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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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Fundamentals #57 — Verdant Random Rules IPA

Cornwall Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Verdant

Fundamentals #57 — Verdant Random Rules IPA

Before opening, if you twist your can of Random Rules – the latest hazy and intensely hopped IPA from Cornwall’s Verdant – you’ll likely notice some lyrics on the side. My can’s lyrics are from Buckingham Rabbit, one of several stand out tracks on American Water by Silver Jews, originally released in 1998. The beer’s vivid label art even takes its cue from the record’s artwork. But not every can of this beer has the same name on the label, nor the same lyrics. There are several iterations – Smith & Jones Forever, We Are Real, Send In The Clouds,...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Skirt Steak with Avocado Herb Salsa & Toasted Pistachios and Cloudwater Aromas & Flavours IPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Cloudwater IPA

The Beer Lover’s Table: Skirt Steak with Avocado Herb Salsa & Toasted Pistachios and Cloudwater Aromas & Flavours IPA

Despite certain connotations with roaring fires and fishbowls of Malbec, steak has always struck me as a summertime food. Picture: blazing-hot barbecues in lush back gardens, slabs of meat sputtering over the coals, savoury smoke curling into the humid evening. Even if, like me, you’re making do with a cast-iron frying pan on the hob, steak – especially the quicker-cooking cuts – becomes a simple summertime main: just serve yours with a tomato salad or grilled sweet corn. Or, as I’ve done here – inspired by a recent column in the Los Angeles Times – dressed with a bright, zippy...

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