HB&B Blog — IPA

Fundamentals #84 — Ora Brewing Limoncello Lemon IPA

Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis ORA Brewing

Fundamentals #84 — Ora Brewing Limoncello Lemon IPA

“What’s that?” My partner Dianne is slumped on the sofa after getting home from work, and I’m meandering through our living room, glass of beer in one hand, artfully decorated bright yellow can in the other. “It’s from Ora Brewing, I’m reviewing it for HB&B,” I answer. “Oh, not that lemon one, I hope,” she replies. “I don’t like that at all.” I smile to myself and hand her the glass. “Take a sip and make sure,” I say. Somewhat begrudgingly, she takes the glass from my outstretched hand and goes in for a taste. I notice her eyes widen...

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Fundamentals #77 - Elusive Brewing Oregon Trail West Coast IPA

Elusive Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis West Coast IPA

Fundamentals #77 - Elusive Brewing Oregon Trail West Coast IPA

Over the course of my various travels to the USA, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit parts of the famed Oregon Trail. The 2,170-mile route once connected various towns along the Missouri River to Oregon's Willamette Valley during the 19th century and was used by colonialists seeking fertile land. It looks a little different these days, and traversing it is certainly less arduous, with lots more taco trucks and the occasional branch of Bed, Bath and Beyond lining the roads it once occupied. Still, it’s no less fascinating. I’ve also played the 1971 video game that is designed to simulate the...

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Fundamentals #73 — The Beak Brewery Parade IPA

Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Sussex The Beak Brewery

Fundamentals #73 —  The Beak Brewery Parade IPA

If the Beak Brewery isn’t on your radar yet then it should be, as it’s one of the most exciting breweries that will be opening its doors in 2020. Finally, some good news! I hear you cry. For regular readers of this column, that name may sound familiar, and that’s because I’ve reviewed Beak before, way back in July 2018. Back then owner Daniel Tapper was contract brewing to get his tasty beer out into the world, and that’s true in this case as well, as this beer was made by his friends at Burning Sky (you might have heard...

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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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The Beer Lover’s Table: Chicken Thigh Biryani and Stigbergets Juleljus NEIPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen IPA Stigbergets

The Beer Lover’s Table: Chicken Thigh Biryani and Stigbergets Juleljus NEIPA

  “A perfectly executed biryani will make you aghast with joy. You will remember it and you will make sure your friends remember it, for days or months thereafter.” As Khusro Jaleel writes in his piece for Heated, My Life-Long Love Affair with Biryanis, biryani is serious business. For a dish that is, on paper, almost underwhelmingly straightforward – rice, meat, maybe vegetables, aromatics – biryani, when done well, approaches divinity. I hate desert-island-dish questions, but if I could eat only one thing for the rest of my days, biryani would probably be at the top of the list. It...

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