New West brewery launches new charity brew in time for International Women’s Day

The women of Steel & Oak are once again pouring their efforts into charitable endeavours.

The women recently brewed their second Women’s Charity Brew, Talanoa, which is a blackcurrant and rosemary wheat ale.

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“Talanoa is a Fijian word for sharing stories and ideas in order to nurture understanding and build relationships,” said a press release from Steel & Oak. “Those experiencing mental health and wellness challenges often lose relationships, as well as their ability to share their stories without stigma. In order to change the stigma around mental health, we need to start talking. The women of Steel & Oak encourage you to share your mental health story.”

Having raised more than $3,500 for charities with its first Women’s Charity Brew and fundraiser, the women of Steel and Oak are hoping to raise even more money this year for the Kettle Society, a non-profit society that supports people living with mental illness by providing housing, employment and support services, raising awareness of mental health issues and breaking down barriers, and promoting the inclusion of people living with mental illness in all aspects of society.

The launch of Talanoa is taking place on Thursday, March 7 (which coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8) at the Sapperton District Taphouse. The event, which runs from 6 p.m. until midnight, includes a silent auction, raffle prizes, food and beer pairings and sale of Talanoa beer soap that’s been made by Peregrine Supply Co.

Partial proceeds from Talanoa and Talanoa soap will be donated to the Kettle Society, as well as all process from the silent auction and raffle.

Ifyou can’t make it to the launch, Talanoa will be available at the Steel & Oak tasting room on March 7 and will hit liquor stores the week of March 11.

Talanoa marks the second time the women of Steel & Oak have brewed up a special beer for charity. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the women of Steel & Oak decided they wanted to do something to support women who’ve been victims of violence and created a special beer in December 2017.  That resulted in the creation of Zusammen, which means “together” in German.


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