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Fundamentals #68 — Lost and Grounded Altogether Elsewhere Czech-Style Pils

Bristol Fundamentals Lager Lost & Grounded Matthew Curtis

Fundamentals #68 — Lost and Grounded Altogether Elsewhere Czech-Style Pils

The HB&B crew and I recently got to spend a few glorious days being bussed around the Czech Republic. The purpose of our visit was to visit some of the lesser known Czech breweries and indulge ourselves in lashings of světlý ležák – the pale, pilsner-style lager that has earned the nation the admiration of beer lovers all over the world. Czech – sometimes referred to as Bohemian – lager differs somewhat to that produced by its just-over-the-border neighbours within the German province of Bavaria and its capital Munich. Where Bavarian lagers, such as helles, are light, crisp and snappy...

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Fundamentals #67 — Unity x Boxcar x Duration Root Down No Coast IPA

Boxcar Brew Co Collab Duration Brewing Fundamentals IPA Matthew Curtis Southampton Unity Brewing

Fundamentals #67 — Unity x Boxcar x Duration Root Down No Coast IPA

I’m excited to see the return of the dynamic trio that is Boxcar, Duration and Unity. For my money, these are three of the most exciting breweries to have emerged on the UK scene during the past couple of years. They’ve got form too, as previously they collaborated on a tart and refreshing farmhouse-style IPA called From the Ground Up, back in 2018. The result of this collaboration was a lasting bond forming between the founding brewers of these exciting beer makers. Boxcar’s Sam Dickison, Duration’s Derek Bates (or just Bates, if you please) and Jimmy Hatherley of Unity have...

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The Beer Lover’s Table: Pad Thai with Crispy Tofu and Duration Brewing Promise Of Spring Norfolk Witbier

Beer Lover's Table Claire Bullen Duration Brewing Norfolk Thai Wheat beer

The Beer Lover’s Table: Pad Thai with Crispy Tofu and Duration Brewing Promise Of Spring Norfolk Witbier

People sometimes ask me how I come up with the inspiration for these columns – whether I begin with the beer or with a dish. The answer is: haphazardly, and the order of operations tends to vary month by month. In this case, I began with the beer. Duration Brewing’s Promise of Spring “Norfolk Witbier” is a 5% dream of a wheat beer, which drinks dry and clean and has only a minimal ester profile. It felt like the right thing for the seasonal transition: an optimistic omen of warm and sunny days ahead, of the end of a dreary,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Baked Feta with Za’atar Pita Crisps and Harvest Pinot Gris 2019

Australia Claire Bullen Harvest Natural Wine KiIllers White wine

Wine & Food Killers: Baked Feta with Za’atar Pita Crisps and Harvest Pinot Gris 2019

The thing is, it still isn’t spring. Not for a couple more weeks, and presumably those will be grey and rain-saturated like all the rest of this mild and humid and uncomfortably sodden winter. The daffodils keep blooming only to be knocked down again by Atlantic storms. Sunshine feels like a postcard sent long ago, across continents. I forget, until March, about this annual pre-spring malaise. Once longer nights and warmer temperatures return, it will disappear again. But until then, I’ve had to trick myself into believing in brightness. A first weapon in this fight: Harvest’s 2019 Pinot Gris, which...

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