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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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Anchor Brekle’s Brown, Porter and Steam Beer

Anchor Brewing Company, Mariposa Street, San Francisco, California 94107

Top Tastings 2012 (Porter)

ABV: 6%, 5.6% and 5% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website: www.anchorbrewing.com

Despite numerous visits to San Francisco in recent years I hadn’t yet got round to visiting the famous Anchor brewery – arguably the motherlode of the current craft beer […]

ThirstyBear Golden Vanilla, Meyer ESB and Ryeison

ABV: 4.5, 6.4 and 7.2% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website: http://thirstybear.com

ThirstBear Brewing Company and Spanish Cuisine, San Francisco

Northern California’s Bay Area is indisputably the birthplace of the modern US craft brewing movement, whether you date it from Fritz Maytag buying and reviving San Francisco’s historic Anchor brewery in 1965 or Jack […]

Moonlight Death & Taxes

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 5% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website: www.moonlightbrewing.com

Moonlight Death & Taxes Black Beer

The name refers to the old proverb about certainty, attributed among many others to Benjamin Franklin. And it’s a quality that I’ve come to associate over the past few years with Moonlight beers – the certainty […]

Bruery Saison Rue

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Placentia, California, USA Website: www.thebruery.com

The Bruery Saison Rue

The Bruery gets its name from a pun on the family name of founder Patrick Rue, and was first employed to designate his home brewing kit during his days as a law student. It was ported over when, having […]

Port Hop-15

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 10% Origin: San Marcos, California, USA Website: www.portbrewing.com

Port Hop-15

I was delighted to discover bomber bottles of this classic US imperial India pale ale on sale in outstanding London beer seller Kris Wines. The name refers to its origin as a celebration ale for the 15th anniversary of the […]

Green Flash Le Freak

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9.2% Origin: Vista, California, USA Website: www.greenflashbrew.com

Green Flash Le Freak

Founded in 2002 by former pub owners Mike and Lisa Hinkley near San Diego, joined shortly afterwards by head brewer Chuck Silva, Green Flash has established itself as a favoured source of innovative and sometimes extreme beers with the […]

Stone Ruination IPA

Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Escondido, California, USA Website: www.stonebrew.com

Stone Ruination IPA. With lots of hops.

Stone is one of the most prominent and successful of new generation Californian micros, thanks to the quality of its beers and to a risky and slightly macho but ultimately rather savvy […]

Russian River Damnation Golden Ale

Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website: www.russianriverbrewing.com

Russian River Damnation Golden Ale

This was the first Belgian-inspired bottle conditioned beer I tried from one of California’s leading micros, a strong golden ale broadly in the style of Duvel that’s claimed three GABF medals so far. […]

Port Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

Beer sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 6.7% Origin: San Marcos, California, USA Website: www.lostabbey.com

Port The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale

This is one of Port’s Lost Abbey range of Belgian-style ales, though it began life as a plain Port beer, SPF45. Red Barn pays tribute to a rustic saison, though with […]

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 9% Origin: Fort Bragg, California, USA Website: www.northcoastbrewing.com

North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout

“Сердечный друг не родится вдруг,” reads the Russian inscription on the label of this multi-award winning Imperial Stout named after the notorious associate of the last Russian tsarina — “A dear […]