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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
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"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: Buying bottled beer in 2005

Beers of Europe

My original intention was to use this blog to archive pieces that previously appeared elsewhere. I’ve stalled a little in implementing this plan, but now is the time to return to it. I’m starting with this piece which first appeared over ten years ago, in the November 2005 issue of BEER, […]

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn

First published in Beers of the World April 2008

Beers of Europe

The UK’s biggest range of international beers, comprising over 1,700 lines, can be found at a shop and warehouse in an industrial unit on the unpromisingly named Garage Lane, Setchey, just off the A10 on the rural southern outskirts of Kings Lynn. […]

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 6.9% Origin: Kelheim, Bayern, Germany Website: www.weltenburger.de

The Low Countries aren’t the only part of the world where monks mix with mash tuns: the German-speaking countries too have their brewing brothers, or at least breweries located in working monastery premises. Weltenburger […]

Koningshoeven La Trappe Dubbel

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 6.5% Origin: Berkel-Enschot, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: www.latrappe.nl

Koningshoeven La Trappe Dubbel

The only official Trappist brewery outside Belgium is operated by the secular Bavaria brewery in partnership with the brothers of the Abdij Onze Lieve Vrouw van Koningshoeven near Tilburg — for more background see the review of […]

Budějovický Budvar tmavý ležák / Dark Lager

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 4.7% Origin: České Budějovice, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.budvar.cz, www.budweiserbudvar.co.uk

Budějovický Budvar tmavý ležák / Dark Lager

Alongside Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell), Budvar was already a famous Czech name in international beer circles before the Velvet Revolution, thanks in part to the international currency of the term […]

Achouffe Mc Chouffe Brune Spéciale

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Achouffe, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: www.achouffe.be

Achouffe La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe

Today the Achouffe brewery is one of the most internationally familiar of Belgian micros, with its cheerful trademark “chouffes” (gnomes) grinning out from beer store shelves in more than 20 countries. All this must […]

Tipples The Hanged Monk

First published in BEER May 2008 as part of a piece about Norfolk milds. Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 3.8 per cent Origin: Acle Website www.tipplesbrewery.com

Tipples The Hanged Monk

The English region most associated with mild is, of course, the West Midlands, still home to a good few classics in cask. But […]