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Street food festivals have taken the country by storm and with food truck fare becoming increasingly more exciting there isn't a better way to go on a culinary trip around the world without leaving your local park. As we inch ever-closer to summer's swan song, Maggie Cubbler gives us one of her favourite food truck & beer pairing matches: Gua Bao with Poperings Hommelbier.
Truck name:Made in TaiwanMain ingredients:Pork, pickled greens, corianderIn other words:Pork belly in steamed bun
A version of gua bao.
Savoury and salty five-spice pork belly is braised in rice wine and soy sauce, sliced thin then stuffed in a steamed, fluffy bun. A true Taiwanese gua bao is served with pickled mustard greens and fresh coriander to cut the richness and then dusted with peanut powder. A bit messy, a LOT delicious.
A bright, citrus fruit character makes for an interesting contrast with the spiced meat. This Belgian ale's caramel maltiness picks up the sweetness from the braise while a grassy bitterness and dry finish cut the pork belly's fattiness.
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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