Delegate Profile

Annabel Smith

Job TitleFounding Member

Company NameDea Latis


Annabel has worked in the beer and pub industry for almost 30 years. She is a Beer Sommelier, writer, beer and food matching presenter and trainer. Annabel is an ex-publican whose previous roles include training manager at Diageo and Cask Marque. She was also the first female Beer Inspector for the Cask Marque Trust with whom she spent 10 years. 

In 2015 she founded BeerBelle, a company specialising in developing and delivering bespoke beer related training courses and events for corporate and consumer clients. 

She was one of the first female Beer Sommeliers accredited by the Beer & Cider Academy. She hosts tutored beer tastings throughout the UK for a diverse range of clients, and advises on matching food with beer for a number of organisations and companies. 

She is a regular guest on both radio and TV, and has been instrumental in creating a number of e-learning programmes designed to teach bar staff about beer. 

She is a founder member of Dea Latis, an organisation which educates women about beer, and researches female attitudes and opinions about the beer category.

In 2017 she won the Imbibe Educator of the Year award. In 2018 she was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group for services to the beer industry, and she sits on the Board of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

Conference Sessions

  • The Tapsters 2019 Final

    01 Jul 2019, 12:00 - 12:45, Centre Stage

    So, who IS the best beer and cider team in the land? The Tapsters is back, with two teams battling it out for your vote and that of our expert panel. Presented ...

    • Language: English