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THE encyclopedia of country music: second edition

10   /   2011

This 960 page “beer bible” was OUP’s biggest seller worldwide in 2011, racing through 40,000+ copies in its first year and multiple printings. Well known to homebrewers and hopheads, the Companion features more than 1,100 A-Z entries written by 166 prominent beer experts. It covers everything from the specifics of the brewing process to beer history, from hop and barley varieties to profiles of beer producing countries, and from beer styles to glassware. The Companion won a Gourmand Award and was nominated for a James Beard Award. The Editor-in-Chief, Garrett Oliver, is the Brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery – an actual title that Garrett jokes is only a step down on the coolness scale from “astronaut.” I’m not sure he’s wrong.