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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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Pilsner Urquell: An old Czech fairy tale

A Pilsner Urquell dray begins the long trek to Johannesburg… Pic: Pilsner Urquell

I’m one of several writers who’ve complained in the past about the way in which the fanciful notions of marketing departments inform so much of the received wisdom on the history and heritage of brewing, and recently I’ve witnessed the process […]

Budějovický Budvar kroužkovaný ležák 12° and kroužkovaný tmavý ležák

Top Tastings 2012 (Kroužkovaný ležák 12°)

ABV: 5% and 4.7% Origin: České Budějovice, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.budejovickybudvar.cz

Budějovický Budvar kroužkovaný ležák 12° straight from the conditioning tank — note security device on glass.

These are the unfiltered, unpasteurised draught versions of Budvar’s flagship golden lager (labelled Budvar Czech Imported Lager in the […]

Plzeňský Prazdroj kvasnicový

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011, Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Plzeň, Plzeňský kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.prazdroj.cz

Plzeňský Prazdroj's head brewer Václav Berka serves up his Kvasnicový at the European Beer Bloggers Conference, London, May 2011. Pic: Reuben Gray, www.taleofale.com

The second word in the name of this famous Bohemian brewery — […]

Modrá Hvězda Dobřanská Hvězda světly ležak 12°

Pivovar Restaurant Hotel Modrá Hvězda

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Dobřany, Plzeňský Kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.modra-hvezda.cz

Mash tuns were fired again in Dobřany, once an important brewing town a little south of Plzeň, in 1998 when the ‘Blue Star’ hotel sprouted one of the first of a new generation of […]

Bernard Sváteční Ležák

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 5% Origin: Humpolec, Vysočina, Czech Republic Website: www.bernard.cz

Bernard Sváteční Ležák

The Bernard brewery, in the hill country between Bohemia and Moravia, traces its history to 1597 but its current reputation is strictly post-Velvet Revolution. In 1991 a team led by Stanislav Bernard bought […]

Polička Záviš světlý ležák 12°

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Polička, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.pivovar-policka.cz

Poličské Záviš světlý ležák 12°

This intriguing brewery in the birthplace of composer Bohuslav Martinů traces its history back to 1517 when it was founded by a cooperative of townspeople, thus its full title […]