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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


Schneider Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin

Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Nelson Sauvin.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 […]

Hoepfner Kräusen

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009. Beer sellers: Cerveteca

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Website:

Hoepfner Kräusen Krug

Hoepfner is an undersung family-owned independent founded in 1798 in Liedolsheim. It relocated to Karlsruhe in 1849 to take advantage of natural ice caves for lagering, and now claims […]

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

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier Leicht

Kulmbacher Kapuziner Weißbier mit feiner Hefe

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