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Women beer-lovers host beer and cheese tasting

3 Oct

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 the fattiness of cheese – which is something wine can’t do.”

Tickets, including five beers, cheeses, expert talks and tea/coffee, cost £17 per person. Please visit our Eventbrite page to buy tickets:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dea-latis-beer-and-cheese-tasting-tickets-12781994289?aff=es2&rank=0

Further information:    Ros Shiel, ros@shielporter.com

Lisa Harlow: lisa@lisaharlow.co.uk

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

31 Aug

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: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dea-latis-beer-and-cheese-tasting-tickets-12781994289?aff=es2&rank=0

If you are a Dea Latis corporate member, discounted entry is available, please email lisa@lisaharlow.co.uk for details.

 

Dates for your diary

5 Aug

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 dealatisuk@gmail.com

 

Dea Latis hosts tasting at Norwich City of Ale

4 Jun

Starting with a brew Smoked salmon on mandarin & cream cheese Marmalade glazed sausages

Beer and women forum Dea Latis took its popular ‘Beers with Breakfast’ tasting to Norwich City of Ale last month, hosting a female-only tasting session at the Plasterer’s Arms in the city.

Guests enjoyed six breakfast foods, each matched to a different ale, with expert tuition from Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, while Belinda Jennings of Adnams presented her City of Ale Saison, brewed especially for the festival.  All beers served with breakfast at the Plasterer’s were brewed by women, as part of the pub’s Fem.Ale event.

Baked Eggs with Roast Tomatoes with Brewsters Helles 4% ABV

Smoked salmon on Mandarin Salad with Adnams Saison 6.3%

Sausages cooked in marmalade with Buntingford Twitchell 3.8%

Bacon & herb sandwich on rye bread with Adnams Rye IPA 5.0%

Beer batter pancakes and maple syrup with Oldershaw Miss Red 4.4%

Chocolate Stout cake with Brentwood Smoked Porter 5.4%

The event was the third Beers with Breakfast tasting from Dea Latis, who have also paired beers with cheese, chocolate and tapas. Last September the group also ran a tasting event for female MPs in the Houses of Parliament.

Above photos show:Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith (far left) with guests; Smoked Salmon with Adnams Saison; Sausages with Buntingford Twitchell

Beers with Breakfast comes to Norwich

27 Apr

Dea Latis and Adnams host tasting within Norwich City of Ale

 Date:   Friday 23rd May

Time:   10.00 – 12.00 am

Venue: Plasterers’ Arms, 43 Cowgate, Norwich, NR3 1SZ

Forget the tea or coffee and try beer with your bacon butty or sausage sarnie!  Ale is an amazing match to any number of breakfast foods, as you will discover at our Beers with Breakfast tasting in Norwich next month.

Dea Latis – the group that encourages more women to try beer –  has hosted two Beers with Breakfast tastings in London, and now the popular event is moving out to Norwich as part of the wonderful City of Ale celebrations, running from 23 May –  2 June.

The tasting is being held at the Plasterer’s Arms, known for its great food and interesting range of cask ales from Adnams and a number of local brewers. During City of Ale, the Plasterer’s is selling only cask ales brewed by women – making it the ideal venue for our tasting.

Tickets cost £20, including a five-course breakfast with tea, coffee and juice and guided tasting by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, with contributions from other local brewers.  Plus of course the opportunity to meet and network with other women in the beer and pubs industry. To book your place, visit our Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-of-ale-beers-with-breakfast-tasting-tickets-11344073429 (Dea Latis corporate partners are entitled to discounted entry to our events, please contact lisa@lisaharlow.co.uk if you’re planning to attend).

We look forward to seeing you in Norwich.

Seven beers for seven breakfasts

9 Dec

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Dea Latis, the women and beer group held its second Beers with Breakfast event last week in a seven-beer hair-of-the-dog morning session at the Somers Town Coffee House in London.

The female gathering of journalists, bloggers, brewers and marketeers assembled to test their taste buds alongside the delicious breakfast menu at the Yummy Pub Co owned pub in Chalton Street near Euston.

Beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, was guest speaker for the group and offered her impassioned plea to women to consider the UK’s national drink as regular a drink of choice.

There was no need to persuade the hungry group of tasters of the merits of beer as Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith began her tutored tasting and everyone got stuck in.

Over the next 90 minutes they quaffed, nibbled, deliberated, Tweeted, snapped and scribbled through seven beers – kindly donated by each of the brewers – and the accompanying breakfast courses in true multi-tasking style.

The menu began with a poached egg and smoked salmon with Hollandaise drizzle on a toasted muffin served with St Austell Brewery’s 4.8% abv Clouded Yellow beer and ended with a Wells and Young’s 5.2% abv Double Chocolate Stout served with pancakes with chocolate sauce and blueberries. (See the full menu below.)

At the end of the tasting the unanimous winner was the eggs and smoked salmon with Hollandaise dish which beautifully complemented the citrusy notes of St Austell Brewery’s Clouded Yellow beer.

Lisa Harlow, who helped to organise the event with Ros Shiel and Annabel Smith, said: “At the end of a fantastic year for beer – and a year where there are more women brewing and drinking beer than ever before* – this was a wonderful cross-industry celebration of our versatile, varied and flavoursome UK brews. It was great that we could highlight that different styles of beers will go with just about anything – even breakfast!”

 

* Women trying real ale for the first time has grown from 14% to 34% in the last three years. CAMRA, August 2013

 

The seven beers with seven breakfasts menu

With thanks to all the brewers who donated and delivered the beers and to Anthony and the crew at Somers Town Coffee House, the full beer and food menu was as follows:

  • Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon with Hollandaise Drizzle served with St Austell Brewery’s Clouded Yellow 4.8% (from St Austell Brewery in Cornwall)
  • Crispy Smoked Bacon with a herby grilled tomato served with Freedom Pilsner Lager 5% (from Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire)
  • Bombardier Rarebit Crumpet served with Wells and Young’s Bombardier 4.1% (from Bedford)
  • Black Pudding and Apple Crisp served with Timothy Taylors Landlord 4.1% (from Keighley in West Yorkshire)
  • Chilli Avocado on French Toast served with Thwaites Wainwright 4.1% (from Blackburn in Lancashire)
  • Banana and Strawberry Smoothie served with Wells and Young’s Banana Bread Beer 5.2% (from Bedford)
  • Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and Blueberries served with Wells and Young’s Chocolate Stout 5.2% (from Bedford)

For a complete album of photos from the event, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/DeaLatis – and please tag the photos and share the post to your followers.

Beer and Breakfast Returns!

13 Nov

Yes, our Beers with Breakfast tasting last year was so good that we are running it again on Friday, 6 December, from 10.00 – 12.00

So, if you fancy a bitter with your bacon or a mild with your mushrooms, this is the event for you. This year, we’re at the lovely Somers Town Coffee House near Euston Station and our guide to the beer and food pairings will be beer sommelier Annnabel Smith.

Please book your place now by visiting our Eventbrite  page. Tickets at £25 include the guided beer + breakfast tasting, followed by a buffet breakfast – vegetarian options included – and coffee/tea/juice. Plus of course the opportunity to meet and network with other women in the beer and pubs industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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