The Oxford Companion to Beer: The New Beer Bible?
In October, The Oxford Companion to Beer was published. This 920-page volume covers an array of beer topics ranging from the very beginning of beer making to the new modern methods of beer brewing. This may be one book that beer-lovers can't live without.
Ben Franklin is reputed to have said, “Beer is proof that God loves us.” Probably apocryphal in its attribution, the bumper-sticker classic captures the fun-loving passion with which many people approach the planet’s most popular alcoholic beverage. Now, beer’s faithful have their bible. The Oxford Companion to Beer, a formidable 920-page volume, chronicles the drink’s history, from its birth more than 5,000 years ago in the grasslands of ancient Iraq to the modern craft-beer movement.
Published last month and already in its fourth printing, the A to Z encyclopedia delves into the science, styles, regional customs, advertising campaigns, companies and personalities behind the suds. Editor Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery in New York, who compiled more than 1,100 entries from 166 experts, spoke with The Globe.