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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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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 […]

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Dunkel

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

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Vierzehnheiligen, Franken (Bayern), Germany

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Bier

I tried this wonderful unpasteurised Dunkel fresh from its cask at the Pigs Ear festival. The brewery, in a rural setting behind a basilica in a Franconian village named for “the […]

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier Leicht and Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

First published in BEER June 2008 as part of a piece about wheat beers. Read more about wheat beers in previous post.

ABV: 3.1 and 5.4 per cent Origin: Kulmbach, Franconia (Bavaria), Germany Website www.kulmbacher.de

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier Leicht

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

Bavaria is, of course, one of the heartlands […]

Heller Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Bamberg, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: www.schlenkerla.de

Brauerei Heller: Wirtshaus zum "Schlenkerla" in Bamberg. Photo: Asio otus, Wikimedia commons.

Heller-Trum Schlenkerla is the most prominent of the two breweries in the classic Franconian brewing city of Bamberg specialising in […]

Schneider Weisse Original

First published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece featuring German wheat beers available in UK supermarkets. For more wheat beers see previous post.

ABV: 5.4 per cent Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website: www.schneider-weisse.de

Schneider Weisse Original

Georg Schneider was licensed by the Bavarian royals to brew wheat beer at court in […]

Erdinger Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

Originally published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece about German wheat beers available from British supermarkets.

ABV: 5.3 per cent Origin: Erding, Bayern, Germany Website: www.erdinger.de

Erdinger Weissbier mit feine Hefe

I can think of few beer styles more suitable for springtime drinking than pale unfiltered wheat beer, with its citric […]

Spaten-Lowenbräu Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier

First published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece featuring German wheat beers available from UK supermarkets. For more wheat beers see previous post.

ABV: 5 per cent Origin: München, Bayern, Germany Website www.franziskaner.com

Spaten-Lowenbräu Franziskaner standee at Bierkraft, Brookyln NY

Spaten – one of the six big names represented at […]

Arcobräu Weissbier Hell (Waitrose Bavarian Weissbier)

First published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece featuring German wheat beers available in UK supermarkets. For more wheat beers see previous post.

ABV: 5.3 per cent Origin: Moos, Bayern, Germany Website: www.arcobraeu.de

Arcobräu Weissbier Hell

Arcobräu Waitrose Bavarian Weissbier

Waitrose has been treating its customers to this own-brand Weißbier […]