Author: Joanna Dring

Beer and chocolate tasting wows Leeds ladies

A group of women in Leeds recently joined the growing number of female beer drinkers when the Leeds Brewery Tap hosted a pre-Easter beer and chocolate tasting. The tasting was organised by Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer – a nationwide group aiming to encourage more women to enjoy beer. They have staged beer and chocolate tastings in London before, but the event was the first to be held outside the capital. Guests tasted six different beers, each with a different chocolate designed to bring out the taste in each. Expert guidance was provided by Annabel Smith, Dea Latis founder and one of the country’s few beer sommeliers. Smith said, “Beer and chocolate are perfect partners. They are both a balance of sweetness and bitterness, so when consumed together, the tastes and textures complement each other. “Our guests at yesterday’s tasting included experienced beer lovers, occasional beer drinkers and complete novices, but everyone learned something new and, more importantly, had a great evening tasting beer with chocolate.” The matches sampled by guests …

Welsh Rarebit recipe with Wold Top Bitter

By Lisa Harlow. Tom Kerridge’s Welsh Rarebit My first job was as publicity officer for a small theatre in Stafford and in the café the chef’s speciality was Welsh Rarebit. It would be fair to say that it was far and away my favourite lunch while I worked there and that it was far from being ‘rare’. That was twenty-something years ago so Tom Kerridge’s recipes caught my eye straight away, plus, posh cheese on toast looks like a no-brainer. I used Wold Top Bitter from the Wold Top Brewery near Driffield – a 3.7% amber coloured aromatic session bitter that I picked up on my last trip to Yorkshire – to reduce down to a glaze and then added the double cream. The Cheddar, when grated, looked like a gigantic cheese mountain but did thankfully melt satisfyingly into the cream and beer after a bit of cramming into the pan and stirring. The addition of the egg yolks and all the punchy flavours made a really thick and gooey cheesy custard. The next bit of …

The Pursuit of Hoppyness…Get involved with our cooking with beer series.

Inspired a bit by the 2009 film ‘Julie and Julia’ about the French cooking doyenne shown over Christmas, we (Dea Latis) decided to put our culinary skills to use for the enjoyable advancement of beer with another of our favourite subjects, food. (It’s no accident that our tasting sessions always have a food theme. If only we could work in our third favourite subject; shoes! Ideas anyone?)  Oh and thanks to @BadBeerPuns for the title…. At the same time, blow me, The Times published five beer recipes at the start of January by Tom Kerridge, he of the famous Hand and Flowers pub in Marlow – I say pub, but it’s a Michelin two star dining experience really. But a rare nod towards beer in the national press should not be ignored so, suitably inspired, we’re going to publish a recipe each month gleaned/stolen from various cookery writers and chefs. We’ll give them a go and report back but if, at the same time, you would like to get the pots and pans out as …

Would you like to be a guest blogger?

At Dea Latis we celebrate everything that is great about beer. Our mission is to get more women trying and drinking beer, and encouraging their friends and family to do similar! If you are passionate about beer then perhaps you’d like to write to be a guest blogger for us? Do you like cooking with beer? What’s been your favourite beer and food match?  Have you converted any of your friends to drink beer – and how did you do it? What do you think will get more women drinking beer? If you would like to write a guest blog for Dea Latis, then get in contact now. Either leave a comment below this post, tweet us @DeaLatis or email dealatisuk@gmail.com and we’ll get back in contact.

Beers at Breakfast – the next Dea Latis event

Stout and sausages? Bitter with bacon? Mild and a mushroom? You get the idea….That’s right, the next Dea Latis event will be looking at the beers that best  match with breakfast! On Friday, 7 December, we will be taking charge of the Parcel Yard pub at King’s Cross station from 10am to midday. Top brewsters Sara Barton of Brewsters Brewery and Kathy Britton of Oldershaw Brewery will be guiding us through the tasting. Tickets are £20 each and include a full breakfast (veggie option available), beer (of course), tea/coffee and the tutored tasting.  Afterwards there will be the opportunity for plenty of networking with women from the beer and pub industry. Tickets are sold via EventBrite http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3809044956

Two Dea Latis members gain top beer recognition

The first two accredited female Beer Sommeliers have been announced by the Beer Academy.  Six months after the Sommelier qualification was launched, Dea Latis members, Sophie Atherton (pictured right) and Annabel Smith (pictured left) were accredited as Beer Academy Sommeliers following a stretching viva examination with Beer Academy Chief Examiner, Dr George Philliskirk. George said “Traditionally the vast majority of UK beer has been drunk by men.  But things are changing.  Women do enjoy beer but tend to be more discerning that the average male beer drinker.  They like to know how it’s brewed, what raw materials are used and how these affect the flavour of the final product and which beers are the best partners for different foods. The Beer Academy’s two new sommeliers are exceptionally well placed to take the beer message to both women and men across the UK.  A beer lover for nearly 25 years, Sophie is a journalist and beer blogger writing about beer in the national, local and specialist beer press.  In her work with Cask Marque, Annabel is in …

Pubs, patriotism and pints…

Dea Latis member, Joanna Dring, was recently asked to write the Guest Column in the brand new Bedfordshire newspaper, Bedford Midweek. Here’s the column in full: As if us Brits need an excuse to celebrate….Have you recovered from an over-exuberance of patriotic parties yet? I’m quite sure that at some point over the weekend, the majority of you stepped foot in a pub. Perhaps you are a regular and knew the events the pub was laying on, or perhaps you haven’t been down your local for a few months but knew that at times of national celebration, there is no where quite like the pub. We are so lucky in this country to have pubs. No other country quite gets pubs. Bars – yes. But pubs – no. (The Red Lion(s) in the Costas don’t count either….) Just like the Queen (WARNING – a tenuous link between pubs and Her Maj) pubs are always there for us. There is no other place that has quite the same atmosphere and is the focal point of the …

Beer and Chocolate – a match made in heaven?

Beer-loving ladies from across the industry have marked an early end to Lenten promises by hosting their annual Beer and Chocolate tasting at the Draft House,TowerBridge. With Easter firmly in their sights, the women sampled five beers matched perfectly with five different chocolates.  From pale ales to porters and barley wines to golden ales, beers from Sambrooks, Fuller’s, Calsberg, Brewsters and Fordham were available to sample. This is the third annual Beer and Chocolate tasting by beer and women group Dea Latis, named after the Celtic Goddess of Beer. Annabel Smith, spokespersonfor Dea Latis, said: “Beer is one of the most versatile types of drink there is and with this showcase, we’re proving that beer and chocolate really is a match made in heaven! “Our group’s aim is to share all that is great about beer with women – some of whom are perhaps put off by the media’s portrayal of beer.  Typical points that can put women off are the images of the beer belly or pint glasses. With beer having fewer calories than wine …