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Fundamentals #70 — Boxcar English Porter

Boxcar Brew Co East London Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Porter

Fundamentals #70 — Boxcar English Porter

It’s fun to watch Boxcar’s head Brewer Sam Dickison work. He exudes a zen-like calm, even when his situation becomes a little more stressful. Arriving at the taproom one Friday early in 2020, I witnessed Sam under slightly more duress than usual. He was brewing with an experimental dark malt from Simpson’s, one of the UK’s largest and most well-regarded malt producers. Called Roast 200, it’s meant to produce a beer deep brown in colour, full of roasted coffee flavours and aromas, but the brew was taking a bit longer than it should. Malt is in a fascinating place at...

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Fundamentals #69 — Duration Doses Pilsner

Duration Brewing Fundamentals Lager Matthew Curtis Norfolk

Fundamentals #69 — Duration Doses Pilsner

When I visited Duration Brewing’s idyllic Norfolk home in West Acre last summer, head brewer and co-founder Derek Bates told me he wanted to brew “lots of lager”. The brewery was still in its proto-stages of development then. The medieval barn that was being converted into the building that would eventually house the equipment which makes its beer still lacked a proper floor and drainage. However, it was no less breathtaking – the building and the surrounding fields, farms, forests and streams all added to the sense of place Duration was looking to foster in its permanent home. The brewery...

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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 #67 — Unity x Boxcar x Duration Root Down No Coast IPA

Boxcar Brew Co Collab Duration Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Southampton Unity Brewing

Fundamentals #67 — Unity x Boxcar x Duration Root Down No Coast IPA

I’m excited to see the return of the dynamic trio that is Boxcar, Duration and Unity. For my money, these are three of the most exciting breweries to have emerged on the UK scene during the past couple of years. They’ve got form too, as previously they collaborated on a tart and refreshing farmhouse-style IPA called From the Ground Up, back in 2018. The result of this collaboration was a lasting bond forming between the founding brewers of these exciting beer makers. Boxcar’s Sam Dickison, Duration’s Derek Bates (or just Bates, if you please) and Jimmy Hatherley of Unity have...

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Fundamentals #66 — Ridgeside Picurd Lemon Curd Sour

Fundamentals Leeds Matthew Curtis Ridgeside Sour

Fundamentals #66 — Ridgeside Picurd Lemon Curd Sour

Ah, Leeds is brilliant. I don’t know of any other British city with a name that demands you repeat it three times when you speak it aloud. Go on, say with me now. Leeds Leeds Leeds. While the beer in Leeds is first rate, what I love about it most of all is the choice it offers you. Do you wish to drink the finest pint of Landlord, bursting at the seams with condition, and lovingly caressed through a tight sparkler as the gods themselves declared? How about the latest kinky hop sludge, dry-hopped so heavily that it’s served with...

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