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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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From the cellar: Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

Castelain Ch’ti Ambrée

ABV: 5.9% Origin: Bénifontaine, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France Website: brasseriecastelain.com Date: 6 November 2000

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. Oh for those halcyon days when Safeway UK (since taken over by […]

From the cellar: Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

De Regenboog ‘t Smisje Honingbier

ABV: 6% Origin: Assebroek (Brugge), West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Website: www.smisje.belgianbeerboard.com Date: 23 October 2000

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.

De Regenboog (The Rainbow) was originally a printing business […]

From the cellar: Louwaege Hapkin

Louweage Hapkin

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Kortemark, West-Vlaanderen, Flanders Date: 23 October 2000

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.

The Louwaege brewery, founded in 1877, closed in 2002 when the founding family sold it […]

From the cellar: Carlsberg Elephant Beer

Carlsberg Elephant Beer: vintage poster

ABV: 7.2% Origin: København, Hovedstaden, Denmark Website: www.carlsberggroup.com Date: 23 October 2000

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. Elephant Beer is still brewed, as it has been since […]

From the cellar: Krombacher Pils

Krombacher Pils

ABV: 4.8% Origin: Kreutzal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Website: www.krombacher.de Date: 23 October 2000

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. Perhaps I underestimated the fame of Krombacher, now one of Germany’s biggest independents, […]

From the cellar: Oechsner Schwarzbier

Oechsner Schwarzbier

ABV: 5% Origin: Ochsenfurt, Franken (Bayern), Germany Website: www.oechsner.de Date: 9 October 2000

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. I resisted the temptation to correct the bit where I show my […]

From the cellar: Swale Whitstable Oyster Stout / Schelde Oesterstout

Whitstable oysters.

ABV: 4.5% / 8.5% Origin: Newham, Kent, England / Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: www.scheldebrouwerij.com / http://whitstablebrewery.co.uk Date: 9 October 2000

Two more reviews from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). This was my first attempt at a comparative tasting, but to fit the OBBD format […]

From the cellar: Berliner Kindl Original Weisse mit Schuss, Himbeere

Berliner Kindl Weissbier mit Schuss Himbeere

ABV: 2.5% Origin: Berlin, Germany Website: www.berliner-kindl.de Date: 2 October 2000

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. For an update on the fate of the brewery since […]

From the cellar: Palm Aerts 1900

Palm Aerts 1900

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Steenhuffel (Londerzeel), Vlaams-Brabant, Flanders Website: http://palm.be Date: 25 September 2000

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. Palm is still very much around as one of Belgium’s national […]

From the cellar: Tesco Drinks Awards 2006

Waiting for judgement day: bottles at the Tesco Drinks Awards.

Here’s a look back to the beer judging at the Tesco Drinks Awards in 2006, as published in the November 2006 issue of BEER. It was my second proper feature commission, and my first time as a beer judge. I’m eternally grateful to the […]