They say…

Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
Writer of "Probably the best book about beer in London" - Londonist
"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
"A joy to read" - Roger Protz
"Very authoritative" - Tim Webb.
"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
Des de Moor

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Great American Beer Festival 2010

Beer gets on the bike at Denver Convention Center.

As a veteran of the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) visiting the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for the first time, you’re inevitably drawn to make comparisons. And the one that comes spontaneously to my mind is that the GABF is, well, sexier. Although the […]

Great British Beer Festival 2010

Great British Beer Festival 2010

The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), organised annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is a remarkable event. This year almost 67,000 people, about 5% more than last year, drank about 114,000l (200,000 pints) of over 700 beers, faciliated by over 1,000 volunteers. This makes it the biggest […]

London Drinker and Brodie's Bunny Basher Beer Festivals March 2010

Handpumps in the King William IV, Leyton, London E10

London is the crucible of industrial brewing, the birthplace of several key world beer styles and the capital of one of the world’s greatest brewing nations, but in the last few years its brewing activity had been starting to look embarassingly sparse. Young’s and Pitfield […]

Zythos Bierfestival and Pré-ZBF 2010

Zythos Bierfestival 2010

The Zythos Bierfestival is the flagship event of the Belgian beer consumers’ organisation Zythos, earning multiple stars, a three line whip and a smudge of highlighter pen in many a beer diary, and a great way to get a rounded view of the multifaceted Belgian brewing scene in one fell swoop. […]

Rake Welsh Beer Festival 2010

The Rake, London SE1

The Rake, a tiny pub on the edge of London’s Borough Market, is a serious specialist beer venue that in a few short years has become one of the UK’s main attractions for the international beer appreciation circuit, a must-do on the itinerary. The first day of the pub’s annual […]

CAMRA North London tasting February 2010

Des de Moor and CAMRA North London tasters, Wenlock Arms, London N1, February 2010. Photo: John Cryne

Visiting a great beer pub like the Wenlock Arms, in London N1 on the uncertain border between Hoxton and Islington, reminds me I don’t go to the pub enough. And I wasn’t even here to enjoy its […]

National Winter Ales Festival 2010, Manchester

Would you buy a CAMRA membership from this man? National Winter Ales Festival, Manchester 2010. Photo: Tim Hampson

The National Winter Ales Festival is very much the little brother of CAMRA’s two national festivals: with an attendance of 8,350 this year, it’s about an eighth the size of the Great British Beer Festival — […]