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


Brewing’s disputed histories

“Anything but history, for history must be false.” Robert Walpole (1676-1745)

Old mash tun — though probably not 200 years old — at Lindemans, Vlezenbeek.

Beer culture is a form of popular culture, and suffers similarly from a less than scrupulous approach to its history. Authoritative histories of high art, politics, economics […]

Those One Show recommendations in full…

The One Show

Tonight (Friday 19 August) I should be featured on the One Show on BBC One, talking about the resurgence of British brewing with One Show reporter, Observer restaurant critic and Brixtonian Jay Rayner.

They’ve also asked me to recommend some beers to match with particular foods, sticking as much as possible […]

Around 400 beers in five books: Cogan & Mater

Around Bruges in 80 Beers by Chris Pollard & Siobhan McGinn

There’s a particular challenge to writing guidebooks. You need to include as much information as possible for people putting them to practical use, but all those data — addresses, opening hours, venue facilities — are otherwise deadly dull. Somehow the book needs to […]

First update to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars published

London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars updates

The CAMRA Guide to London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars by Des de Moor

My first book, The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, is officially published on Monday (4 July) and copies are already being sent out. However such is the nature of […]

Bitter in a straight glass: The John Snow kissing affair

Jonathan Williams (left) and James Bull attending Friday night's kiss-in. Pic: BBC

For all the undeniable advances of the past few decades, just how comfortable can beer lovers who happen not to be heterosexual really afford to feel when out enjoying a drink in a “straight” pub, even in a big and cosmopolitan city […]

New London beer guide due this summer

What better image of London beer? Fuller's Brewers Reserve No 3 maturing in the spare spaces of the Griffin brewery, spotted in January 2011.

Don’t you just hate finding websites with grandiose mission statements that haven’t been updated for many months? Me too. I should therefore apologise profusely for leaving this site in just […]

Blightly Bury St Edmunds Ale Trails online

The Great Blighty Ale Trail

If exploring real ale pubs, country footpaths and historic towns sounds to you like a great way to spend a day, you should check out the downloadable walks booklet I’ve compiled for UKTV’s Blighty channel as part of this summer’s Great Ale Trail promotion, featuring walks around Bury St […]

Smaak van Echt 2010 announced

De Smaak van Echt 2010

Following the success of a similar initiative last year, four Dutch independent family brewers have worked together again to launch De Smaak van Echt 2010 (The Real Taste), a gift pack featuring four new and exclusive one-off beers, all warm fermented and unpasteurised.

Alfa of Schinnen, Limburg, has contributed […]

New Netherlands brewers fire up the mash tuns

Brouwerij Florindia

A number of new brewing enterprises have launched in the Netherlands in the past year, reports PINT Nieuws, journal of Dutch beer consumers’ organisation PINT.

Launched in April 2009, Brouwerij Florindia is the brainchild of Mikael Kok, formerly a home brewer whose commercial ambitions developed brewing beer as gifts for clients of […]

Books you must read before you dry

Adrian Tierney-Jones, ed, 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

Discerning beer drinkers turning to the bookstore for advice on what to try next currently face an unprecedented choice, with beer writers and publishers queueing up to provide definitive lists of international beers. 3 May sees the British publication of doorstop-sized tome 1001 […]