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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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Belhaven Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011

ABV: 8.2% Origin: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland Website: http://www.innisandgunn.com/

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Scotland’s Innis & Gunn specialises in oak ageing beer — “like no other beer”, they’ve been known to claim rather inaccurately, although their take on the process is unusual. It came about when Dougal […]

Stewart St Giles

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 it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 5% Origin: Newington, Edinburgh, […]

Tryst Blàthan

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

This is an expanded review of a beer that featured as a fruit beer on the bottled beer review page in the August 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is also available in […]

Traquair House Traquair 2010

ABV: 10% Origin: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders Website: www.traquair.co.uk

Traquair 2010

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 […]

Stewart Edinburgh No 3 Scotch Ale

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.3% Origin: Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland Website: www.stewartbrewing.co.uk

Stewart Edinburgh No 3 Premium Scottish Ale

I was recently enthusing to a Scottish friend and fellow beer enthusiast about the recent improvements in the Scottish brewing scene, to a somewhat arch and cynical response. […]

BrewDog Edge

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

ABV: 2.7% Origin: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Website: www.brewdog.com

BrewDog

Founded in 2007 by iconoclasts James Watt and Martin Dickie, the latter formerly of Thornbridge, BrewDog has rapidly become one of Britain’s most exciting breweries. It’s also caused some controversy particulary through […]

BrewDog Paradox

First published in BEER January 2008 as part of a piece about imperial stouts. For more imperial stouts see previous post.

ABV: 10 per cent Origin: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Website www.brewdog.com

BrewDog Paradox

James Watt and Martin Dickie opened Grampian-based Brewdog only a year ago but they’ve already caused a stir with their original […]

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

ABV: 8% Origin: Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.harviestoun.com

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008. For more smoky beers see previous post.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

For a fine but mellow lightly charred experience I recommend Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve – not bottle conditioned but currently one of Britain’s […]

West Dunkel

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Glasgow, Scotland Website: www.westbeer.com

West

For four decades cask ale has been the focus of the British beer consumer movement, and the technical specifications for its production and dispense have become embedded in the ideology of beer appreciation as if they’re judgements of value and quality, with “lager” […]

Traquair House Ale 1000th Brew 2001

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 10% Origin: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, Scotland Website: www.traquair.co.uk

Traquair House by James McIntosh Patrick, National Galleries of Scotland

Traquair House is the oldest inhabited stately home in Scotland and a new wave craft brewer ahead of its time. In 1965, several years before the launch of CAMRA, the rediscovery of […]