Bragging Rights toasted in House of Commons

Last Wednesday Dea Latis, the industry’s beer and women forum, hosted the first-ever beer tasting designed for women MPs BRat the House of Commons, featuring our very own Bragging Rights.

Dea Latis was founded in 2010 by a group of women working in the beer and pubs industries. The group meets several times a year to network, share ideas and enjoy good beer and food.

A lively crowd of over 50 women (and some brave men) were guests of Charlotte Leslie MP, Meg Hillier MP and local Cardiff MP Jenny Willott MP. The group tasted six beers from around the country with food selected to match each beer style, ably guided by beer sommelier Annabel Smith.

In her address, Brigid Simmonds, the first female chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, reminded guests that 22% of people taking brewing qualifications were now women. Brains gained their first female Brewster earlier this year when Ffion Jones gained a brewing qualification from The Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Sara Barton, founder of Brewsters Brewery and current Guild of Beer Writers’ Brewer of the Year, ended speeches with her thoughts on how women brewers had brought innovation and diversity to UK brewing.

Speeches over and barring a short interruption while MPs dashed to vote, the room was filled with lots of chatter and appreciative noises for each of the beer and food combinations.

Bragging Rights is a lightly golden pale ale based on an ancient Welsh beer style called bragawd. The addition of honey, followed by a blend of nutmeg, coriander, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and ginger, create a refreshing beer that is initially sweet yet spicy at the same time. Bragging Rights was paired with mini Welsh Rarebit with green peppercorns and mustard.

Other pairings at the event were Adnams Ghost Ship, served with Mini Cones of Fish and Chips; Butcombe Adam Henson’s Rare Breed, served with chicken teriyaki bites with coriander yoghurt; Marston’s Pedigree, served with vegetable samosas; Jennings Snecklifter served with baby Cumberland sausage with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise and Ilkley Holy Cow Cranberry Milk Stout served with mini roast beef in Yorkshire pudding with horseradish cream.

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