HB&B Blog — Stout

Fundamentals #80 — Siren Hard Pour Broken Dream Nitro Breakfast Stout

Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Siren Craft Brew Stout

Fundamentals #80 — Siren Hard Pour Broken Dream Nitro Breakfast Stout

I have something of a confession to make. Throughout lockdown a craving has risen within me, a desire that can only be sated by giving in to its unreasonable demands: I really want a pint of draught Guinness. I’m all too aware that by publicly stating my desire to drink a beer produced by global drinks conglomerate Diageo, I am going against many of my core principles. “Drink local,” I demand of my readership, all while supping the Black Stuff directly from the teat of Lucifer himself. There’s true ritual to enjoying a nice pint of Guinness, and mine usually...

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Fundamentals #63 — Pilot Double Mochaccino Imperial Stout

Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Pilot Scotland Stout

Fundamentals #63 — Pilot Double Mochaccino Imperial Stout

Ah, January, here you are again, replete with blustery dankness (and not the good kind) from endlessly grey, cloudy skies. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s utterly rubbish. Somewhat remarkably it’s during this, the bleakest portion of midwinter, that capitalism has conspired to convince us this is the perfect time to exercise a newfound interest in abstinence. Want to kindle whatever ember of the Christmas spirit still resides within you with some nourishing carbohydrates? Forget it, pal. Fancy hiding in a cosy pub with a nice pint, avoiding rain lashing sideways as Storm Brendan does an absolute number on us? Not...

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Fundamentals #51 - 8 Wired iStout Affogato Imperial Stout

8wired Fundamentals Matthew Curtis New Zealand Stout

Fundamentals #51 - 8 Wired iStout Affogato Imperial Stout

I remember the good old days, when beers were beers. I’m talking about 2012 of course, and trying iStout – the revered imperial stout from New Zealand’s 8 Wired – in a quaint Shoreditch bar that is now part of a large chain owned by a well-known Scottish multinational brewery. This was an imperial stout of stature. One that roared with malty molasses and rambunctiously bitter hops. It may have been very expensive at the time, but shared among friends it was a real treat. We’ve always been lucky to have a small shipment of 8 Wired beers arrive in...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Coffee Kisses And Põhjala Cocobänger Imperial Stout With Coffee And Coconut

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Estonia Pohjala Stout

The Beer Lover’s Table: Coffee Kisses And Põhjala Cocobänger Imperial Stout With Coffee And Coconut

If you’re familiar with coffee kisses, then you probably associate them with Mary Berry, or afternoon tea. Large, tawny cookies, sandwiched together by a simple coffee buttercream, coffee kisses feel vaguely matronly and old-fashioned to me, partly because my grandmother was an accomplished baker, and her coffee kisses have since inspired their own family lore. As far as I know, her recipe hasn’t changed since the 1960s. It exists, in her handwriting on a worn piece of paper, faded almost – but not quite – beyond readability. Coffee kisses may not be avant-garde, but they’re still an excellent (and quick)...

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Fundamentals #47 — Buxton X J. Wakefield Coral Castle Coconut Infused Imperial Stout

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Fundamentals #47 — Buxton X J. Wakefield Coral Castle Coconut Infused Imperial Stout

I haven’t forgiven Florida’s J. Wakefield Brewery for its use of what I feel was sexist branding on many of its labels, especially when its Gourdita pumpkin beer still does. So why am I reviewing Coral Castle, a coconut-infused imperial stout brewed in collaboration with Buxton, you may ask? Perhaps it’s because I believe in second chances and the ability to move one’s position once presented with new information. And the brewery did apologise. Also, perhaps, there’s significance in that this US brewery has forged several deep friendships here in the UK, expressed through collabs with the likes of Cloudwater...

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