Global Beer Tour by Lonely Planet – Book Review

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Global Beer Tour

Global Beer Tour

By: Lonely Planet

Our Review

Long gone are the days when a few major breweries in each country ruled the roost and your only option for an alternative beer was to make your own.

The birth of micro-breweries and craft beers worldwide has given us a myriad of choices – so where do you start. Well you could ask the locals when you get to your destination, however that’s a little hit-and-miss, so your best option is to use a travellers guide of some sort. And that is where the “Global Beer Tour” comes to the fore. The following is my review of the book.

When the post arrived a few days ago with my copy of “Global Beer Tour” I opened the parcel and the first thing that came to mind was how nicely presented the book was. It is a hardcover book that is easy hold and not heavy (some hardbacks can be quite cumbersome). The next thing I realised two hours had passed by and I was still reading. I then emailed the Lonely Planet’s Media Manager to obtain some images from the book to include in this review and I mentioned that the book had distracted me from my work schedule (it’s hard to put down once you start reading). The images came back via email with the comment “I know what you mean – it’s a distracting book to work on as well!”. And that sums it up, once opened it’s very hard to put down.

The book contents are neatly categorised by continent, each of which are then broken down to countries and cities. In each section you are presented with recommended watering holes from The Garden Bräu in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to the Garage Project in Wellington (N.Z.).

You get a general history of beer in each country and for each of the listed breweries there is plenty of information provided for both the dedicated beer-swiller and the general tourist.  Aspects of a venue that you might find important such as; is there food, is it family friendly, and is it handy to transport are included with each listing along with other snippets. Also included are the venue’s address, telephone number, and website address if they have one. For each brewery there is also a short bio and/or history that gives you a sense of the location. Most listings also have photos.

And for the tourist side of you, or for the “designated driver” or non-drinker, each location has a “Things To Do Nearby” section. Each brewery location has 2 – 4 recommended attractions that are close by, so it’s not just about the beer, it’s about enjoying your stay at the town or city. And there are a few other gems in the book such as translations of the two most important beer drinking phrases (how to ask for a beer and how to say “cheers”), an infographic on brewing beer, plus other interesting subjects dotted through the book.

In Conclusion

The “Global Beer Tour” is exactly what the title says – a well-presented tour guide to many craft beer locations around the world with helpful information about each . It is a visually impressive book that would prove very useful to somebody who has an interest in local culture or to a die-hard beer drinker out for something a new to taste.

  • This would have to be THE Beer Drinkers Bucket List
  • Will We Use This Book : If I planned on an overseas junket it would definitely have a place in my suitcase.
  • Do We Recommend This Book : Highly recommended – this book would not only be useful for a traveller but also great for a good read in general. I personally think it would be an ideal gift for Fathers Day or a farewell gift for a parting colleague who has a penchant for the amber liquid.

Location Images From Global Beer Tour”

These images represent just nine of the many exciting locations included in the “Global Beer Tour”.
Click on image panel to enlarge.

Moon Dog

Photo © Asher Floyd

TY Harbor Brewery

Photo © TY Harbor Brewery

Hallertau Brewery

Photo © Hallertau Brewery

S43 – That Brewing Company

Photo © Toxic Micz Photography / S43 – That Brewing Company

Callister Brewing Company

Photo © Chris Lay/ Callister Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing Company

Photo © Russian River Brewing Company

Enjoying Esco Garden Stream

Photo © Stone Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing

Photo © Wicked Weed Brewing


Photo © Brauerei Schlenkerla

A Look At What Is Inside

Global Beer Tour

Global Beer Tour

By: Lonely Planet

Explore the vibrant world of craft beer with Lonely Planet’s ale experts. We’ve selected the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit in 30 countries around the world. Discover where they are, which beers to sample, and learn about local places of interest to create complete itineraries. Each country is introduced by a beer expert and includes notes on regional beverages that shouldn’t be missed.

The craft beer revolution has seen waves of breweries open up to the public, not just in the United States, the UK and Australia, where the trend is well established, but all over the world. Visit European beer capitals in Belgium, Italy and Germany, and sample local favourites in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Asia, explore hot-spots in Japan, Vietnam and China, then venture to South America, Africa and the Middle East.

Each brewery profile is accompanied by a selection of sightseeing ideas and activities, from local museums and galleries, to great hikes or bike rides to combine your beer pilgrimage with must-see local highlights. The book also features fun sections on beer trails, hangover cures and the world’s wildest beers. There’s also practical advice like how to ask for a beer in the local language and the ideal snacks to accompany your drink.

Global Beer Tour

Global Beer Tour

By: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 9781786577955
ISBN-10: 178657795X
Series: Lonely Planet
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2017
Publisher: Lonely Planet Global Limited
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 16.51 x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1

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