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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.
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From the cellar: Caledonian Burns Ale

Caledonian Burns Ale

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland Website: www.caledonianbeer.com First published: 5 February 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. Caledonian is no longer “proudly independent”: Scottish Courage became involved in 2004 […]

From the cellar: Williams Brothers (Heather Ales) Kelpie

Williams Brothers Brewery

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.williamsbrosbrew.com First published: 5 February 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.

At the time of writing, the beer was brewed at the […]

From the cellar: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

ABV: 6% Origin: Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.harviestoun.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.

Old Engine Oil hadn’t been around very long when […]

Tempest Brave New World

Tempest Brave New World

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.8% Origin: Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland Website: www.tempestbrewingco.com

In May 2012 I hosted an IPA tasting downstairs at Mason & Taylor in Shoreditch – one of my favourite new craft beer bars in London until BrewDog made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Manager Steve Taylor […]

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 […]

Fyne Jarl

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 3.8% Origin: Cairndow, Argyll & Bute, Scotland Website: www.fyneales.com

Fyne Ales Jarl

Cask golden ales are now as ubiquitous in Britain as traditional bitter, and most, it’s sad to say, make for relatively bland, if refreshing, drinking. One of the ways some of them are marking themselves out is by […]

Tryst Drovers 80/-

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop; Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4% Origin: Larbert, Falkirk, Scotland Website www.trystbrewery.co.uk

Tryst Drovers 80/-

Tryst is a strong candidate for the list of the most underrated breweries in the UK — I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad beer from this micro just outside Falkirk. The […]

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn LadeBack

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Throsk, Stirling, Scotland Website: www.traditionalscottishales.com, www.theladeinn.com

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn LadeBack

In 2003, the owners of the delightful Lade Inn in the Trossachs near Callander decided to add to the pub’s attractions by opening a microbrewery in an outbuilding, developing a range of own […]

Moulin Ale of Atholl

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross, Scotland Website: www.moulininn.co.uk

Moulin Brewery Real Ales Special Brews

From one of Scotland’s (and the UK’s) smallest and most scenically situtated breweries comes this bottle conditioned rarity in an intriguingly screen printed bottle. It’s from the village of Moulin, actually the […]

Highland (Swannay) Orkney Blast

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 6% Origin: Swannay, Orkney, Scotland Website: www.highlandbrewingcompany.co.uk

Highland (Swannay) Orkney Blast

One of Britain’s most northerly breweries and one of its more ambitious, the Highland Brewing Company’s Swannay Brewery was established by Rob Hill, formerly with the Orkney Brewery, originally as a beer firm that contracted out […]