HB&B Blog — Beer Lover's Table

The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Newbarns Pale ale Scotland Table beer

The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

If there's one thing the lockdown has been good for, it's been supporting small businesses. I may not be spending money on nights out, or fancy dinners, or weekend trips; instead, I'm ordering parcels of goodies to my front door. Hearing the buzzer go is now as exciting to me as it is to the average dog or three-year-old child – altogether, the stream of little boxes and packages feels like a long, drawn-out Christmas. One of the earliest treats I bought myself during lockdown was a mixed 12-case of beers from Newbarns Brewery, a brand-new brewery in Leith, Edinburgh founded by...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Paneer Kathi Rolls and Drop Project Crush Session NEIPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Drop Project Session IPA

The Beer Lover’s Table: Paneer Kathi Rolls and Drop Project Crush Session NEIPA

I had my first kathi roll many years ago, as a college freshman in New York City, though I may have been too tipsy at the time to properly appreciate it. A tiny joint a few blocks from campus called Roti Roll routinely stayed open until 4am. I remember deliriously shoving my face into a roll after a night out, heedless of the mounting chilli heat until it was too late. More recently, I fell in love with the Paneer Roomali Roll at Dishoom, from which this recipe takes some inspiration. Kathi rolls – sometimes known as frankies – are...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries & Roasted Pecans and Pastore Raspberry Wild

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Pastore Brewing Salad Sour beer

The Beer Lover’s Table: Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Raspberries & Roasted Pecans and Pastore Raspberry Wild

Until recently, the idea that anyone could “crave” salad seemed preposterous to me. Too many are inadequately seasoned, under-delicious, falling back on their health halos rather than their actual flavour. The salads I like barely count as such: they might be warm grain bowls that happen to be garnished with some token leaves, or members of the caprese family (where cheese is at least 30% of what’s on the plate), or even steak salads (drape meat across some greenery and that’s salad, baby). But then quarantine came. And after weeks of barely moving and also eating my way through regular...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Chicken Laksa and Braybrooke x Donzoko Vienna Lager

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Donzoko Hartlepool Lager

The Beer Lover’s Table: Chicken Laksa and Braybrooke x Donzoko Vienna Lager

Here are all of the reasons you should make chicken laksa during lockdown: 1. It’s a flexible way to use up pantry staples. Looking to expand beyond beans and rice, and need an excuse to crack into your spice stash? Laksa (a spicy noodle soup that hails from Southeast Asia) is the perfect cause to which you can devote your ginger and garlic, your tins of coconut milk, your chicken stock. And don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients to hand: this flexible and versatile dish can be tweaked to match what’s in your pantry. Limes work in...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Pad Thai with Crispy Tofu and Duration Brewing Promise Of Spring Norfolk Witbier

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Duration Brewing Norfolk Thai Wheat beer

The Beer Lover’s Table: Pad Thai with Crispy Tofu and Duration Brewing Promise Of Spring Norfolk Witbier

People sometimes ask me how I come up with the inspiration for these columns – whether I begin with the beer or with a dish. The answer is: haphazardly, and the order of operations tends to vary month by month. In this case, I began with the beer. Duration Brewing’s Promise of Spring “Norfolk Witbier” is a 5% dream of a wheat beer, which drinks dry and clean and has only a minimal ester profile. It felt like the right thing for the seasonal transition: an optimistic omen of warm and sunny days ahead, of the end of a dreary,...

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