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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: Swale Whitstable Oyster Stout / Schelde Oesterstout

Whitstable oysters.

ABV: 4.5% / 8.5% Origin: Newham, Kent, England / Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands Website: / Date: 9 October 2000

Two more reviews from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). This was my first attempt at a comparative tasting, but to fit the OBBD format […]

Shepherd Neame Double Stout and India Pale Ale

Shepherd Neame Double Stout

Top Tastings 2012 (India Pale Ale)

ABV: 5.2% and 6.1% Origin: Faversham, Kent, England Website:

When I was rediscovering beer back in the mid-1990s, one of my favourites was bottle conditioned Shepherd Neame Spitfire, regularly available in my local supermarket. Its classic combination of rich malts and moist, sacky […]

Maximus Stout 6

Maximus Stout 6

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6% Origin: Utrecht, Netherlands Website:

My first visit to the Borefts Bierfestival at De Molen brewery in Bodegraven in September afforded me a chance to hang out in Utrecht for the first time in a few years – and unsurprisingly I kept bumping into beer bloggers […]

Leeds Pale and Gathering Storm

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

ABV: 3.8% and 4.4% Origin: Leeds, England Website:

Leeds Pale

The closure and demolition of an historic brewery is always a loss in economic and heritage terms and, depending on how embedded it was in the life of its surroundings, a potential loss to local culture too. But […]

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Melmerby, North Yorkshire, England Website:

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Nick Stafford’s Hambleton brewery is one of the most technically accomplished of British micros — and its founder is one of the more prominent characters on the beer scene. As commercial director of small brewers’ organisation SIBA, among […]

Oc’Ale Bière Noire Stout

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

ABV: 6% Origin: Lafrançaise, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Brasserie Oc'Ale

One of the surprises in store at specialist French beer shop Cave à Bulles in Paris is that craft brewing in France has now spread far beyond its historic home in the North, even to […]

Nøgne-Ø Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

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

ABV: 7.5% Origin: Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway Website:,

Nøgne-Ø Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

As the name of this beer suggests, Danish-based but itinerant cult brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is well aware of the enthusiast market and unsurprisingly the denizens of and […]

Brodie's Summer Stout

Great British Beer Festival 2010

ABV: 2.8% Origin: London E10, England Website:

Brodie’s, the in house brewery at the William IV pub in east London, continues to impress with an imaginative range of beers including plenty of the dark stff. Served from cask stillage at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ pre-GBBF reception at […]

Hook Norton Double Stout

First published in BEER July 2008 as part of a piece on beers recently converted to bottle conditioning. For more similar beers see previous post. Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 4.8 per cent Origin: Hook Norton, Oxfordshire Website

Hook Norton Double Stout

A steam-driven Victorian tower […]

Schans Van Vollenhoven & Co's Extra Stout

Bières sans frontières, Great British Beer Festival 2007. Top Tastings 2008. For more selections see previous post. Beer sellers: De Bierkoning

ABV: 7% Origin: Uithoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Website:

Van Vollenhoven poster

Van Vollenhoven’s Extra Stout is arguably one of the best beers currently produced in the Netherlands, and it’s also a piece of […]