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Fundamentals #92 — Lost and Grounded Helles

Bristol Fundamentals Helles Lager Lost & Grounded Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #92 — Lost and Grounded Helles

Malt is a too-often under-appreciated ingredient in our favourite beers. More often than not hops will take centre stage, even for beers with far more complex grain-bills than they have hop additions (Black IPA, anyone?). Yeast too can often pull the rug from under it, especially in wild and sour beers, and more recently in the brewing world’s obsession with Kveik, a wide range of farmhouse yeasts indigenous to Norway that are now conveniently available to the modern brewer in packet form. When this column began a few years ago, we decided to call it Fundamentals because we wanted it...

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Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

COVID-19 HB&B News

Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

We're excited to start the process back to normality. This post details the current situation for us as things develop, please keep checking back in as things change over the coming weeks and months. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. (Updated 12/04/2021) Hatch life: During the lockdown we have been serving from the door/hatch at both shops and we've found that we can serve people much more quickly this way than if we had two customers browsing in store (numbers restricted due to social distancing). Because of this, we're going to continue with the hatch set-up in both...

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Our local home delivery service

COVID-19 HB&B News Local delivery

Our local home delivery service

In an uncertain world, we're here for you. Our online shop never sleeps, with UK-wide shipping, click & collect from our two shops and a same-day delivery option across London, as well as Deliveroo. We also offer a local home delivery service using our 100% electric, zero emissions van. This delivery option is free for online orders of £40 and over for customers in a wide range of South London postcodes (a full list is below). When you get to the cart page of our online shop, you'll be asked to choose from three options: When you choose the local delivery option,...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Taiwanese-Style Popcorn Chicken and Abyss Brewing Zen Level II New England IPA

ABYSS Brewing Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen IPA

The Beer Lover's Table: Taiwanese-Style Popcorn Chicken and Abyss Brewing Zen Level II New England IPA

I was not raised in a deep-frying household. My parents are generally health-conscious, and by  nature suspicious of any amount of oil that would approach a “vat”. It was to my great surprise, then, when I discovered in recent years that I have an affinity – maybe even a knack – for frying. It started small: shallow-fried goujons, mozzarella sticks. Then I got bolder: deep-fried jackfruit. Deep-fried Mars Bars. Whole chicken thighs; fish for tacos. Even deep-fried mince pies. As much as the thought of a big pot of screaming-hot oil might be intimidating, watching items bubble up and dance as they...

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Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

Deptford IPA Matthew Curtis SE London Villages

Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

I miss brewery taprooms. I might be a pub creature at heart – someone that longs for a warm, dimly lit space, perhaps sat bellied up to the bar on a high stool, or tucked away in a quiet booth, shielded from the bustle of daily life. But taprooms have a special quality too. They aren’t pubs, but they are just as wonderful at bringing us together. Drinking this new IPA, Big Salad, from Villages, in Deptford, South London, instantly transported me back to the brewery’s own taproom. Like so many in London, it’s nestled underneath a railway arch. It’s...

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