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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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Williams Brothers Nollaig

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 7% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.williamsbrosbrew.com

Williams Brothers Brewery

Alloa is the largest town in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland – once the smallest Scottish county in the days when the country still had them. A hundred years ago the town ranked alongside Burton upon Trent, Edinburgh, London and […]

Magic Rock Cannonball, Human Cannonball and Bearded Lady

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 7.4%, 9.2% and 10.5% Origin: Huddersfield, Kirklees, England Website: www.magicrockbrewing.com

Welcome to the beer circus: poster at Magic Rock brewery, Huddersfield.

The last few years have seen not just the relentless growth of microbrewing in the UK but also the emergence of new approaches that challenge the old […]

Marble/Emelisse Earl Grey IPA

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6.8% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk

Marble/Emelisse Earl Grey IPA. Pic: The Ormskirk Baron, www.theormskirkbaron.com.

A serious looking 750ml bottle from Manchester’s marvellous Marble brewery can usually be relied upon to contain something at least interesting, but they’ve excelled themselves with Marble Earl Grey […]

Roosters Baby Faced Assassin

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 6.1% Origin: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England Website: www.roosters.co.uk

Roosters Brewery

Long before many of the current crop of in-yer-face British “craft” brewers had even reached legal drinking age, Roosters Brewery was challenging a market drenched in traditional brown bitters with the complex and distinctive aromas and flavours of […]

Leeds Pale and Gathering Storm

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 3.8% and 4.4% Origin: Leeds, England Website: www.leedsbrewery.co.uk

Leeds Pale

The closure and demolition of an historic brewery is always a loss in economic and heritage terms and, depending on how embedded it was in the life of its surroundings, a potential loss to local culture too. But […]

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

A display board listing the agenda for the second European Beer Bloggers’ Conference (EBBC) stood in the spacious foyer of the Leeds Metropole Hotel, provoking interest and, indeed, amusement among some of the guests at this landmark 1890s terracotta pile. Why does the idea of a beer bloggers’ conference […]

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 […]

Ilkley Mary Jane and Siberia

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012 Top Tastings 2012 (Siberia)

ABV: 3.5% and 5.9% Origin: Ilkley, Bradford, England Website: www.ilkleybrewery.co.uk

Ilkley Mary Jane

It’s a generational thing, not a Yorkshire thing. When I heard that the Ilkley brewery’s flagship cask ale goes by the name of Mary Jane, it made perfect sense. The name […]

Borgo Equilibrista

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

Birra del Borgo Equilibrista

ABV: 10.9% Origin: Borgorose, Latium, Italy Website: www.birradelborgo.it

Even the most experienced beer taster ultimately comes up against subjective judgement and hazy guesses about brewers’ intentions when evaluating beers, particularly those that push the envelope of categories. Plenty of professionals struggle with lambics and the […]