HB&B Blog — Pale ale

Fundamentals #114 – Howling Hops System Auto DDH Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #114 – Howling Hops System Auto DDH Pale Ale

One of the greatest things about relocating to the northwest of England has been the shift in perspective it’s given me.  As a former Londoner of 15 years, my time there shaped my view of the UK, and that includes its beer culture. It’s fair to say that being immersed in the explosion of London breweries that emerged over the past decade (increasing from just 10 to over 140 in that time) gave me plenty to be excited about. Dare I say it, I might have even been a little biased towards beer in the capital as a result. Living in...

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Fundamentals 112 - Alpha Delta Xevza Fresh Hopped Pale

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Fundamentals 112 - Alpha Delta Xevza Fresh Hopped Pale

I awoke on New Year’s Day this year with a strange, slightly unfamiliar sensation in the pit of my stomach, one that took me a few moments to put my finger on. It wasn’t my hangover, I was fully aware of the distress that was bringing me, having decided to venture out the previous evening despite the chaos of the pandemic still swirling. (The right call, as it turned out, the company of close friends and excellent beer proving a real tonic after a miserable few months.) No, this was a positive feeling: optimism. Somehow, despite the relentless news cycle, it’s...

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The Big 2021 #HBBAdvent Mega Thread!

Alpha Delta Belgian IPA Boxcar Brew Co Brick Brewery Burnt Mill DEYA Donzoko Double IPA Drop Project Duration Brewing Elusive Brewing Floc Brewing gipsy hill HBBAdvent Imperial Stout IPA Kees Lager Moersleutel Newbarns Pale ale Pastore Brewing & Blending Polly's Brew Co Pressure Drop Rivington Brew Co Sour St Mars of the Desert Stout The Beak Brewery Track Brewing Co Verdant Villages

The Big 2021 #HBBAdvent Mega Thread!

#HBBAdvent Beer 24: Newbarns Barrel Aged Plain Dark Beer Strong Export Stout IT'S CHRISTMAS! HAVE A BLOODY GOOD ONE, Y'ALL, WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING, HOWEVER YOU CAN. WE LOVE YOU XXX       #HBBAdvent Beer 23: St Mars Of The Desert Koel It Jingly Bells IPA Jingly bells, jingly bells Koelship IPA! O what fun it is to drink On a dark December day The Deptford shop is feeling festive today, Toby and Taylor’s impromptu Christmas playlist has been flinging between the sublime (The Waitresses, Jona Lewie) and the melancholy (Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes) to the absurd (William Shatner). SMOD’s...

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Fundamentals #107 – Polly’s Floret Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #107 – Polly’s Floret Pale Ale

Over the past couple of years I’ve become a little obsessed with the idea of legacy, and what it means to modern craft brewers. With the explosion of new breweries in the UK over the past decade or so (there are now more than 2,000), many of us have changed the way we enjoy beer; instead of sticking to a couple of beers we know and love, we chop and change like the tide. Hunting the latest delicious release for the gratifying feeling of both taking that first sip – and being the first to post a pic of it...

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Fundamentals #105 - DEYA x Do Nothing Mud Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #105 - DEYA x Do Nothing Mud Pale Ale

Beer, as a beverage and as a culture, is forever changing. From the styles of the beers we drink, to the flavours they possess, and the places where we enjoy them; it’s a scene that’s forever adapting to the wants and needs of the people who enjoy it. But the people – by which I mean the demographic – who drink beer also changes too. At least that’s what we’re supposed to believe. Beer has, since the end of the start of the industrial revolution, and increasingly so following the onward march of capitalism after the Second World War, been framed...

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