13 episodes

Come join Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, aka ‘The Thinking Drinkers’, on a fun, fascinating fact-fuelled journey of discerning drinking discovery.

Around The World in 80 Drinks is an amusing, interesting, unpretentious and interactive podcast that peers back at history through the prism of a pint glass, whisky tumbler and champagne flute.

Overflowing with entertaining alcohol-fuelled anecdotes and enlightening alco-demic insight, Ben and Tom uncork decades’ worth of elbow-bending experience to bring you the world’s finest wines, beers, spirits and cocktails – and broaden your booze horizons.

But here’s the best bit: ahead of each episode, Tom and Ben will reveal what they’ll be tasting in the next episode along with the best places to order them online.

That way, you can sip back, relax and enjoy them as you hear all about the people, the places and the past behind each glass.

So, slide onto the bar stool of enlightenment and, together, we can drink through this… discerningly.

The Thinking Drinkers: Around The World in 80 Drinks Ben McFarland, Tom Sandham, Dap Dip

    • Food
    • 4.9, 31 Ratings

Come join Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, aka ‘The Thinking Drinkers’, on a fun, fascinating fact-fuelled journey of discerning drinking discovery.

Around The World in 80 Drinks is an amusing, interesting, unpretentious and interactive podcast that peers back at history through the prism of a pint glass, whisky tumbler and champagne flute.

Overflowing with entertaining alcohol-fuelled anecdotes and enlightening alco-demic insight, Ben and Tom uncork decades’ worth of elbow-bending experience to bring you the world’s finest wines, beers, spirits and cocktails – and broaden your booze horizons.

But here’s the best bit: ahead of each episode, Tom and Ben will reveal what they’ll be tasting in the next episode along with the best places to order them online.

That way, you can sip back, relax and enjoy them as you hear all about the people, the places and the past behind each glass.

So, slide onto the bar stool of enlightenment and, together, we can drink through this… discerningly.

    The Mark Watson episode

    The Mark Watson episode

    This week the chaps are joined by comedian, author and expert wine drinker Mark Watson. Together they manage to work through three wines, beer and tequila, and as they do Mark proves to be excellent company with plenty of refreshing views on drinking.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Scotch Tapes

    The Scotch Tapes

    This week the chaps chat about single malt whisky, using the terrifically tasty Talisker range as their muse. Join them as they sip and reminisce over helicopter convoy adventures, blind-folded jeep driving, the movie Highlander and athletes who specialise in mind tricks.

    Talisker 10-year-old, 18-year-old, Storm and Skye are all available at The Whiskey Exchange.

    Next week they’ll be discussing wine, beer and tequila with the hugely talented and award-winning comedian, author and all-round lovely chap, Mark Watson.

    Please leave a nice review, shout all about the podcast on social media, tell all your friends about it and, once you’ve done all that, watch our European Championship of Drink on our YouTube channel.

    • 34 min
    Monky Business

    Monky Business

    Focussing for the first time on one drink rather than two this week, the chaps check out beer’s relationship with religion. Tasting Tynt Meadow from the Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, England’s only Trappist Beer – meaning it’s made by actual monks – they discuss sweet baby Jesus, Henry VIII and Jay-Z, Harry Houdini, Dutch Ovens and the dynamic wardrobe of rice.

    • 33 min
    Gin, Gin

    Gin, Gin

    To celebrate World Gin Day, the boys host a special on the spirit, covering gin’s epic history along with a collection of recommendations to try.

    • 50 min
    Du Vin Intervention with Marcel Lucont

    Du Vin Intervention with Marcel Lucont

    Bonjour la classe! This week, the discerning drinking duo sip sparkling wines and Gallic giggle juice with the effervescent and legendary Marcel Lucont, a French comedian, poet, philosopher, raconteur, flaneur, inexhaustible lover and renowned wine expert.

    • 44 min
    Gino, oh Gino Negroni

    Gino, oh Gino Negroni

    Originally in the calendar for June, the official Negroni Week got shifted to September due to this flippin’ virus. But since none of us can get to a bar, Ben & Tom decided to give it a dose of love regardless.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Jaynejaynie ,

Like a fine wine, gets better every week

We caught these guys by accident at the Edinburgh Fringe 6 years ago and have managed to see them every year since then! They are always informative, entertaining and, above all, funny!! This is their second podcast (listen to It’s the Drink Talking as well if you enjoy this podcast) and it’s a hugely enjoyable way to spend an hour - even more so if you drink along with them!! Have a listen....you’ll laugh, groan (there are a LOT of cheesy jokes!!) and learn. You won’t be disappointed, I promise you.

Jlebars ,

Makes the drinks taste better

This is a hugely enjoyable listen, aside from the casual humour and self-deprecating delivery by the two hosts it does actually provide some very interesting info on the world of booze. If you can do a tasting along side it, makes it even more fun!

Liam J Howley ,

Liam Howley

A fantastic world tour and fun insight into lots of different booze that I can enjoy.

I normally listen on Friday mornings as sadly I am always putting my son to bed when this goes live. This always poses a difficult question of is it ok to start drinking on Friday mornings at 7am while walking across Harpenden common? I came very close to this today and enjoying a glass of rum in the woods.

Great show lads keep up the good work. This is even better than the Peter Crouch podcast.

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