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No More Heroes XI – Northern Monk New World IPA

IPA Leeds Matthew Curtis Northern Monk

No More Heroes XI – Northern Monk New World IPA

Last week saw the ingeniously named US beer-rating site RateBeer hand out its annual awards. Finally, all of the brewers who had spent the last 12 months complaining about the bad reviews their beer had received on the site were able to finally sing its praises as they collected their medals at the ceremony. Now don’t get me wrong, RateBeer can be a useful resource, especially if you’re visiting an area for the first time, and you want to know some of the best places to grab a decent beer. However, despite a select few young breweries receiving a collective pat on...

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No More Heroes X – BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin

Brewdog IPA Matthew Curtis Scotland

No More Heroes X – BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin

Before we begin I want to do a little exercise. Gather all of your thoughts about BrewDog. Collect every last iota of opinion you hold for or against the Scottish brewer. Regardless of whether this newly formed mass of consciousness is mostly fanaticism, ambivalence or spite, I want you to place it in a box, seal it and push it to one side. All done? Good. Finally, take a few deep, audible breaths, sit back and relax. Now you can concentrate on enjoying BrewDog for what they’re best at: making beer. I’d imagine that you’re already familiar with BrewDog’s core range...

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No More Heroes VI – Founders Centennial IPA

IPA Matthew Curtis

No More Heroes VI – Founders Centennial IPA

Have you ever stopped to think about how brilliant it is that we can easily pick some of the best North American craft beer in the world at our local bottle shop? Stop what you’re doing and think about it now. Yes, now. Really think about it. Think about how some of the best beer in the world is travelling 5,000 miles to sit on a shelf five minutes from your house, all because someone in America thought you might enjoy it and buy some of their beer. It’s easy to take this for granted and it’s all too simple...

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No More Heroes III: Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA

Beavertown IPA London Matthew Curtis

No More Heroes III: Beavertown 8 Ball Rye IPA

I don’t usually pay much attention to the A-boards that sit on pavements outside pubs. Those that ceaselessly try to out pun each other with increasingly inane ‘banter’. Recently though, one managed to catch my attention – it simply said ‘GAMMA RAY BACK IN STOCK.’ I thought this was quite remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly, that this quite ordinary pub was stocking what I believe to be one of the best beers being brewed in the country right now. It makes sense but it was surprising considering a few months ago they assumed that Doom Bar was haute...

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