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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

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From the cellar: Interbrew (Artois, AB InBev) Campbell’s Christmas Ale

AB InBev Campbell’s Christmas Ale

ABV: 8.3% Origin: Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Date: 26 March 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.

Campbell, Hope & King’s Argyle Brewery in Edinburgh’s Cowgate was founded in […]

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 10% Origin: San Diego, California, USA Website: www.alesmith.com

I first heard about the buzz around beer in San Diego from some itinerant locals who struck up a conversation with me at Belgium’s Zythos Bierfestival in 2008. They also very kindly gave me a […]

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale

Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8% Origin: Longmont, Colorado, USA Website: www.oskarblues.com

2012’s annual British Guild of Beer Writers reception on the eve of the Great British Beer Festival could almost have been tailor made to antagonise some of the more purist supporters of the festival itself – for […]

Achouffe Mc Chouffe Brune Spéciale

Beer sellers: Beers of Europe

ABV: 8.5% Origin: Achouffe, Luxembourg, Wallonie Website: www.achouffe.be

Achouffe La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe

Today the Achouffe brewery is one of the most internationally familiar of Belgian micros, with its cheerful trademark “chouffes” (gnomes) grinning out from beer store shelves in more than 20 countries. All this must […]

Traquair House Ale and Jacobite Ale

Originally published in BEER January 2006

ABV: 7.2 and 8 per cent Origin: Traquair, Scottish Borders, Scotland Buy from: Specialists Website: www.traquair.co.uk

Traquair House Ale and Jacobite Ale

Scotland also offers a few filtered bottled beers of note: for example, Williams Brothers Heather Ale range, which includes the unhopped Alba Ale; the wood-matured Innis […]

Black Isle Organic Scotch Ale and Porter

Originally published in BEER January 2006

ABV 5 per cent Origin Munlochy, Highland, Scotland Buy from local Tesco, specialist beer and organic shops Mail order 01463 811871, www.blackislebrewery.com

Black Isle Organic Scotch Ale

There’s something of a beer renaissance going on in Scotland, with a vibrant micro scene busily innovating as well as reinventing […]