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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


  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.


Black Coupage with glass

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

Success for first women-only beer fest in Canada

5 Apr

Interesting article here on Canada’s first women-only beer festival, attended by 800 guests.




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!

Beer Sexism: It’s Spelled Ale Not Male

5 Feb

Dea Latis supporter, writer and beer sommelier Jane Peyton writes for the Publican’s Morning Advertiser on sexism in beer marketing. Read ‘It’s spelled Ale Not Male’ here.

jane peyton


Creating gluten freedom in our pubs

4 Feb

Jessica Mason

The drinks editor for The Publican’s Morning Advertiser – Jessica Mason – asks pubs to consider selling gluten-free beer to meet the rising demand of food intolerance. She suggests that no-one ever asks for an allergy but they do just keep side-stepping the offending food/drink products and those that sell them….

Creating gluten freedom in our pubs

By Jessica Mason, 29-Jan-2016

Gluten-free beer used to be a bit of a contradiction and had a fairly poor reputation too.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a beer

4 Feb

Stewart Brewing, based in Edinburgh, are holding a ‘Women in Brewing’ event to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. It will be an evening of talks, networking, celebration and, of course, beer.

With guest speakers from Brewdog, Beer52, Lerwick Brewery and Heriot Watt Institute of Brewing and Distilling, and opportunities to network with colleagues from the brewing industry, it promises to be a great event.

Tickets to the event are free, but you need to register at bitly.com/SBWIB16

stewart brewing

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