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Focus interview with freelance journalist Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland is a freelance journalist who writes about bars, pubs and drinks. His work has appeared in Time Out, Guardian Unlimited and the Publican newspaper. He has twice been named Beer Writer of the Year.

This week, FeaturesExec caught up with McFarland to discuss his work and the Good Beer Guide.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
Bars, pubs, beer, spirits (wet ones not the wooooaaahh ones), drinks, food and sport.

Where are we likely to see your work?
Dance for beans at the behest of Time Out magazine, Theme, Guardian Unlimited, Beers of the World, Publican Newspaper.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
“Good Beer Guide West Coast USA”, a comprehensive travel guide to the most discerning drinking establishments on America’s left coast. Available at all good book shops. Buy it please. Please.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
Hunter S Thompson. Arguably the world’s finest sports journalist. And he liked the odd drink too.

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
Professional footballer for Queens Park Rangers.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
“Good Beer Guide West Coast USA”, Time Out and GU Sport blogs.

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