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Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

Claire Bullen France Grenache Red wine

Wine & Food Killers: Brothy Braised Lamb Shanks and Noodles with Mas Foulaquier Les Indiennes 2018

When I started writing this column, the January blues were crashing into spiralling COVID-19 case numbers and deeper lockdowns, but I took hope from the fact that there is surely light at the end of the tunnel. I set out to write about how, in the absence of other options (and with the awareness of the privilege of having dependable shelter and enough food and income right now), it is best for us all to slow down and find relief in warming, home-cooked food and a good bottle of wine and a blanket nest on the sofa. That was the...

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Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

Futtle Matthew Curtis Saison Scotland

Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

So aghast was Peter Gabriel – well known vocalist, and unlikely amateur botanist, in 70s beat combo Genesis – at the prevalence of Giant Hogweed in the United Kingdom, he wrote a song expressing these fears. Appearing on 1971’s Nursery Cryme, Gabriel spends 8 mins 9 secs regaling his anguish at humanity’s downfall due to the aggression of this wicked and pernicious weed. During the band’s extravagant live shows of the era, he’d even go as far as to dress as a Giant Hogweed while the band performed the song (which, among other things, is a Phil Collins masterclass in...

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Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

COVID-19 HB&B News

Our FAQs for these FAQed-up times

With the announcement of lockdown 3.0, things are a little different for us this month. Our team is currently taking a week's break but we're returning to action with a few changes to our service w/c 11 January. Full deets below - if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. (Updated 5/1/21) HB&B's philosophy for Lockdown 3.0: Nothing is more important than your safety and ours. During these weeks when the virus is at its peak, we want to reduce our team's exposure at work and keep you, our customers, safe. It's estimated 1 in 30 people in London are currently infected with coronavirus,...

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Our 2020 HB&B Big Beery Advent Calendar revealed

Anspach & Hobday Boxcar Brick Brewery Burning Sky Deep Creek DEYA Drop Project Duration Brewing Elusive Brewing Fork Brewing Left Handed Giant Lervig Makemake Neon Raptor Newbarns Pilot Polly's Brew Co Pressure Drop Signature Brew Siren Craft Brew St Bernardus The Beak Brewery Utopian Verdant Villages

Our 2020 HB&B Big Beery Advent Calendar revealed

24. Anspach & Hobday The Pfeffernusse Stout A&H says: Based on the German Christmas biscuit of the same name, the Pfeffernüsse Stout brings together a rich, malty stout with the perfect blend of festive spice. Ginger and cinnamon dominate the nose with biscuity malts and warming spices joining on the palate. We say: Merry Christmas everyone!     23. Brick Lingonberry & Sloe Sour Brick says: A heavily-fruited jammy modern sour ale, fermented with our house Lactobacillus and Kveik yeast and conditioned on Lingonberry juice and Sloe puree. We say: HB&B and Brick couldn't be much more closely linked, from being Jen and...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies and St Bernardus Christmas Ale

Beer Lover's Table Belgium Christmas Claire Bullen St Bernardus

The Beer Lover's Table: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies and  St Bernardus Christmas Ale

There is no better December beer than St Bernardus Christmas Ale. Redolent of winter spices and dried fruit, this 10% quadrupel is well-suited to festive indulgence. It’s become such a cult favourite that, as I recently learned from fellow beer writer Eoghan Walsh, it’s even got its own themed Christmas jumper. (Santa, if you’re listening: Send me a medium?) Last year, I decided to take a page from Black Axe Mangal chef Lee Tiernan and pair St Bernardus Christmas Ale with deep-fried mince pies. But this year, I looked overseas for inspiration. In a normal December, I’d be hopping on...

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