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
- Chorizo bubble & squeak
With Lagunitas IPA
- Vegetarian sausage
With Hogs Back Brewery A over T
- French toast with fruit
With Liefmans Kriek Brut
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
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.