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St Austell Brewery hosts Bristol's first beer dinner for women

1st August 2017

The Albion in Clifton hosted Bristol's first beer dinner aimed specifically at women recently, as women and beer group Dea Latis and St Austell Brewery joined forces to introduce the city's females to the delights of our national drink.

The pub's chef, Scott Jenkins, put on a five-course ‘Best of the West' feast, pairing each dish with a different beer designed to bring out its flavours. Annabel Smith, a Beer Sommelier and Dea Latis founder, guided guests through the matches, as well as busting some of the ‘beer myths' that hold women back from trying beer.

The beer and food matches served at The Albion were:

  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese parcel with cucumber salsa with Estrella 1906 Reserva Especial

  • BBQ pulled pork in gem lettuce with apple slaw with St Austell Brewery Eureka American Pale Ale

  • Chicken liver parfait on toast with chutney and watercress with Liefmans Kriek

  • Chargrilled halloumi cheese with sauce vierge with St Austell Brewery's Tribute

  • Prosecco and strawberry jelly topped with lemon posset with Bath Ales' Dark Side Stout

Smith said, "Our dinners are all about presenting beer in a new way to women and at The Albion we showed the diversity of beers, from pale ales to dark stouts and tasted some magical beer and food matches. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and by the end of it, even the staunchest wine drinkers had found a beer they loved!"

Laura Hicks, communications manager, St Austell Brewery, added: "The Dea Latis event was a great success and we were really pleased to be able to showcase a selection of St Austell Brewery's and Bath Ales' much loved beers.

"Matching food and beer helps encourage more people to try a range of styles and flavours. Annabel was able to expel many of the myths associated with drinking ale and we're confident the event has created lots of new future beer drinkers."

One of the guests at the dinner, Lesley Gillilan from Destination Bristol, said, "I'm not a beer drinker, but one of the beers at the Dea Latis dinner was a Belgian cherry beer which was matched with chicken liver parfait. I loved the flavour combination by pairing it with a beer. The event opened my eyes to the variety of beers on offer and I'll certainly be more open to exploring different styles in the future."

Dea Latis was established in 2010 with a mission to ‘bring beer to women'. Although beer consumption among women is increasing, the UK still lags behind the USA and most European countries, largely because of our national ‘pint culture', male-oriented beer advertising and a number of false beliefs around the ‘beer belly' and similar. Dea Latis holds regular beer dinners - and annual Beer with Breakfast - as a way of encouraging more women to engage with beer.

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