The Best Beer in the World: One Man’s Global Search for the Perfect Pint

Shelf Talker by | Dec 2015 | Issue #107

The Best Beer in the World: One Man’s Global Search for the Perfect Pint
by Mark Dredge
CICO Books, October 2015, $24.95

Beer writer Mark Dredge kept getting asked that one annoying question: What’s the best beer in the world? Tired of stumbling through contrived answers, Dredge decided to figure it out for himself. This book captures his enviable experiences visiting more than 200 breweries in 20 countries. For Dredge, it’s all about context. A Petit Orval might be the best beer when poured by a monk at the monastery; a lager in the Greek sunshine is the perfect holiday beer. We can picture the chimneys pumping steam over the Pilsner Urquell brewery, and taste the fresh bia hoi, best enjoyed curbside in Hanoi. As if these best-beer moments weren’t enough to feed our wanderlust, Dredge offers stellar roundups of beer bars in 26 regions, too. So, is the best beer in the world about flavor? Historical significance? Personal meaning? Read on, because Dredge sticks the landing.