Meet the waiter who's tried 2,000 beers in 40 countries

Meet the waiter on a mission to try the best beers in every country on the planet, with 2,000 in 40 countries sampled so far

  • Kam Wojtow wants to show ‘that there’s more to life than Carling [lager]’
  • ‘I show people beers that everybody on a regular wage can buy,’ he said
  • ‘I’m not worried about my liver,’ he said, ‘because I drink in moderation’

Meet a man with a most intoxicating tale.

Waiter Kam Wojtow has made it his mission in life to taste the best beers in every country in the world.

In the past seven years he has tried over 2,000 beers from 40 countries – including pints in every city in the UK – with the aim of highlighting great beer ‘that everybody on a regular wage can buy’ and to show that there’s ‘more to life than Carling [lager]’.

Hoppy go lucky: Kam Wojtow (above) has made it his mission in life to taste the best beers in every country in the world – and wants to show that ‘there’s more to life than Carling [lager]’

The hops expert, who lives in Liverpool, loves beer so much he can’t choose a favourite or even a top five, but he does have a short list of ‘must taste’ beers – Anglosas (Poland, Lancut Brewery); Citra (UK, Oakham Ales); Juicy IPA (UK, 3 Ravens Brewery); Rothaus Schwarzwald Maidle (Germany, Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus); Rothaus Tannenzapfle (Germany, Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus); and Alpha King (USA, 3 Floyds Brewing).

Some of his favourite locations include Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Georgia, Montenegro and Slovenia, with countries he’s visited also including the USA, Canada, the UAE, Vietnam and Thailand.

Is he worried about his liver?

Polish Kam, 36, told MailOnline Travel: ‘I’m not worried about my liver because I drink in moderation. I don’t get drunk every day. It is about trying new beers. I don’t drink 16 pints of the same thing. I drink a pint or a half and move on.’

Kam has tried over 2,000 beers from 40 countries including pints in every city in the UK

Kam said: ‘I’m not worried about my liver because I drink in moderation. I don’t get drunk every day’

Two years ago, Kam launched an Instagram page to document his travel antics and runs a YouTube channel exploring 100 beers from 100 countries.

He said: ‘I thought I would never have enough confidence to put myself in front of a camera or even have the time.

‘There’s a lot of passion involved in this. It’s not something to showcase the most expensive beers.

‘I show people beers that are achievable and reachable that everybody on a regular wage can buy.

‘Instead of a £1.50 can of Carling, try a £1.75 can of local beer. I want to show people there is more to life than Carling.

‘I just like to show people options, and it makes me feel really good and proud.’

Kam moved to the UK from Jarosław, Poland, for a three-month trip while on his summer break from studying law at university.

When he arrived, he didn’t want to go home.

He worked on a strawberry farm as a steward in Herefordshire and never went back.

Over the years, he built a reputation among breweries and even co-organised Cheshire Craft Beer Fest, part of Cheshire Fest, which has featured the likes of Take That star Howard Donald and Ibiza DJ Judge Jules.

The beer enthusiast funds his trips through work as a waiter – and spends carefully – but hopes one day to give up his hospitality career and be the ‘Hairy Biker of beers’.

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