Beer and Food

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HubBox, Truro: Better Beef than Beer

The small Cornish beer’n’burger chain Hub took over trendy bar The One Eyed Cat in Truro last year, having previously traded as a ‘pop up’ on Lemon Quay. We’ve been to the St Ives branch a couple of times but never quite cottoned to it but, as we were in […]

What’s the History of Bar Snacks?
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What’s the History of Bar Snacks?

In our email newsletter (subscribe!) we asked if anyone had any questions they’d like us to look into with a view to a series of ‘notes and queries’ type posts of which this is the first. Q: I wanted to ask about bar snacks and how they’ve developed over time […]

When Did ‘Pairing’ Beer With Food Begin?
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When Did ‘Pairing’ Beer With Food Begin?

In a new piece for All About Beer magazine, Tom Acitelli, author of a well-regarded history of the US craft beer movement, makes a carefully worded and very specific claim on behalf of the late Michael Jackson: On Nov. 16, 1983… readers of The Washington Post awoke to an essay, […]

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Carter’s Lunch, Manchester, c.1904

“Our local carters working the [Manchester] warehouses seldom took food with them. Public houses, avid for trade, put on some kind of a free snack with their 1 1/2 d ‘carters’ pints’. Certain pubs went further and supplied potato pie, cheese and pickles, a pint of beer and a piece […]

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Food and Beer Matching, 1934

“About what should and should not be eaten with beer I would hesitate to lay down the law so forcibly and finally as do the writers upon wine. The writers on wine say that the correct procedure is the choose the wines first and then to arrange the dinner to […]

The Pub as Quasi-Happy Eater
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The Pub as Quasi-Happy Eater

Our local Wetherspoon’s isn’t a very good one. It rarely has anything other than Doom Bar, Ruddles or Greene King IPA on offer, usually a degree or two too warm, served in an ambience that brings to mind a faux-pub on a cross channel ferry. We pop in from time […]

Snacks to Beer: Pizza
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Snacks to Beer: Pizza

We’ve been making our own pizzas for a few years but have never really been happy with the results. We’ve tried pizza stones; posh mozzarella; tomato sauces from both fresh toms and tinned, cooked and uncooked. Now, at last, we’ve settled on a recipe and an approach, and it’s one […]

Schnitzels We Have Known
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Schnitzels We Have Known

EXT. RESTAURANT TERRACE, PASSAU. DAY AUSTRIAN TOURIST Waiter — the ‘Wiener’ Schnitzel on your menu — is that really veal? [Sneering] Or just pork? WAITER [highly affronted] Veal, sir. If it was merely in the Viennese style, we would certainly have said so. We usually eat so many schnitzels on […]

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Dear Restaurateurs

We really enjoyed eating at your restaurant. We couldn’t fault the food, service or ambience. You have obviously put a lot of thought and care into every detail. Oh, except the beer selection, obviously. One of the beers you sell is undrinkably bad, despite the cute locally-themed label; another is […]

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Mrs Beeton on Table Beer

HODGE-PODGE 191. INGREDIENTS.-2 lbs. of shin beef, 3 quarts of water, 1 pint of table-beer, 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 turnips, 1 head of celery ; pepper and salt to taste ; thickening of butter and flour. Mode.-Put the meat, beer, and water in a stewpan ; simmer for a […]