London Beer and Brewery Tour
Londoner Des is the award-winning author of the definitive guide to beer in the capital, The CAMRA Guide to London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars. As well as contributing to many other books and publications, he's an Accredited Beer Sommelier, an international beer judge and a busy host of beer tours and tutored tastings with a particular passion for brewing heritage and history.
Doris is a food and wine afficionado who is so passionate about food that she spent a year learning French culinary skills at Le Cordon Bleu, and completed a 6-week internship each in a bistro in Paris and the only Scandinavian restaurant in Hong Kong before graduation. She is also an advance-level wine professional, with a Level 3 Award in Wine and Spirits from WSET London. She occasionally freelances as a private chef, delighting friends and their guests with her pan-Asian-European menus, often with wine pairing. Since 2014, Doris has been a columnist with the leading financial daily in her birthplace, Hong Kong Economic Journal, sharing her insights on food, wine, travel, and culture, specifically her experience living in Singapore, Chicago and London every Wednesday in the newspaper’s culture page. Multiculturalism is a subject that continues to intrigue and captivate her, ever since her student days at the University of Chicago where she obtained a Master of Liberal Arts. A self-appointed global nomad, Doris freelances as an intercultural training consultant for executives and families relocating from the US and Europe to Asia and has published several books on culture and local history, as a Chinese-to-English translator, and contributed personal essays to a couple of English-language writing anthologies. Doris holds a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) of Cambridge University, UK and is a regular translator and transcriber for research companies and publishers in Australasia.
Tim is Wine Business Lecturer at Plumpton College in East Sussex, where his teaching also includes beer and spirits. He is a member of the Association of Wine Educators and a Wine and Spirit Education Trust certified educator with extensive experience hosting wine tastings for a wide variety of audiences. Equally happy with a pint of beer as with a glass of wine, he is a member of the Campaign for Real Ale and he has led many pub walks in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Brighton where he now lives. He has a particular interest in the social and cultural aspects of alcohol production and consumption.
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