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 Dea Latis stages tasting for women MPs

Beer and women group Dea Latis staged its third beer tasting in Parliament recently, treating a room full of women MPs and women working in the brewing and related industries to an evening of beer and food matching. The group also announced some initial fundings from its recent research into women’s behaviours and attitudes around beer. The event, organised jointly with the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and British Beer & Pub Association, was attended by around 70 guests. Beer Sommelier and Dea Latis founder Annabel Smith guided them through six beer and food pairings designed to showcase beers from Dea Latis corporate members, while co-founder Lisa Harlow revealed the research results. The event was hosted by Ruth Smeeth MP, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.  She said.   She said “Often in Parliament I’m the only woman in the room, so it made a lovely change to be in a room full of women.” “I was delighted to meet so many talented women who are working in the brewing and related …

Cheers from Burton with beer-loving women

In an event to mark the national celebrations for Beer Day Britain, Dea Latis, is holding a beer and food tasting evening for women at Marston’s Brewery Visitor’s Centre, DE14, on Thursday 15th June from 6.30pm. Guests will join in with the annual ‘Cheers for Beer’ at 7pm. Guests are set for a fascinating insight into women’s involvement in beer and brewing as well as sampling six different types of hand-held locally produced foods each matched with a different local beer. Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith will host the evening. Jo Wyke, Marketing Manager for Marston’s said: “We are excited to be hosting this double celebration; inviting women to learn about beers brewed in Burton as well as joining in with Beer Day Britain’s celebration of our national drink with a countrywide ‘Cheers for beer’ at 7pm. She added: “At Marston’s, five of our brewers and over 75% of the brands marketing team are women so we are really behind this event.” Alongside beers brewed by Marston’s the evening will also feature beers brewed by Burton …

Dea Latis goes international

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 …

FEM.ALE Festival in Norwich and Brighton

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 …

Liverpool ladies love their beer

  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 …

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

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. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/beer-cider-perry/best-beers-brewed-by-women-beavertown-gamma-ray-fullers-a7616776.html    

Looking for the Liver-Beerds

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 …

Sixth annual Beer & Breakfast tasting a success for Dea Latis

  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 …

Dea Latis comes to Scotland: beer & food tasting in Edinburgh

Calling all beer-loving women in Scotland! Dea Latis, the forum for women who enjoy beer, is popping up in Scotland later this month.  We’ve hosted many a jolly beer tasting in London, as well as other English cities, but this is our first time North of the Border and we’re hoping Scotland’s beer lovers will come along to celebrate with us. Date:               Wednesday, 28 September Time:              6.30 – 9.00 pm Venue:            Caledonian Brewery, 42 Slateford Rd, Edinburgh EH11 1PH We’ll be working our way through a selection of Scotland’s finest beers, including brews from: Caledonian Brewery, Innis & Gunn, Edinburgh Beer Factory and Stewart Brewing, matched to an equally impressive spread of Scottish fare. Experts will be on hand to tell us about their beers, so by the end of the evening you’ll have not only discovered some new beers, but hopefully learned something about our national drink, as well as meeting other beer-loving women in a sociable setting. Tickets to join us for our Scottish debut, including at least five beers with …