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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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The Beer Lover's Table: Chicago-Style Stuffed Pizza and Utopian Brewing Now We Are Two Export Kellerbier

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

The Beer Lover's Table: Chicago-Style Stuffed Pizza and Utopian Brewing Now We Are Two Export Kellerbier

  According to New York Times writer Sam Sifton’s oft-quoted Pizza Cognition Theory, “The first slice of pizza a child sees and tastes (and somehow appreciates on something more than a childlike, mmmgoood, thanks-mom level), becomes, for him, pizza. He relegates all subsequent slices, if they are different in some manner from that first triangle of dough and cheese and tomato and oil and herbs and spices, to a status that we can characterise as not pizza.” In other words: Your first slice of pizza will always be the One True Pizza to you. As a child of the Chicago suburbs, my...

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