Lessons from Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery
Beer is a complicated, diverse thing -- take it from someone who knows his suds. Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at renowned Brooklyn Brewery, lays it down for us.
There are beer experts, and then there’s Garrett Oliver. A professional brewer since 1989 and brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery since 1994, he literally wrote the book on beer—two of them. In both The Brewmaster’s Table and The Oxford Companion to Beer, of which he was editor in chief, Oliver conveys an astonishing quantity of beer arcana and remains at the forefront of American craft brewing. Here, Oliver shares how he got started, how beer is made, how to pair beer with spicy foods, and why it’s a crime more culinary schools don’t include beer in the curriculum.
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