Dea Latis goes international

12 May

Annabel Smith, one of the founding members of Dea Latis, attended the 13th International Beer Strategies Conference in Barcelona on 10th May, to speak on the subject of how beer can appeal to a wider female audience. She was accompanied by Jenny Elliott, a fellow Beer Sommelier, and the Brand and Beer Champion at Molson Coors.

The conference was attended by representatives from the entire spectrum of the brewing industry, and hosted speakers from Asahi Europe, Heineken, Diageo, Carlsberg, Brooklyn Brewery and Bieres de Chimay amongst others.

The conference was held over two days and included a behind the scenes visit to the Estrella Damm brewery.

Annabel said “The conference was really enlightening in terms of learning about future trends, current research and emerging brands in the beer industry. However, our ultimate mission was to communicate how the beer industry could engage a wider female audience by highlighting the challenges women face in choosing a beer as a drink of choice: namely misconceptions about health and calories, presentation and serve, brand positioning, and marketing”.

She added: “One really important message we did want to get across was that women do not want a beer which is designed specifically and solely for the female consumer. These type of beers have been launched before and they have failed. It’s patronising to assume that all women will like a particular flavour, style or colour of beer. What the beer industry needs to do is invest more time and funding in education, awareness and product presentation to engage women with the vast array of fantastic styles and brands which are already available on the market. There is a beer style which suits everyone, regardless of their gender.”

Annabel and Jenny hosted a panel discussion and invited questions from the delegates on how they could overcome some of the challenges the beer industry faced in getting women to choose beer as drink of choice, particularly in the UK where female beer consumption is far lower than the rest of Europe or the US.

The photograph above shows Jenny Elliott and Annabel Smith at the conference

FEM.ALE Festival in Norwich and Brighton

30 Apr

Returning to Norwich 26th – 29th May 2017, and in Brighton 5th-7th May, FEM.ALE Festival continues its manifesto to celebrate women in the brewing industry. This year builds on the remarkable success of FEM.ALE going national in both location and profile.
Sourcing an extensively rich collection of ales, lagers, stouts, porters, and saisons from female-led breweries across the UK and beyond, FEM.ALE is gearing up for its fourth year in Norwich to showcase four days of brewster beers on tap for all to enjoy. Prominently featured is the Unite Local Ale. Brewed on International Women’s Day, the Unite Local Ale is the result of 70 breweries around the world – including the FEM.ALE team – working together on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day to make a unique ale.
Punters can also be sure to expect more limited commissioned brews created by expert beer technologists. Notably, FEM.ALE 2016’s exclusive earl grey infused Grrrl Grey by Woodforde’s Belinda Jennings is now in ongoing production and can be found on tap all year-round.
Surprisingly, FEM.ALE is the first dedicated brewster festival in the U.K providing a platform to celebrate women in the beer industry, “Women are still being left out of the conversation. Despite all the successes – the vibrant networks of brewsters, the collaborations, the dialogues reinventing stereotypical narratives, the revival of a forgotten history of women in brewing – we still know that we’ll run into all sorts of negative, oversimplified images of women from brewers and trade institutions alike who are abhorrently leaving women out of the discussion. And that’s why FEM.ALE must exist, to bring women to the forefront of that conversation. When they’re not too busy making outstanding beer, of course” said Erica Horton, FEM.ALE Director.

FEM.ALE’s platform has resonated further across the U.K, so much so that the festival is an annual fixture in Brighton’s Marlborough Pub and Theatre, and returns for its second year. Erica added, “People have been travelling from far and wide to be part of the movement. Taking the show on the road to Brighton last year was a gamble, but one that paid off. It was an incredible buzz to see FEM.ALE in full force in another city, far away from my own

FEM.ALE Brighton

Marlborough Pub and Theatre. 4 Prince’s Street, Brighton 5th- 7th May

FEM.ALE Norwich

The Plasterers Arms. 43 Cowgate, Norwich 26th – 29th May

FRIDAY 26 MAY, 8 pm

DJs spinning femme anthems to soundtrack a huge range of deliciousness available at the bar.

SATURDAY 27 MAY , 2pm

Chaired by Erica Horton,  academics from UEA, Bournemouth and Leicester share their research on craft work, histories of beer and how the industry is working today to diversify its work force:

Sam Goodman joins us to discuss his research on beer and colonialism and the ways in which discourses of British entrepreneurship and Empire still appear in craft beer branding today.

