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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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Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Pure Hoppiness.

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 8% Origin: Alpine, California, USA Website: alpinebrewing.com

When you think about it, “Pure Hoppiness” is such an obvious punning name for a hop-focused beer, it’s surprising someone didn’t grab it years ago. Instead, it’s fallen to a very small but high achieving craft brewery in the […]

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website: www.russianriverbrewing.com

Russian River brewer Vinnie Cilurzo is generally credited with creating the Double IPA as a commercial beer style. Inaugural IPA, the first beer Vinnie brewed professionally, was so named as it launched his first brewing venture, Blind […]

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 11.3% Origin: Lincoln, California, USA Website: kneedeepbrewing.com

I asked the staff of small but outstanding specialist drinks shop Healthy Spirits, in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle, for a recommendation of a new West Coast IPA to try and was pointed to this example from […]

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 […]

Bend Hop-Head Imperial India Pale Ale

Top Tastings 2011, Beer sellers: The Beermongers

ABV: 9% Origin: Bend, Oregon, USA Website: www.bendbrewingco.com

Bend Hop-Head Imperial India Pale Ale

My trip to one of the US’s top craft beer cities, Portland, Oregon, in Autumn 2011 could easily have accounted for half my Top Tastings of the year, but to spread things […]

Port Hop-15

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 10% Origin: San Marcos, California, USA Website: www.portbrewing.com

Port Hop-15

I was delighted to discover bomber bottles of this classic US imperial India pale ale on sale in outstanding London beer seller Kris Wines. The name refers to its origin as a celebration ale for the 15th anniversary of the […]

Green Flash Le Freak

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9.2% Origin: Vista, California, USA Website: www.greenflashbrew.com

Green Flash Le Freak

Founded in 2002 by former pub owners Mike and Lisa Hinkley near San Diego, joined shortly afterwards by head brewer Chuck Silva, Green Flash has established itself as a favoured source of innovative and sometimes extreme beers with the […]

Avery Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 10.5% Origin: Boulder, Colorado, USA Website: www.averybrewing.com

Avery Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale

Regularly topping polls of the world’s best beers, this super-hopped pale ale comes from a Colorado brewery founded by home brewer Adam Avery in 1993, since much expanded and greatly admired for its cutting edge repertoire of […]

Moor Old Freddy Walker and JJJ IPA

Top Tastings 2010 (JJJ IPA)

ABV: 7.5% and 9.5% Origin: Pitney, Somerset, Engand Website: www.moorbeer.co.uk

An extended review of a beeer 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 online. […]

SweetWater Dank Tank Magnum IP

Great American Beer Festival 2010 Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9% Origin: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Website: http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com

SweetWater Dank Tank Magnum IP Imperial Pilsner

If the beers I tried from below the Mason-Dixon Line at the GABF are anything to go by, the craft breweries of the Deep South are quickly catching up with their […]