Sixth annual Beer & Breakfast tasting a success for Dea Latis

3 Dec

 

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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

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  • Chorizo bubble & squeak

With Lagunitas IPA

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  • Vegetarian sausage

With Hogs Back Brewery A over T

  • French toast with fruit

With Liefmans Kriek Brut

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Mark Sljukic from Lagunitas

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 women.  We’re grateful to all the brewers who donated beers and their time to talk to our guests.”

The event was the sixth pre-Christmas Beers with Breakfast tasting from Dea Latis, who have also paired beers with cheese, chocolate and tapas.  For more information about Dea Latis go to: http://dealatis.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @DeaLatis or like them on Facebook at /DeaLatis.

 

BEER TASTING  NOTES

FOURPURE OATMEAL STOUT

The original stouts were brewed in London and we wanted to make a beer style with so much heritage in our home city. Fourpure’s Oatmeal Stout is full-bodied and creamy with a rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavour.

BELHAVEN TWISTED THISTLE IPA

A modern, balanced, hop-forward IPA that’s late hopped with Cascade and Hersbrucker to give a nose-full of citrus grapefruit hops. This aroma develops into a mouth-watering juiciness and finishes with a refreshingly bitter bite, while 100% Scottish barley malt in the mash gives a big, satisfying, full-bodied beer.

  • Appearance: Copper and sparkling
  • Aroma: Grapefruit zest and gooseberry
  • Flavour: Bold, bitter and juicy

LAGUNITAS IPA

This homicidally hopped version of the classic style, this is Lagunitas’ flagship beer. It has a huge hop character, but enough malty itchiness to keep things insane, flavorous, and drinkable. Kind of like a pale ale on steroids.

 

 

 

HOGS BACK BREWERY A OVER T

Brewed in small batches and matured in the brewery cellar, like a fine wine. Made from high quality English malted barley, Kent Goldings hops are added for bitterness and aroma and Bramling Cross to further enhance the character, resulting in deep, rich and complex flavours of sultanas, orange peel and plums. Enjoy as you would a fortified wine, in a wine glass or a brandy balloon, to concentrate its wonderful aroma.

LIEFMANS KRIEK BRUT

Belgian Cherry beer, Brewed only once a year in July. After brewing, freshly harvested and carefully selected morello cherries are blended in and the young beer is cellared at the brewery. After a slow maturation of 18 months to 3 years, different vintages are carefully tasted and blended to create Kriek Brut.  Brewed by the first Belgian female head brewer, ripened for at least a year and a half and brewed by the master blenders of Liefmans

Liefmans Kriek Brut has a warm, deep red colour, and delicious red fruit aromas come to the fore when pouring the beer. A tiny bit of marzipan blends with the aroma of warm cherries. Implicit in its flavour you will also immediately taste a palatable acidity that gives way to a sweet aftertaste.
The deep sour cherry notes make this Ideal with game such as Duck and venison. Duck or chicken liver pates are great with this beer and turkey takes the flavours very well. Bitter chocolate puddings are the other huge food pairing that this beer lends itself very well to.

It’s back…..beer and breakfast

10 Nov

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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.

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

7 Sep

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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 matching food and expert tuition, cost £20.

Click on our Eventbrite page here to purchase tickets.

Birmingham Beer Bash – tickets still available for our Brewsters’ Brunch

29 Jun

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Tickets are still available for the Dea Latis Brewsters’ Brunch, taking part on Saturday 23 July as part of the Birmingham Beer Bash.

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.

The beers being sampled have been confirmed as:

  • Offbeat Brewery’s Steampunk’d Amarillo IPA
  • Offbeat Brewery’s Unhinged Ginger
  • Boss Brewery’s  Black (stout)
  • Boss Brewery’s  Brave (an American IPA)
  • Sacre Brew’s  Sirenia (a Lemongrass Wheat beer)
  • Sacre Brew’s Man On The Oss (a Rye Saison)

 

For a preview of the Birmingham Beer Bash,  read this article in the Birmingham Mail.

To buy tickets, go to Eventbrite:

 

 

Ten brilliant beers by Liz Dodd in The Guardian

13 Jun

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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

9 Jun

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 .

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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 be a part of this year’s Birmingham Beer Bash. We set up Dea Latis in 2010 as a group of women united by our love for beer and the belief that it is too good to be enjoyed only by men and run events like this around the UK.

“Having worked in the beer industry for over 20 years, I have seen a huge shift in women’s attitudes to beer. Thanks to the recent craft beer revolution there is much more information out there about styles of beer and great choice of ales. I think women feel more confident to ask about beers at the bar.”

Dea Latis recently conducted a survey of 600 beer drinkers which confirmed that more women are now regularly incorporating beer in to their repertoire.

