As Oktoberfest season approaches, you may be all hopped up for some beer.
Of course, if you really want to find out where to sample some of the world’s best brews, you should first check out Chris Santella’s “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die” (Abrams Image, $24.95). The book, which opens with a foreword by Samuel Adams brewer Jim Koch, features 50 locations from Alabama to Zimbabwe that have been recommended to Santella by beer enthusiasts as prime spots for connoisseurs who “appreciate a good pint and all the camaraderie that can come with it.”
On tap for each destination is brewing history (England’s King Henry VIII employed two brewers — one for beer, one for ale — and 13,000 pints were produced each day), information on getting there, the best time of the year to go (if you’re in Hong Kong on Nov. 18-19, don’t miss the Beertopia craft beer festival), watering holes to visit and places to stay. And if you want to drink in some of the atmosphere of each spot, there’s no shortage of stunning color photos.