Helen Warner shares her research into gender and craft work and questions why, when women are increasingly moving into ‘craft’ industries and self employment, microbrewing and the rise of the craft beer industry has seen a continued male gendered identity.

Chris Land and Scott Taylor will present some of their work on the craft beer industry and the ways in which discourses around gender in advertising and in the industry itself creates disparity in the labour force. They’ve interviewed all sorts of people working in beer – including us!

As well as sharing academic research, we welcome all our local beer experts and brewers to take part in an interactive Q&A, where you can explore our speakers’ thoughts further, and make your own voices heard in the conversation using your own experiences of beer and pub culture.

8pm. After all the book smarts and conversation we get live with femme fronted bands from Norfolk and beyond.
SUNDAY 28th MAY

2PM: Join us for the launch of a one off beer brewed by Belinda from Woodfordes Brewery and Tracy from the People’s Brewery. Have a chat with the brewers and get a taste of a unique brew from two women at the forefront of Norfolk brewing.

4-7pm: Music from the brilliant Late Nights Early Mornings with more acts to be announced.

8pm: FEM.ALE Film Club on Sunday.

MONDAY 29TH MAY, 7PM

Get your brain juices flowing and finish off the weekend with the FEM.ALE Pub Quiz, raising more funds for the 4women centre based in Norwich.

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For more information: Charlene Katuwawala 07745406547 / c_s_kat@hotmail.com

Liverpool ladies love their beer

18 Apr

 

Annabel Smith, Graham Evans MP, Lisa Harlow

We hosted our first ever event in Liverpool, offering a six-course meal with matching beers to an audience of local women – and a handful of men including chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Graham Evans MP.

The tasting, held at the city’s Old Blind School, was led by award-winning Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, who guided the audience through six different styles of beer, including brews from two local brewers Mad Hatter and Neptune Brewery. Each beer was accompanied by a complementary food, ranging from cheese and fish to cheesecake and chocolate.

Annabel said, “The response from our guests was overwhelmingly positive; non-beer drinkers had their preconceptions about beer overturned as they found at least one beer they enjoyed and will consider drinking in future. Women already drinking beer broadened their repertoire by trying new styles.

The beer and food matches served to the women of Liverpool were:

  • Freedom Pilsner with Welsh Rarebit
  • Blue Moon with Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Chorizo (as well as with Terry’s Chocolate Orange)
  • Lagunitas IPA with Tandoori Salmon
  • Neptune Brewery Abyss Stout with Six-Hour Roasted Lamb
  • Mad Hatter Brewery Liverpool Tart Sour Beer with Vimto and blackcurrant cheesecake
  • Robinson’s Old Tom with Chocolate Mousse

Dea Latis organiser, Lisa Harlow said: “We had great support from the local Ladies That Beer group who meet regularly in Liverpool and I think we converted quite a few beer novices too.

“Many women still have preconceptions about beer, so our events are about trying to bust some of those myths and show that beer doesn’t make you fat, doesn’t have to be served in pint glasses and isn’t all brown and bitter!”

Birkenhead-based CPL Training who sponsored the event also donated a voucher for a free online course about beer styles for every guest.

Dea Latis welcomes support from brewers, pub groups, licensees and others who share their aim of bringing beer to women. To find out more please email us.

See the video from our evening here.

 

 

On International Women’s Day: 7 beers brewed by women

8 Mar

Raise a glass (or bottle or can) to International Women’s Day with a drink from one of the scene’s top female brewers. Beer writer Liz Dodds picks seven for The Independent.

Looking for the Liver-Beerds

7 Mar

Dea Latis is hosting its first beer and food tasting evening in Liverpool at The Old Blind School on Hardman Street on Thursday 13th April, with doors open from 7.00pm.

Led by the award-winning Beer Sommelier and beer training expert, Annabel Smith, guests will enjoy fascinating insight into women’s involvement in beer and brewing as well as sampling six different courses each matched with a different beer. Annabel will explain how to taste beer and how different styles of beer go well with certain types of food.

With the tasting event on the eve of Liverpool’s Food and Drink festival and the Easter weekend the tasting menu will inevitably include some chocolate! Annabel Said: “People are sometimes amazed about how well chocolate goes with beer but we’ve been eschewing Champagne for a great stout or wheat beer for years!”

Dea Latis organiser, Lisa Harlow said: “We know that women in Liverpool are already big supporters of our national drink and frankly it’s about time we did something in the city to celebrate the fact!

