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Dinner with Beer at Lewes Octoberfeast

31 Aug

Ladies in Lewes are invited to swap their Prosecco for a pale ale for the evening, and come to a Dinner with Beer organised by beer and women group Dea Latis, as part of the Lewes Octoberfeast.  The dinner, in partnership with Harvey’s Brewery, takes place on 30 September, at the John Harvey Tavern.

Guests will be served a delicious four-course meal specially created by the pub’s chef, Dan Baker, to complement a variety of beers from Harvey’s and Burning Sky Brewery,  while award-winning Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton will be talking through the combinations and helping guests to discover the delights of beer and food matching.

Dea Latis has held similar dinners across the UK, but the event at the John Harvey Tavern is the first in Lewes. Dinners are ideal for women who are interested in food and drink, but men are also welcome.

Ros Shiel for Dea Latis said, “Our dinners are all about presenting beer in a new way to women and changing the way they think about it.  We show the diversity of beers, from pale ales to dark stouts, and we taste some magical beer and food matches.  By the end of the evening, even the staunchest wine drinkers have found a beer they love!

“We also address women’s concerns about beer, explaining that it’s made from natural ingredients, and that it doesn’t give you a ‘beer belly’, when drunk in moderation.  Most importantly, though, we want our guests to have a great time – and with a roomful of women enjoying the John Harvey Tavern’s fantastic food, paired with some brilliant beers, we think that’s guaranteed.”

Miles Jenner, head brewer at Harvey’s Brewery said: “Beer is a wonderful match to food because it is so versatile and works with a wide range of foods, yet many ‘foodies’, particularly women, still don’t think of drinking beer with a meal.  So an event like this is a great introduction, especially with the expert guidance from a Beer Sommelier, and we’re delighted to be partnering with Dea Latis to bring beer and food matching to the Octoberfeast.”

Buy tickets

Dinner with Beer starts at 7.30 on 30 September at the John Harvey Tavern,  Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes.  Tickets are on sale now at £30 per person, including: welcome beer on arrival, four-course meal matched with beer and expert guidance from Jane Peyton.  To purchase, visit Eventbrite or call into the John Harvey Tavern.

 

 

 

Cheltenham ladies who beer brunch

30 Aug

In partnership with Brewerism Brewery Tours, Dea Latis is hosting a beer brunch on Sunday 24 September from 10.30am to 12.30pm as part of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Beer Week.

Guests will enjoy a delicious and engaging five-course brunch paired with local beers in the dining room of Wild Beer at Jessop House (30 Cambray Place, Cheltenham GL50 1JX) with the award-winning beer sommelier, Annabel Smith. Annabel will describe each of the beers and why they match so perfectly with each dish, throwing in lots of fascinating beery facts on the way!

The event is a great way to experience beer in a new way, or just to bounce back from a Saturday night.

The event is open to anyone (not just ladies) but there is a ticket limit of only 30 people, so please book early here.

Best of the West Dinner

28 Jun

Join Dea Latis at The Albion, Boyce’s Ave, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4AA from 7pm, Thursday 20th July 2017 for a Women and Beer Dinner.

Enjoy a delicious five-course beer and food matching dinner in partnership with St Austell Brewery and Bath Ales.

Held at The Albion in Clifton, which prides itself on its modern British cuisine from local ingredients, each dish will be matched with a different beer by Beer Sommelier, Annabel Smith.

Tickets are £25 per person, go to our EventBrite page to purchase them.

Cheers from Burton with beer-loving women

25 May

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 Bridge Brewery, Freedom Brewery and a couple of surprise guest beers. Dea Latis organiser, Lisa Harlow said: “Burton Upon Trent is famous the world over for brewing beer so it’s time we united Burton’s beer-loving women with those who would like to know more about our national drink.”

The Dea Latis team are keen to point out that it is not a women-only event but clearly want to see women represented in force. Tickets are £20 (including a booking fee) per head and available online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-burton-with-love-tickets-34850717434

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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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

 

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