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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 6.9% Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website: www.weltenburger.de

The Low Countries aren’t the only part of the world where monks mix with mash tuns: the German-speaking countries too have their brewing brothers, or at least breweries located in working monastery premises. Weltenburger […]

Held-Bräu Hell

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Oberailsfeld, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: http://www.held-braeu.de/

Held-Bräu, Oberailsfeld

One of many small rural Franconian brewpubs, with a history dating back to 1680, “Hero Brew” is now run by Helmut Polster and his family. They turn out some seriously good stuff.

The malty accent of “Helles” beers is more typical […]

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Beer Sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: www.brauerei-hebendanz.de

Hebendanz Edel Pils

Hebendanz is one of several breweries and brewpubs in the large Franconian town and former royal city of Forchheim, home to the celebrated Annafest. It’s been a family business since 1579 and is now in the capable hands of […]

Blauer Löwe Dunkel

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Höchstadt an der Aisch, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: www.Brauerei-Blauer-Loewe.de

Brauerei Blauer Löwe

Another of those Franconian brewpubs with a long, long history, Blauer Löwe (Blue Lion) opened in 1633 as one of several breweries in Höchstadt to replace the old town brewery, destroyed during the Swedish invasion of […]