Garrett Oliver has been announced as one of the keynote speakers for the Beer Bloggers Conference in Indianapolis this year. His keynote topic is titled The Matrix: Reality, Facsimile, Technology and the Beer Culture. We are delighted to have him joining us!
In 1989, Oliver apprenticed as a brewer at Manhattan Brewery Company, and it wasn’t long before he was brought on as brewmaster at The Brooklyn Brewery. His beers have been highly regarded both nationally as well as internationally, recognized for their tasty twists on traditional styles.
To say Oliver has been active within the beer community would be a gross understatement. He has hosted over 800 beer tastings and pairings, judged at the Great American Beer Fest for 20 years, contributed to numerous publications and periodicals, and written a few books, as well.
His latest book, The Oxford Companion to Beer, is a cornucopia of knowledge from experts around the world. The book bridges the gap between brewmasters and homebrewers, cicerones and budding beer lovers alike, providing an in-depth and thorough look at all things beer.
Forbes magazine named Oliver one of the top ten tastemasters in the country, and he has also had the honor of receiving the Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture from Denmark and the Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beverage Innovator of the Year” award.
“Beer has long been a topic that fascinates people, but beer has never been written about to the extent that it deserves to be,” says Oliver. “The blogosphere is having a huge impact on people’s relationship with the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage and is building bridges between brewers and beer fans. I’m looking forward to talking to active bloggers about the future of beer and the future of beer journalism.”
We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about the keynote line up this year!