“We have a great venue who are renowned for their food, we have support from local and regional brewers and local sponsorship from Birkenhead-based CPL Training. With prizes up for grabs and a free online course about beer styles every guest will learn more about beer as well as having a fun evening.”

Tickets are £25 per head (with a £2 booking fee) and available here: Liverpool tickets

Women brewers craft anti-Trump beer to protest the inauguration

31 Dec

 

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A group of women brewers in Colorado have brewed an ‘anti-Trump’ beer as a protest at his inauguration.

 

http://www.westword.com/restaurants/women-brewers-create-makin-noise-a-pussy-riot-beer-for-trump-inauguration-day-8638938

 

Sixth annual Beer & Breakfast tasting a success for Dea Latis

3 Dec

 

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Beer and women forum Dea Latis ran its popular annual ‘Beers with Breakfast’ tasting, this year held at Kings Stores, a Greene King pub near Spitalfields Market in London.

Guests, including brewers, journalists, marketeers and enjoyed a five course breakfast, with each dish matched to a different beer. The beer and breakfast matches were:

  • Granola with yoghurt and fruit

Fourpure Oatmeal Stout

  • Avocado and bacon on sourdough

With Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

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  • Chorizo bubble & squeak

With Lagunitas IPA

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  • Vegetarian sausage

With Hogs Back Brewery A over T

  • French toast with fruit

With Liefmans Kriek Brut

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Mark Sljukic from Lagunitas

Ros Shiel from Dea Latis said, “Beer & Breakfast is always our most popular event of the year. It’s a great way of bringing together the latest tastes in two fast-changing sectors: who’d have thought that avocado would become a staple ingredient of so many breakfast menus, or that we would have around 1,700 brewers in the UK?

“Our tastings are about trying new beers, exploring beer and food pairing possibilities and enjoying the company of other beer-loving women.  We’re grateful to all the brewers who donated beers and their time to talk to our guests.”

The event was the sixth pre-Christmas Beers with Breakfast tasting from Dea Latis, who have also paired beers with cheese, chocolate and tapas.  For more information about Dea Latis go to: http://dealatis.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @DeaLatis or like them on Facebook at /DeaLatis.

 

BEER TASTING  NOTES

FOURPURE OATMEAL STOUT

The original stouts were brewed in London and we wanted to make a beer style with so much heritage in our home city. Fourpure’s Oatmeal Stout is full-bodied and creamy with a rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavour.

BELHAVEN TWISTED THISTLE IPA

A modern, balanced, hop-forward IPA that’s late hopped with Cascade and Hersbrucker to give a nose-full of citrus grapefruit hops. This aroma develops into a mouth-watering juiciness and finishes with a refreshingly bitter bite, while 100% Scottish barley malt in the mash gives a big, satisfying, full-bodied beer.

  • Appearance: Copper and sparkling
  • Aroma: Grapefruit zest and gooseberry
  • Flavour: Bold, bitter and juicy

LAGUNITAS IPA

This homicidally hopped version of the classic style, this is Lagunitas’ flagship beer. It has a huge hop character, but enough malty itchiness to keep things insane, flavorous, and drinkable. Kind of like a pale ale on steroids.

 

 

 

HOGS BACK BREWERY A OVER T

Brewed in small batches and matured in the brewery cellar, like a fine wine. Made from high quality English malted barley, Kent Goldings hops are added for bitterness and aroma and Bramling Cross to further enhance the character, resulting in deep, rich and complex flavours of sultanas, orange peel and plums. Enjoy as you would a fortified wine, in a wine glass or a brandy balloon, to concentrate its wonderful aroma.

LIEFMANS KRIEK BRUT

Belgian Cherry beer, Brewed only once a year in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected morello cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create Kriek Brut.  Brewed by the first Belgian female head brewer, ripened for at least a year and a half and brewed by the master blenders of Liefmans

Liefmans Kriek Brut has a warm, deep red colour, and delicious red fruit aromas come to the fore when pouring the beer. A tiny bit of marzipan blends with the aroma of warm cherries. Implicit in its flavour you will also immediately taste a palatable acidity that gives way to a sweet aftertaste.
The deep sour cherry notes make this Ideal with game such as Duck and venison. Duck or chicken liver pates are great with this beer and turkey takes the flavours very well. Bitter chocolate puddings are the other huge food pairing that this beer lends itself very well to.

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