HB&B Blog — IPA

Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

Burnt Mill Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis New England IPA Suffolk

Fundamentals #106 — Burnt Mill Polar Energy IPA

The New England IPA has been the source of much debate since it emerged from innovative breweries in the North-Eastern US over the past decade or so. Should beer really be this hazy? Is a beer with no discernible bitterness really an IPA? Does any of this matter if it’s delicious, and people enjoy it immensely? In answer to the latter: Absolutely not. The style has also been the subject of much technical debate within the brewing industry. Not only due to the way this style uses a significantly larger volume of hops that many styles have previously, but in...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Fremont Brewing IPA US

The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

Like a lot of people, I’ve been reconsidering my relationship with meat and dairy over the last year or two. This reconsideration has looked like prioritising more vegetable-driven dishes for lunches, choosing less red meat, buying from local producers with ethical practices where I can, and reading Alicia Kennedy’s essential newsletter. None of this is prescriptive nor revelatory, and I will likely never be someone who gives up meat and dairy wholesale – I like cheese, butter, the cream on top of unhomogenised milk, chicken and steak too much. But even these small gestures feel like they start to add up...

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Fundamentals #100 — Elusive x Rock Leopard Pining For Change West Coast IPA

Elusive Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Rock Leopard West Coast IPA

Fundamentals #100 — Elusive x Rock Leopard Pining For Change West Coast IPA

I am a pub creature at heart. While I always keep plenty of beers that veer from the exceedingly interesting to the sublimely refreshing in my fridge, draught pints are what satisfy me most of all. What lockdown changed for me is that I now always like to keep a surplus of a reliable favourite in the house for those moments when there’s nowhere you’d rather be than curled up on your sofa, or sitting in the garden crushing a few tins. West Coast IPA being mostly my go-to style, in Elusive Brewing’s Oregon Trail I’ve found a fridge filler...

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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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