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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


Tempest Brave New World

Tempest Brave New World

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.8% Origin: Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland Website:

In May 2012 I hosted an IPA tasting downstairs at Mason & Taylor in Shoreditch – one of my favourite new craft beer bars in London until BrewDog made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Manager Steve Taylor […]

Societe The Butcher, the Harlot and The Pupil

Beers and brewhouse at Societe Brewing, San Diego CA.

Top Tastings 2012 (The Pupil)

ABV: 9.8%, 6% and 7.7% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website:

San Diego, a naval and university city in California’s far southwestern corner, is also a top craft beer producer, boasting heavy hitters like AleSmith, Port and Stone in […]

Shepherd Neame Double Stout and India Pale Ale

Shepherd Neame Double Stout

Top Tastings 2012 (India Pale Ale)

ABV: 5.2% and 6.1% Origin: Faversham, Kent, England Website:

When I was rediscovering beer back in the mid-1990s, one of my favourites was bottle conditioned Shepherd Neame Spitfire, regularly available in my local supermarket. Its classic combination of rich malts and moist, sacky […]

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:

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:

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

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:

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 […]

Caldera IPA

Beer sellers: Beermongers

ABV: 6.1% Origin: Ashland, Oregon, USA Website:

Caldera IPA

Of all the taboos that craft brewers in the United States have systematically busted, the notion of craft beer in a can is arguably one of the most challenging. It certainly was to me. I listened with some incredulity when the […]

Proef/Craig Allan Agent Provocateur and Cuvée d’Oscar

Top Tastings 2011 (bottled Cuvée d’Oscar), Beer sellers: Abbaye des Saveurs

ABV: 6.5% and 7.5% Origin: Lochristi, Oost-Vlaanderen, Vlaanderen Website:,

Craig Allan Cuvée d'Oscar (brewed at Proef)

These beers are produced in Belgian Flanders by a Scottish brewer based in Picardy, northern France, and are decidedly international at heart. Craig Allan […]

Redwillow Ageless Double IPA

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Macclesfield, Cheshire East, England Website:

Redwillow Ageless Double IPA

Recent years have seen the emergence of a number of new, small British breweries that place themselves firmly in the international craft beer movement rather than the native real ale tradition. I hesitate to use the label “craft […]

Kernel India Pale Ale Black, India Pale Ale and Pale Ale

London Beer Tastings 2011. For more background on the brewery, see previous post.

ABV: 6.8%, 7.1% and 5.5% Origin: Bermondsey, London SE1, England Website:

Kernel Pale Ale

Besides its old fashioned dark beers, Kernel brews contemporary beers fresh with the flavours of new world hops. These too are of exceptional quality, matching […]