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Garrett Oliver – Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year!

on 07/05/14 at 11:34 am

Booze News

indexLast night (sic) the food and beverage “Oscars” took place in New York City, as the who’s who of gastronomy came together for the 24th annual James Beard awards. The ultra chic event held at Lincoln Center celebrates the people who have dramatically advanced the culture of cuisine, wine and beverages in the United States.

We love this event, and we are always especially excited about the winner of the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year award. Insider note: our own editor Karen MacNeil, author of the Wine Bible, won that very award in 2004. So it’s with total pleasure that we tell you about this year’s winner–Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer.

Garrett, a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Broadcasting and Film, began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. Six years later he joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster, and went on to create beers that have won both national and international awards. No one falls out of love with great beer, so it’s no surprise that Garrett has hosted nearly a thousand beer tastings and beer dinners around the world.