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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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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 […]

Heller Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Bamberg, Franken (Bayern), Germany Website: www.schlenkerla.de

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008.

Heller Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

Global warming may have turned late autumn into a balmy season that fools trees into staying up past their bedtime, but according to my childhood programming the cold begins in […]

Neder Schwarze Anna

Top Tastings 2009, Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany

Neder Schwarze Anna

Franconia is still the secret garden of beer appreciation. There are about 300 breweries in the three districts that make up modern day Franconia, a culturally and historically distinct region of what’s now the German “Land” of Bavaria. Most […]

Grasser Huppendorfer Vollbier

Top Tastings 2009, Beer Sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg

ABV: 5% Origin: Huppendorf, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website: www.huppendorfer-bier.de

Grasser Hupperdorfer Bier

Vollbier, “full beer”, is a tax category that accounts for the vast majority of German beers and rarely appears on labels, except in Franconia where it’s become specialised to full-bodied standard strength lagers that come out […]