The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol

The Thinking Drinkers’
History of Alcohol

UK Tour from 6th October 2017 – 10th February 2018

Drink Less, Drink Better

Following what promises to be an incredibly successful run in Edinburgh, The Thinking Drinkers, known for their brilliantly boozy yet intelligently informative pieces, are taking to a stage near you this autumn with the tour of their new show History of Alcohol.

Join the award-winning professional alcohol experts for five free drinks as they definitively prove that hooch has influenced absolutely everything that has ever happened since the beginning of time. And maybe even before that. The acclaimed alco-demics pour the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass and take the audience on an intoxicating, hilarious time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past.

The Thinking Drinkers are award-winning drinks writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham. They are drinks columnists for the Daily Telegraph, write a bar column for Metro and regularly contribute to an array of international publications including the Spectator, Esquire, Shortlist, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out London, Conde Nast Traveller, Imbibe Magazine, The Independent and Off Licence News. Authorities on all aspects of alcohol, the Thinking Drinkers have appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and regularly appear on radio and television espousing their “Drink Less, Drink Better” message.

Having met in their 20s whilst working on a leading pub magazine, Ben and Tom left for America where they co-wrote the award-winning Good Beer Guide West Coast USA. Since then, the dynamic duo have written and performed six critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, transferred to the Soho Theatre, London’s West End, Madrid and toured the UK extensively including performances at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Taste of London and the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Their previous Edinburgh show, The Thinking Drinkers Guide to the Legends of Liquor, subsequently inspired their award-winning book The Thinking Drinkers: An Enlightened Imbibers Guide to Alcohol.

They have also been instrumental in launching both Hobo Beer and Hobo Cyder and are creative consultants for an array of alcohol-based endeavours.

Ben McFarland
Ben McFarland is the author of World’s Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague and Boutique Beer: 500 of the World’s Finest Craft Brews. He is the triple-crowned winner of British Beer Writer of the Year – the first time as the youngest ever recipient.

Tom Sandham
Tom Sandham is former editor of leading industry spirits and cocktail magazine CLASS and lectures on spirits for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. He launched the Top 50 Bars of the World and House Tonic magazine for the Soho House Group, and is also the author of the award-winning World’s Best Cocktails.

Website: www.thinkingdrinkers.com
Twitter: @thinkingdrinks

What the press have said about The Thinking Drinkers:

“This unique Fringe experience is one to be savoured” ★★★★ The Upcoming

“The duo may have the motto “drink less but drink better” but with booze, laughs and some really interesting information this is a show that’s well worth binging on” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

“A show about booze, featuring free booze. What’s not to like?” ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“An erudite, liquor-loving duo” Metro

“Pioneers of alcohol based comedy” Sunday Times

“There’s no more discerning way to fall off the wagon” Time Out

“If free premium vodka, gin and bourbon doesn’t convince you, the show is both hugely funny and genuinely fascinating” Edinburgh Evening News

 

Tour Listings

Friday 6th October Havant: The Spring Arts
www.thespring.co.uk/ or 023 9247 2700

Saturday 7th October Didcot: Cornerstone
www.cornerstone-arts.org or 01235 515144

Friday 13th October Reading: South Street Arts Centre
www.readingarts.com/south-street or 0118 960 6060

Saturday 14th October Swindon: Arts Centre
www.swindontheatres.co.uk/online/swindon-arts-centre or 01793 524481

Friday 20th October Millom: The Beggar’s Theatre
www.beggarstheatre.co.uk/ or 01229 775677

Saturday 21st October Barnard Castle: The Witham
www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk or 01935 422884

Friday 27th October Southend: Palace Theatre
www.southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/ or 01702 351135

Saturday 28th October Northampton: Royal and Derngate
www.royalandderngate.co.uk/ or 01604 624811

Friday 3rd November Luton: The Hat Factory
www.lutonculture.com/hat-factory/ or 01582 878100

Saturday 4th November Bordon: Phoenix Theatre
www.phoenixarts.co.uk or 01420 472664

Saturday 11th November Harlow: Playhouse Studio
www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk or 01279 431945

Friday 17th November Spalding: South Holland Centre
www.southhollandcentre.co.uk or 01775 764777

Saturday 18th November Newbury: Arlington Arts Centre
www.arlingtonarts.co.uk or 01635 244246

 

Friday 24th November Bristol: Hen and Chicken
www.thecomedybox.co.uk/site/301.asp?thissection=4 or 0117 966 3143

Friday 1st December Epsom: Playhouse
www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/ or 01372 742555

Saturday 2nd December Epsom: Playhouse
www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/ or 01372 742555

Friday 8th December Colchester: Arts Centre
www.colchesterartscentre.com/ or 01206 500900

Tuesday 12th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Wednesday 13th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Thursday 14th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Friday 15th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Saturday 16th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Monday 18th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Tuesday 19th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Wednesday 20th December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Thursday 21st December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Friday 22nd December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Saturday 23rd December London: Museum of Comedy
www.museumofcomedy.com or 020 7534 1744

Saturday 27th January Canterbury: Marlowe Theatre
www.marlowetheatre.com or 01227 787787

Due to popular demand, an extra show has been added:

Saturday 10th February Reading: South Street Arts Centre
www.readingarts.com/south-street or 0118 960 6060