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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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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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Fundamentals #63 — Pilot Double Mochaccino Imperial Stout

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Fundamentals #63 — Pilot Double Mochaccino Imperial Stout

Ah, January, here you are again, replete with blustery dankness (and not the good kind) from endlessly grey, cloudy skies. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s utterly rubbish. Somewhat remarkably it’s during this, the bleakest portion of midwinter, that capitalism has conspired to convince us this is the perfect time to exercise a newfound interest in abstinence. Want to kindle whatever ember of the Christmas spirit still resides within you with some nourishing carbohydrates? Forget it, pal. Fancy hiding in a cosy pub with a nice pint, avoiding rain lashing sideways as Storm Brendan does an absolute number on us? Not...

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