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The Brewmaster's Table [Kindle Edition]

Garrett Oliver
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 book will indeed be a revelation.

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Oliver, the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, argues that brewing beer is far more complicated than making wine, and pleads with beer drinkers to reach past the shelves of mass-produced hops toward bottles produced in more specialized breweries. His message may seem past its sell-by date, but his tour of beers and his brew-and-food match-ups are anything but stale. After explaining beer-making processes, Oliver launches into his beer-food combinations; though he offers no recipes, his recommendations- the classic pairing of Irish stout with oysters; the dark, caramely flavors of Trappist ales balancing a duck confit; the IPA from his own brewery complementing Thai, Mexican, and Vietnamese food-are excellent. Beer drinkers of all sorts will happily drift along Oliver's exhaustive tour.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“The best and most important book ever written on the subject of pairing food and beer..”

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  • File Size: 9274 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WTK4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispelling the Image of Beer as "Cheap Fizz" March 16, 2004
By A Customer
Before Garrett Oliver visited our wine/beer shop, I hadn't read a word of this book. Now, I can't put it down.
It was obvious, during his hour-and-a-half visit/tasting that he was a wizard. Grabbing various cheeses and beers from our shelves, seemingly on a whim, I wondered what he was up to. But tasting Ommegang's Three Philosophers Quadrupel alongside the ubiquitous Humboldt Fog; tasting Dupont's Miel with a sheepsmilk beauty; tasting Garrett's own Brooklyn Monster Barleywine alongside a stinky Stilton, it made us all realize that this guy was the brew master.
After that, I opened his book, and my world was changed forever. Food, which I had always tried to pair with wine, was transformed into a whole new experience. And the rows of weird-looking bottles that I used to simply stare at for hours during a slow shift at the store, now made sense. Who knew that the $5.50 Le Coq Imperial Double Stout was a "world classic"? Garrett did. Who knew that the $3.79 Schneider Wiess was a "tour de force"? Garrett did.
His book is at once a recipe for a culinary celebration, and an encylopedia of beer styles and producers. The simple organization of the book is perfect! He starts with the chapter: Wheat Beer, for example. Then, within that chapter, he addresses different styles and regions-for example, German weissbeer. That section is then divided into 3 parts: a history of the style and an explanation of the beer itself; pairing that beer with food; and, notable producers of that style. This simple yet intelligent organization lends to a broad base of interest and knowledge within each chapter.
Garrett doesn't get too technical, but he doesn't dumb it down either.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious writing about beer May 15, 2003
As a fan of beer it is disappointing to go into a book store and see dozens of intelligent books about wine and then look at the beer books. There are several good books on homebrewing, recipes, and styles. However, this book looks seriously at beer and food. Sure there is some background information and history of beer. Mostly it lists many of the beers and what they pair well with. It is the kind of book needed to take beer more seriously.
Part One: The Basics
1. What is Beer?
2. A Brief History of Beer
3. Principles of Matching Beer with Food
Part Two: Brewing Traditions
4. Lambic
5. Wheat Beer
6. The British Ale Tradition
7. The Belgian Ale Tradition
8. The Czech-German Lager Tradition
9. New Traditions - American Craft Brewing
10. Unique Specialties
Part Three: The Last Word
Glassware, Temperature, Storage, and Service
Beer with Food: A Reference Chart
Typically each style is talked about in general then a bunch of brewers are covered including food pairings. Garrett mentions in his foreward that a bunch of recipes from a who's who listing of chefs were left out of this edition. I look forward to another book with recipes. There are nice color pictures in this book too.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with wide appeal March 3, 2004
This book is a good introduction to craft beer for newbies, and a good source of information for connoisseurs as well. It surveys the major beer styles, and discusses the best food pairings for each, teaching skills that help the reader decide what beer to pair with which food.
Wisely, Oliver omits the technical descriptions of beer styles and focuses on what they taste like. For homebrewers and beer geeks (hey, I'm one myself), discussions of IBUs and original gravities are great, but they can turn off people who are just interested in drinking good beer and in expanding their beer horizons. And this book is as much about spreading the good word about craft beer as it is about appealing to those who already love it. However, there is enough information about history and brewing to appeal to the most advanced brewer. Indeed, Oliver does a good job at keeping it breezy and accessible without being pedantic or "dumbing down" the material.
The appendix at the end provides a list of suggested beer and food pairings. It is useful and provides a quick reference that you can consult before heading out to the store.
If you have any interest in craft beer and good food, you will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Beer Book July 15, 2007
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I read alot, and use Amazon alot, and have read many beer books, but this is the first time I've been prompted to write a review. This is by far the best book on beer I've read. Comprehensive, delightful, and informative, it would be enjoyable even for someone who was not a beer enthusiast. I don't particularly care about pairing beer with food, and so might have overlooked this volume. However, even passing lightly over the sections about beer-food combinations, it remains the best book on beer I've seen! It's my beer bible!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for discovering new beers and food pairings! February 28, 2007
By Robert
I take this book with me whenever I enter any store with a good selection of beer. It has proven to be an invaluable source of advice as i peruse the shelves of imported and craft beers. i never appreciated how good beer and foods could go together before i tried some of the combinations in this book. The discussions of various Belgian styles, particularly the Saisons, has been eye opening for me.

