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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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Coniston No 9 Barley Wine

Coniston No 9 Barley Wine

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Coniston, Cumbria, England Website: www.conistonbrewery.com

The results of CAMRA’s annual Champion Beer of Britain competition regularly provoke dark mutterings. Usually I hear them from trendy young hopheads convinced that the judging panel favours supposedly boring traditional low gravity styles but this year […]

Marble/Emelisse Earl Grey IPA

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6.8% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk

Marble/Emelisse Earl Grey IPA. Pic: The Ormskirk Baron, www.theormskirkbaron.com.

A serious looking 750ml bottle from Manchester’s marvellous Marble brewery can usually be relied upon to contain something at least interesting, but they’ve excelled themselves with Marble Earl Grey […]

Redwillow Ageless Double IPA

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England Website: redwillowbrewery.com

Redwillow Ageless Double IPA

Recent years have seen the emergence of a number of new, small British breweries that place themselves firmly in the international craft beer movement rather than the native real ale tradition. I hesitate to use the label “craft […]

Marble Old Manchester Ale

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk, www.fullers.co.uk

Fuller's head brewer John Keeling with Marble Old Manchester. "Old and from Manchester." Pic: Fuller's

Collaboration beers are especially popular among the new generation of craft brewers, often across national boundaries, and have produced some fascinating results. But here’s one that crosses the […]

Hardknott Infra Red, Æther Blæc and Granite 2009

Top Tastings 2010 (Granite)

ABV: 6.5%, 8% and 10.4% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://hardknottale.co.uk/

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 […]

Marble Decadence and Special

ABV: 8.7% and 10.7% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in […]

Beckstones Black Gun Dog Freddy Mild

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

ABV: 3.9% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://www.beckstonesbrewery.co.uk/

Beckstones Black Gun Dog Freddy Mild Ale

When this won gold in its class and silver overall at the 2008 Champion Beer of Britain you could hear people muttering “who?”. But it was […]

Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout

Featured as a selection from the new Good Bottled Beer Guide in BEER August 2009. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 6% Origin: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England Website: www.acornbrewery.net

Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout

Acorn brewery has its origins in the old Barnsley Brewery, well known for its Barnsley Bitter. When this went into […]

Outstanding OSB

Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Bury, Greater Manchester, England Website: www.outstandingbeers.co.uk

Outstanding Brewery

The immodestly named Outstanding Brewery in Bury, Greater Manchester, was launched only in 2008, although the involvement of one of Britain’s leading […]

JW Lees Harvest Ale

First published in BEER December 2007 as part of a piece about strong beers for the festive season. For more strong festive beers see previous post.

ABV: 11.5 per cent Origin: Middleton Junction, Manchester, England Website www.jwlees.co.uk

JW Lees Harvest Ale

The term “vintage”, which strictly speaking refers to the grape harvest, is often […]