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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
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"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
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Des de Moor


Port Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share Bourbon Barrel

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

ABV: 12.5% Origin: San Marcos, California, USA Website:,

Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur. Pic: Port Brewing

Another rare treat on draught at the Great British Beer Festival, this extraordinary barrel aged beer has spent six months in Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey […]

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Featured in BEER November 2009 as a strong ale for winter drinking. For similar beers, see previous post.

ABV: 8% Origin: Woodbastwick, Norfolk, England Website:

Woodforde's Norfolk Nip

Established in 1980, Woodforde’s is now quite a veteran, and a leading player in the burgeoning microbrewing scene of East Anglia. As well as a […]

Sharp’s Massive Ale

Featured in BEER November 2009 as a strong ale for winter drinking. For more beers in this piece, see previous post.

ABV: 10% Origin: Rock, Cornwall Website:

Sharp's Brewery

Massive Ale is one of Sharp’s brewer Stuart Howe’s bottled specialities, an exciting sideline with a distinct Belgian influence for one of the more […]

Otley O-Garden and O8

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.8 and 8 per cent Origin: Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf Website

Otley O-Garden

Last month’s BEER previewed CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend in Cardiff by featuring Welsh beer and breweries, with my colleague Brian Glover […]

JW Lees Harvest Ale

First published in BEER December 2007 as part of a piece about strong beers for the festive season. For more strong festive beers see previous post.

ABV: 11.5 per cent Origin: Middleton Junction, Manchester, England Website

JW Lees Harvest Ale

The term “vintage”, which strictly speaking refers to the grape harvest, is often […]

O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale

First published in BEER December 2007 as part of a piece about strong beers for the festive season.

ABV: 11.7 per cent Origin: Whimple, Devon, England Website

O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale

When it comes to the festive season, I’m something of a bah humbug type by nature, but one of the things […]

Chiltern Bodgers Barley Wine

First published in BEER December 2006 as part of a page about strong beers. See previous post for more strong beers.

ABV: 8.5 per cent Origin: Terrick, Buckinghamshire, England Website:

Chiltern Bodgers Barley Wine

Launched in 1980 and still run by the Jenkinson family, the Chiltern Brewery near Aylesbury is a rare survivor […]

Traquair House Ale 1000th Brew 2001

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 10% Origin: Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, Scotland Website:

Traquair House by James McIntosh Patrick, National Galleries of Scotland

Traquair House is the oldest inhabited stately home in Scotland and a new wave craft brewer ahead of its time. In 1965, several years before the launch of CAMRA, the rediscovery of […]

Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale Reserve 2007

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 11% Origin: Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website:

Thornbridge is currently one of the most exciting and innovative breweries in Britain, complimenting a range of high quality cask ales with a selection of bottled specialities including fine India Pale Ales and Imperial Stouts and the unclassifiable dark honey beer Bracia. It […]

Orkney Dark Island Reserve

Beer sellers: Scottish Real Ale Shop Top Tastings 2009 (bottled 2007), Top Tastings 2011 (draught 2010)

ABV: 10% Origin: Quoyloo, Orkney, Scotland Website:

Orkney Dark Island Reserve

One of Britain’s northernmost breweries and one of Scotland’s strong collection of distinctive micros, Orkney was founded in a derelict schoolhouse by an Englishman in […]