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Christmas Day Lunch – time to bring out the beers!

Here’s beer sommelier, Annabel Smith’s beer suggestions for Christmas Day:

Before you open that calorie laden bottle of Prosecco, or hangover inducing Chateauneuf-de-Pape with your turkey dinner this year, take some advice from the Dea Latis crew and reach for the beer.

Beer has no problem with any of the traditional comestibles we devour on Christmas day, and what’s more, it’s better for you, contains less calories and you’ll wake up on Boxing Day feeling far fresher!

We’ll start with a plate of smoked salmon for breakfast. Pour yourself a glass of refreshing, fizzy wheat beer, such as Vedett White, Erdinger Heffeweisse or Franziskaner Weissebier. Make sure it’s in a champagne flute; the carbonation and citrus will slice through the oiliness of the salmon with a knife, refreshing the palate and complementing the fish. For the veggies amongst you, bake a whole Camembert and serve with chunks of bread, accompanied by Leffe Blonde or Affligem Tripel. These beers blow wine out of the water with their sweet breadiness.

With a clear head, you can start on the star attraction – the turkey. Substitute the cranberry sauce with a cheeky glass of Titanic Plum Porter. The fruitiness of this beer is a perfect foil to the delicate flavours of white meat. If pork is your meat of choice, there’s no better beer than Jenning’s Cumberland Ale, it’s got a lovely apple peel aroma and flavour. For the nut roast gals out there, we recommend the gorgeous Brooklyn lager, full of toffee, caramel and sweet notes.

Onto the Christmas pudding, reach for Shepherd Neame Bishop’s Finger or Robinson’s Old Tom – both are full of stewed and dried fruit flavours which complement the richness of the dessert.

Here comes the cheeseboard, laden with Stilton, and we’re going to be drinking Theakston’s Old Peculier or Fullers London Porter. Both there beers tone down the metallic, coppery elements in the cheese. It’s a weird combination but it works so well!

And finally…well Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a chocolate or two. Settle back and sip a glass of Liefman’s Kriek to recreate that cherry liqueur experience

 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 industries and I’m sure that their passion for beer will encourage more to forge careers in these sectors, and persuade more women to start drinking our wonderful national drink.

“All the MPs including myself greatly enjoyed tasting the wonderful and diverse selection of beers from around the country and were amazed how well they matched the different foods on offer.

“It was inspiring to discover that women are playing such a central role in leading Britain’s beer renaissance”

Lisa Harlow for Dea Latis said: “The Westminster event fulfilled two of our main aims: to highlight the women working in our industry and present it as a career choice for more women, and to encourage more women to drink beer. We’re glad that our MP guests enjoyed the evening and hope they are encouraged to become influential advocates for our cause.”

She added: “The top line findings from our research were received with interest by guests and we look forward to issuing the full results once we’ve analysed them, early next year.” The research was carried out thanks to a grant received by Dea Latis from the Brewers’ Research & Education Fund.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, added, “We are delighted that a growing number of female MPs are championing beer as Britain’s national drink and grateful to Ruth Smeeth MP and her colleagues for taking time out of their busy schedules to support women working in our industry.”

The beers enjoyed by guests were:

  • Marston’s 61 Deep: served in champagne flutes as an aperitif
  • St Austell Tribute with Fish & Chips
  • Joseph Holt Humdinger with mini Croque Monsieur
  • Harvey’s Wharf IPA with onion bhaji
  • Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger with pigs in blanket
  • Marston’s Pearl Jet with mini roast beef and Yorkshire puds
  • Liefmans Kriek with chocolate truffles

All guests also departed with a bottle of Plum Porter, brewed by Titanic Brewery in Ruth Smeeth’s Stoke-on-Trent constituency, and a personalised bottle of Vedett, thanks to Dea Latis member Duvel, who took photos of guests and turned them into labels on the spot.

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Notes to editor

Dea Latis was founded in 2010 by a group of women working in the beer and pubs industries and now has more than 400 supporters including brewers, beer tasters, marketeers, licensees, writers and bloggers, as well as six corporate members: Duvel Moortgat, Harvey’s, Joseph Holt Brewery, Marston’s, Shepherd Neame and St Austell Brewery. For more info, visit  www.dealatis.org.uk

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Further information:

Lisa Harlow: lisa@lisaharlow.co.uk / 07917 757860

Annabel Smith: annabel@beerbelle.co.uk / 07920 058500

Beer and women group to stage tasting for female MPs

Beer and women group Dea Latis is joining forces with the Parliamentary Beer Group and British Beer & Pub Association to bring beer to women MPs at an event in Westminster next month.

As well as tasting a selection of beers from across the country, matched to different foods by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, guests will meet some of the many women who work in brewing and related industries, from grain to glass. Dea Latis will also be revealing the results of recent research into women and beer at the event.

Smith said, “The aim of our event at Westminster is to remind MPs that women play a vital role in producing our national drink and introduce them to some of the talented women involved in it.

“Women in this country drink less beer than in the USA and most European countries.  At Dea Latis, we’re committed to narrowing this gap by introducing more women to beer and we hope this event creates some new, influential advocates for our cause.”

The event is hosted by Ruth Smeeth MP, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.  She said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Dea Latis to bring together women working in parliament and women working in the brewing industry, from grain to glass. It promises to be an enjoyable and informative evening and we’re confident guests will leave the tasting seeing beer in an entirely new light”

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, added, “‘With a growing number of female MPs taking a keen interest in beer and brewing, the BBPA is delighted to support this Parliamentary celebration of women in beer.”

Dea Latis has staged two previous beer tastings for MPs in 2015 and 2013. The upcoming event, on 21 November, is by invitation only, and is expected to attract some 80 guests drawn from parliament and across the brewing industry:  brewers, maltsters, hop growers, licensees and off-trade retailers, beer sommeliers and writers.

Dinner with Beer at Lewes Octoberfeast

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.