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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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From the cellar: Iceni Deirdre of the Sorrows

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Ickburgh, Norfolk, England Website: http://icenibrewery.co.uk Date: 25 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. The beer is still in Iceni founder Brendan Moore’s range today.

The intriguing label designs from […]

From the cellar: Old Chimneys Twa Thusend Gear Ealu

Old Chimneys Brewery

AKA: Two Thousand Year Ale ABV: 9.5% Origin: Market Weston, Suffolk, England Website: www.oldchimneysbrewery.com Date: 7 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. Old Chimneys is now something of […]

Greene King Old 5X

The unlikely handpump that lured the bloggerati — Greene King Old 5X on cask at the Great British Beer Festival, London, August 2012.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 12% Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Website: www.greeneking.co.uk

It has to be admitted that these days the Greene King bar is rarely the hottest place to […]

Adnams Southwold Bitter

Adnams Southwold Bitter in minicasks. Pic: Adnams.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 3.7% Origin: Southwold, Suffolk, England Website: adnams.co.uk

I’ve long regarded Adnams Southwold Bitter as one of the benchmark examples of a traditional English cask bitter, an outstanding demonstration of the genius of the best old estabished British breweries for achieving depth and complexity […]

Wells & Young’s Courage Imperial Russian Stout 2011

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 10% Origin: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Website: www.wellsandyoungs.co.uk

Wells & Young's Courage Imperial Russian Stout 2011

Excitement rippled through the beer world in Autumn 2011 as one of Britain’s most historic beer brands made an unexpected return from the dead. Courage Imperial Russian Stout can trace its lineage back to the […]

Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 3.7% Origin: Maldon, Essex, England Website: www.mightyoakbrewery.co.uk

Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde

This beer won Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB) at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2011, much to the consternation of some craft beer aficianados who saw this as further evidence of CAMRA conservatism and fustiness – with […]

Ole Slewfoot Red Wing and Friend of the Devil

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 5.1% and 7.7% Origin: […]

Green Jack Ripper

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Lowestoft, Suffolk, […]

Nethergate Augustinian Premium Ale

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Sudbury, Suffolk, England Website: www.nethergate.co.uk

Nethergate Augustinian

Brewer Ian Hornsey, a former microbiologist, has been turning out excellent beers on a commercial scale since 1986, and has worked from his current site since 2005. He’s particularly renowned for reviving the […]

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Featured in BEER November 2009 as a strong ale for winter drinking. For similar beers, see previous post.

ABV: 8% Origin: Woodbastwick, Norfolk, England Website: www.woodfordes.co.uk

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Established in 1980, Woodforde’s is now quite a veteran, and a leading player in the burgeoning microbrewing scene of East Anglia. As well as a […]