The Thinking Drinkers: Around The World in 80 Drinks

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We begin our "Pour de France" pods by looking back at the first 3 stages through Provencal rosé-coloured spectacles; including the olive oil-soaked Grand Depart which was wetter than Rod Hull's roof. There's talk of Pinot, pile-ups and Picon, biscuits, bikes and botty wipes, , weapons of Grasse distinction, dead dancers, and salads with no 'jackets' required.

Show Notes

Bonjour. To coincide with “Le Tour de France”, we 're recording several podcasts entitled, rather cleverly, “Le Pour de France”. #wordplay. 

Over the next few weeks, as the peloton pedal around France, we shall be selflessly sipping the best Gallic giggle-juice from each of the regional stages - wine, spirits, beer and leftfield liqueurs. 

There’ll be some searing cycling insight, drinking did-you-knows and, as ever, some French-related funnies. 

Even if Le Tour is cancelled due to pesky Covid, we’re going to pretend otherwise and keep on drinking until we get to Le Champs d’Elysees. Heroes. 

To celebrate this historic occasion, we’re giving lucky pod listeners the opportunity to win a brand new Watney’s Beer Retro Cycling Jersey originally worn by Franz “The Flying Milkman” Verbeek in the 1970s. 

With Watneys Beer making an epic comeback, it’s the jersey that all the cool cycling cats are craving. Check it here: 

For a chance to win this amazing prize, simply promote the podcast with a link ( on your social media and tag in the Thinking Drinkers. Winners will be announced at the end of the Tour.   

In the first episode, we taste the following delicacies from Nice and its environs:

Chateau la Mascaronne from Berry Bros & Rodd.

Picon Amer Black Label

Comte de Grasse Gin

Nice Biscuits:

Garibaldi Biscuits:

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What is The Thinking Drinkers: Around The World in 80 Drinks?

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.