If you paid a team of scientists to come up with a foodstuff designed to ruin the flavour of beer, they’d invent the olive. Olives steamroller through the flavours of all but the most intense and complex beers. In fact, we find that they make most beers taste like cheese. Eugh.
So, why are they so ubiquitous in British pubs? And why on Earth do we keep ordering them..?
Photo from Prakhar at Flickr, under a Creative Commons License.