It’s no secret that I love just about everything Brooklyn Brewery produces. It just all seems to work, from it’s classic Brooklyn Lager (perhaps my favorite beer of all) and East India Pale Ale to it’s seasonal goodies such as Pumpkin Ale and Summer Ale and its large (think champagne) bottle offerings like Local 1and 2 and Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse.

The brew master extraordinaire is one Garrett Oliver.  Given his obvious prowess, I was intrigued to read that he was given the job of editing The Oxford Companion to Beer. Well, if you are a beer lover, or just interested in a solid read, this book does not disappoint. You’re pretty much going to be getting the end-all-be-all beer book to date.  This is also a beautiful book, put together artfully and tastefully. A true “coffee table book” to be proud of.  The book even features a foreword by famous celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.

For millennia, beer has been a favorite beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the center of a $450 billion industry.

The first major reference work to investigate the history and vast scope of beer, The Oxford Companion to Beer features more than 1,100 A-Z entries written by 166 of the world’s most prominent beer experts. Attractively illustrated with over 140 images, the book covers everything from the agricultural makeup of various beers to the technical elements of the brewing process, local effects of brewing on regions around the world, and the social and political implications of sharing a beer. Entries not only define terms such as “dry hopping” and “cask conditioning” but give fascinating details about how these and other techniques affect a beer’s taste, texture, and popularity. Cultural entries shed light on such topics as pub games, food pairings and the development of beer styles. Readers will enjoy vivid accounts of how our drinking traditions have changed throughout history, and how these traditions vary in different parts of the world, from Japan to Mexico, New Zealand, and Brazil, among many other countries. The pioneers of beer-making are the subjects of biographical entries, and the legacies these pioneers have left behind, in the form of the world’s most popular beers and breweries, are recurrent themes throughout the book.


  • Most comprehensive reference work on beer ever published
  • Over 1,100 entries by renowned beer experts across the globe
  • Entries on every aspect of beer, including chemical, technical, social, cultural, and linguistic
  • Editor-in-Chief Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, is the foremost authority on beer in the United States
  • Ideal resource for both practical information and engaging beer anecdotes
  • Foreword by Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio
Source: (Oxford University Press)

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