The annual Beauty of Hops competition, organised by the National Hops Association is looking this year for the "Ultimate Fem-Ale".

Previous years' competitions have featured the search for the Ultimate Fish 'n' Chips and the Ultimate Pizza beer. The "fem-ale" beers will be judged by an all female panel of journalists, scientists and others working in the industry.

The competition is open to all brewers using English hops. For more information ring

R&R on 020 7351 4333. The results will be announced at the White Horse in Parsons Green, London on June 13.

At the same time Britain's first women-only panel of beer tasters has been appointed by Tesco. Five women will meet every three months to discuss what beer brands will appeal to the female drinker, a market estimated at £70m a year.