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The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food



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This is the Reprint edition with a publication date of 7/12/2010.

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Serious writing about beer  March 28, 2011

Garret Oliver's passion for beer and food is evident from the first paragraph. The prose is at once zealous, lighthearted, and entertaining, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Once opening the textbook, one can't help but consider what beer to accompany the next meal or snack, to the point of planning menus for the whole week. This textbook is a delightful must-read for anyone looking to improve their culinary life; also an invaluable resource to any restaurateur, chef, sommelier, caterer, gourmet food or beer retailer.

The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


Oliver, who has been featured on numerous television and radio shows including Emeril Live, Martha Stewart Living, National Public Radio and CNN as well as publications such as The New York Times, Gourmet and Saveur traveled throughout Europe visiting fellow brewmasters to trace the beers of the world directly to their original sources. Back in the United States, he also met with a number of star chefs, such Mario Batali of Babbo in New York, to create dozens of creative beer-and-food match-ups.

Traditional craft-brewed beer can transform a meal from everyday to extraordinary. It's an affordable, accessible luxury. Yet most people are only familiar with the mass-market variety. Have you tasted the real thing'

In The Brewmaster's Table, Garrett Oliver, America's foremost authority on beer and brewmaster of the acclaimed Brooklyn Brewery, reveals why real beer is the perfect partner to any dining experience. He explains how beer is made, relays its fascinating history, and, accompanied by Denny Tillman's exquisite photographs, conducts an insider's tour through the amazing range of flavors displayed by distinct styles of beer from around the world.

Most important, he shows how real beer, which is far more versatile than wine, intensifies flavors when it's appropriately paired with foods, creating brilliant matches most people have never imagined: a brightly citric Belgian wheat beer with a goat cheese salad, a sharply aromatic pale ale to complement spicy tacos, an earthy German bock beer to match a porcini risotto, even a fruity framboise to accompany a slice of chocolate truffle cake. Whether you're a beer aficionado, a passionate cook, or just someone who loves a great dinner, this textbook will indeed be a revelation.

Author Biography

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery in New York City. His beers have won many national and international awards, and he regularly judges competitions in the United States and Europe. Oliver writes for All About Beer magazine and has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing. He is the 1998 recipient of the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing A native New Yorker, Denton Tillman has shot more than 1,500 national ads. Never a specialist, Denny shoots portraits, locations, still lifes, and does his own fine art photography

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. viii
The Basics
What Is Beer?p. 2
A Brief History of Beerp. 20
Principles of Matching Beer with Foodp. 38
Brewing Traditions
Lambicp. 64
Wheat Beerp. 80
The British Ale Traditionp. 102
The Belgian Ale Traditionp. 172
The Czech-German Lager Traditionp. 234
New Traditions-American Craft Brewingp. 282
Unique Specialtiesp. 334
The Last Word
Glassware, Temperature, Storage, and Servicep. 348
Beer with Food: A Reference Chartp. 355
Indexp. 362
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