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No More Heroes XIV - Howling Hops West Coast Special IPA #2

Howling Hops IPA London Matthew Curtis West Coast IPA

No More Heroes XIV - Howling Hops West Coast Special IPA #2

I get that people worry about the gradual Americanisation of our beer culture, I really do. The key thing to remember, for me at least, is that the beer landscape exists as it does today because of shifting, global influence over hundreds of years. These days, that influence occurs exponentially thanks to how connected we are through technology and social media. If a brewer in California releases a revolutionary beer, then the rest of the world will know about it within minutes. As a city, London is about as multicultural as it gets and it will happily take influence from...

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Matthew Curtis's No More Heroes XII – Signature Brew Roadie Session IPA

London Matthew Curtis Session IPA Signature Brew

Matthew Curtis's No More Heroes XII – Signature Brew Roadie Session IPA

Way back before I started to write about beer I used to play guitar in a pretty cool band called Brontosaurus Chorus. It was a lot of fun, we were even quite good, and you can still listen to our recorded efforts on Spotify. The best part about being in a band was playing live. For 30 minutes you could transport yourself away from the stage in the dingy venue you were playing, to a world of fuzzy guitar solos and cavernous reverb. The worst part was carrying your heavy gear to every gig and every rehearsal. Schlepping a guitar, amp...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Citrusy Sea Bass Ceviche and London Beer Lab Wheat Beer

Claire Bullen London London Beer Lab Wheat beer

The Beer Lover’s Table: Citrusy Sea Bass Ceviche and London Beer Lab Wheat Beer

nion and set aside one half. Slice the other half into very fine half-moons. Add to a bowl filled with ice water and allow to sit for 10 minutes (this will remove some of the onion’s intensity). Drain and dry the onion pieces on kitchen roll, and chill until the ceviche is ready to assemble. Next, with your very sharpest knife, supreme your red grapefruit (if you haven’t supremed citrus before, here is a very good step-by-step guide). Set aside. Halve your avocado and remove the pit; crosshatch with your knife so the avocado is cut into small cubes. Scoop...

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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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