Nurse brews beer for good cause

9 May 2017

A ginger-infused lager is being brewed by nursing lecturer Vicki Yarker Jones to support the hospice that supports her nursing students.

Yarker-Jones – a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic,  a clinical supervisor and Steam Punk enthusiast (aka Vicki Purple) – put on her brewing hat to create the Ginger Ninja brew for an upcoming Otago Community Hospice fundraiser 

"This is the perfect marriage for everything I hold dear, " she said.  Supporting the hospice that supports her students for work placement, the hospice nurses who thought up the Hops for Hospice fundraiser, the nursing school and her own love of brewing.  "Add to that the fact that I survived cancer and it's the ideal collaboration."

Yarker-Jones says the collaborative brew is a Vienna lager infused with ginger root and syrup and – in a nod to ginger's therapeutic properties – she decided to name it 'Ginger Ninja'. 

The beer has been brewed at the country's southern most brewer and will be released during Hospice Awareness Week.  It will also be served as one of five unique craft beers being showcased at the Hops for Hospice event at Otago Polytechnic on May 20.


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