Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Oxford Companion to Beer. He's also a bit of a literary egghead and a voracious reader, so we recently asked him about books that deserve to be read with a pint.
Amazon: What beers would go best with the following books?
- Moby Dick: "Bass Ratcliff Ale 1869, because it is the oldest beer that's been tasted recently. It's big, beautiful, powerful, old, awe-inspiring, and you cannot get your hands on it. "
- Frankenstein: "Magic Hat #9, because animating a pale ale by using apricot extract seems morally wrong; just because you can do it, that doesn't mean you should."
- The Call of the Wild: "Hansen's Gueuze, because it is among the best of the lambics, Belgium's wild-fermented beers, which have no laboratory yeast added. It's sharp, funky and represents a type of beer nearly as old as human civilization."
- The Devil in the White City: "Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, because Chicago's Goose Island brewery is named after an island in the Chicago River that was pretty seedy, got dredged away, and then was essentially re-built as artificial land elsewhere in the river. And at 13% alcohol, if you drink too much of it, you might not be seen again."
- Seabiscuit: "Kentucky Ale, because it's from Kentucky, and no one ever expected that it was going to end up winning awards."
- Fight Club: "Brooklyn Black Ops, because according to the label, Black Ops doesn't exist. The first rule of Black Ops is that you don't talk about Black Ops."