HB&B Blog — Dark Lager

The Beer Lover’s Table: New Zealand-Style Buffalo Chicken Pies and Burnt Mill x Donzoko Dark Second Dark Lager

Beer Lover's Table Burnt Mill Claire Bullen Dark Lager Donzoko Lager

The Beer Lover’s Table: New Zealand-Style Buffalo Chicken Pies and Burnt Mill x Donzoko Dark Second Dark Lager

This column begins with a humblebrag: this pairing was inspired by a beer and a snack that I enjoyed at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont in January. After New Year’s, my brother and I planned a beer-themed road trip through New England, and Hill Farmstead was, naturally, our first priority. And so we journeyed up on a snowy Saturday morning, up through the mountains in our sturdy pickup truck. We sampled saisons and hoppy styles and the brewery’s immaculate Marie Helles, but the beer that has lodged in my mind was a dark lager, which I drank standing on the...

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Fundamentals #65 — North Brewing Co x Thornbridge Doppelbock

Dark Lager Doppelbock Fundamentals Lager Matthew Curtis North Brewing Co Thornbridge

Fundamentals #65 — North Brewing Co x Thornbridge Doppelbock

Doppelbock is back. There, I’ve said it. Now if enough of us band together and repeat this enough on our Twitter and Instagram accounts (although not Facebook, as we know, nothing on that site is actually true any longer), then it will become a thing again. That’s how social media works, right? In all seriousness, this deep, complex and comforting German beer style never really went away. This style is to malt lovers what the double IPA is to hop fans, taking the bock strong lager archetype and penning an indulgent, overlong poem to the sumptuousness of malt. Hops play...

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Fundamentals #64 - Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock

Dark Lager Doppelbock Fundamentals Germany Lager Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #64 - Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock

One of the most joyous aspects of reviewing beer for Hop Burns & Black is when something completely new and utterly surprising lands on my doorstep. That was the case with this beer, from Ettaler Klosterbrauerei, based in the village of Ettal towards the far south of Bavaria. I’d never heard of this brewery before I was sent this, and after only a few sips I was desperate to know more. But more on the beer itself in a moment. First, I want to quickly dig into the idea of seeking out something new, the joy of exploration. With thousands...

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