All posts tagged: beer tasting

Dea Latis hosts pre-Easter 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 traditional pre-Easter beer and chocolate tasting earlier this week. Twenty guests gathered in the Clarence pub on Whitehall to taste five beers, each paired with a chocolate chosen to enhance the flavours in each. Expert guidance to the beer and chocolate matches was provided by beer sommelier Jane Peyton. Peyton said, “The Mayans described chocolate as the ‘Food of the Gods’ – I know a lot of people who agree with that! Beer and chocolate are perfect partners. Essentially, they both have a balance of bitterness and sweetness. So when they’re consumed together, the tastes and textures complement each other.  Add to that the carbonation in beer, which cuts through the fattiness of the chocolate and you have a truly magical match.” The beers and chocolates tasted by guests at the Clarence were: Elgood’s Coolship with Divine Dark Chocolate with Raspberries Erdinger Weissbier with Green & Black’s White Chocolate Bager Ales Poacher’s Choice with …

Dea Latis Beer & Chocolate tasting

Date:               Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Time:              6.30 – 8.30 Venue:            The Clarence, 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP Break any Lenten chocolate-fasting early and join us for a pre-Easter Beer & Chocolate tasting that will be both enjoyable and educational. We’ll be tasting a selection of delicious chocolates, each matched with an equally delicious beer. Expect the unexpected as we reach beyond the classic ‘dark chocolate with porter’ combination (excellent though that is!). Leading us through the beer and choc matches will be Beer Sommelier Jane Peyton. So whether you’re a lover of beer, or chocolate, or both, please join us for this enjoyable and informative event. Tickets, including beers, chocolates, expert talks and tea/coffee, cost £18.50 per person. To buy tickets, visit our Eventbrite page If you’re a journalist, please click on ‘press tickets’. Hope you will be able to join us for this tasting of two of our favourite things in life!

Dea Latis Beer & Breakfast tasting returns

Beer and women forum Dea Latis ran its popular ‘Beers with Breakfast’ tasting for the fifth year, this time at the new Drake & Morgan venue at Kings Cross. Around 30 guests, including brewsters, marketeers, trainers and journalists enjoyed a five course breakfast, with each dish matched to a different beer. Expert tuition was provided by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith as well as Jenn Merrick, head brewer at Beavertown Brewery and newly-crowned Brewer of the Year 2015;  Genevieve Upton, Brewster at Marston’s and Emma Harris of Freedom Brewery. The beer and breakfast matches were: Yoghurt Granola with poached seasonal fruit and brioche With Lemon Phantom, Beavertown Brewery Avocado on rye bread with hummus, lemon + chilli With Schiehallion Craft Lager, Harvioustoun Brewery Eggs Florentine With Liberty Pilsner, Freedom Brewery Smoked salmon with cream cheese on sourdough With Gentleman’s Wit Witbier, Camden Brewery Buttermilk pancakes with bacon + maple syrup With Shipyard American IPA, Marston’s The event was the fifth pre-Christmas Beers with Breakfast tasting from Dea Latis, who have also paired beers with cheese, chocolate …

Dea Latis Beer & Breakfast: Friday 4th December

The ever-popular Dea Latis Beer and Breakfast tasting returns, taking place once again on the morning after the Guild of Beer Writers annual dinner and awards. Join us on Friday 4th December from 9.30 – 11.30 at Drake & Morgan, Kings Cross – the recently-opened ninth site for the award-winning bar and restaurant group. We’ll be serving a selection of their delicious breakfast dishes, each matched with a different beer by a brewer or other beer expert. Tickets for the five-course breakfast served with matching beers, tea, coffee and of course networking with other beer-loving women cost £25.  Complimentary places available for press guests, please tick the ‘free ticket’ box.   All tickets available on Eventbrite  

“Don’t patronise a woman and assume she wants to drink wine”: ‘Independent’ interview with Jane Peyton

Beer Sommelier, beer historian and Dea Latis supporter Jane Peyton is interviewed by the Independent and talks about why beer makes people happy, why more women don’t drink beer – it’s the pint glasses, mainly – and Jane Austen’s spruce beer. Read it HERE      

Beer and breakfast returns (again!)

