Beer has been on the brain lately, whether due to the lingering effects of Oktoberfest fever, out-of-hand current events ("I still like beer" is, for better or worse, canon now), or for the simple fact that you tend to think about beer rather frequently. It's okay if you do: we think about beer rather frequently, too. In fact, very frequently.
All of which is to say, now's as good a time as any to check out Where to Drink Beer, which comprises 1,600 recommendations of comely places to drink good beer in 685 beer-drinking cities across 77 beer-drinking countries and six beer-drinking continents, making it as close to the definitive book of beer as we're likely to come across for the foreseeable future. It's available now from Phaidon (they have a series of these comprehensive guidebooks), and we imagine it would fit in nicely on the shelf behind your home bar.
Part of the reason why this book is so damn definitive is because it's author is one of the world's foremost authorities on craft beer. Formerly, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (pronounced: we don't actually know) was the beer director at Noma, in Copenhagen, a two-Michelin-starred 20-course situation that was named the best restaurant in the world four different times by the British magazine, Restaurant. He also opened Tørst in Brooklyn, which is considered one of the top beer destinations on the planet, and runs Evil Twin Brewing, a nomadic operation that brews its beers in 10 of the best breweries in the world, resulting in a variegated panoply of exquisite craft offerings. So you know he knows his shit. And in case you were concerned he didn't, Jarnit-Bjergsø consulted over 500 other beer aficionados, from a Latvian poet with a literary-inspired line of beers to the owner of Australia's first female-owned brewery.
The entire tome is 480-pages, but it's relatively easy to navigate. Jarnit-Bjergsø has done you the service of filtering his recommendations into the following categories: "beer & food," "beer garden," "local favorite," "unexpected," "wish I'd opened" and "worth the travel," for far-flung beers worth the hop, skip and a jump (or plane ride). It's also organized geographically, so you can easily look up different the best beer spots in over 600 cities, should you be traveling...anywhere.
Going to New Zealand? You can learn more about a craft brewery there that's attached to a hot springs.
Headed to Italy? Make a mental note of the Bic & Barra, a local spot for Italian beer and bike tune-ups.
Venturing to North Korea? Well, this book even has intel about an unexpected brewpub located in the basement of the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang.
But also: why would you be venturing to North Korea?