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World's Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague [Hardcover]

Ben McFarland
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Book Description

25 Sep 2009

World’s Best Beers is an expert’s guide to the most popular drink on the planet, by one of Britain’s foremost beer writers. Divided into handy sections, it’s perfect for all beer--lovers, be they globe-trotting enthusiasts or armchair aficionados.

In ‘Beer Brewing’ and ‘Beer Styles’, beer’s noble history is unveiled, the art and science of brewing explored and more than 60 beer styles explained, from abbey ales to Zoigle beers.

‘A World of Beers’ profiles 1000 of the finest brews in entertaining detail. Tasting notes are infused with interesting anecdotes, whilst key sympls denote beer types, such as session beers, connoisseur classics or beers that go well with food. Featured beers include Belgian Trappist tipples,innovative American craft ales, beautiful Bavarian lagers, incredible English ales and the best cutting edge brewing from Italy, Denmark, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

Beer is enjoying a radical renaissance from Tokyo to Turin, and California to Canberra, with drinkers discovering that beer is every bit as diverse in its aromas and flavours as wine.

‘Beer and Food’ offers an epicurean insight into food-friendly beers and dishes that suit them. In specialist bars, pubs and restaurants diners are being converted from grape to grain.
with dinner – a phenomenon that’s gaining international attention.

World’s Best Beers is a truly international exploration from an award-winning beer expert. Anyone wishing to expand their horizons beyond the pallid lagers of their local pub should start here.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417284
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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‘McFarland’s coffee-table sized hardback is for the beer fiend, the person who seeks great brews as if they were the Ark of the Covenant…We recommend it without reservation.’

(alcoholreviews.com )

‘World’s Best Beers is a handsome tome…any beer lovers who receive this in their Christmas stocking will have plenty to keep them entertained and enthused for the year to come.’

(Insidebeer.com )

‘I would be happy if anyone who came to Oregon tried only the beers he suggested: they would walk away with a very good sense of the kind of beer we brew.’

(Jeff Alworth, author of Beer Tasting Toolkit )

About the Author

Ben McFarland, 35, is the current British Beer Writer of the Year and has won the award twice previously - the first as the youngest ever recipient. He is the author of two award-winning books on beer - Good Beer Guide West Coast USA (co-written with Tom Sandham) and World's Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague. A further book Boutique Beers is due to be published in 2013. World's Best Beers has been translated into five different languages. As the pubs and bars reviewer for Time Out London, Ben has also written about beer and spirits for numerous magazines and national newspapers including the Guardian, the Independent, the Spectator, The Telegraph, Jamie Oliver Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller and a host of specialist drinks magazines both in the UK and the USA. Alongside Tom Sandham, with whom he launched www.dwink.com, Ben hosts tutored beer and spirit tastings at food festivals and corporate events up and down the country including Taste of London and Foodies. In his capacity as a drinks expert, he has also made regular appearances on TV and radio such as Market Kitchen, LBC, BBC Radio 4, Radio Five Live and Radio 2. Ben & Tom also wrote, researched and performed The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol, a comedy show, at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. It is transferring to the West End (Soho Theatre) in the Spring and will be returning to Edinburgh in August 2012 AWARDS 2004, 2006 & 2011: British Beer Writer of the Year 2008: 'Budweiser Budvar' Travel Book of the Year for "Good Beer Guide West Coast USA" (jointly awarded with Tom Sandham) 2008 & 2009: Winner Shepherd Neame Award for Beer and Food Writing

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A great book to have lying around when you feel like cracking open a cold one after the working day or flicking through on a Sunday post-roast with one of the beers there in. Aside from the clear snappy descriptions of each beer, Ben McFarland has written informative and witty guides to pouring and storing, where to drink and what to eat with your tipple.

Handily, the book can be held open with one hand leaving the other free to sup while reading. There's a simple 12 icon guide that let's you get an immediate idea of what each beer is best for ("cool quencher", "connoisseur classic" etc...).

One to enjoy a regular dip in to rather than for storage on the shelf.
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Bought this for my brother for Christmas but almost kept it for myself, even though I'm not much of a beer drinker. Fascinating look at the history and design of beers from around the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 19 Sep 2012
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This is a decent book which covers beers from all around the world. Each beer has a very short review and tasting notes. There a few in depth articles on a selected number of breweries. I would have liked more detail on the breweries involved and more information on each beer, that said its a decent read and a reasonable guide to some unusual beers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel the world and drink beer 14 Mar 2012
Possibly the single most important guidebook that I rely on. From Canada to New Zealand to Thailand to Hungary it helps me get the most important decision of the day right. What am I going to have to drink?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality! 6 Mar 2012
Much better than the other "1000 best" type books on beer around, mainly because the author clearly has a sense of humour - which cannot be said of all beer writers! Perfect present for someone with an healthy interest in beer that does not border on obsessional.
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