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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


From the cellar: Whim Dr Johnson’s Definitive

Whim Ales, Derbyshire

ABV: 5% Origin: Hartington, Derbyshire, England Website: Date: 6 November 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. Whim is still very much in business, though now just producing beer […]

From the cellar: Castle Eden Special Ale

Trophy Special, as brewed in Castle Eden.

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Castle Eden, Durham, England Website: Date: 7 September 2000

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit.

The history of Castle Eden, before and […]

Marble Old Manchester Ale

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 7.3% Origin: Manchester, England Website:,

Fuller's head brewer John Keeling with Marble Old Manchester. "Old and from Manchester." Pic: Fuller's

Collaboration beers are especially popular among the new generation of craft brewers, often across national boundaries, and have produced some fascinating results. But here’s one that crosses the […]

Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve No 3

Great British Beer Festival 2011 London beer tastings 2011

ABV: 9% Origin: London W4, England Website:

Brewer's Reserve No 3 maturing in whisky barrels in a spare corner of the Fuller's brewery, London W4, January 2011

I make no apologies for choosing a release of Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve as one of my […]

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale

Beer sellers: Cerveteca

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Regency Park, South Australia Website:

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale

The historic Coopers brewery near Adelaide is known as the hypertraditional custodian of the unique style of Sparkling Ale, as well as several other old established beers. But in 1998 head brewer Tim Cooper decided to create […]

Belhaven Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2011

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011

ABV: 8.2% Origin: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland Website:

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Scotland’s Innis & Gunn specialises in oak ageing beer — “like no other beer”, they’ve been known to claim rather inaccurately, although their take on the process is unusual. It came about when Dougal […]

Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9% Origin: Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England Website:

Samuel Smith Yorkshire Stingo

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 […]

Fuller’s Brewers’s Reserve No 2

Great British Beer Festival 2010

ABV: 7.7% Origin: London W4, England Website:

Fuller's Brewer's Reserve No 2 Limited Edition Oak Aged Ale

The Brewer’s Reserve series is Fuller’s head brewer John Keeling’s limited edition of wood aged beers, starting with a Glenmorangie whisky cask version in 2008. The second edition uses the same […]

Ffos y Ffin Cothi Gold and Paxton's Pride

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. For more Welsh beers see previous post.

ABV: 3.9 and 5.5 per cent Origin: Capel Dewi, Sir Gaerfyrddin Website

Bragdy Ffos y Ffin

Dairy farmer Glyn Lenton took over Ffos y Ffin farm outside Capel Dewi in rural Carmathenshire […]

Wychwood Brakspear Triple

First published in BEER November 2007 as part of a piece about beers from Booths supermarkets. More Booths beers in previous post.

ABV: 7.2 per cent Origin: Witney, Oxfordshire Website

Wychwood Brakspear Triple

Like Young’s, Brakspear is another revered Thames-side name now achieving good results at a new location. Most readers will be […]