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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


1. THE OXFORD COMPANION TO BEER (Oxford University Press, 2012, 920
pages, ISBN 978-0-19-536713-3, $65 US hard covers) has been edited by
Garrett Oliver, brew master of The Brooklyn Brewery, and beer book
author (The Brewmaster's Table). He's also led more than 700 beer
tasting events over the past two decades. As with other Oxford
Companions, this is an assortment of well-defined articles about the
world of beer, gathered for consistency and relevancy, and put into
alphabetic order. It makes a great read for beer lovers, either
randomly or from the beginning. 165 beer experts from 20 countries
contributed material for over 1,100 entries. Topics include:
biographies, beer history, the brewing process, tastings and notes,
beer styles, profiles of beer-producing regions, varieties of hops
(more than 100 entries) and barley, food pairing, glassware, barrel-
aging, dry hopping, bottle re-fermentation, and more. Illustrations are
derived from advertisements, brochures, postcards, photos, and more.
The appendices have lists of beer organizations and clubs, beer
festivals, websites, magazines, and beer museums. Articles are signed,
and there is a list of contributors with their affiliations.
Audience and level of use: reference libraries, intelligent beer
Some interesting or unusual facts: gravity dispense is the original
method for drawing beer from a cask, before the invention of draught
The downside to this book: Nick Pashley and Stephen Beaumont, both beer
experts in Canada, are not listed as contributors.
The upside to this book: there are two full pages about Michael Jackson
the beer and scotch writer.
Quality/Price Rating: 93.

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