HB&B Blog — IPA

The Beer Lover's Table: Spring Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus and Arpus TDH Strata x Nelson x Galaxy IPA

Arpus Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen IPA Latvia

The Beer Lover's Table: Spring Chicken with Potatoes and Asparagus and Arpus TDH Strata x Nelson x Galaxy IPA

Years ago, when we all still lived in London, a group of friends and I developed a ritual: Every Sunday, we would meet at one of their houses for “family dinner”, which consisted unvaryingly of a roast chicken and potatoes. All of us lived far from family and these casual dinners quickly became a lifeline, a way to come together to enjoy a simple and comforting meal at the end of the week. The company was excellent, and the chicken was, too – juicy and moist every time, fresh with lemon and herbs, but never fussy. When I finally asked my...

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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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Fundamentals #110 – Floc Brewing Pleasure Theory V2 NEIPA

Canterbury Floc Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA

Fundamentals #110 – Floc Brewing Pleasure Theory V2 NEIPA

Pleasure is undoubtedly one of the most fundamental things about beer, and why we drink it. In fact, I explore this topic as much in my book, Modern British Beer, in which I pose that experiencing joy through drinking delicious beer is largely the reason why we crack these cans during our downtime, enhancing that feeling of warmth and contentment that relaxing brings us. Pleasure is also something we experience through great music. (In fact, in the earliest days of this column I used to recommend some listening to accompany the beer I was reviewing. Perhaps this should make a...

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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 #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Brick Brewery Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA SE London

Fundamentals #109 – Brick x Hop Burns & Black HOP East Coast IPA

Back in the early days of this column, the principle of each month’s feature was to focus on a single element within the brewing process, be it an ingredient or method, and expand on it. In a typically Hop Burns & Black fashion, that went out the window in favour of fun and whimsy. But for a one-off I’m going to try and reign that back in. Forgive me if I get a little sentimental over the next few paragraphs. (It is Christmas after all, and if you can’t do that now, then when can you?) Trust is one of...

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