Thursday, August 12, 2010

Interview With Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver

Because you guys are such loyal readers, you already know that Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver will be making an appearance at MY Total Wine in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 from 6:30 - 7:30. Yes, nerd, that's PM. It's not after your pre-dawn morning jog.

But as spectaculawesome as that event is, this just keeps getting better! Fellow local beer lover Tony K and I will have the opportunity to interview Garrett during the 30 minutes prior to his public appearance! Now that is punk rock! If you were not aware, I have a lot of experience doing interviews, and giving them too, but never in this type of situation. It's going to be very cool.

Guess who is behind setting all of this up? Yeah, good guess. It's that Ed Roberts guy again. He's so awesome! Oh and Rich Nowak from the Brooklyn Brewery is also an integral player. Both will be present during the interview (presumably in a double-role as moderators/bouncers). This is so exciting!

Now the fun part for you guys. Are there questions you'd like us to ask Garrett? Are you such in love with his Black Chocolate Stout that you'd marry it if Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi finally legalize beer-human unions? I would. Seriously, though, Garrett has written and spoken extensively about pairing beer with food, in addition to brewing one of the most kick-ass lineups of beers anywhere. You can certainly think of a few questions.

I actually promised Ed I'd shave, dress up and be on my best behavior. Shouldn't be a problem. But I want to be inquisitive and probing so tell me your questions. I am your guy! Don't vote for me for Florida governor. Just tell me what you'd like to know about Mr. Garrett Oliver! Comment Moderation is OFF. Don't be stupid, but don't be shy either!


Larry Goeser said...

Ask him if he would consider making a West Coast Imperial IPA on the East Coast. Not a copy but his interpretation. B # 3

Another question you could ask would be: How does he feel about all the wood aging going on out there and does Brooklyn have any plans to wod age some beer

Ken said...


Ken Tucker > BeerHere2010 > re: The Marcellus Shale hydrofracking question.

A vast underground reservoir of natural gas has been discovered in the Marcellus Shale formation that extends from West Virginia to NY's Catskills/Southern Tier.

Currently the source of BEAUCOUP environmental degradation and consternation AND profit.

The NY Senate passed a1 year moratorium on drilling in the watershed for NYC (and Brooklyn) while they look for more feedback/testing on water quality degradation before they'll allow: BP, Shell, etc to go all out in drilling (using hydrofaracking; injecting millions of gallons of water and unspecified toxic chemicals into the ground to crack open the shale to make it easier to extract the natural gas) in the watershed.

Since 95% of beer is water, what does Garrett think about this potential threat to NYC's/Brooklyn's great, clean, soft water from the Catskills/Delaware Watershed and are they participating in the effort to prevent it?

Not your 'average' craftbeer q, but a real, adult, and appropriate Q.


Ken Tucker said...

Hey, Niclas here again! Really looking forward to see/read your interview with "my savior" mr Oliver :)

My questions to him, if you will:

- What are the most exciting regions in the craft beer world right now, and why?

- How are you gonna make it so more of your beers become available up in Sweden? I need to try more! :)

Have fun!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Niclas. Thanks for stopping by. I was going to tell you about the interview, but I guess you found out before I could. Stay tuned!

Brewer said...

Rob, I would like to know how Garrett decided (decides?) which brews become commercially available and whether some promising experiments just didn't work.

Brewing Ron