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Nelson Moura fought is way of his own mediocrity to become a respected journalist and social media guru. Or so he thinks. Born in Porto, Portugal in 1990 he decided to steer is chaotic writing towards journalism. Contact me if you need a review
Published July 8th 2012

Normally when people think of high class tastings they don't normally associate it with beer, but that's just because they've never been at the Rake.

This small pub, placed in Borough Market, prides itself on its eclectic and international array of fine lagers, stouts and ales. "Always 130 on the fridge and 180 on total" says manager Tom South, 36, "we also change our ale casks 3 times a day".

Included with other ciders, wines and other soft drinks, variety is the key in the Rake, it's easy to lose your nerve when you're in front of the huge rainbow spectrum of beers behind the balcony.

People from all over the world have placed their opinions in its walls, expressing their joy on that San Diego stout with its incredible fruity after taste or that Indian Pale Ale that made their day.

They started as an outlet for Utobeer 5 years ago, a beer wholesale company, but later changed into an independent business that ended up winning the 2008 and 2009 Best Bar Awards and is now a cult destination of London's thirsty beer savants.

We have a vast range of connections with many brewers from Germany, Belgium, Czech republic, lots of countries. But we don't forget the national and local beers" Tom says proudly.

When asked for its finest product, he points to a beautiful St Stefanus Belgium beer "11 pounds for half a glass".

At the end of a calm evening in this small and cheerful bar, you feel like an elite fermented wheat connoisseur, ready to impress your friends and family with some beer knowledge.
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Where: 14a Winchester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1
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