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Fundamentals #116 — Sureshot Bring Me The Head of John the Accountant Double IPA

DIPA Double IPA Fundamentals IPA Manchester Matthew Curtis Sureshot

Fundamentals #116 — Sureshot Bring Me The Head of  John the Accountant Double IPA

The term “nature is healing” has perhaps been a tad overused during the past couple of years – although the other week, a new brewery opened in Manchester, which after months of pub closures and pandemic anxiety genuinely felt like a return to something resembling normality. One I took great comfort in. Nestling into the railway arch on Sheffield Street, right behind Piccadilly Station and formerly occupied by Track Brew Co (which has moved just down the road to its spacious new home on Piccadilly trading estate) Sureshot Brewery already feels cemented in place; a key fixture in the thriving...

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The Big 2021 #HBBAdvent Mega Thread!

Alpha Delta Belgian IPA Boxcar Brew Co Brick Brewery Burnt Mill DEYA Donzoko Double IPA Drop Project Duration Brewing Elusive Brewing Floc Brewing gipsy hill HBBAdvent Imperial Stout IPA Kees Lager Moersleutel Newbarns Pale ale Pastore Brewing & Blending Polly's Brew Co Pressure Drop Rivington Brew Co Sour St Mars of the Desert Stout The Beak Brewery Track Brewing Co Verdant Villages

The Big 2021 #HBBAdvent Mega Thread!

#HBBAdvent Beer 24: Newbarns Barrel Aged Plain Dark Beer Strong Export Stout IT'S CHRISTMAS! HAVE A BLOODY GOOD ONE, Y'ALL, WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING, HOWEVER YOU CAN. WE LOVE YOU XXX       #HBBAdvent Beer 23: St Mars Of The Desert Koel It Jingly Bells IPA Jingly bells, jingly bells Koelship IPA! O what fun it is to drink On a dark December day The Deptford shop is feeling festive today, Toby and Taylor’s impromptu Christmas playlist has been flinging between the sublime (The Waitresses, Jona Lewie) and the melancholy (Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes) to the absurd (William Shatner). SMOD’s...

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Fundamentals #99 - Mountains Walking Tin Sky DDH DIPA

Double IPA Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Mountains Walking US

Fundamentals #99 - Mountains Walking Tin Sky DDH DIPA

I’ve been an admirer of beer for as long as I’ve been allowed to drink it. But my first trip to the US in July 2010 was what turned me into a true enthusiast, eventually pushing me into a career writing about the stuff. I talk about this often – that first taste, that epiphany, that crystalline moment – when I tasted Odell Brewing’s eponymously named IPA at their tasting room in Fort Collins, Colorado and everything changed. And that’s because this moment continues to be important to me, as is the enthusiasm it still generates within me to this day. The...

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Fundamentals #98: Newtown Park x Verdant Emerging From The Mist Double IPA

Bristol Double IPA Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Newtown Park

Fundamentals #98: Newtown Park x Verdant Emerging From The Mist Double IPA

A few years ago I attended a cheese tasting hosted by the ebullient Ned Palmer, author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles. It consisted of a selection of artisanal British cheeses, each deftly paired with a matching beer. The tasting first introduced me to what has become one of my favourite cheeses, Stichelton. This cheese is similar to Stilton in the way it’s made, except it uses unpasteurised milk, meaning it cannot call itself by that name. Its hallmark characteristics are a juicy flavour, held up by a light acidity, and a biscuity note that becomes more pronounced...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Chana Masala and Duration x North Gracefully Facedown West Coast Double IPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Double IPA Duration Brewing IPA Norfolk North Brewing Co

The Beer Lover's Table: Chana Masala and Duration x North Gracefully Facedown West Coast Double IPA

In the past, when I’ve been asked which food-and-beer pairing I’m most proud of, the first that comes to mind is one from our book, The Beer Lover’s Table – the cover recipe, in fact – for prawn and mango coconut curry, paired with a hazy, tropical double IPA. New England IPAs and their ilk can be difficult to have alongside food – they’re so potent, so rich and bold, that they overwhelm many dishes. The secret is to find food that matches their intensity, ideally with some complementary flavours; maybe it isn’t so revelatory after all that fruity, pungent curries are...

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