The Oxford Companion to Beer

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The Oxford Companion to Beer
U.S. first edition cover
AuthorGarrett Oliver (editor)
CountryUnited States
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
October 2011
(first edition)
Media typePrint (hardcover)
LC ClassTP570.O95

The Oxford Companion to Beer, abbreviated OCB, is a book in the series of Oxford Companions published by Oxford University Press. The book provides an alphabetically arranged reference to beer, compiled and edited by Garrett Oliver with a foreword by U.S. chef Tom Colicchio. Published in 2011, the work draws on 166 contributors from 24 countries to amass over 1,100 entries on beer.[1]

Eric Asimov of The New York Times described the work as a "mammoth undertaking ... encyclopedic in scope", and that the editor has "captured the blossoming of a global beer culture at a thriving moment".[2]

Critical opinion of the work has also been voiced, with contentions that the OCB perpetuates certain beer history myths,[3] and other omissions published by writers and beer enthusiasts,[4] some of whom OCB contributors themselves.[5] Shortly after publication an unofficial wiki site was launched to "make comments, add annotation, identify errata and suggest further sources to the text of The Oxford Companion to Beer".[5][6]


  1. ^ Martineau, Chantal, The Village Voice (September 23, 2011). Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver On The Oxford Companion to Beer
  2. ^ Asimov, Eric The New York Times (September 20, 2011). "Where to Look Up Dry-Hopping and Decoction".
  3. ^ Hawkes, Will, The Independent (November 18, 2011). "Good brews bible: The Oxford Companion to Beer encourages people to take ales more seriously".
  4. ^ Kitsock, Greg (October 31, 2011). "Oxford Companion to Beer not infallible". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. ^ a b Risen, Clay, The Atlantic (October 31, 2011). The Problem With Guides to Beer Drinking: There Just Aren't Enough
  6. ^ OCBeerCommentary Wiki archived at A Good Beer Blog

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