I recommend this book highly to anyone who wants to expand their beer experiences and more importantly, to anyone who wants to experience how different beers and different foods can come together in some wondrous ways.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars required reading for anyone who eats
Simply put, this will change how you drink with food... Such a fantastic resource, and an easy read. Five stars!
Published 1 month ago by Matt Lanning
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrett Oliver is one of his favorite brewers. He enjoyed this book
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend. Garrett Oliver is one of his favorite brewers. He enjoyed this book.
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa Southammavong
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I have 2 great books. One of Garrett's incredible prose
This review is for the paperback version...5 stars for content, 1 star for quality of materials...Every single photo page fell out of the binding within the first week. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sjjn
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Pretentious. The content is overshadowed by the narcissistic author. Take a pass on this book.
Published 1 month ago by neal ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Very well written. entertaining and kept me wanting to read more. also made me want to try beer styles i normally don' t care for and rediscover the subtleties in various styles... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate book for pairing food and beer and a ...
The ultimate book for pairing food and beer and a must read for anyone who loves a beer with their meal.
Published 2 months ago by Bob Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love new beer!
Fantastic book if you love food and even partially like beer. It has taught me so much and entertained me at the same time. Plus I have a new love for lambic ale!
Published 2 months ago by Kimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Writing About a Delicious Topic
Loving it so far, great writing combined with great information. It's hard to set it aside and I feel anxious to get back to it as soon as possible.
Published 3 months ago by Bruno Luigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift for my son. He is enjoying it.
Published 3 months ago by Georgiana M. Teeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book and gift
Published 3 months ago by Emily Paden
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Garrett Oliver is the Brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery in New York City and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer. A host of more than 700 tasting and pairing events in 12 countries over the past two decades, he is perhaps best known as the author of the award-winning book The Brewmaster's Table. He has made many appearances on television and in other media, writes regularly for food and beer-related periodicals, and is a veteran judge of professional brewing competitions. His principal occupation is the creation of The Brooklyn Brewery's well-regarded range of beers.

Garrett was a founding Board member of Slow Food USA and later became a member of the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. He was also a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as "Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional."
His last book, The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, first published by HarperCollins in May, 2003, 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. The Brewmaster's Table was released in a paperback edition in May of 2005.

Garrett is a graduate of Boston University and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He was the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture (Denmark) and Cheers Beverage Media's "Beverage Innovator of the Year" Award for 2006. In 2007, Forbes named him one of the top ten tastemakers in the country for wine, beer and spirits.

Garrett Oliver's latest book is The Oxford Companion to Beer, published in September, 2011 by Oxford University Press; he is Editor-in-Chief. Covering more than 1,100 subjects, it is the most comprehensive reference book on beer ever published.

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