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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


From the cellar: Kitchen Carrot Cruncher

Good for improving your eyesight, better to spot those rare beers.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Huddersfield, Kirklees, Yorkshire, England First published: 26 March 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. Kitchen went into receivership […]

Magic Rock Cannonball, Human Cannonball and Bearded Lady

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 7.4%, 9.2% and 10.5% Origin: Huddersfield, Kirklees, England Website:

Welcome to the beer circus: poster at Magic Rock brewery, Huddersfield.

The last few years have seen not just the relentless growth of microbrewing in the UK but also the emergence of new approaches that challenge the old […]

Roosters Baby Faced Assassin

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 6.1% Origin: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England Website:

Roosters Brewery

Long before many of the current crop of in-yer-face British “craft” brewers had even reached legal drinking age, Roosters Brewery was challenging a market drenched in traditional brown bitters with the complex and distinctive aromas and flavours of […]

Leeds Pale and Gathering Storm

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 3.8% and 4.4% Origin: Leeds, England Website:

Leeds Pale

The closure and demolition of an historic brewery is always a loss in economic and heritage terms and, depending on how embedded it was in the life of its surroundings, a potential loss to local culture too. But […]

Ilkley Mary Jane and Siberia

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012 (Siberia)

ABV: 3.5% and 5.9% Origin: Ilkley, Bradford, England Website:

Ilkley Mary Jane

It’s a generational thing, not a Yorkshire thing. When I heard that the Ilkley brewery’s flagship cask ale goes by the name of Mary Jane, it made perfect sense. The name […]

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Melmerby, North Yorkshire, England Website:

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Nick Stafford’s Hambleton brewery is one of the most technically accomplished of British micros — and its founder is one of the more prominent characters on the beer scene. As commercial director of small brewers’ organisation SIBA, among […]

Little Valley Organic Hebden’s Wheat

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England Website:

Little Valley Organic Hebden's Wheat

My day of sampling British cask beers at this year’s Great British Beer Festival turned out to be rather lacklustre, but one pleasant surprise was this tasty organic Belgian-style wheat beer from the South […]

Timothy Taylor Landlord

Timothy Taylor Landlord

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 4.1% Origin: Keighley, West Yorkshire, England Website:

Established in 1858, Timothy Taylor had long enjoyed the respect of discerning beer drinkers as one of the best of the surviving regional independents when in 2003 a certain musician by the name of Madonna Ciccone […]

Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9% Origin: Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England Website:

Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo

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 […]

Little Valley Withens IPA

First published in BEER February 2008.

ABV: 3.9 per cent Origin: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire Website

Little Valley Withens IPA

As most readers will know, India Pale Ales were originally high gravity, generously hopped export products that later evolved into the more session-friendly draught interpretations still supplied by the likes of Caledonian and […]