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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 […]

Batemans Combined Harvest

Batemans Combined Harvest Multigrain Beer

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England Website: www.bateman.co.uk

Under its picturesque disused windmill, Batemans has proved one of England’s more enduring and adaptable independent breweries since half the Bateman family took the leap of faith necessary to buy out the other half and keep the brewery […]

Arbor Brigstow Bitter

Arbor Ales Brigstow Bitter. Pic: Wonker – Creative Commons

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 4.3% Origin: Bristol, England Website: arborales.co.uk

Bristol is one of Britain’s more exciting beer cities at the moment, with some outstanding pubs, a small but growing cluster of decent small breweries and a flourishing homebrew scene. Besides Bath Ales, actually now […]

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 […]

Williams Brothers Nollaig

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 7% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.williamsbrosbrew.com

Williams Brothers Brewery

Alloa is the largest town in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland – once the smallest Scottish county in the days when the country still had them. A hundred years ago the town ranked alongside Burton upon Trent, Edinburgh, London and […]

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: www.magicrockbrewing.com

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 […]

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 […]

Roosters Baby Faced Assassin

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 6.1% Origin: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England Website: www.roosters.co.uk

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: www.leedsbrewery.co.uk

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: www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk

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 […]