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Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

Deptford IPA Matthew Curtis SE London Villages

Fundamentals #91 - Villages Big Salad New England IPA

I miss brewery taprooms. I might be a pub creature at heart – someone that longs for a warm, dimly lit space, perhaps sat bellied up to the bar on a high stool, or tucked away in a quiet booth, shielded from the bustle of daily life. But taprooms have a special quality too. They aren’t pubs, but they are just as wonderful at bringing us together. Drinking this new IPA, Big Salad, from Villages, in Deptford, South London, instantly transported me back to the brewery’s own taproom. Like so many in London, it’s nestled underneath a railway arch. It’s...

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Fundamentals #40: A Cautionary Christmas Tale (Ft. The Kernel Barrel Aged London 1840 Export Stout)

Fundamentals Matthew Curtis SE London The Kernel

Fundamentals #40: A Cautionary Christmas Tale (Ft. The Kernel Barrel Aged London 1840 Export Stout)

If you’ve ever trapped your finger in a car door. you’ll perhaps empathise with this tale of struggle and woe. It begins in East London, at Signature Brew’s new taproom, at the start of December. Was that a hint of Christmas in the air I detected? No. It was the smell of heat and spice emanating from the victims of HB&B’s latest round of Chilli Karaoke. The premise of Chilli Karaoke is simple, yet effective. You choose a song, you sing the first few lines before being rudely interrupted by the host, at which point a Scotch Bonnet pepper is...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Orbit Nico Köln-Style Lager and Spiced Chinese Dumplings

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Lager Orbit Beer SE London

The Beer Lover's Table: Orbit Nico Köln-Style Lager and Spiced Chinese Dumplings

Chinese dumplings and lager: they go together like milk and cookies. Preferably a lager that’s effervescent, not too boozy, with a finishing bite of bitterness: just the thing to cut through the dumplings’ oiliness, and to counterbalance all that salt. And while your local Chinese restaurant’s go-to might be Tsingtao, you can do one better with something carefully crafted and made a little closer to home. Orbit Nico, for instance, which washes down these dumplings like a dream. Technically, this beer might not be the best illustration of lager’s Chinese food affinity. Described by the brewery as a “Köln-style lager” –...

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No More Heroes XV – Orbit Beers Neu

Altbier Matthew Curtis Orbit Beer SE London

No More Heroes XV – Orbit Beers Neu

“You are astronomical fans of alcohol – so welcome in” – British Sea Power, Waving Flags It’s a tough old gig being a beer geek. First they ram it down our collective throats that there’s a hop shortage. Then a plethora of the UK’s best breweries simultaneously release a set of increasingly rambunctious double IPAs. On top of this, the UK’s best seem to be banging out consistently delicious pale ales with increasing regularity. Nightmare. While it’s true that a lot of smaller breweries are struggling to get hold of the specific hops they want to use in their beers,...

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