HB&B Blog — West Coast IPA

Fundamentals #77 - Elusive Brewing Oregon Trail West Coast IPA

Elusive Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis West Coast IPA

Fundamentals #77 - Elusive Brewing Oregon Trail West Coast IPA

Over the course of my various travels to the USA, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit parts of the famed Oregon Trail. The 2,170-mile route once connected various towns along the Missouri River to Oregon's Willamette Valley during the 19th century and was used by colonialists seeking fertile land. It looks a little different these days, and traversing it is certainly less arduous, with lots more taco trucks and the occasional branch of Bed, Bath and Beyond lining the roads it once occupied. Still, it’s no less fascinating. I’ve also played the 1971 video game that is designed to simulate the...

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Fundamentals #17 – Lervig X Boneyard West Coast Dank IPA

Fundamentals Lervig Matthew Curtis West Coast IPA

Fundamentals #17 – Lervig X Boneyard West Coast Dank IPA

My first experience of Oregon’s Boneyard Beer was one of those coincidental beer moments that flicked on a light inside my head. As a brewery it’s known these days for stunning takes on the IPA style, pouring them at events such as the Mikkeller Beer Celebration in Copenhagen and at London’s Beavertown Extravaganza. I was completely unaware of Boneyard, however, when I was naively strolling the aisles of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. An advertised Triple IPA, named Notorius3, drew me to the brewery’s stand. Unlike the stands for nearby breweries such as Russian River and...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Girolle and Truffle Cacio e Pepe and Magic Rock Cannonball IPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen IPA Pasta West Coast IPA

The Beer Lover’s Table: Girolle and Truffle Cacio e Pepe and Magic Rock Cannonball IPA

At a recent dinner, I encountered one of the more memorable food and beer pairings I’ve had in recent months. A plate of tagliatelle, covered in pencil shaving-sized flakes of truffle and a snowfall of Parmigiano, was served alongside two malt-driven, West Coast IPAs. On paper, the combination sounded strange, if not off-putting. But the way the caramel sweetness of the malt tangled with the umami of the pasta was a thrill. Instead of being adversarial, the two drew out the other’s best attributes: savoury and sweet, unctuous and bitter, rich on the plate and full-bodied in the glass. I...

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No More Heroes XIV - Howling Hops West Coast Special IPA #2

Howling Hops IPA London Matthew Curtis West Coast IPA

No More Heroes XIV - Howling Hops West Coast Special IPA #2

I get that people worry about the gradual Americanisation of our beer culture, I really do. The key thing to remember, for me at least, is that the beer landscape exists as it does today because of shifting, global influence over hundreds of years. These days, that influence occurs exponentially thanks to how connected we are through technology and social media. If a brewer in California releases a revolutionary beer, then the rest of the world will know about it within minutes. As a city, London is about as multicultural as it gets and it will happily take influence from...

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