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MAKE MINE A PINT!

LESBIANS AND BI WOMEN ARE LEADING THE NEW BEER REVOLUTION. BEER WRITER AND BROADCASTER EMMA INCH INVESTIGATES

In case you hadn’t noticed: beer has changed. No longer is your choice at the bar limited to either a bland, yellow lager or a warm, flat bitter. A new world of flavour has opened up in bars and bottle shops all across the UK. Recent figures indicate that over the past 10 years the number of women enjoying beer has more than doubled, and at the forefront of this movement – drinking, serving and sometimes making the beer – are lesbians and bi women.

If you’ve been out for a pint recently you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the range of beer on offer. Real ale is increasingly available in most good pubs, and “craft beer” – a term often used to refer to beer produced by smaller, independent breweries and sometimes served from a keg rather than the traditional British cask – is providing a level of choice not previously seen in the UK.

Beer is usually made from four main ingredients – malted barley, hops, water and yeast – but depending on the type and volume of raw materials the brewer uses, more than a hundred established beer styles can be created, including saisons, porters, IPAs, smoked beers, wheat beers and sour ales. They range in colour from pale straw to rich black, and in flavour from lightly spiced to bitter chocolate, tropical fruit or biting sourness. When additional ingredients or tweaks to the brewing process are thrown into the mix, what is possible in terms of aromas and flavours in beer becomes almost limitless – as you’ll know if you’ve ever tried a peanut butter milk stout, a donut pale ale or a gooseberry gose!

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We’re thrilled to have the star of everyone’s favourite prison dramedy on the cover of this month’s DIVA. In a brilliant interview written by editor Carrie Lyell, Taylor Schilling opens up about sexuality, sisterhood and why Orange Is The New Black still has audiences hooked five seasons in. Also in this issue… - Mae Martin goes on a long overdue Tinder date with deputy ed Roxy Bourdillon - Ani DiFranco on why patriarchy is the elephant in the room - Zoe Lyons: “I met my wife on Lesvos” - Jane Hill shares her love letter to Canada - Queer travel bloggers tell us their top tips for a great gaycation - Long distance relationships: the good, the bad and the Megabus - Why we fight: How boxing is changing women’s lives Plus eco-friendly travel, female craft brewsters and more!
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