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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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Stone Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Best Damn Beer Shop

ABV: 7.2% Origin: Escondido, California, USA Website: www.stonebrew.com

Stone is the original bad boy brewer, with brand values that deliberately risk alienating certain groups of potential customers in order to boost the affinity of others. Offset by an obvious sense of humour and backed up by […]

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 6% Origin: Roeselare, Oost-Vlaanderen Website: www.palm.be

Beer writers and experts tend to have different drinking habits from ordinary beer drinkers. To keep ourselves well informed and authoritative, we’re usually tasting beers we haven’t tried before, and find ourselves passing on the popular and familiar by. In contrast, […]

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 […]

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 […]

FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout White Wax 2011

FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout 2011, white wax version

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 9.5% Origin: Truckee, California, USA Website: www.fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Craft brewers, particularly in the United States, are increasingly recognising the potential for “event beers” and limited editions in capturing the growing market of beer connoisseurs prepared to pay over the odds for something a […]

Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Conflux No 1 Collage

Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Conflux No 1 — Collage

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 11.6% Origin: Bend, Oregon, USA Website: www.deschutesbrewery.com, www.hairofthedog.com

Two of the best known and highest achieving craft breweries in the general vicinity of Portland, Oregon, got together to produce this long anticipated collaboration beer. Over two years in the […]

Borgo Equilibrista

European Beer Bloggers Conference 2012

Birra del Borgo Equilibrista

ABV: 10.9% Origin: Borgorose, Latium, Italy Website: www.birradelborgo.it

Even the most experienced beer taster ultimately comes up against subjective judgement and hazy guesses about brewers’ intentions when evaluating beers, particularly those that push the envelope of categories. Plenty of professionals struggle with lambics and the […]

Dochter van de Korenaar Peated Oak Aged Embrasse

Zythos Bierfestival 2012

ABV: 9% Origin: Baarle-Hertog, Antwerpen, Vlaanderen Website: www.dedochtervandekorenaar.be

De Dochter van de Korenaar Peated Oak Aged Embrasse, Zythos Bierfestival, Leuven 2012

De Dochter van de Korenaar (‘the ear of corn’s daughter’, a poetic expression for beer) is a Belgian brewery, but only just. It was founded by a former home brewer, […]

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2010

Top Tastings 2011

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

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

I’ve been a fan of Chicago’s Goose Island beers ever since receiving some review samples of their pale ales when they were first imported to the UK (see Goose Island Honker’s Ale), and their pioneering wood […]