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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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Mikkeller/Proef Big Worse Barley Wine

Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine (Proef)

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 12% Origin: Lochristi, Oost-Vlaanderen Website: mikkeller.dk

Highly creative and prolific Danish cuckoo brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø will need no introduction to craft beer connoisseurs. His preconception-challenging products have cut a swathe through the world of beer appreciation since his kitchen home brews first went […]

Coniston No 9 Barley Wine

Coniston No 9 Barley Wine

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Coniston, Cumbria, England Website: www.conistonbrewery.com

The results of CAMRA’s annual Champion Beer of Britain competition regularly provoke dark mutterings. Usually I hear them from trendy young hopheads convinced that the judging panel favours supposedly boring traditional low gravity styles but this year […]

Harveys Christmas Ale

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 8.1% Origin: Lewes, East Sussex, England Website: www.harveys.org.uk

Harveys Christmas Ale

The end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 found me tasting an unusually large number of British cask ales as I worked my way round potential places to drink for my London guide. Normally, to preserve as clear […]

Fuller’s Vintage Ale

Top Tastings 2009 / CAMRA North London Tasting 2010 / London beer tastings 2011 / Top Tastings 2011 (2001 vintage)

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Chiswick, London W6, England Website: www.fullers.co.uk

A run of Fuller's Vintage Ale poses for the camera, Hock Cellar, Fuller's Brewery, London W6, October 2011

Until the recent resurgence that took […]

Sharp’s Turbo Yeast Unspeakable Abhorrence from Beyond the Ninth Level of Hades III

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011

ABV: 24% Origin: Rock, Cornwall, England Website: www.sharpsbrewery.co.uk, http://brewingreality.blogspot.com

Sharp's Turbo Yeast Unspeakable Abhorrence from Beyond the Ninth Level of Hades III. Pic: Reuben Gray, www.taleoftheale.com.

Sharp’s brewer Stuart Howe has produced some inventive stuff in his time, recently setting himself the challenge of producing a new beer […]

Boston Samuel Adams Utopias 2009

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 27% Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Website: www.samueladams.com

Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Utopias 2009

I got an opportunity to try Utopias at a beer judging — it was presented anonymously but others on our judging team who’d tried it before instantly recognised it, and we later confirmed what it was, […]

Green Jack Ripper

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Lowestoft, Suffolk, […]

Hardknott Infra Red, Æther Blæc and Granite 2009

Top Tastings 2010 (Granite)

ABV: 6.5%, 8% and 10.4% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://hardknottale.co.uk/

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view […]

Traquair House Traquair 2010

ABV: 10% Origin: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders Website: www.traquair.co.uk

Traquair 2010

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is […]

Marble Decadence and Special

ABV: 8.7% and 10.7% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in […]