Author: lisaharlowhello

It’s back…..beer and breakfast

Amaze friends with your beer knowledge this Christmas! Our annual beer and breakfast get together is taking place on Friday 2nd December from 9.30 to 12 noon at the Kings Stores (courtesy of our friends at Greene King). Situated at 14 Widegate Street, London, E1 7HP the Kings Stores is close to Spitalfields Market so you can squeeze in a cheeky bit of Christmas shopping afterwards or get back to your day job, invigorated, inspired and educated! If you want to know what goes with a veggie sausage sandwich, avocado & bacon on sourdough and even granola and yoghurt then come along and find out! Each of the five courses is served with matching beers with commentary by the brewer or a beer expert. Tickets for the five-course breakfast served with matching beers, tea, coffee and of course networking with other beer-loving women are just £25. There are complimentary places available for press guests, please tick the ‘press ticket’ box. We look forward to seeing you for a chat, a slurp and a taste. To book your place, visit our Eventbrite page.

Ten brilliant beers by Liz Dodd in The Guardian

Just as the food, drink and music festival season arrives, here’s a guide to ten beers to take along by beer writer and Dea Latis supporter Liz Dodd (who kindly mentions us too). Ten brilliant beers article – The Guardian, 1st June 2016 Liz writes about beer, travel, and ideally beer and travel and for The Guardian, The Independent, Independent on Sunday and the i. She also writes a regular blog called It Comes in Pints.

Women to sample brewsters’ beer with brunch

Organisers of the Midlands’ biggest keg beer festival have collaborated with the women and beer group, Dea Latis, to run a special Brewsters’ Brunch, taking place at this year’s Birmingham Beer Bash on Saturday 23rd July 2016 . The fringe event is dedicated to celebrating women in the brewing industry with tastings from three of Britain’s top female brewers or ‘brewsters’. Michelle Kelsall from Offbeat Brewery in Cheshire, Gwen Sanchirico a native New Yorker now brewing at Sacre Brew in Wolverhampton and Sarah John from Swansea’s Boss Brewing will be providing beers and sharing their experiences as women in the male dominated brewing industry. Hosted by one of the UK’s first female beer sommeliers and one of the Dea Latis founding members, Annabel Smith, the Brewsters’ Brunch is not a women-only event but the aim is to encourage women to go along from 10am to midday to enjoy the tasting of six beers brewed by women. The accompanying brunch will be provided by Peel & Stone, Birmingham’s top independent bakery based in the Jewellery Quarter. Annabel said: “We’re extremely excited to …

Women & Beer Survey 2016

Please can you spare less than five minutes to take part in a women and beer survey to help us conduct some research? We want your opinion on whether attitudes by women towards drinking beer have changed over the last decade. We would be delighted if you could share the survey link with any other friends who you think might be interested in taking part and we are very happy if you want to share the survey on social media. When the feedback is collated we will share the results with you. If you could complete the survey by Wednesday 11th May we would be most grateful. Please click through here – Dea Latis Women & Beer Survey 2016 If you have any other views, strong opinions or even your own research that you would like to add please drop a separate email to us here.

Beery Bank Holiday Baking

As beer loving ladies we couldn’t resist this beery cake recipe from our lovely Spanish friends from Estrella Galicia featuring their Black Coupage, a 7.2%abv Munich Dunkel-style lager. It could be the perfect diversion for a wet Bank Holiday weekend! INGREDIENTS: (for 30 servings) For the sponge: 660ml Black Coupage Beer 660g butter 240g cocoa powder 1kg sugar 8 eggs 900g flour For the icing: 250g cream cheese such as Philadelphia 125g sugar 250g icing Sugar RECIPE: Add the beer with butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil carefully. Add the cocoa and stir. In a separate bowl, blend the eggs with the sugar. Combine the two mixtures, stirring carefully. Sift the flour into the mix gradually and mix carefully each time. Pour into a greased cake tin and place it in an oven at 180 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove and cool. Combine the icing ingredients until smooth. Ice the cake and serve with some more Black Coupage Beer. Salud! You can buy the beer from specialist retailer, Beers of Europe at …

