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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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Molen Tsarina Esra Reserve

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

ABV: 11% Origin: Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijdemolen.nl

Molen de Arkduif, where Brouwerij de Molen is based. Photo: PH Louw, from Wikimedia Commons.

Available from a huge claret cask at the Great British Beer Festival, this limited edition imperial porter is from one […]

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: www.mikkeller.dk, www.nogne-o.no

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 ratebeer.com and […]

Mexicana Potro

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

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Penjamo, Guanajuato, México Website: www.tequilacorralejo.com.mx

Mexicana Potro

This beer, which claims to be a porter, split our tasting team down the middle when it popped up at the Tesco Drinks Awards judging in 2008. Although a blind tasting, the stylish […]

Ithaca Excelsior! Ten

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

ABV: 9.9% Origin: Ithaca, New York, United States of America Website: www.ithacabeer.com

Ithaca Beer Co Celebrating 10 Years

According to the bottle, “too many malts to list” and “an excess of American hops” went into this rather special beer, which I bought bottle […]

Hofbrouwerijke hofblues

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

ABV: 5.5% Origin: Beerzel, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website: www.thofbrouwerijke.be

't Hofbrouwerijke hofblues

Hobby brewer Jef Goetelein dipped his toes into commercial brewing as a hirer of other brewers’ kit. In 2005, frustrated with this arrangement, he set up on his own “little farmyard brewery”, […]

Hoepfner Kräusen

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version appeared on facebook January 2009. Beer sellers: Cerveteca

ABV: 5.1% Origin: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Website: www.hoepfner.de

Hoepfner Kräusen Krug

Hoepfner is an undersung family-owned independent founded in 1798 in Liedolsheim. It relocated to Karlsruhe in 1849 to take advantage of natural ice caves for lagering, and now claims […]

Grolsch Premium Weizen

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

ABV: 5.3% Origin: Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands Website: www.grolsch.nl

Grolsch Premium Weizen

They may have been bought up SAB-Miller but Grolsch are certainly keeping up the quality with this relatively new Bavarian-style wheat beer, which raised eyebrows by beating several German producers in blind […]

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2007

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

ABV: 13% Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA Website: http://www.gooseisland.com

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Originally brewed to celebrate this outstanding brewery’s 1000th batch of beer in 1992, this became the USA’s first cask matured beer and started a cult phenomenon among enthusiasts. The […]

Girardin Kriek van ‘t vat

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

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams Brabant, Vlaanderen

Brouwerij Girardin

For the style this is easy drinking but top quality from one of the most respected lambic breweries, a cherry-red beer with a creamy, woody and tannic aroma rich and oily with natural […]

Duvel Moortgat Vedett Extra White

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

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Breendonk, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website: www.vedett.be, www.duvelmoortgat.be

Duvel Moortgat Vedett Extra White

Previously Duvel Moortgat’s wheat beer offering was Steendonk, produced in partnership with Palm, but the partnership ended this year and this beer, DM’s very own replacement, came as […]