Beer and women group Dea Latis hosted a beer and cheese tasting in London earlier this week, as part of its ongoing mission to encourage more women to discover the delights of our national drink.
During the tasting, guests sampled five different beer and cheese combinations, with expert guidance provided by Annabel Smith, one of the country’s only female Beer Sommeliers. They were:
- Affligem Triple: Chaucers Camembert
- Guinness: Organic Ashdown Foresters Smoked
- Fullers ESB: Ashmore Farmhouse
- Shepherd Neame Barley Wine: Kentish Blue
- Bacchus Frambozen: Kellys Goats Cheese
A post-tasting vote was taken for the best beer and cheese pairing, with the Affligem-Camembert match narrowly taking top spot ahead of the Shepherd Neame Barley Wine with Kentish Blue.
Smith said, “The hallmark of a great match of beer and cheese, or indeed any food and drink, is that they enhance each other’s taste. Beer works especially well with cheese, as its natural carbonation cuts through the fattiness of cheese – which is something wine can’t do.
“There were some cracking combinations tasted today, which really showcased beer’s versatility as a match to food.”
Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer and water – was established by a handful of women working in the brewing and pubs industry, and hosts regular beer and beer/food tastings for women.
The tasting was held in the Bishop’s Finger at Smithfield, a Shepherd Neame pub. Shepherd Neame is one of 15 corporate supporters of Dea Latis, who help to promote the group’s efforts to bring beer to women.
The next event is a Beer & Breakfast tasting on Friday 5 December in London. Put the date in your diary, more detail to follow soon.
A group of beer-loving women is holding a beer and cheese tasting in central London next Wednesday, 8 October, to encourage more women to discover the delights of our national drink.
Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer and water – was established by a handful of women working in pubs and breweries, and hosts regular tastings to demonstrate beer’s versatility as a partner with different foods. The beer and cheese tasting is being held on:
Date: Wednesday 8th October
Time: 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Venue: The Bishops Finger, 9-10 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JR
Guests will be offered five different beer and cheese combinations, from goat’s cheese and fruit beer to traditional ale and cheddar. Hosting the event and explaining the beer and cheese matches is Annabel Smith, one of the country’s only female Beer Sommeliers.
Annabel says, “The hallmark of a great match of beer and cheese, or indeed any food and drink, is that they enhance each other’s taste. Beer works especially well with cheese as its natural carbonation cuts through the fattiness of cheese – which is something wine can’t do.”
Tickets, including five beers, cheeses, expert talks and tea/coffee, cost £17 per person. Please visit our Eventbrite page to buy tickets: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dea-latis-beer-and-cheese-tasting-tickets-12781994289?aff=es2&rank=0
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Beer and cheese are great companions – as you’ll know if you’ve ever enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch with a glass of ale. We’re hoping to discover a few more great beer and cheese combinations at our tasting, with the help of a few brewers, a cheese expert and of course, our guests.
We’ll be tasting at least five different cheeses, each matched to a different beer designed to enhance the taste of both. It promises to be an entertaining and educational afternoon, at the Bishops Finger in Smithfield (our thanks to Shepherd Neame). We hope you can join us.
Tickets, including beers, cheeses, expert talks and tea/coffee, cost £17 per person. Please visit our Eventbrite page to buy tickets: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dea-latis-beer-and-cheese-tasting-tickets-12781994289?aff=es2&rank=0
If you are a Dea Latis corporate member, discounted entry is available, please email email@example.com for details.
Jane Peyton* has made an impassioned plea for beer as a guest blogger on Roger Protz’s blog ‘Protz on Beer’ – you can read the full article here: http://protzonbeer.co.uk/columns/2014/08/18/stop-the-squabbles–we-need-a-united-front-to-champion-all-good-beer but in the meantime here are some suggestions for actions that beer lovers might want to take:
- Try to convert cider and wine drinkers to beer- – especially women. Fewer than 15% of women in Britain are regular beer drinkers. Even a small percentage increase in women drinking beer in a pub would have a significant and positive effect on the health of the industry. However this is a huge challenge because one of the biggest reasons why women in this country do not drink beer is because they perceive it as being blokey. Many beer marketing companies do not help because they market beer just at men, making millions of people assume that beer is a man’s drink and that women are not welcome at the party. Of course we know that beer is a gift from nature to all humans! No one calls wine “female” — and it’s ludicrous to assign a gender to food or drink. But if people insist on giving beer a male gender then they should read my blog on the Huffington Post where I write about beer having more female elements than any other alcoholic drink. Read it by clicking here:
- If your local pub serves food, ask the manager to include a beer suggestion to match with each dish on the menu. If they are unable to stock a wide selection of cask ales ask them to offer a wider selection of bottled beers and have a beer menu with description of style and descriptive tasting notes. Food matching is where beer has no competition!
