator of the Discover Portsmouth exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.
Discover Portsmouth asked us to make a lighter, easy drinking beer, and we were happy to oblige! Introducing Air-Time – an orange-gold colored, dry hopped grisette with a big orange citrus & stone fruit aroma (think apricot and sweet orange) with a delicate and soft mouth feel that is complemented by a bounty of apricot and fruit flavors. We think it’s the perfect beer to usher in the Spring. As always, we are excited for you guys to try Air-Time – we absolutely love it, and we hope you do, too!
Here are our tasting notes:
– Appearance: This beer is orange-ish gold in color with a very bright white head.
– Aroma: The aroma on this beer makes us smile. We mostly get apricot and sweet orange, although there is a slight hint of floral from the Santiam hops. You might get a touch of clementine as well.
– Taste & Mouthfeel: For a beer who’s mouthfeel is so soft and delicate, it has a surprisingly decent body. It also has such pleasant orange fruit and apricot flavors. When you take a sip, you get that big punch of fruit, with a very dry, fruity finish. It’s extremely quaffable and drinks very much like you would expect a saison and a grisette to drink.
– Pairing: Try this beer with a fresh, light salad, shrimp skewers on the grill, dishes of tropical origin (like poké), and a fresh fruit and custard tart.
– Serving glass: To ensure this beer’s delightful aroma shines, we will be serving this beer in a 16oz tulip glass.
– Stats – ABV 4.6% and 21 IBU.
Air-Time will go on tap here at Throwback Brewery on April 4th. Come on by and give it a try!