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Fundamentals #113 – Fierce x New Zealand Beer Collective Hokey Pokey Stout

Fierce Beer Fundamentals Matthew Curtis New Zealand Stout

Fundamentals #113 – Fierce x New Zealand Beer Collective Hokey Pokey Stout

I’m someone you could describe as being highly Kiwi-adjacent. My partner of the past 13 years is a proud New Zealander, and HB&B supremos Jen and Glenn also hail from there, for whom I’ve been writing this beer column for almost seven years! This has given me a deep affection for Aotearoa New Zealand, and I’ve been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time there. It is – as you might expect if you’ve ever tasted a beer made using NZ hops – home to a hugely exciting beer scene, particularly in its larger cities such as Auckland and...

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Fundamentals #111 – Wiper & True Hard Shake Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout

Bristol Imperial Stout Matthew Curtis Stout Wiper & True

Fundamentals #111 – Wiper & True Hard Shake Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout

Maybe it’s complacency, pandemic-induced anxiety or just plain laziness, but lately I’ve haven’t been putting in enough effort to fully explore the wealth of interesting beer being produced in the UK right now. For example, I have not been to Bristol in about three years. This is shameful, as Bristol is one of the most exciting beer cities anywhere in the country, with breweries ranging from the sublime Left Handed Giant to the majestic Lost & Grounded. Among them in the splendour is the subject of today’s review, Wiper & True. I’ve also been limiting my experience in terms of...

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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: Tahini Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche and Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Beer Lover's Table Christmas Claire Bullen Left Hand Brewing Stout

The Beer Lover's Table: Tahini Brown Butter Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche and Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout

I have hated peanut butter my whole life. This is a controversial statement, particularly back home in the US, where peanut butter seemed an almost inescapable part of growing up. The smell, the stickiness turned my stomach; everything about it revolted me. I used to pretend I had an allergy, because it was the only way to get pals, teachers and parents to stop forcing me to eat it. Mostly, I didn’t regret my preference – there was no love lost for those sad, soggy PB&Js, mashed up at the bottom of some kid’s backpack. But come Christmas time, I always longed...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Pumpkin Bread and Left Handed Giant We Are Ghosts On The Moon Imperial Stout

Beer Lover's Table Bristol Claire Bullen Left Handed Giant Stout

The Beer Lover's Table:  Pumpkin Bread and Left Handed Giant We Are Ghosts On The Moon Imperial Stout

Friends, it is pumpkin season. Pumpkin bread, specifically, burnished bronze loaves that taste to me like the very essence of autumn. If you’re unfamiliar, know that they’re bread in name but cake in experience, in a way that’s not dissimilar from banana bread. Think: easy to throw together, effortless to bake, even simpler to eat. Pumpkin beer and pumpkin spice latte haters, don’t wrinkle your nose at me yet. While the tinned pumpkin imparts its necessary musky, earthy sweetness, it is the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger that really makes this dessert – and makes it a cousin...

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