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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


Breconshire Winter Beacon

This beer featured in BEER May 2011 as part of a piece on the influence of different malts on beer flavour. To read about other beers featured see Hopshackle Historic Porter.

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Aberhonddu, Powys, Cymru Website:

Breconshire Winter Beacon

The qualities of speciality malts aren’t limited to darker beers and can […]

Jolly Brewer Cwrw Du and Taid’s Garden

Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 3.7% and 4.3% Origin: Wrecsam, Cymru Website:

Jolly Brewer Taid's Garden

Beside the better known likes of BrewDog, Dark Star and Thornbridge in the first rank of innovative and top quality British microbreweries are a handful of names that, despite limited production and distribution, deserve to be […]

Kingstone Classic Bitter, 1503 Tudor Ale and Humpty’s Fuddle

Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.5%, 4.8% and 58% Origin: Tyndyrn, Sir Fynwy, Cymru Website:

Kingstone Classic Bitter

I tasted several bottle conditioned Kingstone beers during a visit to the adjoining Meadow Farm Shop in the breathtakingly beautiful Wye Valley for a Beers of the World piece in 2008. There’s more background […]

Pen-Lon Cottage Torwen

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Llanarth, Ceredigion, Cymru Website:

This is an expanded review of a beer that featured as a fruit beer on the bottled beer review page in the August 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is also available in […]

Brains Top Notch

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version was first published on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Caerdydd, Cymru Website:

Brains Top Notch

Old established Cardiff family brewer Brains offers several cask classics such as SA and Brains Dark but this is a relatively new addition to the range that deserves better exposure. Originally […]

Kingstone Gold and Organic Gold

A shorter version of this review was first published in BEER August 2008 as part of a piece about beers for summer outdoor drinking.

ABV: 4% Origin: Tyndyrn, Sir Fynwy, Cymru Website:,

Kingstone Gold

Originally established in 2005 at Kinsons Farm, Gwenffrwd (Whitebrook) nearby, this small brewery moved two years later to […]

Cwmbran Crow Valley Bitter

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. For more Welsh beers see previous post.

ABV: 4.2 per cent Origin: Upper Cwmbran, Torfaen Website

Cwmbran Crow Valley Bitter

When Martin Lewis and Keith Gullick first created this cottage brewery fed from a mountain spring under the shadow […]

Ffos y Ffin Cothi Gold and Paxton's Pride

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. For more Welsh beers see previous post.

ABV: 3.9 and 5.5 per cent Origin: Capel Dewi, Sir Gaerfyrddin Website

Bragdy Ffos y Ffin

Dairy farmer Glyn Lenton took over Ffos y Ffin farm outside Capel Dewi in rural Carmathenshire […]

Otley O-Garden and O8

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.8 and 8 per cent Origin: Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf Website

Otley O-Garden

Last month’s BEER previewed CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend in Cardiff by featuring Welsh beer and breweries, with my colleague Brian Glover […]

Jolly Brewer Lucinda’s Lager and Taffy’s Tipple

First published in BEER September 2006 as part of a page marking the publication of the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide.

ABV: 5.2 and 6 per cent Origin: Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales Website:

Jolly Brewer Lucinda's Lager and Taffy's Tipple

This year’s Great British Beer Festival saw the launch of the the sixth […]