Garrett Oliver editor for Oxford Companion to Beer

Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, has signed on as the Editor-In-Chief and leading author of The Oxford Companion to Beer, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

The book will offer thousands of entries on beer-related topics, from history to styles, detailed methods of production, ingredients and their varieties, politics of beer, topics of debate, yeasts, climate change, wild fermentations, innovations and more.

A press release from Oxford press states, “It will be unlike any beer book ever published.” It points to Jancis Robinson’s seminal book The Oxford Companion to Wine to give readers and idea what to expect. That book weighs almost seven pounds.

“We couldn’t be more happy to be adding this title to our Oxford Food Reference list,” said Christian Purdy, director of publicity for Oxford University Press.

Oliver is author of The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, which won the 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was also a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Book Award. Oliver has been brewing for 18 years and is a veteran of more than 500 beer dinners and tastings in eight countries.