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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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The Beer Lover’s Table: Deep-Fried Mince Pies And St Bernardus Christmas Ale

Beer Lover's Table Belgium Christmas Claire Bullen St Bernardus Trappist

The Beer Lover’s Table: Deep-Fried Mince Pies And St Bernardus Christmas Ale

There’s been a lot of discussion on the food internet lately about what constitutes a mince pie. The controversy kicked off two weeks ago, when US food website The Spruce Eats posted (and swiftly removed) a bizarre misinterpretation of the dish. The team mistook “mincemeat” to mean “beef mince” and so prepped a full-sized tart filled with mince, topped with apples and served with custard. UK commenters laughed and recoiled in horror in equal measure, though that wasn’t the end of it. As Eater London posited: When is a Mince Pie No Longer a Mince Pie? Does a mincemeat-stuffed doughnut...

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Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

Australia Claire Bullen Natural Wine KiIllers Red wine Short ribs

Wine & Food Killers: Pressure Cooker Short Ribs and Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil

I’m always looking for ways to do the holidays differently. Ham is predictable. Turkey – unless it’s deep-fried – can be dry and disappointing. Roasting beef to everyone’s specifications is enough to trigger a Christmas Day meltdown. But beef short ribs – especially short ribs that are given an East Asian cast by way of soy sauce, ginger and star anise, and which you can put in a pressure cooker and ignore – are an alternative worth investigating. Yes, I’ve joined the legion of Instant Pot devotees on the internet. Before getting one of my own, I scorned it for...

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Beer Miles are changing

Beer Miles HB&B News Loyalty

Beer Miles are changing

One of the most common questions we get asked is "Can I use my online Beer Miles in store?" or vice versa. At long last, we’ve finally found an app that lets us bring our in-store Beer Miles and online rewards loyalty programmes together - hurrah! This new all-inclusive Beer Miles means you can earn the same points and redeem the same rewards whether you're shopping online or in our Peckham and Deptford shops. What's changing for me in-store? New Beer Miles will be a bit more sophisticated than the old system. You’ll now get access to all the bonus...

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Why independence matters

Independence

Why independence matters

We were privileged to host Cloudwater at the shop this week as part of the brewery’s Indie Retailer Roadshow, stopping in at fabulous beer retailers across the UK as part of a nationwide tour. As well as serving great beers, we also served up impassioned debate with a panel discussion on Why Independence Matters, inviting Gipsy Hill co-founder and passionate indie campaigner Sam McMeekin to participate as well. While it's going to get a whole lot tougher for independent beer businesses, be they breweries like Cloudwater and Gipsy Hill or retailers such as ourselves, it's a challenge we're ready for,...

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