HB&B Blog — US

The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

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The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

Like a lot of people, I’ve been reconsidering my relationship with meat and dairy over the last year or two. This reconsideration has looked like prioritising more vegetable-driven dishes for lunches, choosing less red meat, buying from local producers with ethical practices where I can, and reading Alicia Kennedy’s essential newsletter. None of this is prescriptive nor revelatory, and I will likely never be someone who gives up meat and dairy wholesale – I like cheese, butter, the cream on top of unhomogenised milk, chicken and steak too much. But even these small gestures feel like they start to add up...

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Fundamentals #99 - Mountains Walking Tin Sky DDH DIPA

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Fundamentals #99 - Mountains Walking Tin Sky DDH DIPA

I’ve been an admirer of beer for as long as I’ve been allowed to drink it. But my first trip to the US in July 2010 was what turned me into a true enthusiast, eventually pushing me into a career writing about the stuff. I talk about this often – that first taste, that epiphany, that crystalline moment – when I tasted Odell Brewing’s eponymously named IPA at their tasting room in Fort Collins, Colorado and everything changed. And that’s because this moment continues to be important to me, as is the enthusiasm it still generates within me to this day. The...

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Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

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Wine & Food Killers: Slow-Roasted Pork Belly and Rhubarb and Herbs with Ruth Lewandowski Feints 2018

The world is short on joy right now. Even basic tasks – going grocery shopping, picking up a bottle of wine, cooking dinner – are freighted with anxiety and uncertainty. But this week, as the reality of long-term quarantine is sinking in (and as I finally have my senses of smell and taste back after a run-in with COVID-19), I feel fired up. I want to do everything I can to support local businesses – from bottle shops like Hop Burns & Black to neighbourhood greengrocers and independent butchers – as they fight to stay afloat. In the face of...

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Fundamentals #31 — Half Acre Beer Co Tuna Extra Pale Ale

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Fundamentals #31 — Half Acre Beer Co Tuna Extra Pale Ale

Turns out there are two kinds of Tuna available in a can. The first is an always-handy sandwich meat — perfect whipped up with an over-zealously lobbed ball of mayo, a crack of black pepper and a squeeze of lemon, before being liberally applied to thickly hewn white bread. All hail the tuna mayo sando. (OK, I admit I should probably leave the food writing to my colleague Claire Bullen.) The other is, as you’ve probably suspected, a beer. Tuna Extra Pale Ale happens to be from one of my favourite Chicago-based breweries — Half Acre. If you haven’t heard...

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