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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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Beer sellers: Best Damn Beer Shop, San Diego

San Diego, California, USA: Best Damn Beer Shop and no bull.

You have to have a huge amount of self confidence – or possibly hubris – to name your business the best damn anything. But Sid and Omar Mikhail clearly have the knowledge, youthful enthusiasm and determination to set false modesty aside and ensure […]

Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs, Lille

Abbaye des Saveurs, Lille

A major interchange on the fast rail routes connecting England, Belgium and the Netherlands with France, Lille is the sort of place you remember primarily for passing through. Many a Belgian-bound British beer enthusiast will have found themselves hastily clearing up the formerly empty seat next to them for the […]

Beer sellers: The Beermongers, Portland (Oregon)

Shopfront at the Beermongers, Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, is a beautiful, prosperous, civilised inland port city straddling the Willamette river. Looking west from the riverside, across a fine strip of parks and beyond the traffic calmed city centre with its free public transport, elegant squares and compact walkable blocks, thickly wooded slopes climb […]

Beer sellers: Westholme Store, Goring-on-Thames

First published in Beers of the World June 2009

Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames — not your average local Londis.

Beer writing is full of unexpected pleasures – such as finding oneself in a pretty English village interviewing the owner of one of the best-stocked beer retailers in the region over a plate of homemade Gujarati […]

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop, Callander

The Lade Inn and Scottish Real Ale Shop, Kilmahog, Callander, Scotland

A couple of decades ago, a Scottish Real Ale Shop would have sounded like a preposterous joke. Though Scotland boasted notable historic brewing centres such as Alloa and Edinburgh, in the post-war period Scottish brewers moved further and faster with consolidation and the […]

Beer sellers: mi orge mi houblon, Arlon

First published in Beers of the World April 2009

mi orge mi houblon

I’m particularly proud of this piece as it was the first time I interviewed someone in a language other than English. Christophe Gillard speaks English more than well enough to offer assistance to the international customers in his shop, but talking […]

Beer sellers: Bierkraft, Brooklyn, New York City

First published in Beers of the World, February 2009

Bierkraft: Sometime in New York City…

“Gourmet Grocery and Beer Emporium” reads the strapline atop Bierkraft, one of several specialist shops that cluster in Brooklyn’s leafy Park Slope neighbourhood, and the beer emporium of your imagination may very well look something like this. The well-stocked […]

Beer sellers: La Cerveteca, Barcelona

First published in Beers of the World, February 2009

La Cerveteca, Barcelona

Catalunya may be some way south of Europe’s “beer belt” and its Penedès vineyards may have a well-earned place in world wine guides, but this corner of the northern Mediterranean is also the heartland of Spain’s industrial revolution. In the mid-19th century, […]

Beer sellers: La cave à bulles, Paris

First published in Beers of the World December 2008

La cave à bulles, Paris

Regular readers will already know that not all French beer comes from multinational-owned Alsatian fizz factories, but even if you’ve encountered the odd bière de garde or Breton brew, you probably have little idea of the scope and breadth of […]

Beer sellers: De Bierkoning, Amsterdam

First published in Beers of the World October 2008

De Bierkoning bierwinkel, Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always had a good line in pubs with its celebrated bruine cafés oozing traditional gezelligheid (cosiness, homeliness). But a couple of decades ago you’d have been lucky to find anything other than a foaming but bland Dutch pils with […]