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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
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From the cellar: Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil

ABV: 6% Origin: Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: First published: 8 January 2001

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.

Old Engine Oil hadn’t been around very long when […]

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 6% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website:

Underlining the vital link between commercial craft brewing and homebrewing around which the vibrant beer culture of San Diego flourishes, the Ballast Point brewery actually began in a homebrewing supplies shop. Opened in 1992, Jack White’s […]

Anchor Brekle’s Brown, Porter and Steam Beer

Anchor Brewing Company, Mariposa Street, San Francisco, California 94107

Top Tastings 2012 (Porter)

ABV: 6%, 5.6% and 5% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website:

Despite numerous visits to San Francisco in recent years I hadn’t yet got round to visiting the famous Anchor brewery – arguably the motherlode of the current craft beer […]

Box Steam Funnel Blower

Box Steam Funnel Blower

Top Tastings 2011 Southwest porters and strong beers

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Colerne, Wiltshire, England Website:

Family-owned Box Steam, founded in 2004 near Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s celebrated Great Western Railway tunnel under Box Hill in rural Wiltshire, is a brewery well worth keeping an eye on. I bumped into them […]

Sambrook’s Junction, Powerhouse Porter and Pale Ale

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

ABV: 4.5%, 4.7% (5% in bottle) and 4.2% Origin: Battersea, London SW11, England Website:

Sambrook's Junction

The departure of Young’s from London in 2006 helped […]

Kernel Export Stout London 1890 and London Porter

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

ABV: 7.8% and 5.6% Origin: Bermondsey, London SE1, England Website:

Evin O'Riordan of The Kernel brewery, London SE1

Evin O’Riordan, founder and head brewer at […]

Brodie’s Passion, Red and Superior London Porter (strong version)

London beer tastings 2011. For more Brodie’s beers , see previous post. For background to these tastings see the review of Amarilla. This beer featured in BEER August 2011 as part of a piece on bottle conditioned beers from London. Read about more bottled London beers.

ABV: 3.8%, 4.3% and 10% Origin: Leyton, London […]

Ticinese Bad Attitude Two Penny Porter

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011

ABV: 8.15% Origin: Stabio, Ticino, Switzerland Website:

Birrificio Ticinese Bad Attitude Two Penny Porter

Yes, another brewer with a bad attitude, this time explicity proclaimed, and hailing from well-behaved Switzerland, though from the Italian speaking region, within a stone’s throw of the Italian border. Brewer […]

Molen 1914 Porter

Beer sellers: De Bierkoning

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website:

De Molen 1914 Porter

Another of the impressive range of porters and stouts to have emerged from under the “ark dove” windmill in Bodegraven, this limited edition beer was produced in 2008 by brewer Menno Olivier and beer historian Ron Pattinson, based […]

Maui CoCoNut PorTeR

Great American Beer Festival 2010

ABV: 5.7% Origin: Lahaina, Hawaii, USA Website:

Maui CoCoNut PorTeR

I’ d been wanting to try this celebrated speciality beer since I met its brewer, the charming Garrett W Marrero, at the Rake in London earlier this year, when he was over to brew a cask version of […]