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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


Tryst Drovers 80/-

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop; Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4% Origin: Larbert, Falkirk, Scotland Website

Tryst Drovers 80/-

Tryst is a strong candidate for the list of the most underrated breweries in the UK — I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad beer from this micro just outside Falkirk. The […]

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn LadeBack

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Throsk, Stirling, Scotland Website:,

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn LadeBack

In 2003, the owners of the delightful Lade Inn in the Trossachs near Callander decided to add to the pub’s attractions by opening a microbrewery in an outbuilding, developing a range of own […]

Moulin Ale of Atholl

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross, Scotland Website:

Moulin Brewery Real Ales Special Brews

From one of Scotland’s (and the UK’s) smallest and most scenically situtated breweries comes this bottle conditioned rarity in an intriguingly screen printed bottle. It’s from the village of Moulin, actually the […]

Spire 80 Shilling Ale

Featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 4.3% Origin: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England Website:

Spire 80 Shilling Ale

Founded in 2006 by former Scots Guards musician David McLaren, and named for Chesterfield’s landmark twisted spire, this brewery has developed […]

Bridge of Allan Brig o’Allan 80/- Ale (Stirling Brig)

Originally published in What’s Brewing October 2002

Origin: Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Scotland ABV: 4 per cent Buy from the brewery, tel 01786 834555,

Traditional Scottish Ales Brig o'Allan 80/- / Stirling Brig

Sadly, bottled beer drinkers haven’t done as well as their draught-quaffing counterparts in the current Scottish beer renaissance. The craft-brewed […]