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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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Panil Barriquée Sour 2012

Panil Barriquée Sour

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 8% Origin: Torrechiara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Website: www.panilbeer.com

Italian craft brewers and drinkers seem to have taken easily to perceiving beer through a similar mindset to that used for wine. It’s an artisanal product with a definite provenance, served with food from attractive 750ml bottles. Some of it […]

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 […]

Maximus Stout 6

Maximus Stout 6

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6% Origin: Utrecht, Netherlands Website: www.brouwerijmaximus.nl

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 […]

Dying Vines/Linden Street Dee’z English Mild

Dying Vines brewery, Oakland, California

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 4% Origin: Oakland, California, USA Website: dyingvines.com, lindenbeer.com

One interesting facet of my most recent visit to California in October 2012 was the obvious growth of interest among craft brewers in cask conditioned beer. Numerous bars I visited were sprouting a couple of handpumps […]

Le Brewery Odo

Le Brewery Odo

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6.6% Origin: Joué du Bois, Orne, France Website: www.le-brewery.com

I know of several expatriate Brits involved with small breweries in France – an interesting country for beer at the moment as a new international craft brewing sensibility is supplementing and reinventing established regional styles. Steve Skews is […]

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Knee Deep Simtra Triple India Pale Ale

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 11.3% Origin: Lincoln, California, USA Website: kneedeepbrewing.com

I asked the staff of small but outstanding specialist drinks shop Healthy Spirits, in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle, for a recommendation of a new West Coast IPA to try and was pointed to this example from […]

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 2.9% Origin: Austin, Texas, USA Website: jesterkingbrewery.com

It seems US craft beer drinkers, probably with some relief, are starting to realise there’s life below 5.5%. Session beer is one of the current buzz terms across the Atlantic, as brewers start to take up the challenge […]

Heineken Italia Moretti La Rossa

Heineken Italia Moretti La Rossa

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Milano, Lombardia, Italy Website: birramoretti.com

Even before the current crop of craft brewers producing weird beers in designer bottles, Italy deserved at least a footnote in any survey of world brewing. Although more famous for its wines, there has long been a market […]

Greene King Old 5X

The unlikely handpump that lured the bloggerati — Greene King Old 5X on cask at the Great British Beer Festival, London, August 2012.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 12% Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Website: www.greeneking.co.uk

It has to be admitted that these days the Greene King bar is rarely the hottest place to […]

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black label)

Gueuze Girardin 1882 (Zwart etiket)

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 5% Origin: Sint-Ulriks-Kapelle, Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen Website: www.brouwerijgirardin.com

Girardin is arguably the most consistently and rootedly traditional of all the lambic breweries. The others were either founded since the self conscious revivalism of the 1970s or, like Cantillon, heavily influenced by it – or at the […]