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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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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:

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 […]

Devils Backbone Barclay’s London Dark Lager

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Roseland, Virginia, USA Website:

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Many people assume UK lager is a relatively recent phenomenon, dating from the 1960s when the emerging big brewing groups first made a concerted effort to market a handful of rather undistinguished national brands. In fact British […]

Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví

ABV: 4.2% Origin: Chodová Planá, Plzeňský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

Chodovar Zámecké Černé

Incorporating ancient cellars cut into granite and completely dominating its small village home west of Plzeň, the Chodovar brewery traces its written records back to 1634, though much of today’s structure is the result […]

Budějovický Budvar tmavý ležák / Dark Lager

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 4.7% Origin: České Budějovice, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website:,

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 […]

Blauer Löwe Dunkel

Beer sellers: Landbierparadies, Nürnberg.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Höchstadt an der Aisch, Franken/Bayern, Germany Website:

Brauerei Blauer Löwe

Another of those Franconian brewpubs with a long, long history, Blauer Löwe (Blue Lion) opened in 1633 as one of several breweries in Höchstadt to replace the old town brewery, destroyed during the Swedish invasion of […]

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Dunkel

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Vierzehnheiligen, Franken (Bayern), Germany

Trunk Vierzehnheiligen Nothelfer Bier

I tried this wonderful unpasteurised Dunkel fresh from its cask at the Pigs Ear festival. The brewery, in a rural setting behind a basilica in a Franconian village named for “the […]

West Dunkel

Top Tastings 2009

ABV: 4.9% Origin: Glasgow, Scotland Website:


For four decades cask ale has been the focus of the British beer consumer movement, and the technical specifications for its production and dispense have become embedded in the ideology of beer appreciation as if they’re judgements of value and quality, with “lager” […]