Drinking in the beer world

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 April, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 April, 1993, 12:00am

FROM Munich to Mandalay, from Albuquerque to Antwerp, the world is full of brewers.

Mr Foster makes it, so does Mr Tetley, not to mention thousands of monks, nuns and aristocrats.

There are as many brands and types of beer as there are wine, and it is the delight in the variety of this centuries-old art that makes Michael Jackson's New World Guide To Beer (Apple Press, $169) such a lively read.

This round-the-planet trip through the breweries, the beer, and the packaging has only one fault - it whips up an awful thirst.

Understandably, Europe takes up the lion's share (Germany alone has an astonishing 1,400 breweries), but every other continent is well and ably documented, including the Tsing Taos and Tigers of Asia.

The posters above, of Sapporo Beer's 1920s advertising campaigns, are a prime draught from a lovingly brewed volume.