- Write to local and national newspapers and ask them to include more positive features about beer, and if those publications have a wine column, ask them to print a beer column too.
- If your local or favourite brewer is beholden to New World hops, encourage them to use British hops instead. British hops are more subtle than their New World counterparts, and that subtlety permits the malts to shine too, showing off the complexity of the beer. By doing so you will help to save the British hop industry and will taste just why British malt is renowned as being the best brewing and distilling barley in the world!
- Join the Beer Day Britain project to deliver the world’s greatest national beer day – 15 June 2015. And also sign a petition I have started for the British Government to serve British beer at official receptions and to be proud to showcase our peerless national drink. See details of the national beer day and petition by clicking here
Beer is such a joy-giving drink — more so than other beverage. So let’s celebrate and share it whether your favourite tipple is a pint of Spitfire, Carling or Gamma Ray. Bottoms up!
*Jane Peyton is Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year, founder of the School of Booze, and author of several books including ‘Beer o’ Clock’. She is driving the idea for Beer Day Britain and has joined forces with brewers Sophie de Ronde of Brentwood Brewing, and Sara Barton of Brewster’s Brewing Company to work with the beer industry to make it happen.
Dea Latis will be holding a number of events for members and other beer-loving women over the next few months. Please make a note of these dates for your diaries and we’ll be sending further details shortly.
- Thursday 25th September, lunchtime: Beer and cheese tasting, central London. Note this is the first day of Cask Ale Week.
- Friday 5th December, 10.00 – 12.00 am: Beer and breakfast tasting, central London. A favourite Dea Latis event returns, on the morning after the Guild of Beer Writers’ dinner
We hope to see you at one of our events. If you’d like any further information, or have suggestions for an event you’d like us to run, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beer and women forum Dea Latis took its popular ‘Beers with Breakfast’ tasting to Norwich City of Ale last month, hosting a female-only tasting session at the Plasterer’s Arms in the city.
Guests enjoyed six breakfast foods, each matched to a different ale, with expert tuition from Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, while Belinda Jennings of Adnams presented her City of Ale Saison, brewed especially for the festival. All beers served with breakfast at the Plasterer’s were brewed by women, as part of the pub’s Fem.Ale event.
Baked Eggs with Roast Tomatoes with Brewsters Helles 4% ABV
Smoked salmon on Mandarin Salad with Adnams Saison 6.3%
Sausages cooked in marmalade with Buntingford Twitchell 3.8%
Bacon & herb sandwich on rye bread with Adnams Rye IPA 5.0%
Beer batter pancakes and maple syrup with Oldershaw Miss Red 4.4%
Chocolate Stout cake with Brentwood Smoked Porter 5.4%
The event was the third Beers with Breakfast tasting from Dea Latis, who have also paired beers with cheese, chocolate and tapas. Last September the group also ran a tasting event for female MPs in the Houses of Parliament.
Above photos show:Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith (far left) with guests; Smoked Salmon with Adnams Saison; Sausages with Buntingford Twitchell
Dea Latis and Adnams host tasting within Norwich City of Ale
Date: Friday 23rd May
Time: 10.00 – 12.00 am
Venue: Plasterers’ Arms, 43 Cowgate, Norwich, NR3 1SZ
Forget the tea or coffee and try beer with your bacon butty or sausage sarnie! Ale is an amazing match to any number of breakfast foods, as you will discover at our Beers with Breakfast tasting in Norwich next month.
Dea Latis – the group that encourages more women to try beer – has hosted two Beers with Breakfast tastings in London, and now the popular event is moving out to Norwich as part of the wonderful City of Ale celebrations, running from 23 May – 2 June.
The tasting is being held at the Plasterer’s Arms, known for its great food and interesting range of cask ales from Adnams and a number of local brewers. During City of Ale, the Plasterer’s is selling only cask ales brewed by women – making it the ideal venue for our tasting.
Tickets cost £20, including a five-course breakfast with tea, coffee and juice and guided tasting by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, with contributions from other local brewers. Plus of course the opportunity to meet and network with other women in the beer and pubs industry. To book your place, visit our Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-of-ale-beers-with-breakfast-tasting-tickets-11344073429 (Dea Latis corporate partners are entitled to discounted entry to our events, please contact email@example.com if you’re planning to attend).
We look forward to seeing you in Norwich.