Oz Clarke and James May travel through Britain and Ireland to discover the amazing array of drinks on offer for the delectation of a wine ponce and an incorrigible scruffbag.
Oz and James travel on to Wigan, home to probably the smallest commercial brewery in the world, run by Patsy Slevin out of her mother-in-law's garage. Stripped down to his red silk boxer shorts, Oz gets down to the dirty business of beer making, while James concentrates on what he does best - beer drinking.
At the opposite extreme, the thirsty pair also visits the famous home of Newcastle Brown Ale. Surrounded by so much beer, James is inspired to create his own, and challenges Oz to a home brewing competition. Sacrifices are made so James can install his high-tech microbrewery in their tiny caravan, and for the rest of the trip he must sleep on the floor.
A disastrous night out in Newcastle's Bigg Market, where Oz and James realise they are too old to party with the youngsters, is quickly forgotten the next day when they head for an idyllic and remote pub on the beautiful Northumberland coast.