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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


From the cellar: Oechsner Schwarzbier

Oechsner Schwarzbier

ABV: 5% Origin: Ochsenfurt, Franken (Bayern), Germany Website: Date: 9 October 2000

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. I resisted the temptation to correct the bit where I show my […]

Moonlight Death & Taxes

Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 5% Origin: Santa Rosa, California, USA Website:

Moonlight Death & Taxes Black Beer

The name refers to the old proverb about certainty, attributed among many others to Benjamin Franklin. And it’s a quality that I’ve come to associate over the past few years with Moonlight beers – the certainty […]

Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 5.8% Origin: Farmville, North Carolina, USA Website:

The Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier (black lager)

Only a philosopher could think to call a brewery Duck-Rabbit, after the ambiguous drawing seen as either a duck or a rabbit discussed in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophische Untersuchungen (Philosophical Investigations, 1953). And sure enough founder Paul Philippon […]

Asahi Premium Black / Kuronama

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

ABV: 5% Origin: Sumida, Tōkyō, Japan Website:

Asahi Premium Black Kuronama

The Japanese beer market exhibits a taste for dark lagers inherited no doubt from the German brewers who helped set up the country’s brewing industry in the late […]

Neder Schwarze Anna

Top Tastings 2009, Beer sellers: Landbierparadies

ABV: 5.2% Origin: Forchheim, Franken/Bayern, Germany

Neder Schwarze Anna

Franconia is still the secret garden of beer appreciation. There are about 300 breweries in the three districts that make up modern day Franconia, a culturally and historically distinct region of what’s now the German “Land” of Bavaria. Most […]