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The Oxford Companion to Beer

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For millennia, beer has been a staple beverage in cultures across the globe. After water and tea, it is the most popular drink in the world, and it is at the center of an over $450 billion industry. With the emergence of craft brewing and homebrewing, beer is experiencing a renaissance that is expanding the reach of the beer culture even further, bringing the art of brewin ...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 9th 2011)
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Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is pretty much an encyclopaedia-like tome discussing beer and related concepts. It doesn't really go into much detail on any concept or term, but I think it does a great job of giving you the basic idea and including most, if not all, of the terms you'd want to consult if you're a beer aficionado. I'd say it's a great starting point and you can do further research if needed. ...more
Jack Perdue
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is not a book you sit down to read, this is a study of all things beer. Need to look up info on a particular beer style, this is a great place to begin. Excellent source. I will always be reading through this book, but not as entertainment on a leisurely summer day.
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It will be a while before I “finish” this book because it’s not meant to be read cover to cover. Instead, it’s an encyclopedic volume where you can look up any key word or phrase related to beer and brewing. The entry may be a single paragraph or several pages, and by following the “see also” suggestions, you’ll find yourself flipping from related topic to topic, learning all kinds of good stuff. When I looked up something related to sour beer, I found myself still following breadcrumbs througho ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A complete book but i think not rich in details. For example if you want to be a maltster there are more information in internet than in this book but, this is the most complete book now about brewing.
Samuel Gaeth
Oct 05, 2022 rated it liked it
Some sections very interesting, others overly technical. Some about hops that were no longer used were not very interesting. Good ready for people obsessed with beer.
Apr 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Great reference book. Probably spent 2 weeks looking over it. Bouncing around from entry to entry.
Mr. Sterner
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exhaustive and comprehensive tome! Not exactly easy reading, but it was never meant to be. As a reference book, it is a high quality source. I'll definitely return to this in future. ...more
Ian Coutts
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always love reviews that start: "If you read only one book this year, let it be..." Well, if you buy only one major beer reference book this year (or in this lifetime, come to that, let it be The Oxford Companion to Beer. This book is incredibly comprehensive -- from yeast to labels to pub games, it is all there. And it features knowledgeable contributors who can really write, including Canada's own Josh Rubin. I have to say I was particularly impressed by editor Garrett Oliver's contributions ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I certainly have not read this all the way through in the one month I have owned it, but I have turned to if quite frequently. I have found it to be thorough, intelligent, and well crafted throughout. It is highly possible I will discover some terrible oversights or errors as I continue to use this tome that will change my 5 star rating, but it is just as highly improbable. One look at this Goliath and I knew I was going love it; I am just glad it has, thus far, lived up to my beer geek/regular ...more
Elliot Fleming
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Dear Lord, 868 pages of small type in dual columns. Much more than you would ever want to know about every facet of beer, from chemistry to biographies of significant brewers to food pairings. Intermittently fascinating. I've borrowed a copy from the library. Probably don't need a permanent reference copy. ...more
Andrew Uys
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one heck of an epic read. A bit more advanced than I was prepared for, and a touch drier than necessary, it still made for an interesting (if slow) read. I'd be interested to know what a beer expert or aficionado thinks of this book, but it certainly made for a very educational read for me. Cheers! ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
So much info in this book, but it's not one you'd want on the coffee table for browsing unless you're a brewer yourself. Still, lots of info and well done. For those with an interest in beer, this is a good read, but unless you're needing a scholarly tome/cyclopedia on beer, it's not an essential purchase (only because its price point doesn't lend it to being of broad appeal). ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a fuller review up on, but the bottom line is it's a great work. Yes, there are some inaccuracies, so I suppose one could quibble with the five stars. But that's a different debate. ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An always useful reference for all things beer. It has been invaluable to me in preparing for class and refining my notes.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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An incredible reference for those who love the art of brewing, and/or want to know more about their favorite beers.
Bill Shannon
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Pretty much whatever you need to know about beer is contained within.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to be constantly reading this as it's a reference work. So fascinating. ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want your head to explode from beer knowledge, this is the book for you. Not easy to carry around, but perfect for learning a little bit at a time.
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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 ...more

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