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Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

With more than 2,000 breweries in the UK alone, it can be immensely challenging keeping up with who are the latest and greatest within the beer scene. When you consider that more than half of these breweries have emerged within the last decade, keeping up with the most recent beer releases can seem even more daunting. Another unfortunate side-effect of there being such a rush of exciting new British brewing talent is that some of the breweries that emerged before this rush really gathered steam can be, on occasion, left by the wayside. This doesn’t mean the beer they’re making is any...

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Fundamentals #92 — Lost and Grounded Helles

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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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Fundamentals #68 — Lost and Grounded Altogether Elsewhere Czech-Style Pils

Bristol Fundamentals Lager Lost & Grounded Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #68 — Lost and Grounded Altogether Elsewhere Czech-Style Pils

The HB&B crew and I recently got to spend a few glorious days being bussed around the Czech Republic. The purpose of our visit was to visit some of the lesser known Czech breweries and indulge ourselves in lashings of světlý ležák – the pale, pilsner-style lager that has earned the nation the admiration of beer lovers all over the world. Czech – sometimes referred to as Bohemian – lager differs somewhat to that produced by its just-over-the-border neighbours within the German province of Bavaria and its capital Munich. Where Bavarian lagers, such as helles, are light, crisp and snappy...

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Fundamentals #60 - Left Handed Giant X Ulitje Woodland Creatures Milk Stout

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Fundamentals #60 - Left Handed Giant X Ulitje Woodland Creatures Milk Stout

Years ago, I used to be something of a Scrooge when it came to Christmas time. These days, however, I’ll take every inch of joyfulness I can get. As soon as the artificial cobwebs come down post October 31st, I’m ready to launch myself into the festive season with aplomb. Colder days and darker nights also signify stout season, and what better way to embrace the darkness than with rich, roasty and comforting beers? The answer is to combine the two, merging the glee of the approaching Christmas season with beers of an increasingly nocturnal persuasion. By which I mean...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Wild Garlic Pierogi with Caramelised Onions and Left Handed Giant x Whiplash There, There Rye IPA

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Wild Garlic Pierogi with Caramelised Onions and Left Handed Giant x Whiplash There, There Rye IPA

Wild garlic is one of my favourite signifiers of spring. Prized and elusive, the glossy leaves burst forth at the start of the season in great verdant patches before disappearing for another 11 months. When they arrive, I tend to do the same things with them, year after year: cheese scones, pesto or chimichurri. This year, I craved a change. Enter the humble pierogi – one of my favourite comfort-food dishes. If you’ve never had pierogi, think of them as ravioli by way of Poland, filled with (in this case) cheesy mashed potato in lieu of ricotta. They’re stuffed, sealed,...

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