Dea Latis stages fifth annual beer and chocolate tasting

As part of its continuing quest to encourage more women to enjoy our national drink, industry group Dea Latis hosted its fifth annual beer and chocolate tasting on Tuesday. Twenty guests gathered in the Clarence pub on Whitehall to taste six beers, each paired with a chocolate chosen to enhance the flavours in each. Expert guidance to the beer and chocolate matches was provided by Annabel Smith, beer sommelier and Dea Latis founder. Smith said, “We regularly pair beer with a variety of foods, but the chocolate tasting is probably our most popular event. The fact that we’re staging this event for the fifth time reflects not only the strong appeal of sampling beer and chocolate together, but also the growing awareness of Dea Latis within the beer and pubs industry.” The beers and chocolates tasted by guests at The Clarence were: • Molson Coors Blue Moon (ABV 5.4%)with Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange • Everards Tiger (ABV 4.2%) with Green & Black’s Butterscotch Milk Chocolate • Thwaites Tavern Porter (ABV 4.7%) with chocolate cup cakes …

Live Beer Tasting on ITV’s “This Morning”

Annabel Smith, Cask Marque Training Manager & Beer Sommelier talks about her appearance on ‘This Morning’ to talk about matching stouts and food for St Patrick’s Day. The day before… The call came through on a Tuesday afternoon, just less than a week before the event. Could I go on ITV’s This Morning programme to talk about stout on St Patrick’s day? Of course I can, I said confidently to the researcher. I was told to keep a lid on it until the feature was definitely confirmed, but to get myself organised with some different stouts, and be prepared to be in London for 8am the following Monday. Putting my thinking cap on, and knowing the beers were going to be sampled by females (Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley) I wanted to choose four unusual yet accessible stouts. So the first of numerous frantic phones call to the brewers. I chose Wadworth Beer Kitchen Espresso Stout first. This was a beer I had first tasted when down in Devizes and I drank it with a …

Women: Beer is a libation for you to drink and brew too

Fellow Dea Latis enthusiast, beer sommelier, alcohol historian and blogger, Jane Peyton, has just had an article published in the Huffington Post and she has kindly allowed us to publish it here in time for International Women’s Day on 8th March – let’s say ‘cheers’ to that! Here’s the irony – many women do not drink beer because they think it is masculine but of all alcoholic drinks beer has more female elements and connections than any other.  So, to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, let’s raise a glass of something that our female ancestors invented.  Yes – women were the first brewers of beer.  For thousands of years women were the primary brewers and even today in parts of Africa and the South American rainforest where beer is made at home or on a communal village basis they still are.  In those societies men drink the beer but they have no role in its production. No-one knows when beer was first brewed, or where but it was at least 9,000 years ago. Unconnected societies in the …

Gruit Brew is just what the doctor ordered

Taking inspiration from a medieval beer recipe, Ilkley Brewery and beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, have collaborated to create a limited edition Gruit beer named Doctor’s Orders. A distinctly herbaceous 5.0% ale with rich chocolate notes, Doctor’s Orders is brewed with rosemary, yarrow, sage, bog myrtle, heather flowers and heather foraged from Ilkley Moor. Similar combinations of herbs, known as Gruit mixtures, were used in medieval times for bittering and flavouring and were also believed to have wide-reaching health benefits at the time. Hops were first recorded in England circa 1362, when they were imported from the Low Countries, so before then, English brewers used herbs to add bitterness to ale. “I’ve wanted to make a medieval ale for quite some time now and, knowing Ilkley Brewery’s interest in brewing out of the ordinary beers, I knew I’d found the perfect Gruit brew partner,” said Jane. “Many of the herbs used in a Gruit beer are believed to be beneficial which is a phenomenon that I’m intrigued by. It is said that bog myrtle can improve …