HB&B Blog — Lager

Fundamentals #102 — Duration Cutting Grass Italian Pilsner

Duration Brewing Lager Matthew Curtis Norfolk Pilsner

Fundamentals #102 — Duration Cutting Grass Italian Pilsner

What’s with the spate of “Italian” style pilsners being released by British breweries lately? And just what the hell is an Italian pilsner anyway? First released in 1996, Birrificio Italiano Tipopils was, and still is considered by many as something of a game changer. A world apart from the likes of Peroni or Moretti, Tipopils takes a soft, bready malt body, much like a traditional German Helles, then dry hops the beer using the Spalter Select variety, giving the beer heady floral and lemon zest characteristics. The inspiration for this hoppy lager didn’t come from the US as you might...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Dark Lager Devon Lager Utopian

The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve come across birria tacos recently. In that strange way that the internet collectively seems to nominate one dish for obsession every few months, birria is now everyone’s digital infatuation. Not that I’m above the fray – birria fever has gripped me, too. As with all internet-famous recipes, it helps that the dish looks good: crispy, golden-fried tacos stuffed with juicy chunks of beef, plunged into meaty broth covered with a bright red slick of chilli-infused oil. However, as Tejal Rao notes in a recent NY Times article, “The Birria Boom is Complicated”, that’s...

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Fundamentals #96 - Humbser Biere Lager Hell Naturtrüb

Fundamentals Germany Humbser Lager Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #96 - Humbser Biere Lager Hell Naturtrüb

By and large I don’t consider myself much of a seasonal drinker. When the mood takes me, I’m as happy smashing stout in the blazing sunshine as I am sipping pilsner in the depths of winter. In saying that, however, there’s something about the extending evening daylight that has me reaching into my fridge for something cold, something crispy, something that has been lagered for weeks on end. There’s a deeply satisfying aspect to finishing work while there’s still plenty of daylight left that goes so well with drinking lager, and I am eager with anticipation when I think about...

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Fundamentals #92 — Lost and Grounded Helles

Bristol Fundamentals Helles Lager Lost & Grounded Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #92 — Lost and Grounded Helles

Malt is a too-often under-appreciated ingredient in our favourite beers. More often than not hops will take centre stage, even for beers with far more complex grain-bills than they have hop additions (Black IPA, anyone?). Yeast too can often pull the rug from under it, especially in wild and sour beers, and more recently in the brewing world’s obsession with Kveik, a wide range of farmhouse yeasts indigenous to Norway that are now conveniently available to the modern brewer in packet form. When this column began a few years ago, we decided to call it Fundamentals because we wanted it...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Cheeseburger Tacos and Beak Brewery Déšt Pilsner

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Lager Pilsner The Beak Brewery

The Beer Lover's Table: Cheeseburger Tacos and Beak Brewery Déšt Pilsner

It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s gloomy and lockdown restrictions mean we’re all stuck in our homes even more than we otherwise would be at this time of year. In other words, the conditions are perfect for making cheeseburger tacos. Cheeseburger tacos might sound like some outlandish Taco Bell special, or the kind of stoner fare that would inspire Harold and Kumar to go on a night-long quest, but they weren’t dreamed up by craven fast food marketers or spat out by some unholy junk-food algorithm.  Instead, they were born in Mexico City. Later, chefs like Alex Stupak (of the now-shuttered...

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