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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: Iceni Norvic Ale

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Ickburgh, Norfolk, England Website: http://icenibrewery.co.uk 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. Iceni is still around, now one of the longest-surviving 1990s microbreweries, though Norvic Ale was retired […]

From the cellar: Kitchen Carrot Cruncher

Good for improving your eyesight, better to spot those rare beers.

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Huddersfield, Kirklees, Yorkshire, England First published: 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. Kitchen went into receivership […]

From the cellar: Old Chimneys Twa Thusend Gear Ealu

Old Chimneys Brewery

AKA: Two Thousand Year Ale ABV: 9.5% Origin: Market Weston, Suffolk, England Website: www.oldchimneysbrewery.com Date: 7 September 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. Old Chimneys is now something of […]

Williams Brothers Nollaig

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 7% Origin: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website: www.williamsbrosbrew.com

Williams Brothers Brewery

Alloa is the largest town in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland – once the smallest Scottish county in the days when the country still had them. A hundred years ago the town ranked alongside Burton upon Trent, Edinburgh, London and […]

ThirstyBear Golden Vanilla, Meyer ESB and Ryeison

ABV: 4.5, 6.4 and 7.2% Origin: San Francisco, California, USA Website: http://thirstybear.com

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 […]

Molen Hot & Spicy

Great British Beer Festival 2011

ABV: 10.2% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website: http://www.brouwerijdemolen.nl/

De Molen Hot & Spicy in its Bordeaux cask at the Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court, London August 2011

The big wooden barrels full of weird and wonderful beers that De Molen’s Menno Olivier brings to the Belgian/Dutch/Italian bar at […]

Broumov Opat Kvasničák Pepper

Great British Beer Festival 2011, Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 5% Origin: Broumov, Králové Hradecký kraj, Czech Republic Website: www.pivovarbroumov.cz

Broumov Opat Kvasničák Pepper

The Broumov brewery, by the Polish border, claims a history back to 1348, when the townspeople were first granted rights to brew, although the current plant dates from 1866. The […]

Kinshachi Nagoya Akamiso Lager

Kinshachi Nagoya Akamiso Lager

Japanese beer tasting, White Horse, London SW6, June 2011; Top Tastings 2011

ABV: 6% Origin: Nagoya, Chūbu, Japan Website: www.kinshachi.jp

Based in Japan’s third biggest city, Nagoya, Kinshachi was established in 1996 as the Landbeer brewery, though points to an earlier local tradition of brewing in the 1880s. Its […]

Tryst Blàthan

ABV: 4% Origin: Larbert, Falkirk, Scotland Website: http://www.trystbrewery.co.uk

This is an expanded review of a beer that featured as a fruit beer on the bottled beer review page in the August 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is also available in […]

Atlantic Discovery Organic Golden Pale Ale with Lime, Chilli & Ginger

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Newquay, Cornwall Website: www.atlanticbrewery.com

This is an expanded review of a beer that featured as a fruit beer on the bottled beer review page in the August 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is also available in selected […]