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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

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Stone Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

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ABV: 7.2% Origin: Escondido, California, USA Website: www.stonebrew.com

Stone is the original bad boy brewer, with brand values that deliberately risk alienating certain groups of potential customers in order to boost the affinity of others. Offset by an obvious sense of humour and backed up by […]

Green Flash Trippel

Green Flash Trippel Ale

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ABV: 9.7% Origin: Vista, California, USA Website: www.greenflashbrew.com

Created to mark the brewery’s third anniversary in 2005, the curiously spelt Trippel has the traditional looking ingredients list of a Belgian abbey beer, with added sugar, Styrian Goldings and Czech Žatec hops and Trappist yeast, but nonetheless […]

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

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ABV: 6% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website: www.ballastpoint.com

Underlining the vital link between commercial craft brewing and homebrewing around which the vibrant beer culture of San Diego flourishes, the Ballast Point brewery actually began in a homebrewing supplies shop. Opened in 1992, Jack White’s […]

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Pure Hoppiness.

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ABV: 8% Origin: Alpine, California, USA Website: alpinebrewing.com

When you think about it, “Pure Hoppiness” is such an obvious punning name for a hop-focused beer, it’s surprising someone didn’t grab it years ago. Instead, it’s fallen to a very small but high achieving craft brewery in the […]

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

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ABV: 10% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website: www.alesmith.com

I first heard about the buzz around beer in San Diego from some itinerant locals who struck up a conversation with me at Belgium’s Zythos Bierfestival in 2008. They also very kindly gave me a […]

Societe The Butcher, the Harlot and The Pupil

Beers and brewhouse at Societe Brewing, San Diego CA.

Top Tastings 2012 (The Pupil)

ABV: 9.8%, 6% and 7.7% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website: www.societebrewing.com

San Diego, a naval and university city in California’s far southwestern corner, is also a top craft beer producer, boasting heavy hitters like AleSmith, Port and Stone in […]

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website: www.russianriverbrewing.com

Russian River brewer Vinnie Cilurzo is generally credited with creating the Double IPA as a commercial beer style. Inaugural IPA, the first beer Vinnie brewed professionally, was so named as it launched his first brewing venture, Blind […]

Dying Vines/Linden Street Dee’z English Mild

Dying Vines brewery, Oakland, California

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 4% Origin: Oakland, California, USA Website: dyingvines.com, lindenbeer.com

One interesting facet of my most recent visit to California in October 2012 was the obvious growth of interest among craft brewers in cask conditioned beer. Numerous bars I visited were sprouting a couple of handpumps […]

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 11.3% Origin: Lincoln, California, USA Website: kneedeepbrewing.com

I asked the staff of small but outstanding specialist drinks shop Healthy Spirits, in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle, for a recommendation of a new West Coast IPA to try and was pointed to this example from […]

FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout White Wax 2011

FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout 2011, white wax version

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 9.5% Origin: Truckee, California, USA Website: www.fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Craft brewers, particularly in the United States, are increasingly recognising the potential for “event beers” and limited editions in capturing the growing market of beer connoisseurs prepared to pay over the odds for something a […]