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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


E&S Elland 1872 Porter

National Winter Ales Festival 2010

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Elland, West Yorkshire, England Website:

E&S Elland 1872 Porter

2010’s overall Champion Beer of Britain is a previous runner-up, the highly deserving Elland 1872 porter, based on a recipe from the eponymous year. The brewery, in the small Calderdale town of Elland, originates from a […]

Leeds Midnight Bell

National Winter Ales Festival 2010

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England Website:

Leeds Midnight Bell

Midnight Bell is a fine and rich dark mild named in honour of its brewery’s showcase pub in Leeds’ round foundry development. The brewery, opened in 2007, is currently the only independent in the city, with some […]

Theakston Old Peculier

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 5.6% Origin: Masham, North Yorkshire, England Website:

Theakston Old Peculier

Theakston Old Peculier is a stalwart icon of British real ale. Back in the 1970s it was the sort of beer enthusiasts discussed in hushed and reverential tones, with a pedigree dating back to the 1890s, appreciated not only […]

Concertina Bengal Tiger

Top Tastings 2009.

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England

This tiny brewery was set up in 1992 in the Concertina Band Club at Mexborough, near Doncaster, essentially to brew beer for the club, though occasionally its beers seep out to beer festivals, especially since Roger Protz featured this particular beer in his 300 Beers […]

Cropton Two Pints and Scoresby Stout

Originally published in BEER April 2006 CAMRA North London tasting 2010

ABV: 4 and 4.2 per cent Origin: Cropton, North Yorkshire, England Buy from: Local Tesco, specialists Mail order: 01751 417330,

Cropton Two Pints

From Jacobite Ale [see previous post] to a brewery offering a beer called King Billy might once have seemed […]

John Smith Courage Imperial Russian Stout (Imperial Stouts Part 7)

Originally published in BEER December 2003.

NOTE This review concludes what was originally published as a single longer article. See previous posts for an introduction to Imperial stouts and some other reviews. Scroll down for a 2012 update.

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Origin: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England ABV: 10%