Brewer Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery - Biography

Brooklyn, NY

April 2012
Beginning his career as an apprentice at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989, Garrett Oliver quickly rose to prominence as an expert in the field. He climbed the ranks at Manhattan Brewing and was appointed brewmaster in 1993, before departing to head up operations at Brooklyn Brewery from 1994 to the present. During his time there he has received the 1998 Russell Scherer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture, and the Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beer Innovator of the Year” Award in 2006. Oliver also goes beyond the brew room to participate in and contribute to the larger beer community. With the release of his first book in 1997, The Good Beer Book co-authored with Timothy Harper, Oliver established himself as a respected beer authority, a reputation solidified by his subsequent works, The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food and The Oxford Companion to Beer. He is a longstanding judge for the Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards, and has shared his knowledge through over 800 talks and tastings, at venues ranging from the Smithsonian to the James Beard House. Olivier was a founding Board member of Slow Foods USA, and a James Beard “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional” Award finalist in both 2009 and 2010.