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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


ThirstyBear Golden Vanilla, Meyer ESB and Ryeison

ABV: 4.5, 6.4 and 7.2% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website:

ThirstBear Brewing Company and Spanish Cuisine, San Francisco

Northern California’s Bay Area is indisputably the birthplace of the modern US craft brewing movement, whether you date it from Fritz Maytag buying and reviving San Francisco’s historic Anchor brewery in 1965 or Jack […]

Hepworth Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Horsham, West Sussex, England

Hepworth Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue

Ridgeway, based at South Stoke just south of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, is a beer firm set up by former Brakspear brewer Peter Scholey when that historic company pulled out of brewing. The brand name references the prehistoric trackway, […]

West Berkshire Dr Hexter’s Healer

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Yattendon, West Berkshire, England Website:

West Berkshire Dr Hexter's Healer

From the image on the label, you might guess that Dr Hexter was some eccentric Victorian quack, but he turns out to be a more contemporary local character — the landlord of a pub in Wantage […]

Breconshire Winter Beacon

This beer featured in BEER May 2011 as part of a piece on the influence of different malts on beer flavour. To read about other beers featured see Hopshackle Historic Porter.

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Aberhonddu, Powys, Cymru Website:

Breconshire Winter Beacon

The qualities of speciality malts aren’t limited to darker beers and can […]

Nynäshamns Bedarö Bitter

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2011, Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Nynäshamn, Södermanland, Sweden Website:

Nynäshamns Bedarö Bitter

One of the highlights of the Beer Bloggers Conference was a Night of Many Beers hosted by Camden Town brewery, most of which I spent hovering by the table of Swedish and Italian craft […]

Mordue Workie Ticket

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 4.5% Origin: North Shields, Tyne & Wear, England Website:

Mordue Workie Ticket

The Newcastle conurbation is famous for its internationally known Brown Ale, now made in Gateshead on the south bank of the Tyne, but there are far, far better beers made in the region. Several of them come […]

Stewart St Giles

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in selected newsagents.

ABV: 5% Origin: Newington, Edinburgh, […]

Nethergate Augustinian Premium Ale

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.5% Origin: Sudbury, Suffolk, England Website:

Nethergate Augustinian

Brewer Ian Hornsey, a former microbiologist, has been turning out excellent beers on a commercial scale since 1986, and has worked from his current site since 2005. He’s particularly renowned for reviving the […]

Greene King Suffolk Springer, Morland Old Crafty Hen and Strong Suffolk

Top Tastings 2010 (Strong Suffolk)

ABV: 6%, 6.5% and 6% Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Website:

Greene King Suffolk Springer

These three beers offer currently the only options for public access to Greene King’s legendary Old 5X, Britain’s only surviving wood aged beer made on a commercial scale. GK have long followed […]

Wells and Young’s Young’s Bitter and Kew Gold

First published in BEER July 2008 as part of a piece on beers recently converted to bottle conditioning. Young’s Bitter also included in Top Tastings 2008.

ABV: 4.5 and 4.8 per cent Origin: Bedford, Bedfordshire Website

Wells and Young's Young's Bitter

When you consider how perilously close British bottle conditioned beer was to […]