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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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From the cellar: Krombacher Pils

Krombacher Pils

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Kreutzal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Website: www.krombacher.de Date: 23 October 2000

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. Perhaps I underestimated the fame of Krombacher, now one of Germany’s biggest independents, […]

From the cellar: Oechsner Schwarzbier

Oechsner Schwarzbier

ABV: 5% Origin: Ochsenfurt, Franken (Bayern), Germany Website: www.oechsner.de Date: 9 October 2000

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. I resisted the temptation to correct the bit where I show my […]

From the cellar: Berliner Kindl Original Weisse mit Schuss, Himbeere

Berliner Kindl Weissbier mit Schuss Himbeere

ABV: 2.5% Origin: Berlin, Germany Website: www.berliner-kindl.de Date: 2 October 2000

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. For an update on the fate of the brewery since […]

From the cellar: Berliner Kindl Original Weisse mit Schuss, Waldmeister

Berliner Kindl Weissbier mit Schuss Waldmesiter

ABV: 2.5% Origin: Berlin, Germany Website: www.berliner-kindl.de Date: 6 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD), where it required webmasters Tom and Jasper to create a new ‘beer colour’ symbol in green! I’ve left it uncorrected — so please […]

Griesbräu Hell, Sommerfrisch and Werdenfelser Ur-Dunkel

Griesbräu, Murnau am Staffelsee, Bayern, Germany.

ABV: 5.1%, 5% and 4.8% Origin: Murnau am Staffelsee, Bayern, Germany Website: www.griesbraeu.de

Griesbräu zum Murnau is a sprawling historic inn in Murnau, on the edge of the Bavarian Alps, that was once patronised by Blaue Reiter artists Vassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter. Like many such establishments it […]

Karg Helles Hefe-Weißbier and Staffelsee Gold

Brauerei Karg, Murnau am Staffelsee, Bayern, Germany

ABV: 5% and 5.8% Origin: Murnau am Staffelsee, Bayern, Germany Website: www.karg-weissbier.de

Karg, in picturesque Murnau am Staffelsee on the edge of the Alps, has long been one of the more interesting small Bavarian Weizenbier brewers. As I found out on a recent visit to Murnau, it’s […]

Weihenstaphaner Vitus

Weihenstephaner Vitus

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Freising, Bayern, Germany Website: www.weihenstephaner.de

My 2012 top tastings feature not just the brewery that claims to be Britain’s oldest (Shepherd Neame), but the one that claims to be the world’s oldest too. Weihenstephan, or ‘Holy Stephen’, began brewing as a Benedictine monastery in Freising in […]

Schneider Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin

Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website: www.schneider-weisse.de

Of all the great European brewing industries, Germany’s seems the most conservative, complacent and insulated from international trends. Many of the country’s vast numbers of brewers still seem to think no further than their immediate distribution […]

Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose Original Leipziger Bier Spezialität

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4.6% Origin: Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany Website: www.gose.de

Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose Original Leipziger Bier Spezialität

Gose remains one of the world’s most neglected historic beer styles, perhaps because the handful of breweries producing it remain small craft affairs and until recently it’s rarely been available outside its Saxon heartland. Michael Jackson […]

Beck (Trabelsdorf) Zoigl Kellerbier

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 5.8 Origin: Trabelsdorf (Lisberg), Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: www.beck-braeu.de

Beck Bräu Trabelsdorf

Not to be confused with the massive AB InBev subsidiary in Bremen, Beck Bräu is a brewpub in a small village in the hilly, wooded country of Upper Franconia’s Steigerwald. Over the past few years a number of its […]