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The Oxford Companion to Beer
     

The Oxford Companion to Beer

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by Tom Colicchio
 

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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. Edited by Garrett Oliver, the James Beard Winner for Outstanding Wine, Beer,

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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. Edited by Garrett Oliver, the James Beard Winner for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, this is 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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"Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver is having a big year. In addition to overseeing a massive expansion of his flagship brewery in Williamsburg, the suds aficionado is now launching The Oxford Companion to Beer, an unprecedented compendium that encompasses global hops history, new-wave brewing techniques and anything else you could possibly want to know about the world's most popular alcoholic beverage. We chat with him about the book, the evolution of craft beer and why he'd like to be the Robert Johnson of brewing."
--Timeout, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199912100
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/07/2011
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NOOK Book
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18 MB
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Eric Asimov
"[E]ncyclopedic in scope . . . In putting together the 'Oxford Companion' now, Mr. Oliver has captured the blossoming of a global beer culture at a thriving moment. . . . [A] definitive resource not just for beer enthusiasts but for amateur brewers, professional brewers and the thousands of restaurants that serve great beers but are staffed by people who may know little about them. . . . The 'Oxford Companion' is simply a wonderful resource for what, even when it's complex, unusual, unfamiliar or strikingly different, is still just beer, regardless of how it is dressed up." ? Eric Asimov, for The New York Times

Meet the Author

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 is a recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, as well as many other awards and, is a frequent judge for international beer competitions. He has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesperson for craft brewing.

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Oxford Companion to Beer 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great, everything you ever wanted to know about beer. The Nook format is kind of wierd and it logs it as just one page. Reads fine and the index and links work, you just dont know where you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please fix this books format, it says there is only 1 page and there is over 800. Impossible to use as a reference in this state. Should not have to months for this to get fixed when I paid over 38 dollars for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The low rankings are confusing - the content of this book is excellent and as a hard copy it's easy to navigate and read about beer styles & cross references. The low ratings are apparently related to electronic formatting, surely a problem, but those reviews should be segregated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The format is all wrong. There is only "page 1" for all pages. Please fix this and update us who've purchased this ebook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LisaW0 More than 1 year ago
This is literally useless, since it's formatted incorrectly. On Nook, the entire book is one page. This means that terms are unsearchable, since, when you try to jump to a term, it deposits you on page 1, the only page. You can't even randomly jump ahead to try to find a term, since all pages are page one. I ended up buying a hard copy and a Kindle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago