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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Warm Spiced Tomatoes and Broad Bean Salad with Andrea Occhipinti Alea Rosa Rosato 2019

We've entered the time of year when turning on the oven feels like death; when the heat makes any kitchen project that takes more than 30 minutes unbearable. Right now, a juicy wedge of watermelon could very well count as dinner, with or without the accompanying feta and mint. For those lucky enough to have gardens, they're likely spilling over with gluts of late-summer vegetables. That bounty is both a blessing and a curse. If you find yourself with an excess of tomatoes this year, and have made all the caprese salads and soups and pasta sauces you can stand,...

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Pet Nat Block Party

Pet Nat Block Party

  If you follow us on social media, or remember those happy pre-virus days in the shops, you’ll know how much we all love extolling the virtues of a new Pet Nat on our shelves. From crowd-pleasing proseccos from Casa Belfi to the bright cherry pop of Camillo Donati Ribelle Rosato or the elegant col fondo stylings of Cerruti Ri Fol, Pet Nats are constant fixtures on the HB&B shelves. With a spell of golden weather ahead of us, we thought it was time to focus on our favourite sparklings - here’s our cheat’s guide to demystifying petillant naturel.... What is Pet Nat?    Pet Nat...

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Fundamentals #76 — Donzoko Big Foam Rustic Lager

Donzoko Fundamentals Hartlepool Lager Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #76 — Donzoko Big Foam Rustic Lager

Foam is unquestionably one of the most joyous parts of drinking beer. Most European nations already know this. Take the Dutch or the Belgians,­­­­­ for example: deftly serving up chalice after chalice laden with froth, before deftly whipping off the top with a swish of a knife. It’s elegance personified. In Germany and the Czech Republic, they know that all of the delicious flavour from noble hops is packed into a beer's head, so they make sure plenty of it is there for you to enjoy. The Czechs even take this to the extreme with the mlíko pour – a...

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The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Newbarns Pale ale Scotland Table beer

The Beer Lovers Table: Couscous Herb Salad with Marinated Halloumi and Newbarns Table Beer

If there's one thing the lockdown has been good for, it's been supporting small businesses. I may not be spending money on nights out, or fancy dinners, or weekend trips; instead, I'm ordering parcels of goodies to my front door. Hearing the buzzer go is now as exciting to me as it is to the average dog or three-year-old child – altogether, the stream of little boxes and packages feels like a long, drawn-out Christmas. One of the earliest treats I bought myself during lockdown was a mixed 12-case of beers from Newbarns Brewery, a brand-new brewery in Leith, Edinburgh founded by...

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Fundamentals #75 – Blaugies x Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise Saison

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Fundamentals #75 – Blaugies x Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise Saison

If you’re about to open a bottle of La Vermontoise, you have in your hands one of the most underrated beers of the modern era. Sure, it’s a 3.9 on Untappd and a solid 97% on RateBeer, but ask a beer lover what the defining saison of contemporary brewing is and they will almost universally say Saison Dupont. It’s impossible to downplay the significance of Dupont. This is especially true in the modern era, when the eagerness of beer writer Michael Jackson spurred a rush on Belgian imports in the US during the 1980s. It was Dupont that undoubtedly led...

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