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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: Salopian Gingersnap

Salopian Brewery

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England Website: Date: 16 April 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.

Salopian is something of a survivor, reinventing itself several times since being founded […]

Batemans Combined Harvest

Batemans Combined Harvest Multigrain Beer

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 4.4% Origin: Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England Website:

Under its picturesque disused windmill, Batemans has proved one of England’s more enduring and adaptable independent breweries since half the Bateman family took the leap of faith necessary to buy out the other half and keep the brewery […]

Meantime Raspberry Grand Cru

ABV: 6.5% Origin: London SE7, England Website:

Meantime Raspberry Grand Cru

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. […]

Hop Back Taiphoon

A shorter version of this review was first published in BEER August 2008 as part of a piece about beers for summer outdoor drinking. For more summer beers, see previous post.

ABV: 4.2% Origin: Downton, Wiltshire, England Website:

Hop Back Brewery

From this Wiltshire micro’s well distributed portfolio of bottle conditioned beers comes […]

Okell’s Mac Lir

First published in BEER June 2008 as part of a piece about wheat beers. Read more about wheat beers in previous post.

ABV: 4.4 per cent Origin: Kewaigue, Isle of Man Website

Okell's Mac Lir Wheat Beer

From one of the other Celtic nations [Cornwall was featured in the last post] comes a […]

Sharp's Honey Spice Wheat Beer

First published in BEER June 2008 as part of a piece about wheat beers.

ABV: 6.8 per cent Origin: Rock, Cornwall, England Website

Sharp's Honey Spice Wheat Beer

It’s a fine sunny spring day outside as I write this page – perhaps, given the weather so far this year, it’s too much of […]

Otley O-Garden and O8

First published in BEER March 2008 as part of a piece about Welsh beers. Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.8 and 8 per cent Origin: Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf Website

Otley O-Garden

Last month’s BEER previewed CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend in Cardiff by featuring Welsh beer and breweries, with my colleague Brian Glover […]