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


London update: brewing in the shadow of the multinationals

Brewhouse and Kitchen Highbury: a newer, bigger kit than originally planned in one of London’s newest brewpubs.

It’s now a year since the main text of the latest edition of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars was finalised, and speciality brewing in the city continues to expand. The most obvious […]

Walk London’s beer heritage in London Beer City week

Historic riverside pub the Dove in Hammersmith, on the Fuller’s Country walk. Pic: Fuller’s.

I’m combining my walking and my beer interests to help celebrate the London beer renaissance during London Beer City week in August. I’ll be launching my new Beer Badge Guides project with two great walking tours taking in the capital’s […]

London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars: The return

One of London’s newest breweries in one of its oldest pubs: the Dragonfly brewery in Acton, W3.

Sometime in October 2010 I created a new folder on my laptop labelled ‘londonguide’, for everything connected to what eventually became the first edition of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars. Rather optimistically, […]

The marvels of malt: tasting single malt beers

The beauty of barley. Pic: Valley Malt.

It’s often said that hops are the varietals of the beer world, an idea that many brewers have seized on with numerous single hop brews constructed to show off the individual characteristics of a specific variety, so dedicated connoisseurs can get to know their Citra from their […]

Latest guide updates show London’s beer culture blossoming

The Lamb Brewery, London W4. PIc: Convivial.

The latest and most thorough update to my CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars has just gone online, chronicling the development of the capital’s beer culture which shows no sign yet of slowing. The update suggests over 150 new venues and catalogues London’s mushrooming […]

Games Time in London City of Beer

Tap East craft beer bar at Westfield Stratford City E20, within a javelin’s throw (or a shot’s put) of the Olympic Park. Pic: Rob Howard for Tap East.

With the 2012 Olympic Games taking place between 27 July and 12 August 2012, followed by the Paralympics between 29 August and 9 September, we’re in […]

Ale House Rock at the Snooty Fox!

Mixing it up on the wheels of steel. Or something. Pic: Ian Harris

Next weekend (2-5 February 2012) sees the latest beer and music themed festival at the very welcoming and decent Snooty Fox pub at Canonbury. Yes, you’ll be able to enjoy some great beers, but you’ll also be able to catch a […]

Is cask craft?

Cask or craft? Can Boris tell the difference? Opening of Lovibonds brewery 2006, with brewer Jeff Rosenmeier (right). Pic: Lovibonds

This is the first in what will undoubtedly become an occasional series of posts addressing some of the theoretical and policy debates currently besetting British beer culture. If your interest in beer is entirely […]

New year, new London updates

Pakenham Arms, London WC1

It’s testament to the current dynamism of the beer scene in London that, 11 months after I finally drew the line under the ever-growing list of potential contents for The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, I’ve just posted a near-40 page update listing around 65 additional […]

Beer writers laud London guide

2011 Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary

For some reason I failed to return home with the usual bottles of free beer from last night’s British Guild of Beer Writers annual awards dinner, but I did have a new engraved pewter tankard, a framed certificate, a generous cheque from České Budějovice, and a very […]