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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 #118 — Lambiek Fabriek Juicy & Wild Muscar-Elle

Belgium Lambic Lambiek Fabriek Matthew Curtis Sour

Fundamentals #118 — Lambiek Fabriek Juicy & Wild Muscar-Elle

I got myself in a spot of bother on Twitter recently. It’s something that admittedly happens with a certain regularity, due to my acerbic sense of humour, and the fact I often forget that when you post something on the internet devoid of context, a lot of people won’t get the joke. “Beer and food pairing is a lie,” I stated, when asked for my own “cancellable beer take”. My hope that this would get lost amid the general business of the viral thread was misplaced. I could almost hear the tut-tuts as people hurriedly typed out their replies informing...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Lemon and Almond Waffles with Cardamom Maple Whipped Cream and Gipsy Hill Squashed Peach Bellini Sour

Alcohol-free Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen gipsy hill SE London Sour

The Beer Lover's Table: Lemon and Almond Waffles with Cardamom Maple Whipped Cream and Gipsy Hill Squashed Peach Bellini Sour

If there’s anything I dread more than January’s arrival – its short, gloomy days; its long, cold nights; the lingering post-party malaise – it’s the annual Dry January discourse that accompanies it. No matter whether you choose to forsake all alcohol for 31 days or plan a wet Tryanuary to remember, you are still likely to be met with the admonitions of reproving strangers. Me, I like to sit on the sidelines. If I have any stance, it is that whether or not you choose to drink this month, you should still treat yourself to special, delicious things in order...

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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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The Beer Lover's Table: Southeast Asian Crab Cakes and Urbanaut Horopito and Kawakawa Gose

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Gose New Zealand Sour Urbanaut

The Beer Lover's Table: Southeast Asian Crab Cakes and  Urbanaut Horopito and Kawakawa Gose

There’s a genre of food that I can’t help but categorise as “restaurant cooking”. It’s not because those dishes – the category also includes French onion soup, beef Wellington and grilled oysters, by the way – are impossible to cook at home, nor that they’re not rewarding to do so. It’s not even that they have an inherent fussiness that makes them ill-suited to small urban kitchens. If anything, that classification system is born of a kind of complacency – because I have only ever had these dishes while out on the town (and maybe also because they carry a...

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