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Dea Latis hosts pre-Easter beer and chocolate tasting

23 Mar

Dea Latis beer and chocolate selection

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 Paul A Young Valrhona Jivara Milk Chocolate
  • Hogs Back Brewery Montezuma’s Chocolate Lager with Montezuma’s Lordy Lord
  • Left Hand Brewing Nitro Milk Stout with Divine Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt

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 through 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 22 July from 10 – 11.00 am. 


Dea Latis Beer & Chocolate tasting

28 Feb

beer + choc image

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-chocolate-tasting-with-dea-latis-tickets-21816104556?aff=eac2

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

8 Dec

Dea Latis beer + breakfast dec 15

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 and tapas. In November this year the group also ran a tasting event for female MPs in the Houses of Parliament.

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.

Caption to attached image: guests at the Dea Latis Beer & Breakfast tasting with Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith (standing)

Beavertown & GranolaFreedom & eggs benedict

Dea Latis Beer & Breakfast: Friday 4th December

30 Oct


Marmalade glazed sausages

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  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-and-breakfast-is-back-tickets-19177166421?aff=es2


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

6 Jul

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:  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/jane-peyton-interview-britains-beer-sommelier-of-the-year-on-witchcraft-and-jane-austen-10361455.html




Beer and breakfast returns (again!)

12 Nov


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 http://tinyurl.com/nhzyow7

If you are a Dea Latis corporate partner, tickets are discounted, please email lisa@lisaharlow for detail

Dea Latis hosts beer and cheese tasting

10 Oct

Dea Latis beer + cheese

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 beer’s versatility as a match to food.”

Dea Latis – named after the Celtic goddess of beer and water – was established by a handful of women working in the brewing and pubs industry, and hosts regular beer and beer/food tastings for women.

The tasting was held in the Bishop’s Finger at Smithfield, a Shepherd Neame pub. Shepherd Neame is one of 15 corporate supporters of Dea Latis, who help to promote the group’s efforts to bring beer to women.

The next event is a Beer & Breakfast tasting on Friday 5 December in London.  Put the date in your diary, more detail to follow soon.


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