Dea Latis: Beers with Breakfast returns! Friday, 5th December 10.00 – midday Jackson & Rye, 56 Wardour St, Soho, London W1D 4JF Join us for the hugely popular Dea Latis Beers with Breakfast tasting, now in its third year. Taking place on 5th December (the morning after the Guild dinner and awards), we’re hosting the event at American bar-diner Jackson & Rye in the heart of Soho, so expect pancakes, beef hash and grits. And expect some great beers to try with them (not just from America). Tickets for breakfast, beers, tea or coffee and expert guidance from beer sommelier Annabel Smith cost £25. To book, visit our Eventbrite page If you are a Dea Latis corporate partner, tickets are discounted, please email lisa@lisaharlow for detail

Dea Latis hosts beer and cheese tasting

Beer and women group Dea Latis hosted a beer and cheese tasting in London earlier this week, as part of its ongoing mission to encourage more women to discover the delights of our national drink. During the tasting, guests sampled five different beer and cheese combinations, with expert guidance provided by Annabel Smith, one of the country’s only female Beer Sommeliers. They were: Affligem Triple: Chaucers Camembert Guinness: Organic Ashdown Foresters Smoked Fullers ESB: Ashmore Farmhouse Shepherd Neame Barley Wine: Kentish Blue Bacchus Frambozen: Kellys Goats Cheese A post-tasting vote was taken for the best beer and cheese pairing, with the Affligem-Camembert match narrowly taking top spot ahead of the Shepherd Neame Barley Wine with Kentish Blue. Smith said, “The hallmark of a great match of beer and cheese, or indeed any food and drink, is that they enhance each other’s taste.  Beer works especially well with cheese, as its natural carbonation cuts through the fattiness of cheese – which is something wine can’t do. “There were some cracking combinations tasted today, which really showcased …

Women beer-lovers host beer and cheese tasting

A group of beer-loving women is holding a beer and cheese tasting in central London next Wednesday, 8 October,  to encourage more women to discover the delights of our national drink. Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer and water – was established by a handful of women working in pubs and breweries, and hosts regular tastings to demonstrate beer’s versatility as a partner with different foods.  The beer and cheese tasting is being held on: Date:               Wednesday 8th October Time:              3.00 – 5.00 pm Venue:            The Bishops Finger,  9-10 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JR Guests will be offered five different beer and cheese combinations, from goat’s cheese and fruit beer to traditional ale and cheddar. Hosting the event and explaining the beer and cheese matches is Annabel Smith, one of the country’s only female Beer Sommeliers. Annabel says, “The hallmark of a great match of beer and cheese, or indeed any food and drink, is that they enhance each other’s taste.  Beer works especially well with cheese as its natural carbonation cuts through …

Beer and cheese tasting: Wednesday 8 October, 3.00 – 5.00 pm, London

Beer and cheese are great companions – as you’ll know if you’ve ever enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch with a glass of ale.  We’re hoping to discover a few more great beer and cheese combinations at our tasting, with the help of a few brewers, a cheese expert and of course, our guests. We’ll be tasting at least five different cheeses, each matched to a different beer designed to enhance the taste of both. It promises to be an entertaining and educational afternoon, at the Bishops Finger in Smithfield (our thanks to Shepherd Neame).  We hope you can join us. Tickets, including beers, cheeses, expert talks and tea/coffee, cost £17 per person. Please visit our Eventbrite page to buy tickets: If you are a Dea Latis corporate member, discounted entry is available, please email for details.  

Dates for your diary

Dea Latis will be holding a number of events for members and other beer-loving women over the next few months. Please make a note of these dates for your diaries and we’ll be sending further details shortly. Thursday 25th September, lunchtime:  Beer and cheese tasting, central London. Note this is the first day of Cask Ale Week. Friday 5th December, 10.00 – 12.00 am: Beer and breakfast tasting, central London.  A favourite Dea Latis event returns, on the morning after the Guild of Beer Writers’ dinner We hope to see you at one of our events. If you’d like any further information, or have suggestions for an event you’d like us to run, please contact us at