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Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster, The Brooklyn Brewery

After years of amateur brewing inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Garrett Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989. He was appointed head brewer there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. Garrett has hosted dozens of beer tastings and dinners, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles.

In 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as Brewmaster and partner. Over the past four years, he has commissioned a new brewhouse and expanded Brooklyn Brewery's portfolio from two beers to a dozen. Many of his beers have won national awards. He has served as a judge for the Professional Panel Blind Tasting of the Great American Beer Festival for nine years, and has judged the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition five times. In 1995 he hosted a tasting of British Beers for 400 people at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In the United States, Garrett has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing, including segments on NPR, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, The History Channel and Television Food Network's "Emeril Live". He is an official spokesman for the American Dairy Association, matching craft-brewed beer with American cheeses. Garrett's profile was featured in the December 1999 issue of Gourmet magazine.

Garrett has hosted beer tastings and dinners at many of the New York area's finest restaurants and cooking schools, including four dinners at James Beard House, Oceana, The Bull and Bear at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Slow Food Cheese Festival and 2000 Salone del Gusto in Piedmonte, Italy, The Association of Westchester Country Club Chefs, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Institute of America, the Sommelier Society of America, Peter Kump's New York Cooking School and the French Culinary Institute. He was recently named to the Board of Directors of Slow Food, USA.

Garrett's first book, The Good Beer Book, co-written with Timothy Harper, was published in 1997 by Putnam/Berkley Books. He is currently working on his second book, The Brewmaster's Table. Garrett retired as Secretary of the New York District of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas in 1995 after three years of service, and founded the Metropolitan Small Brewers Guild, which he currently heads. Garrett is brewmaster and Vice President for Production of the Brooklyn Brewery. He is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He is the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, granted by the Institute for Brewing Studies. It is the highest award given within the United States brewing profession.

 
 
 

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