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. To find out more, or to sign up for the next Dea Latis event in December, visit: www.dealatis.org