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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.
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Fuller’s Bengal Lancer

London Beer Tastings 2011. This beer was featured in a piece on bottle conditioned beers from London in BEER August 2011. Read more about London bottle conditioned beers.

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Chiswick, London W5, England Website:

Fuller's Bengal Lancer

Bengal Lancer was launched in 2009 as Fuller’s contribution to the growing range of […]

Kingstone Classic Bitter, 1503 Tudor Ale and Humpty’s Fuddle

Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.5%, 4.8% and 58% Origin: Tyndyrn, Sir Fynwy, Cymru Website:

Kingstone Classic Bitter

I tasted several bottle conditioned Kingstone beers during a visit to the adjoining Meadow Farm Shop in the breathtakingly beautiful Wye Valley for a Beers of the World piece in 2008. There’s more background […]

Matuška Raptor IPA

Beer sellers: Zlý Časy / Pivkupectví Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 6.2% Origin: Broumy, Středočeský kraj, Czech Republic Website:

One of a small but growing number of innovative new microbreweries challenging the dominance of straightforward pale and dark lagers in the Czech Republic, Pivovar Matuška was founded only in 2009 but has already caused ripples […]

Thornbridge Halcyon Green Hopped IPA 2009

ABV: 7.7% Origin: Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, England Website:

Thornbridge Halcyon Green Hopped IPA. Pic: Mark Dredge,

Peak District-based Thornbridge continues to demonstrate its world class credentials with its latest batch of special bottles. This limited edition of Halcyon, already an impressive India Pale Ale, was brewed during last year’s hop harvest and dosed […]

Cigar City Humidor Series India Pale Ale

Great American Beer Festival 2010 Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Tampa, Florida, USA Website:

Cigar City Humidor Series

As the crowds poured into the Colorado Convention Centre on the opening night of the Great American Beer Festival, the queues soon began to form at some predictable locations, such as Lost Abbey and […]

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Beer sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 7% Origin: Healdsburg, California, USA Website:

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale

The fame of Northern California’s Sonoma County is now second only to neighbouring Napa among wine lovers, but the area round Healdsburg was once hop growing country, a fact which father and […]

Hopshackle Double Momentum

This beer featured in BEER August 2009 as a selection from the new Good Bottled Beer Guide.

ABV: 7% Origin: Market Deeping, Lincolnshire Website:


This is one of several beers I encountered during 2009 from Nigel Wright’s excellent Hopshackle Brewery: see my review of Historic Porter for more background. Double Momentum, an […]

Meantime Pale Ale, London Porter and India Pale Ale

First published in BEER April 2008 as part of a piece on beer in Sainsbury’s.

ABV: 4.7, 6.5 and 7.5 per cent Origin: Charlton, London, England Website

Meantime Pale Ale

When Heriot-Watt and Weihenstephan-trained brewer Alastair Hook set up on his own in an industrial unit a stone’s throw from the Thames Barrier […]

Shongweni Robson’s Durban Pale Ale

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 5.7% Origin: Polo Pony, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Website:

The South African beer market is unsurprisingly almost exclusively dominated by homegrown global brewer SABMiller, but there is a scattering of micros and brewpubs, and the one that’s gained the […]

Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA

First published in BEER June 2007 as part of a piece about Threshers off licence chain’s Local Ale scheme. For more Threshers Local Ales see previous post.

ABV: 6.5 per cent Origin: Basford, Nottinghamshire, England Website

Alcazar Bombay Castle IPA

Brewing at the Fox and Crown pub since 1999, Alcazar takes its name […]