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Fundamentals #96 - Humbser Biere Lager Hell Naturtrüb

Fundamentals Germany Humbser Lager Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #96 - Humbser Biere Lager Hell Naturtrüb

By and large I don’t consider myself much of a seasonal drinker. When the mood takes me, I’m as happy smashing stout in the blazing sunshine as I am sipping pilsner in the depths of winter. In saying that, however, there’s something about the extending evening daylight that has me reaching into my fridge for something cold, something crispy, something that has been lagered for weeks on end. There’s a deeply satisfying aspect to finishing work while there’s still plenty of daylight left that goes so well with drinking lager, and I am eager with anticipation when I think about...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Chana Masala and Duration x North Gracefully Facedown West Coast Double IPA

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Double IPA Duration Brewing IPA Norfolk North Brewing Co

The Beer Lover's Table: Chana Masala and Duration x North Gracefully Facedown West Coast Double IPA

In the past, when I’ve been asked which food-and-beer pairing I’m most proud of, the first that comes to mind is one from our book, The Beer Lover’s Table – the cover recipe, in fact – for prawn and mango coconut curry, paired with a hazy, tropical double IPA. New England IPAs and their ilk can be difficult to have alongside food – they’re so potent, so rich and bold, that they overwhelm many dishes. The secret is to find food that matches their intensity, ideally with some complementary flavours; maybe it isn’t so revelatory after all that fruity, pungent curries are...

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Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

Arbor Ales Bristol Fundamentals Matthew Curtis Pale ale

Fundamentals #95 — Arbor Massive Azacc New England Pale Ale

With more than 2,000 breweries in the UK alone, it can be immensely challenging keeping up with who are the latest and greatest within the beer scene. When you consider that more than half of these breweries have emerged within the last decade, keeping up with the most recent beer releases can seem even more daunting. Another unfortunate side-effect of there being such a rush of exciting new British brewing talent is that some of the breweries that emerged before this rush really gathered steam can be, on occasion, left by the wayside. This doesn’t mean the beer they’re making is any...

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Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

Claire Bullen Natural Wine Killers Pet Nat Red wine Spain

Wine & Food Killers: Halloumi Fries And Folias De Baco Pet Nat Renegado 2020

I’ll begin with a controversial statement: To me, most French fries – chips – are… not great. Sure, there are always those first few transcendent fries in the bag, the ones that are still hot and crisp – the ones that cause the circuits of your brain to light up and throw off sparks at the sudden wallop of salt and starch and fat. But soon, too soon, that initial burst of activity dies down under the soddening accumulation of sogging potato and cold oil mixing together in the mouth. The textural variation, that devilish crunch, is lost, and with...

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Fundamentals #94 — Track Down Is The New Up New England IPA

IPA Manchester Matthew Curtis New England IPA Track Brewing Co

Fundamentals #94 — Track Down Is The New Up New England IPA

Sometimes I’ll try and convince myself that I’m bored of NEIPA. That, somehow, I’m better than it. That my taste has become too sophisticated, my palate transcending to a plane far beyond the physical realm where I sit and enjoy my crispy lagers, while leaving the proletariat to their juice. But there’s always a beer to draw me back in and remind me that when done well, like any beer style, NEIPA can be delicious. And, holy shit, this bad boy, Down is the New Up from Manchester’s Track Brew Co, ticks all the boxes. Then it grabs someone else's paper and ticks...

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