Portsmouth Brewery’s new creation aims to ‘libeerate’ menopausal women

–The Portsmouth Brewery

Cheers — and this one’s for the girls.

With a new brew, Portsmouth Brewery co-owner Joanne Francis wants to prove that craft beer customers aren’t just men in their 20s to mid-30s. Earlier this month, the New Hampshire establishment released Libeeration, a beer for menopausal women.

“A whole world of women love craft beer, and many more will discover it,” Francis said in a statement on the brewery’s website. “Many of us have been enjoying craft beer since the whole movement began in the mid-80s.”

The golden, gruit-style concoction has fruity, spicy, and earthy flavors, according to the brewery’s website. It also contains ingredients such as lemon balm, chamomile, and chickweed to help with hormone shifts, and a small dose of Saphir hops, which — in addition to adding a note of tangerine — are intended to help with sleep.

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“After consulting with women health practitioners and herbalists, our team came up with ingredients believed to relieve symptoms like sleeplessness, hot flashes, and mood swings,” Francis said in her statement.

Dr. Laura Baecher-Lind, chief of women’s care at Tufts Medical Center, isn’t so sure.

“I’m skeptical that it actually is effective to treat menopause or help alleviate the symptoms of menopause,” she said.

Baecher-Lind looked up each of the eight herbal ingredients listed on the brewery’s website and said none of them are potential herbal menopausal treatments as dictated by the North American Menopause Society.

“I still think it looks like an interesting concept,” Baecher-Lind said. “Definitely fun. Definitely not something I think will be something I prescribe.”

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