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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: Freedom Soho Red

Freedom Brewery, ex-London, now Staffordshire.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: London WC2, England Website: freedombrewery.com First published: 8 January 2001

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.

It’s interesting to look back at this one as […]

Fuller’s Past Masters Old Burton Extra

Fuller’s Past Masters Old Burton Extra

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.3% Origin: London W4, England Website: www.fullers.co.uk

Burton Ale is one of the great near-lost beer styles, and one that has intrigued certain beer writers (including myself) thanks in part to its difficult to explain contemporary obscurity. Most beer enthusiasts who read the occasional […]

Moncada Notting Hill Amber

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4.9% Origin: London W10, England Website: moncadabrewery.co.uk

Julio Moncada at the London Brewers Showcase, October 2011

2011 was an extraordinary year for brewing in London. When I sent the final text of London’s Best Beer, Bars and Pubs off to CAMRA Books in early March, I felt the capital had […]

Kernel Imperial Brown Stout London 1856

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 10.1% Origin: London SE1, England Website: www.thekernelbrewery.com

The Kernel Brewery

Beers from the Kernel, surely London’s second world class brewery, loomed large in my drinking in 2011. I admit I was a bit late in catching up on them – my first encounter was in January when I visited the […]

Sambrook’s Junction, Powerhouse Porter and Pale Ale

London Beer Tastings 2011 Junction was featured in a piece on bottle conditioned beers from London in BEER August 2011. Read more about London bottle conditioned beers.

ABV: 4.5%, 4.7% (5% in bottle) and 4.2% Origin: Battersea, London SW11, England Website: www.sambrooksbrewery.co.uk

Sambrook's Junction

The departure of Young’s from London in 2006 helped […]

Redemption Trinity and Redemption/Kernel Number One Strong Dark Mild

London Beer Tastings 2011

ABV: 3% and 6.1% Origin: Tottenham, London N17, England Website: www.redemptionbrewing.co.uk

Redemption Trinity

Redemption, launched early in 2010, now seems like something of a veteran among the new wave of London brewers. Impressive from the start, it’s rapidly settled down into a consistently performing and reliable source of decent beer, […]

Kernel India Pale Ale Black, India Pale Ale and Pale Ale

London Beer Tastings 2011. For more background on the brewery, see previous post.

ABV: 6.8%, 7.1% and 5.5% Origin: Bermondsey, London SE1, England Website: www.thekernelbrewery.com

Kernel Pale Ale

Besides its old fashioned dark beers, Kernel brews contemporary beers fresh with the flavours of new world hops. These too are of exceptional quality, matching […]

Kernel Export Stout London 1890 and London Porter

London Beer Tastings 2011. Export Stout was featured in a piece on bottle conditioned beers from London in BEER August 2011. Read more about London bottle conditioned beers.

ABV: 7.8% and 5.6% Origin: Bermondsey, London SE1, England Website: www.thekernelbrewery.com

Evin O'Riordan of The Kernel brewery, London SE1

Evin O’Riordan, founder and head brewer at […]

Fuller’s Vintage Ale

Top Tastings 2009 / CAMRA North London Tasting 2010 / London beer tastings 2011 / Top Tastings 2011 (2001 vintage)

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Chiswick, London W6, England Website: www.fullers.co.uk

A run of Fuller's Vintage Ale poses for the camera, Hock Cellar, Fuller's Brewery, London W6, October 2011

Until the recent resurgence that took […]

Fuller’s Bengal Lancer

London Beer Tastings 2011. This beer was featured in a piece on bottle conditioned beers from London in BEER August 2011. Read more about London bottle conditioned beers.

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Chiswick, London W5, England Website: www.fullers.co.uk

Fuller's Bengal Lancer

Bengal Lancer was launched in 2009 as Fuller’s contribution to the growing range of […]