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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.
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From the cellar: Interbrew (Artois, AB InBev) Campbell’s Christmas Ale

AB InBev Campbell’s Christmas Ale

ABV: 8.3% Origin: Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Date: 26 March 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.

Campbell, Hope & King’s Argyle Brewery in Edinburgh’s Cowgate was founded in […]

From the cellar: Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel

ABV: 5% Origin: München, Bayern, Germany Website: www.franziskaner-weissbier.de First published: 5 February 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.

Franziskaner Dunkel is a classic brand that’s still very much […]

From the cellar: Hoegaarden Spéciale

Hoegaarden Spéciale

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Hoegaarden, Vlaams-Brabant, Flanders Website: hoegaarden.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. Hoegaarden Spéciale is still occasionally obtainable as a winter special, but you […]

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2007

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 13% Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA Website: http://www.gooseisland.com

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Originally brewed to celebrate this outstanding brewery’s 1000th batch of beer in 1992, this became the USA’s first cask matured beer and started a cult phenomenon among enthusiasts. The […]

Spaten-Lowenbräu Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier

First published in BEER April 2007 as part of a piece featuring German wheat beers available from UK supermarkets. For more wheat beers see previous post.

ABV: 5 per cent Origin: München, Bayern, Germany Website www.franziskaner.com

Spaten-Lowenbräu Franziskaner standee at Bierkraft, Brookyln NY

Spaten – one of the six big names represented at […]

Hertog Jan Grand Prestige

ABV: 10% Origin: Arcen, Limburg, Netherlands Website: www.hertogjan.nl

Hertog Jan Grand Prestige

1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

A full review of this beer is featured in the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, published May 2010 by Cassell Illustrated.

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Goose Island Honker’s Ale

First published in BEER July 2006 as part of a page about beers from the USA available in the UK. See previous post for more beers from the USA.

ABV: 4.3 per cent Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA Website: www.gooseisland.com

Goose Island Honker's Ale

When marketing man John Hall opened his Goose Island brewpub in […]

Hertog Jan Dubbel

Originally published in BEER February 2006.

To read about more beers stocked by Morrisons, see previous post.

ABV 7 per cent Origin Arcen, Limburg, the Netherlands Buy from Morrisons Website www.hertogjan.nl

Hertog Jan Dubbel

The Arcense Stoombierbrouwerij (Arcen steam brewery) in hilly Limburg dates back to 1915. Relaunched with a management buyout in 1981, […]

Hoegaarden Witbier

Originally published in What’s Brewing September 2002

Origin: Hoegaarden, Brabant, Belgium ABV: 5% Buy from: most supermarkets, beer shops

Hoegaarden Wit

Unfiltered ‘white’ beers were once the local speciality of the northeast corner of Brabant. Brewers here used unmalted wheat, giving a very fruity, phenolic and distinctively wheaty flavour, and spiced their beers with […]