The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver
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1st Place Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Award for Best in the World in the Beer category.
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.

Packed with information, this comprehensive resource also includes thorough appendices (covering beer festivals, beer magazines, and more), conversion tables, and an index. Featuring a foreword by Tom Colicchio, this book is the perfect shelf-mate to Oxford's renowned Companion to Wine and an absolutely indispensable volume for everyone who loves beer as well as all beverage professionals, including home brewers, restaurateurs, journalists, cooking school instructors, beer importers, distributors, and retailers, and a host of others.
 

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Garrett Oliver is the Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. He has won many awards for his beers, is a frequent judge for international beer competitions, and has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesperson for craft brewing. Garrett Oliver is the Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. He has won many awards for his beers, is a frequent judge for international beer competitions, and has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesperson for craft brewing.
 
Published September 9, 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA. 1 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Macleans

You’ll learn, for instance, about the battle between two breweries called Budweiser, the intemperate story of India pale ale, and the beneficence of beer gods—from Sumeria to Asgard.

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BellaOnline

Throughout my years of beer journalism, I have probed through entries about beer in hundreds of volumes, seeking information on this drink of the people – why specific characteristics define a style of beer, what flavor profiles are associated with Sorachi hops, how temperature affects the mash, ...

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Chron

Oliver invites controversy when he writes that the late British beer writer Michael Jackson, who published numerous works on beer and whiskey between 1977 and 2007, "was arguably the single most influential voice in food and drink of the 20th century."

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https://www.wired.com

Arming your beer lover with a Piaget Beer Gauge will ensure that he or she gets a full pint of beer, not just beer in a pint glass.

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Oxford University Press's Blog

From a position where beer was by far the dominant drink, during Prohibition spirits rose to account for 75% of all alcohol drunk in the United States.

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Serious Eats

Two recently published books: The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver, and Chicago by the Pint: A Craft Beer History of the Windy City by Denese Neu, exemplify the obsession.

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