The definitive independent beer guide for visitors to America s West Coast, as well as to Las Vegas, Alaska and Hawaii. As the place where American micro-brewing was born, the West Coast has become the epicentre of a brewing revolution. Perhaps surprisingly to some, America is now home to more beer styles than anywhere else in the world and its flourishing brewing industry has a growing reputation for quality and innovation. This authoritative and entertaining guide to the breweries, brewpubs and beer bars of America s West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii is written by two experienced British beer writers who have spent considerable time travelling in America and developing an infectious enthusiasm for its exciting beers and brewing scene.
Drinks writer Ben McFarland is the triple-crowned "British Beer Writer of the Year" and author of "World's Best Beers"; "Boutique Beer; 500 of the World's Finest Craft Brews" and, his first book, "Good Beer Guide West Coast USA" - co-written with fellow drinks expert Tom Sandham.
He and Tom founded www.thinkingdrinkers dot com - an online destination for discerning drinkers - and together they have written and performed "The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol", a unique comedic drinking show which has starred at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre for 3 years running.
They also host beer and spirit tastings at festivals and events up and down the country and regularly appears on TV and Radio gently urging people to 'drink less but drink better'.
Ben also writes for numerous publications including Jamie Oliver Magazine, the Telegraph, The Guardian, the Independent, the Spectator, Conde Naste Traveller and a host of specialist drinks magazines both in the UK and the USA.
He lives in London.