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09-19-2011 The Oxford Companion to Beer

09-19-2011

This past Monday, Brooklyn's Brewmaster Garrett Oliver (Editor and Chief) and the Oxford University Press threw a party at the Brooklyn Brewery to celebrate the publication of The Oxford Companion to Beer.

The Oxford Companion to Beer will be the first manual reference to fully investigate the history and vast scope of beer. It discusses the agricultural influences of various beers to the technical elements of the brewing process, the local effects of brewing in regions around the world, and the social and political implications of sharing a beer.

This book gives fascinating details about how brewing ingredients affect a beer's taste, texture, and popularity. Cultural entries on such topics as drinking songs or beer gardens offer vivid accounts of how our drinking traditions have shifted through history, and how these traditions vary in different parts of the world.

Beer-making pioneers are the subjects of biographical entries, as well as the legacies they left behind.

The Companion has over 1,100 entries--written by 150 of the world's most prominent beer experts.

This is the perfect "companion" for those involved in the beer industry, as distributors, home brewers, restaurateurs, journalists, culinary students, retailers, and the general audience of beer fanatics.

It will be a required reading for our sales force here at West Side Beer Distributing.

My copy is supposed to arrive today. I cannot wait!

And just an FYI...... The Brooklyn Brewery has created a beer called "The Companion" (Wheat Wine) and will be released in limited amounts, as part of the brewery's "Brewmaster's Reserve" series. Look for it soon at our local and loyal Brooklyn Beer on-premise accounts. But get it quick, because it's extremely limited.

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