September 20, 2017

Classic ‘World’s Best Beers’ guide receives update

Seven years on from the original publication, Ben McFarland has updated his classic guide to the world’s best beers with Tom Sandham, bringing The Thinking Drinkers mantra of drink less but drink better to this brilliantly useful guide to the world’s unmissable brews.

This fully updated saunter through global beer culture will inform, educate and entertain and quench the thirst of beer drinkers whether they be globe-trotting enthusiasts or armchair aficionados. Ale seekers, beer buffs and novices alike will gain a fascinating insight into the world of beer, from bitters to stouts and sour ales to pale ales and saisons. Each country section has a new and completely updated introduction to provide an overview of key developments in the beer world.

The craft brewery revolution in the United States has thrown up hundreds of fascinating and tasty ales, some created and sold in tiny brewpubs, others made in small and medium-sized breweries, from Portland to Denver, Boston to San Diego. Meanwhile, a beer and food revolution is underway, with beer becoming a valid accompaniment to fine food. Lovers of quality ale are championing their tipple as a credible alternative to a glass of wine with dinner.

This new and revised edition of a much-loved title provides insightful resumes of all that is happening in the constantly changing world of beer.

World’s Best Beers 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague by Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham and will published by Jacqui Small in hardback on 21 September 2017 for £25.00.


Ben McFarland is an award-winning beer expert and was voted Britain’s Beer Writer of the Year in both 2004 and 2006. Part of The Thinking Drinkers duo, with Tom Sandham, the pair are regular commentators on ale-related matters for many publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Guardian and Metro.

The Thinking Drinkers have performed sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival for the past five years. Last year’s show ‘Around the World in 80 Drinks’ had a nine-week run in London and surrounding areas and there is an 80-date UK tour currently underway http://www.thinkingdrinkers.com/events/