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

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


By (author) Ben McFarland

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  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 270mm x 26mm | 1,550g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1906417288
  • ISBN 13: 9781906417284
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 368,952

Product description

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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Author information

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, 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

Review quote

'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.' '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.' '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