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Wonderful Wheat

Most brewers are wheat intolerant. Not because it puffs up their faces, bulges their eyes and makes them come over all weird and queer, but rather because it’s a nightmare grain with which to work. Wheat, you see, is a messy little blighter. The husks that allow barley to self-filtrate Read more…

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Gueuze Beer, I love you…

Here’s what you need to understand about gueuze: gueuze isn’t worried. Gueuze is supremely self-confident. And gueuze doesn’t care what you think of it. That’s a good thing, because the reputation of un-fruited lambics would certainly give other beers self-esteem issues. “Tart!”, they say. “Acidic!” “Funky!”, they call out. Gueuze Read more…

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Top of the “Glas”

If the “bork-bork-borking,” cabbage-shooting, moose-smearing and chicken-chucking chef from The Muppets is your sole experience of Swedish cuisine then, well, you should stop being so flipping childish and read on. Not content with flooding the globe with reasonably priced, flat-pack furniture and safe yet unexciting automobiles, Sweden also boasts some Read more…

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The Hairy Bikers

The BBC has come a long way. For decades, British regional accents were frowned upon by the broadcasting powers-that-be who preferred the supercilious tones of Received Pronunciation. Fortunately, strong and characterful accents now bless the airwaves and nowhere are they more evident than BBC television’s The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook – Read more…

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Set in Stone

Ten years ago, the Stone Brewing Company burst onto the West Coast brewing scene and defiantly thrust a hot poker into the behind of conventional brewing. While hundreds of craft brewers were hitting the wall in the middle of the 1990s, victims of a small beer business running before it Read more…

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Perfect with Porter

Like wheat beers, porter is a beer style enjoying a renaissance. After years of being in the shadow of stout – its drier, more bitter and opaque ale cousin, porter is finding favour with those looking for a slightly sweeter, dark malt-driven, drinkable alternative. Porter can be ‘London’ in style, Read more…

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Pale and Interesting

Will Beckett, director of Underdog consultancy, is one of the UK’s most successful pub and bar entrepreneurs and, alongside his mother Fiona Beckett, is the coauthor of An Appetite for Ale. Pale ales are the middleweights of the beer world, good strong beers with more depth, strength and flavour than Read more…