A crowd of over 50 women were guests of Charlotte Leslie MP, Meg Hillier MP and Jenny Willot MP who sponsored the event. The group were tasted six beers from around the country with food selected to match each beer style, ably guided by beer sommelier Annabel Smith.
Leslie suggested that women had the power to re-shape UK drinking habits and that it would be driven by “food and family”.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, reminded guests that 22% of people taking brewing qualifications were now women.
Inge Plochaet, chief executive of AB InBev UK, highlighted some research which showed only 12% of women in the UK drank beer and that this could be as high as other beer drinking nations such as the US and Belgium where rates are around 25%.
She urged brewers to rethink their communication strategies to be more inclusive of female drinkers.
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