They say…

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

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From the cellar: Freedom Soho Red

Freedom Brewery, ex-London, now Staffordshire.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: London WC2, England Website: freedombrewery.com First published: 8 January 2001

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.

It’s interesting to look back at this one as […]

From the cellar: Abbaye du Val-Dieu Brune

Val Dieu Brune

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Aubel, Liège, Wallonia Website: valdieu.com First published: 6 November 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. This beer is still available, though has had its ABV hiked […]

From the cellar: Whim Dr Johnson’s Definitive

Whim Ales, Derbyshire

ABV: 5% Origin: Hartington, Derbyshire, England Website: www.whimales.co.uk Date: 6 November 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. Whim is still very much in business, though now just producing beer […]

From the cellar: Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

ABV: 5.9% Origin: Bénifontaine, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France Website: brasseriecastelain.com Date: 6 November 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. Oh for those halcyon days when Safeway UK (since taken over by […]

From the cellar: Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

De Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

ABV: 6% Origin: Assebroek (Brugge), West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Website: www.smisje.belgianbeerboard.com Date: 23 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.

De Regenboog (The Rainbow) was originally a printing business […]

From the cellar: Louwaege Hapkin

Louweage Hapkin

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Kortemark, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Date: 23 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.

The Louwaege brewery, founded in 1877, closed in 2002 when the founding family sold it […]

From the cellar: Carlsberg Elephant Beer

Carlsberg Elephant Beer: vintage poster

ABV: 7.2% Origin: København, Hovedstaden, Denmark Website: www.carlsberggroup.com Date: 23 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. Elephant Beer is still brewed, as it has been since […]

From the cellar: Krombacher Pils

Krombacher Pils

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Kreutzal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Website: www.krombacher.de Date: 23 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. Perhaps I underestimated the fame of Krombacher, now one of Germany’s biggest independents, […]

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 […]

From the cellar: Swale Whitstable Oyster Stout / Schelde Oesterstout

Whitstable oysters.

ABV: 4.5% / 8.5% Origin: Newham, Kent, England / Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: www.scheldebrouwerij.com / http://whitstablebrewery.co.uk Date: 9 October 2000

Two more reviews from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). This was my first attempt at a comparative tasting, but to fit the OBBD format […]