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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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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 […]

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 2.9% Origin: Austin, Texas, USA Website: jesterkingbrewery.com

It seems US craft beer drinkers, probably with some relief, are starting to realise there’s life below 5.5%. Session beer is one of the current buzz terms across the Atlantic, as brewers start to take up the challenge […]

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 […]

Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Conflux No 1 Collage

Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Conflux No 1 — Collage

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 11.6% Origin: Bend, Oregon, USA Website: www.deschutesbrewery.com, www.hairofthedog.com

Two of the best known and highest achieving craft breweries in the general vicinity of Portland, Oregon, got together to produce this long anticipated collaboration beer. Over two years in the […]

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 […]

Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale

Beer sellers: Beermongers

ABV: 5.4% Origin: Pacific City, Oregon, USA Website: http://pelicanbrewery.com

Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale

US craft brewers, particularly West Coast ones, are known to beer fans in Europe primarily as producers of extreme beers – hyper-hopped, ultra gravity, wild fermented monsters that have preferably spent two years maturing in a bourbon barrel. […]

Logsdon Seizoen

Beer sellers: Beermongers

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Hood River, Oregon, USA Website: http://farmhousebeer.com

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Brewery

Dave Logsdon has more than an average brewer’s interest in yeast – he was a founder of renowned yeast culture supplier Wyeast, as well as being the original brewer at what’s now one of Oregon’s most successful craft […]

Caldera IPA

Beer sellers: Beermongers

ABV: 6.1% Origin: Ashland, Oregon, USA Website: www.calderabrewing.com

Caldera IPA

Of all the taboos that craft brewers in the United States have systematically busted, the notion of craft beer in a can is arguably one of the most challenging. It certainly was to me. I listened with some incredulity when the […]