David Shipman, founder and organiser of Birmingham Beer Bash added: “It’s always been part of our stated aims that we want to help bring more of the best beer experiences to Birmingham. Working with Dea Latis to celebrate women in brewing does exactly that.

“Beer Bash is a great opportunity for men and women alike to try different styles, talk to brewers and enjoy some of the great beers from around the country. We hope that this fringe event will show what brilliant female brewing talent we have in the industry.”

Tickets, available from Eventbrite and the main event website birminghambeerbash.co.uk, cost £22.50 and include a flight of six beers and brunch as well as admission to the popular Saturday daytime of the Birmingham Beer Bash.

Tasting notes and sampling top beer and women survey

20 May

Women & Beer Survey 2016

Beer and women forum Dea Latis has unveiled the findings of a new survey into the relationship between women and our national drink. The results were delivered to an audience at the new Brewing Equipment & Technology exhibition at the NEC.

The online survey, which received 600 responses, asked for respondents’ perceptions about women’s consumption of beer and what would make them more likely to buy beer in the on and off trade.  Both men and women completed the survey.

The majority (73%) of respondents felt that brewers’ approach to women had improved over the last 10 years, but that there was ‘still a way to go’. A similar number (74%) think that more women are now more likely to include beer within their drinks repertoire, while 17% believe more women are choosing it as their main drink.  On both questions, responses from men were slightly more optimistic than from women.

Asked to rank a number of techniques to encourage more women to drink beer, respondents gave their highest score to beer lists and taste descriptions, in both on and off trade (33%).  Offering free samples of beer was also viewed as effective across pubs and supermarkets (27%), while there was also support for a wider selection of beers in the off trade (31%).

Staff recommendation was a strong ‘middle’ choice for many respondents (21% voted it 2nd and 3rd most important), indicating a need to equip bar and store staff with beer knowledge.  Beer and food matching received a similar rating (25% of respondents put it in 3rd place), though women felt it would be more effective than men.

A wider selection of beer glassware was seen as only moderately motivating, while providing more information on beers calorie content or health benefits received low scores from both sexes, across on and off trade.

Ros Shiel of Dea Latis, said “We’re delighted that 600 people took the time to complete our survey, a response that we think makes our findings relatively robust.  We weren’t surprised that tasting notes and sampling scored highly, but would have expected a higher ranking for beer and food matching.

“Factors such as glassware shouldn’t be considered as unimportant though – just that these respondents rated them as less effective than others in persuading women to try beer.”

Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer – was launched in 2010 as a forum where women working in breweries, pubs or related jobs could share insights and experience.

The group now holds a number of beer and food tastings during the year and regularly communicates with around 260 women including brewers, licensees, quality managers, trainers, writers, bloggers and a growing number of interested beer drinkers.

The next Dea Latis event will be a Brewsters Brunch at the Birmingham Beer Bash, taking place on Saturday 23 July from 10 – 11.00 am.

 

Cathy Price named Beer Drinker of the Year

19 May

16 Beer Drinker of the Year

Cathy Price has been named as the “Beer Drinker of the Year” by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group Chairman, Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton on Trent.  The presentation was made at the Beer Group’s Annual Awards Dinner in Westminster which attracted over 200 MPs, Peers and senior industry figures.

Presenting the award Andrew said “In 2011, when Cathy learned that the Red Lion is the most popular pub name in the country, she set herself the challenge of visiting every single one of them.   This was no small task as there are 656 of them spread across the length and breadth of the country; from Penzance in Cornwall to Fochabers by the River Spey in the North of Scotland.”

“She completed her challenge last September and used every opportunity during her quest to highlight the pivotal role that pubs play in our communities; in interviews with newspapers, radio and TV.  She has published a book, the Red Lioness*, describing the pubs she visited in vivid detail.”

“Cathy enjoyed a half-pint in every Red Lion that she visited which by my calculation adds up to 328 pints of beer, making her perfectly qualified to be our Beer Drinker of the Year.”

Photo shows Cathy Price receiving the 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year award from Andrew Griffiths MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Cathy’s book, *The Red Lioness: One Woman. Four Years. 90,000 Miles. 650 Plus Pubs (2015) is available from Amazon and CAMRA £10.99.

Women & Beer Survey 2016

3 May

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

28 Apr

Black Coupage Cake

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:

  1. Add the beer with butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil carefully.
  2. Add the cocoa and stir.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend the eggs with the sugar.
  4. Combine the two mixtures, stirring carefully.
  5. Sift the flour into the mix gradually and mix carefully each time.
  6. Pour into a greased cake tin and place it in an oven at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.
  7. Remove and cool.
  8. Combine the icing ingredients until smooth.
  9. Ice the cake and serve with some more Black Coupage Beer.

Salud!

Black Coupage with glass

You can buy the beer from specialist retailer, Beers of Europe at £2.09 a bottle.

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