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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


Panil Barriquée Sour 2012

Panil Barriquée Sour

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8% Origin: Torrechiara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Website:

Italian craft brewers and drinkers seem to have taken easily to perceiving beer through a similar mindset to that used for wine. It’s an artisanal product with a definite provenance, served with food from attractive 750ml bottles. Some of it […]

Heineken Italia Moretti La Rossa

Heineken Italia Moretti La Rossa

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Milano, Lombardia, Italy Website:

Even before the current crop of craft brewers producing weird beers in designer bottles, Italy deserved at least a footnote in any survey of world brewing. Although more famous for its wines, there has long been a market […]

Borgo Equilibrista

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

Birra del Borgo Equilibrista

ABV: 10.9% Origin: Borgorose, Latium, Italy Website:

Even the most experienced beer taster ultimately comes up against subjective judgement and hazy guesses about brewers’ intentions when evaluating beers, particularly those that push the envelope of categories. Plenty of professionals struggle with lambics and the […]

Boon / Revelation Cat 3 year old Marsala Lambic

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 6% Origin: Lembeek, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen (matured in Roma, Italy)

Revelation Cat Craft Brewing

Rome-based gyspy brewer Alex Liberati has been doing some strange stuff with unblended lambics from Boon and Girardin over the past few years. I wasn’t convinced by his single hop dry hopped lambics — traditionally […]

Ducato Nuova Mattina

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

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Roncole Verdi, Emili-Romagna, Italy Website:

Birrificio del Ducato Nuova Mattina (New Morning)

I first encountered this unusual saison-style Italian craft brew, “dry herbed” with ginger, green and red pepper, coriander and chamomile, on draught at the Pigs Ear […]

Baladin Nora Birra Egizia

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

ABV: 6.8% Origin: Piozzo, Piemonte, Italia Website:

Baladin Nora Birra Egizia

The restlessly creative Teo Musso is one of the pioneers of the new wave of Italian craft brewers: his brewpub Baladin dates back to 1996 and originally showed a […]

Ducato Viæmilia, Verdi Imperial Stout, Black Jack and La Luna Rossa

Top Tastings 2010 (Verdi Black Jack)

ABV: 5%, 8.2% and 8% Origin: Roncole Verdi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Website:

Italy, as I’ve mentioned here before, is currently one of the beer world’s innovation hotspots, with an emerging craft brewing movement fusing native respect for fine food and drink with a creative energy partly inspired by US […]

Nuovo Birrificio Italiano Amber Shock

ABV: 7% Origin: Lurago Marinone, Lombardia, Italy Website:

Nuovo Birrificio Italiano Amber Shock

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

A full review of this beer is featured in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, published May 2010 by Cassell Illustrated.

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