Last night the food and beverage “Oscars” took place in New York City, as the who’s who of gastronomy came together for the 24th annual James Beard awards. The ultra chic event held at Lincoln Center celebrates the people who have dramatically advanced the culture of cuisine, wine and beverages in the United States.
We love this event, and we are always especially excited about the winner of the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year award. Insider note: our own editor Karen MacNeil, author of the Wine Bible, won that very award in 2004. So it’s with total pleasure that we tell you about this year’s winner--Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer.
Garrett, a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Broadcasting and Film, began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. Six years later he joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster, and went on to create beers that have won both national and international awards. No one falls out of love with great beer, so it’s no surprise that Garrett has hosted nearly a thousand beer tastings and beer dinners around the world.
In 2003 he authored The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. The Brewmaster’s Table was the winner of a 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. Garrett’s latest book is The Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB), published in October, 2011 by Oxford University Press. The Oxford Companion to Beer is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject, and was the top-selling book for Oxford University Press USA in 2011.
Garrett—bravo from all of us at Bottlenotes.
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Photo Credit: Brooklyn Brewery