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Fundamentals #115 — Utopian Doppelbock Strong Lager

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Fundamentals #115 — Utopian Doppelbock Strong Lager

For the last few years, beer folks like myself – assorted writers, bloggers, podcasters and influencers, not to mention retailers like HB&B – have been trying to make lager happen. When craft beer came along (and by “craft beer”, I mean the most recent, post-2000s wave), some breweries were adamant that drinking lager meant you were a bad person. I won’t repeat some of the blurb churned out by these breweries during these times, but over the years I’ve come to realise that actually, this was inappropriate, and downright classist. Lager is great, all lagers are valid and, as a genre,...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

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The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve come across birria tacos recently. In that strange way that the internet collectively seems to nominate one dish for obsession every few months, birria is now everyone’s digital infatuation. Not that I’m above the fray – birria fever has gripped me, too. As with all internet-famous recipes, it helps that the dish looks good: crispy, golden-fried tacos stuffed with juicy chunks of beef, plunged into meaty broth covered with a bright red slick of chilli-infused oil. However, as Tejal Rao notes in a recent NY Times article, “The Birria Boom is Complicated”, that’s...

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Fundamentals #85 — Utopian Brewing Černé Speciální Dark Lager

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Fundamentals #85 — Utopian Brewing Černé Speciální Dark Lager

As soon as lockdown is over I’m booking tickets to Prague and spending a couple of days absorbing as much světlý ležák as the Czech capital will allow. I’m fortunate in my life that I’ve been able to travel around much of Europe, but despite my love of travelling, I am an uneasy tourist. In all honesty, I’m a control freak, and being in an unfamiliar place leaves me at odds with myself, despite my inherent wanderlust. Prague, though, is different somehow. Although I’ve only been there a handful of times, it’s never taken me too long to settle in....

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

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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

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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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