HB&B Blog — Scotland

The Beer Lover's Table: Roast Salmon with Spring Vegetables and Wild Garlic Aioli and Donzoko Noble Fabric Export Lager

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Donzoko Lager Scotland

The Beer Lover's Table: Roast Salmon with Spring Vegetables and Wild Garlic Aioli and Donzoko Noble Fabric Export Lager

Recently, I visited a greengrocer to pick up some basics. I found myself lingering over the vegetables, feeling covetous: the ruby bunches of radishes, the broad beans swelling in their pods, the fat leaves of lemony sorrel, the unfurling buds of purple-sprouting broccoli… It had been a while since I’d felt so lusty over a bunch of veg, but this time of year has a way of reminding you how exciting all things new and green and crunchy can be. I’ll give part of the credit as well to a recent meal I enjoyed at 40 Maltby Street (shared with friends, including fellow...

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Fundamentals #119 - Holy Goat Dragonaut Tropical Sour

Brett Fundamentals Holy Goat Matthew Curtis Scotland Sour

Fundamentals #119 - Holy Goat Dragonaut Tropical Sour

Serious question: where have all the brett beers been hiding? Time was, about six or seven years ago, that you couldn’t move for small breweries releasing their latest bretted beer (whether this was intentionally so is anyone’s guess). More recently though, it feels like the yeast strain has fallen out of vogue, giving up its dwindling share of the limelight to more fashionable cultures, such as kveik. But what exactly is brett – or brettanomyces, to use its full name? Well, the clue begins in the name, with “brettano” meaning British and “myces” meaning yeast. According to various online resources...

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Fundamentals #103 — Newbarns Haná Helles Lager

Fundamentals Lager Matthew Curtis Newbarns Scotland

Fundamentals #103 — Newbarns Haná Helles Lager

I experienced a moment of immense disappointment the other weekend. I was in Leeds, and the day before I had (somewhat trepidatiously, due to the ongoing pandemic) enjoyed my first proper session at a beer festival in almost two years. In fact, you could argue I had what could be considered as too much of a good time, as the following day I was feeling a little worse for wear. This didn’t deter me however. Strolling back into town after a visit to the excellent Nomadic Brewery where I enjoyed a pint of its restorative Strider best bitter, I arrived at Brownhill & Co. This little...

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Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

Fundamentals Futtle Matthew Curtis Saison Scotland

Fundamentals #86 - Futtle Organic Saison with Hogweed Seeds

So aghast was Peter Gabriel – well known vocalist, and unlikely amateur botanist, in 70s beat combo Genesis – at the prevalence of Giant Hogweed in the United Kingdom, he wrote a song expressing these fears. Appearing on 1971’s Nursery Cryme, Gabriel spends 8 mins 9 secs regaling his anguish at humanity’s downfall due to the aggression of this wicked and pernicious weed. During the band’s extravagant live shows of the era, he’d even go as far as to dress as a Giant Hogweed while the band performed the song (which, among other things, is a Phil Collins masterclass in...

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The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Newbarns Pale ale Scotland Table beer

The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

If there's one thing the lockdown has been good for, it's been supporting small businesses. I may not be spending money on nights out, or fancy dinners, or weekend trips; instead, I'm ordering parcels of goodies to my front door. Hearing the buzzer go is now as exciting to me as it is to the average dog or three-year-old child – altogether, the stream of little boxes and packages feels like a long, drawn-out Christmas. One of the earliest treats I bought myself during lockdown was a mixed 12-case of beers from Newbarns Brewery, a brand-new brewery in Leith, Edinburgh founded by...

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